On The Rise: Philadelphia's Emerging Design Firms + Young Architects

On The Rise: Philadelphia's Emerging Design Firms + Young Architects



  • Exhibition
  • AIA
On The Rise: Philadelphia's Emerging Design Firms + Young Architects
February 1 - March 15, 2018
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM, Mon-Sat
Center for Architecture and Design
1218 Arch St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

FREE | Registration Not Required

This program is presented in partnership between the Center for Architecture and Design and AIA Philadelphia.

Explore creative designs from the rising stars of AIA Philadelphia. This exhibition features work by the 2017 Philadelphia Emerging Architect (PEA) Prize winning firm, Otto Architects, and the 2017 Young Architect (YA) Prize winner, Adam Montalbano. The PEA Prize is awarded annually to recognize an emerging architecture firm (formed less than 10 years ago) producing high-quality design and thinking within the Philadelphia region. The YA Prize is awarded to an architect under the age of 40 who displays excellence and promise of future merit in design excellence, professional practice, education, and service to the profession and/or society.

Join us for our Closing Reception + Talk on the evening of Wednesday, March 13th, to meet the winning architects and watch them present on their award-winning concepts and processes.


Otto Architects (PEA Winner)
is a small, nimble, design firm with wide-ranging interests.  Our design approach is one that intensely scrutinizes each project’s context, resulting in strategic responses that will not necessarily portray a single style representative of the firm. Projects are instead defined by their focused design explorations, and attention to detail in all phases of design and construction. Our  wide-ranging  experience  includes  all  types  of  single  and  multi-family  residential  construction,  adaptive  reuse projects,  commercial  and  office  interiors,  restaurant,  retail,  institutional  projects,  signage,  and  product  design.  This typological variety affords us the comfort to cross-pollinate across project types and scales, while quickly adapting to meet the specific needs of each of our clients.

Adam Montalbano (YA Winner)
was raised in a highly creative and inspiring family; his grandfather a professional big-band leader, his mother a fashion designer, his father the principal dancer of the Joffrey Ballet in the late 60’s who turned fashion designer in his post dance years, and his brother, an accomplished illustrator and artist now at Marvel. With this upbringing, he solidified his interest in architecture early concurrent with over a decade of intense study in music, art and athletics. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from Lehigh University, as well as a Minor in Architectural History. In 2004, he co-founded Moto Designshop, at the age of 26.

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