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December 2, 2019
Member News

Heckendorn Shiles Architects Celebrates 30th Anniversary

By Matthew Heckendorn, AIA
Award-winning adaptive reuse of the Ambler Boiler House

Heckendorn Shiles Architects is proud to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Hooper Shiles Architects was founded in 1989 by friends and colleagues Phil Hooper and Mitch Shiles as they led residential reconstruction projects in St. Croix, post Hurricane Hugo. In 2007, longtime HSA project architect Matt Heckendorn became Principal and the firm’s name subsequently changed to Heckendorn Shiles Architects. Our thirty-year history has seen an evolution of project types, technology and sustainable initiatives while our commitment to deliver innovative and powerful designs has been constant. Today we are a dynamic practice with diverse project types including interiors, educational, therapeutic, sports facilities, municipal buildings, master planning, and art installations.

To date, we have completed over 1100 design projects in 12 states. We have been recognized for our adaptive reuse, residential, historic restoration, and sustainable projects. Our studio design work has yielded over 4 million square feet of construction. In the past 5 years alone, we have designed over 200 classrooms, transformed the Philadelphia Flyers Practice Facility, provided guidance on a public art structure for the Philadelphia Papal visit, spaceplanned for over 10,000 client employees, and even designed an ice cream shop.

Our talented team of architects and interior designers continue to champion new project types that push our portfolio, technology, and collective imagination. HSA values our continued client relationships and our diverse portfolio. We are proud of our long history mentoring youth and young professionals. 36 college, co-op and high school students have interned in our studio since 1989.

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