“What Was The Philadelphia School?”

September 20th, 2017

“What Was The Philadelphia School?” Find out at the Center / Architecture + Design in Philadelphia where this special exhibition highlights work by Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates, VSBA Architects & Planners, and many other groundbreaking Philly designers. Check out beautiful models, photos, books, and texts. The show runs through September 28, 2017 — and it’s free!

VSBA in “Context” Magazine

August 1st, 2017

VSBA is in the current issue of Context magazine!

The AIA Philadelphia publication has a great profile on our South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center. The article focuses on the Center’s urban connections.  Check it out!

VSBA at GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting

July 24th, 2017

Please join VSBA’s Seth Cohen and other project team members for a presentation of our South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center at the GSI Partners Quarterly Meeting. They’ll be talking about the project’s public / private nature and how it can serve as a model for other neighborhoods and communities.

The presentation will be Wednesday, August 2nd at 8:00 a.m. at Temple University Center City (1515 Market Street, Room 222, Philly). You can register at—august-2017/details

Green Stormwater Infrastructure Partners is an initiative of the Sustainable Business Network of Greater Philadelphia.

Hope you can be with us!

VSBA’s BuildingSuccess

July 13th, 2017

Check out this upcoming BuildingSuccess event on Thursday, July 20 at 6:30pm at the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center.

VSBA’s Seth Cohen and other team members will talk about the project’s public / private partnership and design process. There’ll be tour of the Center, a panel discussion, and refreshments!

To RSVP, go to:

VSBA Project Wins ULI Award for Excellence

June 19th, 2017

We won! VSBA’s South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center won the ULI Philadelphia‘s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Award for Excellence! Our project was one of seven winners. Congratulations to everyone on the team and thank you, ULI!

We’re ULI Finalists

May 2nd, 2017

The South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center has been named as a finalist in the Urban Land Institute’s Awards for Excellence!

The new building— housing health care facilities for both the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and City of Philadelphia, as well as a city branch library and recreation center — is one of 14 finalists.

Winners will be announced June 14, 2017 at the Ballroom at the Ben. If you’re interested in attending the ceremony, go to

Wish us luck!

VSBA Has Moved!

April 7th, 2017

LEED Silver for the SPCH&LC

February 22nd, 2017

VSBA’s South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center has been awarded LEED Silver certification! Congratulations to CHOP, the City, and our design and construction teams!

VSBA @ Liberty Place

February 9th, 2017

The next time you’re in Philly’s quaint Center City, stop by Liberty Place to see the AIA Philadelphia Architecture Exhibit — featuring VSBA’s latest work!

Denise Scott Brown Wins Jane Drew Prize

February 7th, 2017

Congratulations, Denise, for winning the 2017 Jane Drew Prize! You rock!

VSBA in Hidden City Philadelphia

December 22nd, 2016

Hilary Jay for Hidden City Philadelphia named this one of Philly’s “Most Intriguing Projects of 2016”!


Viva Joy!

December 21st, 2016

VSBA Designs New Residence Hall at University of Alabama

November 28th, 2016


VSBA recently programmed, planned, and completed Schematic Design for a new freshman residence at the University of Alabama!

Check out the link for sketches and more info:

Dan @ the AIA’s Build America Summit

November 22nd, 2016

VSBA’s Dan McCoubrey will be a panelist for “Philadelphia Hybrids: Bringing Together Constituencies to Create New Civic Places” as part of the AIA’s Build America Summit!

Moderated by Inga Saffron, architecture critic for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the event is November 29th at 1:15 pm in the New York Times Building, NYC.

For more info, check out

Hope to see you there!

“When Robert Venturi and Jane Jacobs upset the modernist apple cart” by Inga Saffron

November 4th, 2016


Check out Inga Saffron’s wonderful article on Bob Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, and Jane Jacobs!

VSBA @ Design on the Delaware

November 3rd, 2016

chop-hallway-01Going to Design on the Delaware? Join us for a tour of the South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center! Presenters will include architects Dan McCoubrey and Seth Cohen of VSBA and Douglas Carney of CHOP.

Our tour (Program # DD16T02) is Wednesday, November 9th from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm. For more information, check out

VSBA @ DesignPhiladelphia

September 30th, 2016


Here’s your chance to tour the new South Philadelphia Community Health and Literacy Center! — a joint venture by The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the City of Philadelphia.

As part of this year’s DesignPhiladelphia, VSBA architects Dan McCoubrey and Seth Cohen will be giving a tour of the building on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

The Center is located on South Broad Street between Morris Street and Castle Avenue. The tour is totally FREE and open to the public. For more info, go to

See you there!

Our Hotel in Korea is Underway

June 10th, 2016

VSBA recently designed a new hotel in Seoul, Korea, and construction is now underway!

For more info, check out the project page at Steven Song Design Lab, who partnered with us on the project:!wseokyo/czuf

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Excavation is complete.

Welcome Home VSBA Alumni and Friends

June 6th, 2016

It was wonderful to see so many VSBA alumni as we celebrated Bob and Denise winning the Gold Medal!

Dinner at Bob and Denise’s house

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Party at the University of Pennsylvania’a Fisher Fine Arts Library


Congratulations to Denise and Bob for receiving the AIA Gold Medal this past weekend!

May 25th, 2016

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Denise and Bob were officially awarded the AIA’s highest honor at this year’s national Convention. To view the AIA’s video tribute, click here!