Bob Venturi Turns 90!

June 25th, 2015

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Happy 90th birthday to Bob Venturi! Viva Bob!

Photo by Ingrid von Kruse

Introducing David Hatton

May 11th, 2015

Introducing David Hatton

VSBA welcomes our new partner, David Hatton, AIA, NCARB. While participating in a range of VSBA’s projects, David will be leading our marketing and business development.

In addition to campus master planning and the design of classroom and science buildings, David specializes in the creation of campus centers and student life buildings. At colleges and universities across the country, he has collaborated with academic administrators, teachers, staff, and students to understand their needs and shape their educational environments.

David has led the planning and design of over 50 campus and dining center projects. His clients have included Virginia Tech, Penn State, the University of North Carolina, University of Wisconsin, the University of Iowa, the University of Mary Washington, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the Community College of Philadelphia, and many other schools.

David is also experienced with the planning and design of student residences, for which his clients have included Saint Joseph’s University, Rowan University, East Carolina University, Marist College, and many SUNY campuses.

David frequently publishes and speaks at national conferences, sharing his experience in design for academic campuses.

“An innovation designed to make whole families healthier…”

April 23rd, 2015

6ABC has done this great feature on the Community Health and Literacy Center for the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia​ and City of Philadelphia. Check it out!:

Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 4/9/15

April 9th, 2015

Throughout construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed:  And here’s where we are so far:

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Drilling piles in the basement area


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Digging trenches for concrete foundation


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Steel reinforcement for concrete footings


Hidden History

April 3rd, 2015

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“The James Hamilton Windrim-designed Southern Home For Destitute Children, 1896. Courtesy of Historical Images of Philadelphia: the Print and Picture Collection at The Free Library of Philadelphia”

“The Community Health and Literacy Center is slated to open in December of this year at Broad and Morris on the former site of the Southern Home for Destitute Children orphanage. The 96,000 square foot, $42.5 million center, designed by VSBA, LLC​Architects and Planners, is a partnership between the Children’s Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia​ and the City of Philadelphia….”

Hidden City Philadelphia​ has a great article about our work and the fascinating history of the site:

More info on our project is available at

President Dan McCoubrey — FAIA!

February 6th, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to president and principal Dan McCoubrey — a 2015 Fellow of the AIA!



Community Health & Literacy Center: Construction Update (1/7/15)

January 7th, 2015

Throughout construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.  Here’s where we’re headed:  And here’s where we are so far:

Earthwork is underway

Earthwork is underway


Augercast pile installation is ongoing

Augercast pile installation is ongoing


Stormwater detention basin is being installed

Stormwater detention basin is being installed

Happy Holidays from VSBA!

December 19th, 2014

Happy Holidays from VSBA!

Vote Lenfest Hall for Philly’s Phinest!

December 18th, 2014

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The AIA Philadelphia is asking you to vote for your favorite buildings in the city.  We’d be very grateful if you would consider voting for VSBA’s Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music!

Before January 9, please email Elizabeth Paul, Director of Communications, at to say:

Dear Ms. Paul,
I’d like to vote for the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall as my favorite Philly building!

Projects that receive enough votes will be featured in a promo video for the 2016 AIA National Convention in Philadelphia. For more information on voting, see:

And for information on the building, check out’s project page:

Thank you so much for your help and support!

Community Health and Literacy Center: Construction Update, 11/25/14

November 25th, 2014

Throughout construction of the Community Health and Literacy Center, we’ll be posting construction photos and updates.

Here’s where we’re headed:

And here’s where we are so far. This is demolition of the existing health center on the site.

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Community Health and Literacy Center Groundbreaking

September 19th, 2014

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We’ve broken ground on Philadelphia’s new Health and Literacy Center!

Here’s a photo from yesterday’s event. From left to right: En Jung Kim, Chase Community Equity; CHOP board member Lynne Garbose; Brian Hudson, Commonwealth Cornerstone Group; John Grady, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation (PIDC); CHOP president Madeline Bell; Philadelphia Mayor Michael A. Nutter; CHOP patient Courtney Simmons; CHOP chief executive officer Steven M. Altschuler, M.D.; Councilman Kenyatta Johnson; Senator Larry Farnese; Representative Jordan Harris; CHOP associate medical director of primary care, Lisa Biggs, M.D and Siobhan A. Reardon, president, Free Library of Philadelphia.

Here’s a link to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s press release:

Here’s an article about the groundbreaking from

And for more information on the project, check out VSBA’s project page,

Groundbreaking Family Care Center!

September 12th, 2014

South Philadelphia Family Care Center Groundbreaking Ceremony
You’re invited to a groundbreaking of an exciting new VSBA project!

For more information on the project, see VSBA’s website:

Note: the RSVP for the groundbreaking ceremony is today, Friday, September 12th.

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July 3rd, 2014


Lenfest Hall @ Curtis Honored By Urban Land Institute Philadelphia

June 23rd, 2014

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Lenfest Hall at the Curtis Institute of Music has been honored by the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia! It has won an inaugural Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Award for Excellence.

The music education and student residence hall was named a “truly exemplary” project. “A unique combination of both public and private uses, it incorporates the first dedicated housing for students at what is probably the top music school in the country,” concluded the award jurors.

ULI Philadelphia is “a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities.”

Thank you so much, ULI Philadelphia — and congratulations to Curtis and our design team!

For more information, see ULI Philadelphia’s press release:

VSBA Has Plans for Wellesley

May 6th, 2014

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VSBA recent completed an exciting planning project for Wellesley College. We worked closely with the College to develop a program plan that consolidated a number of ongoing studies.

For campus photos, drawings, and a full description, check out our project page:

VSBA In Context

February 6th, 2014

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VSBA’s renovations and additions to the Allentown Art Museum have been featured as a Design Profile in the AIA’s Context magazine.

Check it out:

Viva Nancy!

November 12th, 2013

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For all our friends and colleagues, we have an important announcement:

After 26 years at 4236 Main Street, Nancy Rogo Trainer has left VSBA to become Drexel University’s Associate Vice President of Design and Planning!

Nancy writes:

“The opportunity to work for a rapidly changing institution in the city I love most is a once-in-a-career opportunity, and I’m looking forward to my new role. Still, I’ll miss the people and projects of VSBA, and will always be grateful to Bob Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, the late Steven Izenour, and colleagues and clients too numerous to mention. Dan McCoubrey, president and principal of VSBA, LLC, has my eternal admiration for his talent and integrity, and my thanks for his collegiality and friendship. There isn’t another architecture firm in the world I’d rather work for.”

While we’ll miss her very much, please join us in wishing her all the best in her new career!

Dan McCoubrey
President and Principal

Fay House Featured at

October 28th, 2013

Meeting Room (Fay 100) 01 features VSBA’s renovation of Fay House at the Radcliffe Institute:

Click here for a full description and photos of VSBA’s work at Fay House.

Fay House is US’s Oldest LEED

July 2nd, 2013

2013 07.02.13 - Fay House is Oldest US LEEDFay House of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard is the country’s oldest LEED certified building!

VSBA completed a major renovation of the building in June 2012, and it was LEED Gold certified in April 2013.  According to the US Green Building Council, in addition to being the oldest LEED certified building in the United States, Fay House is the second oldest in the world.

For more information, check out Fay House’s listing at Harvard University’s Office of Sustainability and

Lenfest Hall Honored By 10,000 Friends

July 1st, 2013

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We’re happy to announce that 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania has given the Curtis Institute of Music’s Lenfest Hall a 2013 Commonwealth Award, one of thirteen granted statewide!

10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania is an alliance promoting smart growth throughout the state.  Lenfest Hall was honored as a Community Institution Project for contributing to its neighborhood and the City of Philadelphia.

For more information on 10,000 Friends, see their website.

And you can learn all about Lenfest Hall via its project page at