Metcalfe Architecture & Design
211 North 13th Street
About the Firm
Metcalfe is an experience design firm focused on creating powerful physical environments for schools, museums, hospitals, and corporate clients through the disciplines of architecture, exhibition design, and graphic design. Founded in 2001, the Philadelphia-based practice is composed of a core team of design professionals who believe that intelligently organized buildings and social spaces are effective vehicles for informal education and interpersonal engagement. In 2002, Founder & Principal, Alan Metcalfe asked one of his clients, Aaron Goldblatt (then Deputy Director of the Wagner Free Institute of Science) to join the firm. Aaron's focus on creating spaces that help people learn and Alan’s passion for designing buildings from the inside—combining physical, visual, and experiential elements to make engaging social spaces—formed the foundation of the practice that puts people at the center of design. Our holistic knowledge of design and people informs all of our work. With architecture and exhibition design being central to the practice, we utilize our diverse and collective design experiences to create compelling spaces that make visitors feel welcome, safe, and happy. We approach every project with an eye toward the stories it can tell.
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LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS (selected clients): Abington Friends School, Delaware Valley Friends School, Greene Street Friends School, Haverford College, Settlement Music School, The University of Pennsylvania, Widener University, and Wissahickon Charter School. MUSEUMS (selected clients): American Museum of Natural History, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Independence Visitor Center, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, Museum of the American Revolution, National Building Museum, National Museum of Industrial History, Morris Arboretum, and Monticello. HEALTHCARE (selected clients): Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Cooper University Hospital, Holy Redeemer, Jefferson Health, and Pennsylvania Hospital.
Selected awards: (2020) • American Architecture Award (The Chicago Athenaeum & The European Centre) • Build Magazine Design & Build Awards, Leaders in Architecture & Design, Pennsylvania (2019) • Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) National Design Award of Merit • American Institute of Architects (AIA), Tri-State Design Award for Architectural Excellence, Bronze • American Association for State and Local History, Award of Excellence • Pennsylvania Museum's Institutional Achievement Award (2018) • SARA Pennsylvania Design Award of Excellence (2017) • SARA National Design Award of Excellence • American Association of Museums (AAM) Excellence in Exhibition Design Award (2016) • City of Philadelphia Commerce Development/CDC Storefront Challenge, Best Overall Design (2015) • HGTV Fresh Faces of Design Winner • Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums (MAAM) “Buildy” Award