Buell Kratzer Powell

1525 Locust Street
5th Floor
Philadelphia
PA
19102
Phone: 
(215) 557-6509
Fax: 
(215) 557-6321
Year Established 
1996
About the Firm 
Can a pragmatist be a visionary? We think so. We are a different type of architecture firm, where we confidently advocate practicality in equal measure with creativity. Visionary design does not come from a vacuum. Instead, we think the most memorable architecture results from partnerships — between creative designers, trusted consultants, and most importantly, our clients. We take the time to learn about our clients’ requirements and expectations. We actively engage them, not just at the start of a project, but as participants throughout the design process. We encourage questions and we seek answers together. We care about enriching the experience of architecture. Our practice includes education facilities, libraries, community centers, government buildings, and urban design projects. Within those practice areas, we have completed projects from dining facilities and laboratories to medical clinics and performing arts centers. We specialize in projects with a strong sense of collaboration and a keen understanding of the shared goals of project success. Our process encourages practical solutions and the simple elegance of architecture that is both useful and timeless. We create memorable places that are visually striking, in harmony with their sites, fulfill program requirements, and become sources of public pride. We create Architecture with Purpose. We are Buell Kratzer Powell.
Types of Work
Educational Facilities: 
30%
Foodservice/Restaurant: 
15%
Health Care/Medical: 
0%
Historic Preservation/Restoration: 
10%
Libraries: 
20%
Public Work (Civic/Gov't): 
15%
Recreational: 
10%
Special Services 
Sustainable Design
Firm Personnel
Total Staff This Office: 
10
Architects (Registered): 
4
Administration: 
1
Projects 
Bryn Mawr College: Benham Gateway Building, Cambrian Row, Smart Women Strong Women: Bern Schwarz Gymnasium Renovation, Undergraduate Deans Office -- City of Philadelphia: Holmesburg Recreation Center, Lonnie Young Recreation Center, Pelbano Recreation Center, Regatta Judges Pavilion, Ryerss Museum & Library, Venice Island Performing Arts Center -- Commonwealth of PA: PA State Police Philadelphia Headquarters & Maintenance Garage, Troop M Trevose Barracks -- Rosemont School of the Holy Child: Academic Expansion, Campus Development Master Plan, O'Neill Gymnasium -- University of Pennsylvania: Class of 1920 Commons Dining, Evans-Schattner Renovation, High Bay BLAST Lab, Cohen and Amsterdam Periodontal Clinic, President's House -- Libraries: East Hanover NJ Public Library, Evanston IL Public Library, Franklin Lakes NJ Public Library, Louis Bay 2nd Library, Township of Ocean Branch Library, Walnut Street West Branch Library, Widener Branch Library -- Urban Development: 901 Walnut Street Redevelopment, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Delaware Headquarters, Broad & Spruce Streets Overbuild Study, Cheltenham Mall, Legendary Blue Horizon, Philadelphia Sports Club
Awards 
Evanston Public Library, Evanston, IL - AIA Philadelphia Design Excellence Award; Reisbord Residence - Delaware County Preservation; Benham Gateway Building, Bryn Mawr College - Lower Merion Township Historic Architectural Review Board (HARB) Historic Preservation Award and AIA Philadelphia Honor Award for Design Excellence UPENN High Bay BLAST Lab - American School & University Architectural Portfolio Outstanding Design 2013 UPENN Class of 1920 Commons Dining - American School & University Educational Interiors Outstanding Design 2013 Bryn Mawr College Bern Schwartz Gymnasium Renovation - American School & University Educational Interiors Outstanding Design 2012
Contacts
Primary Contact: 
Joseph H. Powell, AIA
Principals: 
Darrell L. Kratzer, AIA; Joseph H. Powell, AIA
Consultant: 
Darrell Kratzer, AIA; Joseph Powell, AIA
Marketing: 
Joseph Powell, AIA
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