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Philadelphia Architect Melds History, Modern life

Growing up in Pittsburgh’s steel-producing heyday, Jeff Krieger watched for the moments when the blast furnaces awakened. Sparks burst from the smokestacks as the intense heat below powered a process both destructive and creative.

“The steel mill was enormous,” Jeff says, “against a landscape of tiny houses cascading over the hills and into the ravines.” The extremes of difference in scale gave a kind of balance to that time and place: the enormity and the smallness, the industrial complexity amidst the scenic beauty. This paradox of intensity and balance rolls out into every facet of Jeff’s life and work.

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Swallowtail Architecture focuses on the beauty of South Carolina waterways

Water supports life wherever it flows and, for architect Rachel Burton, that flow has taken her around the world and to South Carolina. For her, the water also reflects the beauty of the lifeways beside it. Rachel designs coastal homes on Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah Island, Summerville and in the Lowcountry around Charleston. She is ever mindful of the magic that can happen when and where people settle along the marshes that grace the rivers and on the area’s distinctive shores.

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At 2e Architects, Big Ideas Come in 3D Packages

The idea that could change architecture practices forever came to Peter Twohy while he was jogging. He can recognize a magical moment and that was one.

As a residential architect, Peter is in the business of creating such moments for others: “Most people come to me when they want their dream home,” he says. “But I want them to double down on their dream and not only design their dream home but also have spaces that will positively affect their day, their year, their life – every day, all year and their whole life.”

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Architect Mark Eric Benner Crisscrosses Technology, Sustainability

Architect Mark Benner tells the story of one of his firm’s first projects that started in the depths of the recession as the renovation of a home and detached garage. “It was a collection of sheds behind a house on a property where the owner had a lot of sweat equity. He hand-dug the house’s basement and the couple hoped to make their the whole place more energy efficient during phase two. But first, they wanted a garage in place of the sheds.” Yet Mark approached the project with as much care as he would any of his custom-designed residential projects.

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