Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Clockwise LtoR- Deidre, Jose, Rick, Jason, Elisa, and Jen

JKR Partners Architects is proud to announce the promotions of six dedicated individuals whose contributions have helped make JKR Partners a success.  Jose Hernandez, AIA is promoted to Principal of the firm.  Deidre DeAscanis, AIA, Richard Stewart, AIA and Jason Wistreich,AIA, are promoted to Associate Principals, and Jennifer Whary and ElisaLanzutti, ARB are promoted to Project Coordinators.  Jose has demonstrated his ability to manage many complex residential projects and guide clients through complicated zoning matters and is actively involved in many committees within the local architecture and building trade organizations.  Deidre DeAscanis has managed some of the firms highest profile rehabilitation and historic preservation projects ranging from the award winning former Naval Home in Philadelphia, the Presser and Nugent Senior Apartment projects in Mt. Airy, to the successful residential conversion of ICON|1616 on Walnut Street.  Deidre is currently working on a similar ultra high-end residential conversion at the intersection of Broad and Chestnut Streets along the Avenue of the Arts.    Richard Stewart was instrumental in the success of 777 South Broad Street, a high end luxury apartment building on the Avenue of the Arts, and has led many of the firms successful movie theater jobs across the country.  Jason Wistreich manages our high end restaurant clients and is currently managing a host of projects for the Philadelphia Housing Authority. Both Elisa Lanzutti and Jennifer Whary have quickly demonstrated their ability to successful manage diverse clients and projects ranging from residential to retail, and are very active with committees within the office.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Brewerytown is BOOMIN' Tour

Last Friday, a few of us took a break from the grind and headed over to Brewerytown to see some of our newest projects taking shape for MM Partners.  MM as you may know, has been developing/redeveloping block by block, that part of the city just north of Fairmount Ave. The neighborhood is ripe for good development; it's a great location close to the Art Museum, Fairmount Park and Center City, it has a nice commercial avenue on Girard Ave, a trolley line, and most importantly, it's affordable.  It's really a clean slate as far as redevelopment is concerned and the neighborhood has been very receptive to MM's plans according to Jacob Roller.
MM has gotten noticed by the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Business Journal recently as well.  We're happy to be a part of their team on their latest projects. We toured Cambridge Row; Three townhouses on, wait for it, Cambridge St. and 30 Baltz on, wait for it, 30th and Baltz Street, and their upcoming project Girard27, uh you guessed it, 27th and Girard!  Their new Braverman building, a 5 story mixed use project, is the first to take advantage of new zoning along Girard Ave which allows them to go up higher than most existing buildings along the strip.  The tour ended at their latest venture, Sarah's Place, a former nuisance bar that was recently rehabbed and made "new" again or at the very least cleaned up. Much of its original character has remained unchanged.  Here are some snaps.
Cambridge Row, Brewerytown

nice wood bay

Jacob Roller leads the tour

The new Braverman Building

North 28th, another JKR Partners project

Sarah's Place Bar

upstairs at Sarah's Place

Interior of Cambridge Row

A room with a view at 30 Baltz

Just in time for the Holiday

In a funk? Not in the spirit yet? Well, there's only a few days left so get it in gear! Maybe this could help.  Dave Urffer's performance yesterday at the annual Tuba Christmas at the Kimmel Center. He's big time. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Pumpkin Carving Tradition lives on

Lauren and Greg carving
The Boss making an architectural pumpkin
Izzo and Knepley's creation, good enough for #2 place!
Jen and Sam's porcupine, a tie for second.
Dave and Katie's owl, the grand champ.
It wouldn't be October if we didn't have our annual pumpkin carving contest in the office. This year was sort of the exception. Technically, we did our pumpkin carving this year in November due to some big deadlines, but that didn't stop the fun. To be fair, partners were randomly selected from a hat, and each team had an hour and a half or thereabouts to complete their creation.  Some were good, some were better.  This year Katie Robinson and Dave Urffer stole the title for best pumpkin from last year's reigning champ Katie Brill.  If you didn't already know, Katie Robinson is the new Katie Brill.  (marriage) Check out some of this years pumpkins on our Facebook Page.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

ReInvention AIA, DC

Robert Gurney Associates Glass House

City Center Washington DC

Four Pavillion House


E/L Studio

E/L Studio

Salt and Pepper House

Salt and Pepper House

City Center rooftops

Robert Gurney Associates Glass House

Robert Gurney Glass House
Izzo here: Jose and I recently took part in the the AIA's Reinvention housing convention in Washington, DC where we toured some good residential architecture and sat in on some informative lectures.  Highlights of the event were the awesome tours of housing by local architects.  SeaUA, a shipping container multifamily project by Travis Price Architects started the day.  Pretty interesting.  Next up was a huge housing project on the site of the former DC convention center right downtown.  A massive project, it had some of the most awesome roof decks I had ever seen. These were half apartments and half condos with over 300k sf of retail on the ground level which is already leased up! An amazing feat in and of itself. This project was designed by Shalom Baranes and Foster Partners. A single family house by KUBE Architects dubbed the Salt and Pepper house (no relation to  Salt n pepa) started the single family dwellings. Not a huge house, but it certainly had a lot of fun surprises around every corner. Another live work house by E/L Studio was on the tour. A small architecture office on the first floor, and a small living quarters on the second floor.  Really nice use of tight quarters and really cool ceiling details.  The Four Pavillion house by esteemed architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen designed in the mid 1970s and restored recently by Richard Williams, AIA.  Another great small house within a very private suburban lot.  Really well done. And last but certainly not least, an over the top mansion in Georgetown by Robert Gurney Associates. I mean, check out that kitchen and wine cellar!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nugent Senior Apartments Wins Preservation Award


Our Nugent Senior Apartments has won another award.  Not only have we won a Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia grand jury award, now we've also won a Preservation Pennsylvania Award. We're not stopping there however, we're also in the running for an AIA Philadelphia and AIA Pennsylvania award.  Dave, Sam and DeeDee have continued their award winning work.


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Our team keeps growing

Maybe it's the economy, maybe we are just  awesome, maybe it's a little bit of both, but we've been seeing some impressive growth over here at JKR.  Projects keep coming in, large and small, and we're doing our very best to keep up with our clients' demands. We're proud to announce the addition of Michael Buckley to our already talented design staff.  He's helping alleviate some of the day to day pressures on our other established designers.  Mike hails from UPenn where he's earned his Masters, and also brings some good experience from some top local firms.  Right now he is working on some of our residential projects.  We're happy to welcome him to our team!