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2013 is the inaugural year for AIA Pennsylvania’s Architectural Firm Award, which honors an architectural firm that has consistently demonstrated a commitment to design excellence and has made outstanding contributions to the profession of architecture for a period of at least 10 years. The AIA Pennsylvania Board of Directors served as the jury for this year’s award. The Board, representing firms from each AIA Pennsylvania branch chapter, reviewed more than 20 entries before selecting Spillman Farmer Architects.

“[Spillman Farmer’s] body of work represents an imaginative approach to difficult problems, a curiosity about materials, and a strong sense of purpose,” said Jules Dingle, AIA, Awards Chairman for the AIA Pennsylvania and Principal of DIGSAU. “The thoughtful presentation of their work conveyed a commitment to the value of architecture as a profession, an understanding of the challenges facing contemporary practice, a long history of design excellence, and a palpable ambition to achieve even greater success in the future.”

Spillman Farmer Architects, led by our firm’s six principals and the continuing legacy of Senior Principal Robert Spillman, would like to thank our clients and collaborators for their support and partnership over the last 87 years.

Spillman Farmer also received a 2013 Citation of Merit Award for the Lafayette College Arts Plaza in Easton, PA. Citation of Merit Awards recognize projects that represent excellence through exceptional details or special design aspects.

Arts Plaza, which received a Citation of Merit, is a raw, open-air space for the arts at Lafayette College in Easton, PA. The structure transformed a former auto-repair facility into a dynamic outdoor teaching space that responds to its natural environment and built context. Arts Plaza is an urban “unfill” project; its formerly solid walls were removed to create an open, inviting place in Easton’s urban core. In addition to the AIA Pennsylvania Citation of Merit, the Arts Plaza was awarded a Special Mention in the Architecture + Urban Transformation category in the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards.

Jurors commented that "Utilizing removal and reimagining as its core design strategies, the Lafayette College Arts Plaza emerges as a sculptural, experiential space that succeeds on multiple levels. Proportionally, it reinforces the urban street edge with minimal massing, using frame elements layered with solid and transparent material to suggest a “built” quality. It integrates new and historic materials harmoniously, allowing original parts of the structure to speak to the space even as they form connections to the new plaza intervention. The playful quality of the clinker brick and the vertical connection to the creek below encourage activity and a loosening of the rules, invigorating the plaza as a uniquely creative venue."

“It’s been my honor to help transform my father’s firm into the Spillman Farmer Architects of today. I’m proud to be a part of the 87 years of achievement that have culminated in this award.”
--Senior Principal Robert A. Spillman, FAIA

Photo: Tyler State Park Building, Pennsylvania Society of Architects Distinguished Building Award 1971

“We feel privileged to practice a profession that allows us to positively impact the lives of those who live, work, play, and learn in our buildings.”
--Principal Daniel L. Harrigan, AIA

“This award is a direct reflection of our dedicated and passionate employees, who share in our vision of great architecture while providing clients with superior service.”
--Principal Salvatore B. Verrastro, AIA, CCS, CCCA, FCSI

Photo: Dickinson College Central Energy Plant, AIA Pennsylvania Award of Merit 2007

“Our region’s rich architectural heritage inspires us to continue the tradition of thoughtful and human-centered placemaking.”
--Principal Joseph N. Biondo, AIA

Photo: NCHGS Sigal Museum, AIA Pennsylvania Award of Merit 2011

“It’s been our privilege to work on some of our region’s most exciting projects over the course of our history.”
--Principal Russel P. Pacala, AIA LEED AP

“We take our responsibility to our community very seriously, and we’re passionate about creating a sustainable future for everyone.”
--Principal Christa Duelberg-Kraftician, AIA LEED AP

Photo: Bryn Athyn College Doering Center for Science & Research, AIA Pennsylvania Award of Merit 2011

“We’re grateful to our clients, who trust us to be stewards of their resources and to provide them with innovative, practical, responsible architecture.”
--Principal Frederick C. Allerton, AIA LEED AP

Photo: ArtsQuest Center, AIA Pennsylvania Silver Medal 2012