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A Sweet Surprise This Season

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A Sweet Surprise This Season


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Delectable Design

This holiday season, we’re gathering with friends new and old for our very first giveaway! In collaboration with Accidentally Wes Anderson and Oh! You Pretty Things cookies, three winners will receive custom cookie decorating kits to create some magic of their own. Inspired by bringing design into homes in a fun and unique way, this is an opportunity for friends and family to be creative together.

See the kits in action and enter the giveaway on our Instagram.

Terms and conditions apply.

The Way the Cookie Crumbles

Explore the real-life counterparts behind each of these tasty treats.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Reinvigorating a National Historic Landmark

The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is an art school and museum spanning not one, but two historic buildings – the 1876 Landmark Building and the adjacent 1916 Hamilton Building. The Landmark Building, designed by renowned Philadelphia architects Frank Furness and George Hewitt, is the first structure in the U.S. specifically designed for fine arts instruction and exhibition, and is considered one the finest examples of late Victorian architecture.


Since its conception, the historic Landmark Building was maintained, but not altered from the original function or architectural condition. When our team was tapped for the master plan and subsequent renovation, we translated Victorian ideals into the 21st century. Now, the academy is ready to accommodate the ever-growing program within the fixed site, while preserving PAFA’s historic charm.


Explore the academy’s surprising history with Accidentally Wes Anderson.

1876 Landmark Building Victorian architecture in America with arched windows and sculpted stone moldings and block facade
Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery

Reinvigorating a National Historic Landmark

The first purpose-built art museum in the U.S., the Renwick Gallery was built in 1859. Up until a few years ago, it saw its last renovation in the early 1970s. In 2015, we took on the challenge to update and improve this National Historic Landmark’s building systems without damaging its historic status. Through out-of-the-box thinking and a sustainability goal that set the bar high, we replaced and improved major building infrastructure systems, enhanced historic features, and improved interior conditions to ensure the preservation and efficient operation of this treasured structure for future generations.


Take a moment to read the story behind the “American Louvre” from Accidentally Wes Anderson.

The front entrance to a two story red brick Second Empire style building with masonry and Dedicated to Art is carved at top
John and Jill Ker Conway Residence

Tailored Design for Community Good

In a visually striking building that looks as if it would be topping Washington, D.C.’s sky-high rent prices, the city’s most vulnerable find a home and opportunities. Operating on the premise that chronic homelessness is preventable with the right support, an unprecedented collaboration between public, private, philanthropic, and nonprofit partners culminated in the opening of the John and Jill Ker Conway Residence. With 124 units – and striking views of the U.S. Capitol and Washington Monument – nearly half are dedicated to housing homeless veterans with the rest reserved for those referred by the District’s Department of Behavioral Health and low-income residents.


Looking for more Washington, D.C. monuments off the beaten path? Join our friends Accidentally Wes Anderson as they explore more of the District’s hidden gems.

John and Jill Ker Conway Residence, modular white wrap angled serrated facade with large windows


Making Spirits Bright

As we approach this holiday season, we’re reminiscing on how Associate and Experiential Graphic Designer Jovaney Hollingsworth brought our creative process full circle. His work reminds of us of the spirit of the season, celebrating the way integrated design connects us all. Here’s the idea that sparked our holiday message last year.

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The Rules


Ready to design your own architectural wonder? After you’ve had a look at the Terms+Conditions, head over to our Instagram to enter.

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How would you decorate these architectural treats? Join us on Instagram for your chance to win your own cookie decorating set and share your design voice with the world.

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