Tony Atkin, 1950-2015

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We mourn the loss of Tony Atkin, FAIA, who founded our firm Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in 1979. Tony succumbed to thyroid cancer on May 21st after a nearly two-year battle. During this time he continued to work, teach, and support those around him. His death came shortly after that of his husband Tom Pederson earlier this year.

Tony was an inspiration for all of us. A singular designer, he guided many of our projects. His creative vision and passion for architecture and planning elevated the work of our offices in Philadelphia and Santa Fe. Tony’s designs made transformative improvements to the communities with whom we worked. Tony was a natural teacher, in our practice, at his alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania, where he was on the faculty of the Graduate School of Design, and at the University of New Mexico. He authored and edited three books, including Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements (2005), for which he contributed a chapter on the evolution of settlement at the Zuni Pueblo. He recently supported the completion of the master plan for Colorado College and began designs for Santo Domingo Pueblo, Los Poblanos, and the Santa Fe Botanical Garden—wonderful projects that will be realized by our Santa Fe office. We will miss Tony. His vision and humanity will inform our practice as it continues to grow and thrive.

– Sam Olshin and Michael Schade

A Visit to Dartmouth College

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Michael Schade, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

I recently had the opportunity to return to Dartmouth College. I had not been on the campus for several years and it was really nice to be back. The occasion was the Collis Center Reunion & Celebration. Holly Sateia, the Director of Collis when we started working there in 1991, invited us to celebrate with the donor, past directors, supporters and students.

The event was held in Common Ground, the restored main room at Collis. The building looked great; some recent renovations including an enlarged servery and the addition of air conditioning, make the facility even more functional. Tony Atkin’s initial design concept, a large, central atrium carved out of the center of the building, still serves as a great connector, and is in many ways the heart of the campus. Many of the speakers at the event spoke of their relationship to the Collis Center, and how significant it was as part of their professional or student experience. Although there was some mention of the building, most of the emphasis was on the activities, events, and people that make the place so special. This was a good reminder of what is most important about our profession.

While on campus I had a chance to visit our three residence hall projects: McCulloch, Hitchcock, and Fahey-McLane. It was great to see that our projects are holding up well and have become integral components of the campus fabric. And not to be missed were the events taking place as part of the Annual Woodsman Competition; certainly not something we get to see too often in Philadelphia.

New Mexico Magazine Feature!



The Owe’neh Bupingeh Preservation Project continues to receive great press.  This month, we’re featured by New Mexico Magazine as one of “three buildings we love.”

To learn more about this project please visit our website.

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects Promotions!


Atkin Olshin Schade Architects is pleased to announce the promotions of several key staff members to kick off 2015. Associates Lisa Dustin, AIA in Philadelphia and Shawn Evans, AIA in Santa Fe have been elevated to Associate Principals, and architects Paul Avazier, AIA, LEED AP in Philadelphia and Daniel Barboa, RA in Santa Fe have been named Associates.

Lisa Dustin, AIA, has managed many of our projects for cultural and higher educational institutions including Brown Hall at Princeton University, winner of a 2014 New Jersey AIA Design Award. She is currently working on the construction phase for a new, 130-bed residence hall at Bryn Mawr College; a new, 50-bed residence hall at Loomis Chaffee School; and renovations to historic Dillon Gymnasium at Princeton University. Lisa joined Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in 1992 and has been an Associate since 2003.

Shawn Evans, AIA, Director of Cultural and Preservation projects, has led many of our projects at historic sites and institutions including Cherokee Castle in Colorado, Ohkay Owingeh in New Mexico, Fort Apache in Arizona, Eastern State Penitentiary, and the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology at University of Pennsylvania in Pennsylvania. Shawn relocated to Santa Fe from Philadelphia in 2012 to better serve our Southwest clients. He is the recipient of the prestigious James Marston Fitch Mid-Career Grant from the James Marston Fitch Charitable Foundation, and is currently a board member of the New Mexico Heritage Preservation Alliance. Shawn joined the firm in 1995 and was named Associate in 2003.

Paul Avazier, AIA, LEED AP, has been a Project Manager for many of our academic clients including Friends Select School, Santiago Christian School, Episcopal Academy, and Lafayette College. Paul is currently working on a new, 50-bed residence hall at Loomis Chaffee School; façade renovations to Conwell and Carnell Halls at Temple University, and renovations to Building 57 at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He is a former Board Member of the Philadelphia AIA. Paul began work at Atkin Olshin Schade Architects in 2007.

Daniel Barboa, RA, has been a key member of our Santa Fe office since its inception, working widely throughout New Mexico and the southwest on a wide range of projects, including the Kewa Safety Complex, winner of an AIA Santa Fe Honor Award. He has extensive experience with projects on Native American tribal lands including Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo, I-Sah’-Din’-Dii Housing Development for the Mescalero Apache, Sandia Pueblo, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and Cochiti Pueblo. Daniel joined the firm in 2005.

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. To read the full story click here.


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.