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  • uli philadelphia

    ULI Panelist – Member Breakfast Series

    Ian will participate as a panelist at ULI Philadelphia’s Member Breakfast Series on June 18, 2024. The Monthly Member Breakfast Series program will highlight three 2023 Awards for Excellence Winners, including IS-DG who was selected as winner in the Small Scale Category for their project Harrowgate Dye Works Revival. LEARN MORE

  • Together We DesignPhiladelphia

    Together We DesignPhiladelphia Podcast

    Together We DesignPhiladelphia podcast host Rebecca Johnson interviewed Ian on April 26th about his free-range suburban upbringing, the mentor relationship that brought him to Philadelphia, the limitations of “design excellence,” and the power of taking up space as a Black architect. LISTEN TO THE PODCAST HERE

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    Frankford Avenue Lofts — 2024 Preservation Achievement Award Winner

    2024 Preservation Achievement Awards will take place at VIE on June 5th, 2024. Ian Smith Design Group along with Archer Property Development and Stronghold Development & Construction has won a Grand Jury Award for the Frankford Avenue Lofts project.
  • UPenn Weitzman School of Design

    Lecturer Status at UPenn Weitzman School of Design

    Ian Smith was appointment Lecturer Status at UPenn Weitzman School of Design. Ian instructed MArch second year students. The University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design prepares students to address complex sociocultural and environmental issues through thoughtful inquiry, creative expression, and innovation. As a diverse community of scholars and practitioners, they are committed to…

  • 3460 J Street courtyard

    2023 AIA PA Merit Award Winner

    IS-DG was awarded the AIA PA Merit Award for 2023 for the Harrowgate Revival project. The Architectural Excellence Design Awards celebrate the exemplary design achievements of members and the impact of architecture. The criteria for recognition spanned, “…interesting, original solutions to a given set of challenges or constraints – buildings that offer new impulses in…

  • 1810 East Venango Street

    Project Spotlight: 1810 East Venango Street

    The long awaited new construction to merge with the restored building is coming along and changing ideas of what is possible in Harrowgate. The Merger is both adaptive reuse -and- new construction to create a total of (32) residential units and (9) maker spaces for local artists to rent. With a project size of 55,000+…

  • 76ers Place

    76ers Place

    IS-DG has been selected by Convergence to be the local Architect and assist the Philadelphia City Planning Commission with reviewing the plans and intent for the City of Philadelphia for 76ers Place. It is very nice to be asked to support the PCPC on this complicated civic proposition. IS-DG loves the convergence of variables that…

  • Fast Forward Philly

    Preservation Sustainability: Saving the Future By Saving the Past

    Ian Smith + Rob Fleming presented a lecture “Preservation Sustainability: Saving the Future By Saving the Past” at the Fast Forward Philly conference. Here’s a brief summary of the presentation: Philadelphia is the birthplace of Preservation Sustainability, a new design movement focused on saving the future by saving the past. That’s right, those thousands and…

  • adaptive reuse stories from the trenches

    Adaptive Reuse: Stories from the Trenches

    Ian Smith, Rob Fleming, Director of Sustainability at FCA, and Mary Holland, Principal at Cicada Architecture + Planning were part of the discussion “Adaptive Reuse: Stories from the Trenches” this past July. The discussion was created to provoke and inspire action from architects, clients, developers by delving into the complexity of embodied and operational carbon…

  • 3460 J Street

    Harrowgate Dye Works Revival – ULI Philadelphia 2023 Awards for Excellence Winner

    Last Thursday, June 15, 2023, ULI Philadelphia recognized eight projects in their awards ceremony at the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia, PA. IS-DG won the award for excellence in the small scale development category with their Harrowgate Dye Works project. ULI recognized projects for their positive impact in communities including design,…