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  • PlanPhilly Interview

    PlanPhilly interviewed Ian on his view on how architects can be more empathetic and contribute to communities of color. The interview explored how real estate development is tied to race. Ian discusses his methodology on practicing empathy to discover meaning in design, delves into the reasons for development being limited in communities of color, and…

  • CDC: Conceptual Design for North 22nd Street Corridor

    The team at IS-DG participated with the Allegheny West Foundation for the conceptual design for creating a sense of place for the North 22nd Street corridor. Working with the Community Design Collaborative, Ian collaborated with several other local architects who volunteered their time to showcase what this underutilized street could be. The team created designs…

  • PEA: Stories from an Architect – Diversity in the Profession Panel

    Ian will participate in a panel discussion on diversity in architecture at AIA Philadelphia’s “Stories from an Architect” event. There is only one reason I pursued becoming an architect, but 1,369 decisions I had to make to stick with it. I will present a few of them along with a few other talented professionals on…

  • Race Architecture

    Race + Public Space Event

    Ian participated in the event Race + Public Space in December 2017 hosted by PlanPhilly, Urban Consulate, PhilaNOMA, Community Design Collaborative, and Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations. The event delved into conversations around race and design in Philadelphia and the disparity between the mostly white planning professionals and the mostly black residents. The panel…

  • Joe Frazier’s Gym – National Treasure

    The National Trust for Historic Preservation secured the Joe Frazier’s Gym recognition as a National Treasure. Ian Smith Design Group was honored to present the Trust a feasibility study for the re-development of the gym and are thrilled with the designation. Winning this designation protects this historic site. Designation as a Philadelphia landmark protects the…