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  • 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…

  • 10,000 Small Businesses Summit: The Big Power of Small Business

    10,000 Small Businesses Summit: The Big Power of Small Business

    IS-DG participated in the 10,000 Small Businesses Summit: The Big Power of Small Business held in Washington DC February 13 and 14, 2018. We heard from industry leaders and experts about optimizing business growth and had the opportunity to meet with policy makers, other small businesses and industry leaders. The event was organized by Goldman…

  • Design Thinking Philadelphia Jury

    Ian participated on the jury for Design Thinking Philadelphia initiative which offers K-12 students an engaging and hands-on opportunity to develop 21st century skills—including creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication—while actively connecting what they do in school to what goes on in the world around them. “Let there be no doubt–you are a memorable part…

  • 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…

  • IS-DG recognized for dedication to fostering emerging professionals

    IS-DG was one of the 41 firms recognized for their dedication to fostering emerging professionals during the 2017 Architectural Excellence Design Awards Broadcast. The three main criteria for the Firm Fostering Emerging Professionals recognition included the quality of the Architectural Experience Program (AXP), leadership, and the level of support and flexibility offered by a firm…

  • Alexander Adaire Schoolyard Revitalization

    Adaire School Playground Featured in Media

    The Alexander Adaire School play ground has been built and is being used by school children as well as the neighborhood! The project is getting some press as well and was recently featured on KYW Newsradio. The former asphalt surface at the school yard along East Palmer Street now contains a new, safer play area…

  • Joe Frazier Gym Philadelphia

    Kwesi Daniels Appointed Chair of Architecture at Tuskegee University

    IS-DG alumn, Kwesi Daniels, was appointed Chair of Architecture at Tuskegee University. During his time at IS-DG, Kwesi was an invaluable asset in urban planning and especially the Joe Frazier Gym development project. His research into the background and neighborhood helped define the scope of the project. We wish Kwesi continued success in his academic…

  • 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…

  • Reimagining Play and Learning in Philadelphia

    In 2016 the Play Space Design Competition, hosted by the Community Design Collaborative and Delaware Valley Association for the Education of Young Children, inspired the thoughtful reimagination of play spaces in Philadelphia. IS-DG was honored to participate in the competition and collaborate with fellow architects, designers, and other professionals who share a passion for community-driven…

  • Competition Entry: Monument to Foot Soldiers

    Back in august 2013 a national design competition honoring the Birmingham Alabama Civil Rights Campaign had sought to find an winning proposal for “a Monument to Foot Soldiers”. Among many others submissions, Ian Smith Design Group submitted an entry with the intent to inspire visitors to stand shoulder to shoulder with the memories of those who greatly sacrificed 50…