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  • Renovation of a Historical Building in Philadelphia

    2122 Locust St Grand Jury Award Winner

    2122 Locust Street received a Grand Jury Award in the 2019 Preservation Awards from the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia promotes the appreciation, protection, appropriate use, and development of the Philadelphia region’s historic buildings, communities, and landscapes. Ian Smith Design Group is proud to be a part of the…

  • Rendering for a Philadelphia mixed use building proposal

    3450 J Street

    Proposed rendering for a mixed-use structure to complete a modern 3-building living complex at Tioga station. The proposed corner building features ground level commercial space to energize the Tioga corridor and 24 luxury two-bedroom dwelling units above. Floor to ceiling glass and façade screening elements create a striking design that is unique for the area.…

  • Hello Donuts storefront rendering

    Small Business Client Spotlight: Hello Donuts PHL

    Hello Donuts PHL approached us to help them get started on their first location in Philadelphia. Having worked with two of the partners previously (from ReAnimator Coffee), we have started to work out the updates and fit-out for their doughnut shop just off of Frankford Avenue in Kensington. Our involvement was to assist with zoning and…

  • pool house rendering

    Residential Client Spotlight: Private Residence

    This project was filled with challenges that were met head on by IS-DG to stay on top of the process and assist the owner as needed to ensure tasks were completed in order and in a timely manner. The first challenge conquered was working with the Montgomery County building codes and requirements in order to…

  • Maker space architectural plans

    Industrial Client Spotlight: Maker Space in NE

    This medium scale project is located in the Frankford neighborhood in Philadelphia, is an example of (12) similar revitalization investments. While the focus has been on multi-family residential for the renewal of this and many neighborhoods, this project is intended for the makers and creators to work and collaborate. With ample space per unit in…

  • Ian Smith Design Thinking Philadelphia volunteer judge

    IS-DG in the Community

    Better Philadelphia Challenge EventThis event was a reason to celebrate the Ed Bacon Memorial Committee and Center / Architecture + Design for the successful Better Philadelphia Challenge event and the winner of the Ed Bacon Award. Jennifer Keesmaat of Toronto, Canada provided a striking look at the power that can be gained by younger people getting involved…

  • 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…

  • Sacred Places/Civic Spaces

    Sacred Places/Civic Spaces

    Ian Smith Design Group has been a part of the Ad Hoc Committee with Partners for Sacred Places and the Community Design Collaborative since the start of the 2018. Sacred Places/Civic Spaces is a partnership between the Community Design Collaborative and Partners for Sacred Places to re-envision underutilized, purpose-built religious properties as community hubs. The…

  • 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…

  • IS-DG is DBE Certified

    We are proud to announce that Ian Smith Design Group has been certified Disadvantaged Business Enterprise. As a special designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Transportation, the DBE program helps ensure that small disadvantaged business enterprises have fair opportunities to compete for federally-funded transportation-related projects. DBE Certified Companies’ services are under public scrutiny, therefore,…