Archer & Buchanan Architecture Wins First Outstanding Firm Award

Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council honors firm and new project

Rosemarie Fabien

30 November 2015

West Chester, Pennsylvania (November 2015) – Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd., an architectural firm specializing in residential and institutional design, is proud to announce that it is the inaugural recipient of the Outstanding Firm Award from the Society of American Registered Architects, Pennsylvania Council.

“Seven consecutive years of submitting projects to SARA PA’s awards program and winning fourteen awards over that time frame. This is quite an accomplishment,” said architect Rhett Jones of RHA Associates, who served on the SARA PA Design Committee. “It is the result of good hard work, good marketing and a constant effort to provide excellent service to their clients. It is above the norm to be so consistently producing award-winning projects when those opportunities do not come in at a consistent flow. So we decided to acknowledge this unusual skill and award it in the hope of encouraging others to strive for the same goals. This is the first of this type of award.”

The twelfth annual SARA PA Design Awards program celebrating “architects and students of architecture throughout the region for exemplary accomplishments and excellence in design” was held on November 13th at the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia. Eleven projects were honored in the 2015 awards program, submitted by SARA members nationwide with winning entries from as far away as California.

“We are grateful to SARA PA for this surprising and humbling honor,” said Peter Archer, AIA, co-founder of Archer & Buchanan. “We are foremost a team of professionals who work collaboratively with clients to help them realize their dreams.”

In addition to the Outstanding Firm Award, Archer & Buchanan also took away a Professional Bronze Award for a contemporary residence, Leaning Timber Haus.

Reading from the jury’s comments, Jones said the Haus had a “nicely balanced entry façade. Carefully considered design details are carried throughout the house creating elegant and light-filled interior spaces. Interesting use of exposed timber framing inside and out.”

Archer & Buchanan’s awards submission describes Leaning Timber Haus as a “contemporary residence on a hilltop with a Zen-like quietude, large garden terrace, sunken spa and outdoor fireplace. Exposed timber frames and stone express organic strength and warmth. The natural expression is carried on through to the interior. The clients, a young couple from Germany, brought with them their national affinity for efficient building technologies and high quality details that will age gracefully over time with minimal maintenance and energy consumption.”

About SARA PA

The Society of American Registered Architects was founded in 1956 as a professional society that includes the participation of all architects, regardless of their roles in the architectural community. SARA has 11 Councils in 8 states, including the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  With the motto, “Architect Helping Architect,” SARA supports the concept of profitable professionalism for its members. Learn more at www.sarapa.org.

About Archer & Buchanan

Currently celebrating its 19th Anniversary, Archer & Buchanan Architecture, Ltd. is an award-winning architecture firm known for timeless design, attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship.  Projects include new structures as well as thoughtful renovations, additions, country property planning, master planning and feasibility studies and adaptive re-use of buildings throughout the eastern seaboard.  Among clients are private home owners and institutions. The firm’s work is on houzz.com and finehomebuilding.com.  Visit www.archerbuchanan.com, (610) 692-9112.

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