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We are an architecture, interiors and planning firm that designs buildings, campuses and communities across the United States.

We approach architecture and site planning as a means to give life and purpose to new and existing buildings. We engage with the culture and history of our clients and the sites we are asked to work with, and we explore their contemporary uses and contexts. We celebrate the diversity of our clients and find inspiration in the specific goals and conditions of each project we undertake.

Atkin Olshin Schade Architects holds a deep commitment to environmental and cultural sustainability, whether the project is urban or rural, historic or contemporary. Every member of our team is closely involved with our clients and committed to meeting budget, environmental and scheduling objectives, while creating places that enrich and sustain the lives of those who use them.

Since beginning our practice in 1979, we have had the privilege to work with many academic, religious, and cultural institutions as well as local communities who want to balance growth with a commitment to the preservation of the character and scale of their existing buildings and site. We have designed significant contemporary buildings for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Santo Domingo Pueblo, and the Penn Alexander School, which has been a national model for university-affiliated public schools, as well as new faith buildings and workplaces for nonprofits and developers.

Our renovations of historically significant structures for cultural, academic and civic organizations has led us to devise new approaches to historic preservation. We embrace community renewal as a primary criterion for a project’s success. Some of these projects include renovations to Brown Hall at Princeton University, renovations to College Hall at the University of Pennsylvania, a master plan for Eastern State Penitentiary, and the community revitalization and preservation of the Ohkay Owingeh pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico. As we have grown, Atkin Olshin Schade Architects has established a wide geographic presence, with projects across the United States, and offices in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Santa Fe, New Mexico.


Awards and Recognition
















  • Faith & Form Magazine's Religious Architecture Design Award for Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
  • AIA Philadelphia Chapter Design Award for Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church
  • New Jersey Future Smart Growth Award for The Senator Frank Lautenberg Transportation Opportunities Center and Independence House
  • New Jersey State Historic Preservation Award for The Senator Frank Lautenberg Transportation Opportunities Center and Independence House


  • Academy of Music, PA
  • Acoma Pueblo, NM
  • All Saint’s Episcopal Church, FL
  • Arch Street United Methodist Church, PA
  • Avon Old Farms School, CT
  • Baca County, CO
  • Brooklyn Museum, NY
  • Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church, PA
  • Camelot Schools, PA
  • Care 66, NM
  • Carnegie Museum of Art, PA
  • Cathedral Christ the King, ON
  • Center for Contemporary Arts, NM
  • Cherokee Castle, CO
  • Chippewa Cree Tribe, MT
  • Christ Church of Bradenton, FL
  • Christ Church Santa Fe, NM
  • City of Espanola, NM
  • City of Santa Fe, NM
  • Cliveden of the National Trust, PA
  • Colorado College, CO
  • Community Legal Services, PA
  • Congregation Beth Harmedrosh, PA
  • Congregation Kesher Israel, PA
  • Cornell University, NY
  • Dartmouth College, NH
  • Deerfield Academy, MA
  • Duke University, NC
  • Easter Seals El Mirador, NM
  • Eastern State Penitentiary, PA
  • EB Realty Management, PA
  • Elfreth’s Alley, PA
  • Elisabeth Morrow School, NJ
  • Episcopal Academy, PA
  • Fairmount Park Commission, PA
  • First Presbyterian Church, PA
  • First United Methodist Church, NC
  • Fleisher Art Memorial, PA
  • Fort Apache, AZ
  • Fort Mifflin, PA
  • Fort Stanton, NM
  • Franklin & Marshall College, PA
  • Free Church of Saint John, PA
  • Friends Select School, PA
  • Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
  • Grand Canyon Trust, AZ
  • Hamilton College, NY
  • Lafayette College, PA
  • Lawrenceville School, NJ
  • Lehigh University, PA
  • Lindy Property Management, PA
  • Loomis Chaffee School, CT
  • Los Poblanos Historic Inn, NM
  • Lower Merion Conservancy, PA
  • Lower Merion Township, PA
  • Lyman Allyn Museum, CT
  • Make it Right Foundation, MT
  • Manzano Day School, NM
  • Midwood Management Corp, NY
  • Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, PA
  • New Mexico State University, NM
  • NJ Community Development Corporation, NJ
  • Ohkay Owingeh, NM
  • OLIN, PA
  • Parish of Christ Church, MA
  • Paterson Free Library, NJ
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, PA
  • Pennsylvania State University, PA
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA
  • Princeton University, NJ
  • Pueblo de Cochiti, NM
  • Pueblo of Isleta, NM
  • Pueblo of Laguna, NM
  • Pueblo of Picuris, NM
  • Pueblo of Santa Ana, NM
  • Pueblo of Santa Domingo, NM
  • Pueblo of Zuni, NM
  • Renfrew Center, FL, PA
  • Rhode Island School of Design, RI
  • Rio Grande School, NM
  • Rosenbach Museum and Library, PA
  • Russell Byers Charter School, PA
  • Rutgers University, NJ
  • Saint David's Episcopal Church, PA
  • Saint David's Episcopal Church, TX
  • Saint John on the Mountain, NJ
  • Saint John the Evangelist, PA
  • Saint Mark's Episcopal Church, FL
  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, IN
  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, PA
  • Saint Paul's Episcopal Church, SC
  • Saint Peter's Church and School, PA
  • Salmon Ruins, NM
  • Sandia Pueblo, NM
  • Santa Fe Botanical Garden, NM
  • Santa Fe Chabad Center, NM
  • Santa Fe County, NM
  • Santa Fe Opera, NM
  • Santiago Christian School, Dominican Republic
  • School District of Philadelphia, PA
  • School District of Santa Fe, NM
  • Seminary of the Southwest, TX
  • Shiloh Baptist Church, PA
  • South Orange Public Library, NJ
  • Southern Methodist University-in-Taos, NM
  • Spirit Lake Nation, ND
  • Springside School, PA
  • Temple Adath Israel, PA
  • Temple Chayai Shalom, MA
  • Temple University, PA
  • Thomas Jefferson University, PA
  • Tishman Speyer Properties, PA
  • Town of Branson, CO
  • Town of Hurley, NM
  • Trinity Church, NJ
  • Trinity Memorial Church, PA
  • Union League of Philadelphia, PA
  • United World College, NM
  • University of Denver, CO
  • University of New Mexico, NM
  • University of Pennsylvania, PA
  • University of Pennsylvania Museum, PA
  • Usdan Center for the Performing Arts, NY
  • Wesleyan University, CT
  • White Mountain Apache Tribe, AZ