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  • Carprenter's Company

    Carpenter’s Company

    Congratulations to IS-DG Principal, Ian Smith, on his election to full membership with The Carpenter’s Company. He was officially welcomed into the Company on Monday, January 23 at Carpenters’ Hall. The Carpenters’ Company is a 300-year tradition in the City of Philadelphia, with their members ranging from architects, building contractors or structural engineers. From the…

  • Temple University Construction Management Certificate (CMC) Class of 2022-2023

    Temple University Construction Management Certificate

    Ian had an opportunity to showcase one of our projects to the Temple University Construction Management Certificate (CMC) Class of 2022-2023 along with our client O’Luxury Living. The class enjoyed the advantage of having the Architect and Contractor on-site together to explain the inner workings of the project. Despite the heat, IS-DG showed the students…

  • Project Spotlight: Ziehler Playground

    Project Spotlight: Ziehler Playground

    On Friday, May 12, 2023, Mayor Kenney and various city officials were on site to kick off the most recent Rebuild investment project. Ziehler Playground is located near Clarkson and Olney Avenues in North Philadelphia. This $7 million investment on the 1.7 acre site will be transformational for the neighborhood. Chris Soffientini has been working…

  • ULI Philadelphia Awards

    ULI Philadelphia Awards for Excellence

    IS-DG is a finalist in the ULI Philadelphia’s 2023 Biennial Awards for Excellence! Our project HarrowGate Dye Works Revival is included as a finalist in the small scale category. The project is located in the Harrowgate neighborhood at 3450 J Street and 3460 J Street. Winners will be announced live on June 15, 2023. Read…

  • PhilaNOMA

    PhilaNOMA Appointment

    Ian has been appointed as the Vice President of PhilaNOMA, The Philadelphia Chapter of the National Organization of Minority Architects. PhilaNOMA was formed in 1993 to provide a voice for Design Professionals who previously had little say in the development of Philadelphia Communities. PhilaNOMA is committed to enhancing the Profession of Architecture by promoting diversity…

  • IS-DG video

    This is IAN SMITH DESIGN GROUP.

    Much of who we are as people comes from the stories we have been told as well as the ones that we are a part of. As Architects, we work to identify the intertwined emotional narratives upon which we depend to prepare everyone for the environments we guide through design. ISDG is a team dedicated…
  • New River Presbyterian

    Client Spotlight: New River Presbyterian

    Exciting things are in the works for the newly merged congregations in West Philadelphia. New River Presbyterian connects First African Presbyterian Church, Calvin Presbyterian Church, and Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church together and as a result, led to them convening to discuss their collective needs and identify all of the resources and assets available to the…

  • Down North Treehouse

    Down North Treehouse

    Katie and Ian recently attended a fundraiser for our new client: Down North Treehouse. Katie created the renderings for their future teen advocacy center. Down North is a local pizza shop whose mission is to hire formerly incarcerated individuals to assist with employment opportunities, legal representation, and housing. Down North Treehouse aims to empower students…

  • USModernist® Radio

    US Modernist Podcast: Down The Shore in Wildwood NJ: Daniel Vieyra + Stephanie Hoagland + Ian Smith

    USModernist® Radio Nov 21, 2022 USModernist® Radio is the largest open digital nonprofit educational archive for Modernist residential design in the world. In episode #275 host and executive producer George Smart sat down with Daniel Vieyra, Professor Emeritus in the Kent State University School of Architecture; Stephanie Hoagland, Principal and Architectural Conservator of Jablonski Building…

  • Center for Anti-Racism at Temple University

    PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Center for Anti-Racism at Temple University

    Born out of the George Floyd protests, Temple University issued an RFP to create the Center for Anti-Racism Research under the auspices of the Department of Africology and African American Studies. Selected in partnership with Pride Enterprises, this interior alteration and exterior addition to (2) existing hall buildings at Temple University for the Department of…