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  • Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

    CTBUH Philadelphia Chapter Presents: Public Common Space

    Free online webinar, Wednesday, November 4th, 2020 The Philadelphia Chapter of the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat together with the Weitzman School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania has assembled a panel of thought leaders for a symposium to address the history, future and current events surrounding PUBLIC COMMON SPACE. The discussion…
  • Award Winning Historical Renovation in Rittenhouse

    2122 Locust Street Featured in the Architect Magazine

    Thank you to Architect Magazine on their recent article abut the work we were a part of for 2122 Locust Street. From a terrible fire, a gorgeous building was reborn. Winner of 2019 Grand Jury Prize from the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia. Photography by Sam Oberter.
  • Diverse Force on Boards

    DiverseForce On Boards

    Empowering Professionals of Color to Serve Effectively on Boards The DiverseForce On Boards program is a collaborative executive education program run by Diverse Force and University of Pennsylvania ImapctEd. The program addresses the lack of racial/ethnic diversity on nonprofit boards and trains professionals of color on board governance and to facilitate their placement on governing…
  • Elizabeth Mills Brown

    Elizabeth Mills Brown Award

    Ian was honored to serve as a judge for the 2020 Elizabeth Mills Brown Award. The award is presented by AIA Connecticut and Preservation Connecticut and recognizes projects that are noteworthy both as respectful preservation of historic places and as excellent architectural designs. The award is named for the architectural historian and preservationist Elizabeth Mills…
  • Dignity in Design Coffee Talk

    Dignity in Design Coffee Talk

    Ian recently participated in a Black Design Professionals Coffee Talk Dignity in Design on June18th with the IIDA PA/NJ/DE Chapter. The question asked to the attendees was "How do you think your company/ leadership at your firm can better contribute to impacting Black employees/ aspiring professionals within their organizations?" to which the panelists discussed various…
  • David Adjaye & Ian Smith

    Charter High School for Architecture and Design Commencement

    Ian had the honor of being one of the speakers with the Commencement Address for the final C.H.A.D. (Charter High School for Architecture + Design). Along with Sir David Adjaye, Principal of Adjaye Associates, they were both awe inspired by the accomplishments of the students and look forward to what these graduates will accomplish. Congratulations…
  • Leverage

    Leverage 2020

    The Annual Community Design Collaborative Event Thanks to COVID living, this event moved online and was a welcome break in relaxing for a Zoom gathering. Everyone was encouraged to bring their nibbles and enjoy a favorite beverage and check in with each other and many laughs were had. The biggest discussion was learning how everyone…
  • Vare Recreation Center

    Vare Recreation Center in the News

    Vare Recreation Center was mentioned in the Philadelphia Inquirer article "Philly’s soda tax is supposed to ‘Rebuild’ parks and rec centers. It’s been a slow start."  Despite the slow start of this Philadelphia Soda Tax funded project, we are excited to be a part of the movement aimed to create much needed recreational spaces in…
  • Tufas Boulder Lounge climbing wall

    IS-DG in the News

    IS-DG is a 2019 NOMA Phil Freelon Professional Design Award Honor Winner and with that comes publicity! Here are some recent articles on the NOMA awards:   Architect MagazineNOMA Announces Phil Freelon Professional Design Award Winners Archinect NewsNOMA International Conference celebrates diverse architectural leadership and excellence You can also read more on the NOMA website…
  • Phil Freelon Professional Design Awards

    2019 NOMA Phil Freelon Professional Design Award Winner

    Ian Smith Design Group receives an Honor Award in the small project category for their work on Tufas Boulder Lounge. The National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA) recognized architecture and leadership excellence at the NOMA Awards Banquet, which featured the inaugural Phil Freelon Professional Design Awards, hosted in Brooklyn, New York, on October 19, 2019.…