Thursday, July 31, 2014

Annual JKR Phillies Outing

Some new Threads for everyone! a new tradition.

A motley crew

The Rooches, Diana and Greg.

Sean keeping his fivehead free from sunburn.
It's not all work and no play around here, although it may seem like that.  We really do work hard.  We just need some recuperation days to reconnect with our colleagues and have some fun. It's been 8 or 9 years now that we've closed down the office for the afternoon and have gone to the Phillies game for a business persons special.  Then, as always, we head down to our favorite dive bar Bob and Barbara's and get the other kind of special... A beer and a shot. This year we had another beautiful day and actually saw the Phils win a game for a change! Check out all the photos on our Facebook page.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Annual JKR Family Day dials in the fun.

Our office is fun. We do fun stuff. We work hard during the business day, and often times after the business day is over, so naturally we like to take an afternoon off every once in a while and enjoy each others company. We shut down around 1pm, load up our cars, and head to the plateau where e'erybody go. Volleyball, bubbles, footballs, giant jenga, cornhole, ladderball, plenty of food and booze. What more could you ask for? Enjoy all the photos on our Facebook page.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Anthony Wayne II opens to great fanfare!

Our Anthony Wayne II project, affectionately know around the office as T-Wayne or Tony Wayne had its grand opening yesterday afternoon after a few months of operation.  The project provides affordable housing for seniors in the Grays Ferry neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Nine years ago we completed the first phase which converted an old school into affordable housing.  The success of that project lead to this project, which has added 46 more units to the mix.  Even more units are planned in a third phase which is currently waiting in the wings.
Lisa Thomas-Laury of 6ABC was at the site reporting live as councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined developer Brett Altman of Altman Co. and other dignitaries as the ribbon was cut.  See the coverage here from 6ABC and at The Inquirer

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

New Hires

Connor, Alli, Meg, Greg, Dan
We've been busy working and been busy expanding our team!  In the last month or two we've added 5 new employees to keep up with our crazy schedules.  The new additions ain't no slouches either. Top quality people doing top quality things from top quality universities!  We've got Connor Pritz... halfway to a Pritzker Prize already. We've plucked Alli Rametta from a boutique firm in NYC. We've snatched up Meg Brennan from UPenn. We've got Greg Curran from Penn State, and last but certainly not least we've snagged Dan Flesher all the way from Idaho.  A good diverse mix of people to bring some fresh perspectives on our work.  We are excited about all of them!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Celebrating 30 Years!

Last week we had the privilege of celebrating our 30 years in business with all of the people that have afforded us the opportunity to be of service to them.  We shared the moment atop the Hotel Monaco with all of our great clients, friends and consultants. What started as a small one man operation back in 1984 with Jerry Roller at the helm, has transformed into a architectural force to be reckoned with, boasting 36 employees today. The projects have gotten better and better, the people sharper and sharper, and overall, it's just a great place to work! See more great images here from Aux Collective.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Educational Video about a Career in Architecture Starring JKR Architects!


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Izzo Here: A few months ago, Tiffany (formerly of JKR, but still a close ally to the office) and I embarked on some uncharted territory.  We were approached by an awesome organization called GreenTreks to star in short film about careers in STEM or science, technology, engineering and Mathematics. This was the result.  Hopefully this will inspire you or someone you know to become an architect! Grab some popcorn!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Sam Kim Becomes our Latest Registered Architect!

Sam Kim is our latest team member to pass her final architecture exam and become a registered architect. It's no easy feat.  In addition to playing a major role in every aspect of our office culture, she has been quietly knocking down each test with regularity.  Usually you hear of everyone complaining about how hard the tests are, or how unfair they are, or how much they have been studying for them and consuming their lives, but Sam always kept her head and plugged away at them with her positive attitude.  We now have an impressive THIRTEEN registered architects in our talented office! Way to go Sam!