Cover Art

Two recent covers and their associated articles demonstrate and discuss productive and exciting aspects of our practice: preservation guided by principles of community leadership and self determination, and the innovative adaptation of traditional materials and forms in new construction.

green-books-office-favouriteUsing Natural Finishes‘ cover features a private residence in Santa Fe, New Mexico. 

20141222165140The current issue of Preservation highlights the success of our Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project.


National Trust Award!

Ohkay Owingeh PlazaThe Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project was recently presented the Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation. It is one of 17 award winners to be recognized during the 2014 Richard H. DriehausNational Preservation Awards ceremony in Savannah, Georgia. Shawn Evans was present at the awards on behalf of the firm and accepted the award with Tomasita Duran of the Ohkay Owingeh Housing Authority and Cheryl Dixon of the Office of Native American Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The National Preservation Awards are bestowed on distinguished individuals, nonprofit organizations, public agencies and corporations whose skill and determination have given new meaning to their communities through preservation of our architectural and cultural heritage. Read More

In tandem with the award, The National Trust asked Shawn to write an essay for their Preservation Leadership Forum Blog. The essay focuses on the work at Ohkay Owingeh as well as lessons learned during Shawn’s Fellowship with the James Marston Fitch Foundation. Read More

The Owe’neh Bupingeh project was also selected as one of six awardees by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development’s Honoring Nations program at the Harvard Kennedy School. The Honoring Nations awards identify, celebrate, and share excellence in American Indian tribal governance. Presentations and dissemination of the awardees will include exhibits at the Smithsonian Institute, a web platform through Google Cultural Institutes, written and video reports and case studies, executive education curriculum, and national presentations. Read More

To learn more about the Ohkay Owingeh Preservation Project, please visit our website.Ohkay Owingeh Plaza

CLS Achieves LEED Gold!

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We are very proud to announce that Community Legal Services’ North Philadelphia Law Center recently achieved USGBC LEED Gold! To optimize energy performance, the design employs a highly efficient heating and cooling system, sophisticated lighting controls, and a high-performance building envelope clad with terra cotta and fiber cement rainscreen panels.

Atkin Bowl-shin Schade supports the Community Design Collaborative!

bowling ball

The Philadelphia office joined the Community Design Collaborative at their annual fundraising event, the Bowling Ball. Atkin Bowl-shin Schade was represented by Sam, Paul, Olivia, Ruthie, and friends, Evan and Becker. While the team did not manage to win any of the best (or worst) bowling prizes, Paul bowled an amazing six strikes in a row!

Teams from across the design and construction industry got together for an evening of bowling, food, and fun to raise money for the Community Design Collaborative. The CDC works with nonprofit organizations across greater Philadelphia by providing them pro bono design services.

For information on the Community Design Collaborative visit http://cdesignc.org10251973_776942732349732_2662530504601139957_n

Lafayette College DKE Renovation Ground Breaking

14212670558_7f0221bd3a_h14397932162_f516cd07de_hThe Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) fraternity house renovation project officially started construction during Reunion Weekend on June 7th. A ground breaking ceremony was held at the fraternity, which is located on the Lafayette College campus in Easton, PA. Atkin Olshin Schade Architects designed renovations to the building that include: replacement of all interior finishes, new bedroom layouts, a new kitchen and dining hall, new restrooms, ADA accessibility, and system upgrades to plumbing, electrical, heating and cooling systems. Two additions, a Solarium that faces onto March Field and a roof top Cupola, will add program space and allow light into the third floor corridor and study. President Alison Byerly of Lafayette College, DKE alumni Mike DeLisi ’03, and Trustee J.B. Reilly ’83 led the festivities.

Demolition of the interior spaces is progressing, and exterior work will be starting soon. Construction is scheduled to be complete by summer of 2015, in time for DKE’s 150th anniversary in September.

This project is being constructed by Miller, Miller & McLachlan of Allentown, PA.

More information may be found at Lafayette’s Facilities & Planning website.

Atkin Olshin Schade is a Philadelphia, PA, and Santa Fe, NM, architecture firm founded in 1979 that works with institutions and communities across the country to lead the planning, design, and construction of award winning facilities. Visit our main page at


Mountain Retreat Center, Palo Alto, Dominican Republic

The Mountain Retreat Center currently under constructionThe Mountain Retreat Center currently under construction

After a year of planning, fundraising, and material acquisitions, we are excited to report that construction has started on the Mountain Retreat Center of Palo Alto in the Dominican Republic. Sam and Paul began this project with a site visit in June of 2013 at the request of Santiago Christian School, where we have completed a master plan and are currently working on Phase 1 implementation. Situated north of Santiago in the Cordillera Septentrional mountain range at about 1000’ elevation, the site commands exceptional views of the surroundings and the ocean in the distance.

The new building utilizes an existing concrete structural frame and is being built using local labor and materials. The design, which follows the vernacular aesthetic, provides sleeping space for 26, and includes restrooms, a kitchen, and a multi-purpose space with a wrap around porch that has views over the valley below. Once complete, the facility will be available for groups from Santiago Christian School and their Dominican and visiting United States partner organizations to use for religious and educational retreats.

For a look at the site from above, use GPS coordinates 19°34’33.6″N 70°40’41.3″W in Google Maps

A view back up to the site alongside one of the residents

A view back up to the site alongside one of the residents

The existing site during our site visit - Our initial designs were drawn at that table on the spot

The existing site during our site visit – Our initial designs were drawn at that table on the spot

Regional materials and styling helped to influence the design of the Mountain Retreat Center

Regional materials & styling helped to influence the design of the Mountain Retreat Center

National Bike Challenge 2014


Mike Schade’s Schwinn Suburban has glided him into 97th place locally

Our Philadelphia and Santa Fe offices are riding in the National Bike Challenge for the second year in a row. The challenge began May 1st and will continue until Sept 30th. This year we have 13 participants and we are excited to have a bit of a competition going between our two offices. While it’s still early, the Philadelphia office has logged 620 miles, resulting in 33,587 calories burned, and saved $350 and 558 pounds of CO2. Currently, the Philadelphia office is ranked 5th on the Greater Philadelphia Leaderboard! In Santa Fe, we have ridden 482 miles, burned 26,143 calories and saved $272 and 434 pounds of CO2. Combined, our offices are ranked 108th nationally. The National Bike Challenge aims to unite 50,000 riders to pedal 30 million miles by encouraging people to bike for transportation and recreation. To join the challenge or learn more, visit: