Our History

Since its founding in 1996, the hallmarks of Archer & Buchanan Architecture have been exquisite design, attention to detail, and quality of craftsmanship.  The firm is guided by a profound respect for the historic and architectural traditions of Philadelphia and its surroundings.  They are frequently recognized for exceptional residential projects, as well as masterful design and execution of a range of structures in the educational and public sector. 

Archer & Buchanan holds an abiding interest in preserving and enhancing the region’s beauty and cultural heritage through thoughtful, timeless architecture.  The firm’s belief in the artistic and historical merits of preservation serves both client and community, providing each with an elegant building of enduring value. 

The growing and diverse portfolio of Archer & Buchanan Architecture includes new homes, historic renovations, restorations and adaptive re-use of buildings for the public and private sector, country property planning, equestrian facilities, additions and renovations, and new construction for individuals, as well as, educational and not-for-profit organizations. 

preserving and enhancing the region's

beauty and cultural heritage

through thoughtful, timeless architecture.

Awards

2014

Palladio Award- New Design and Construction

Rathburn Hall, Grove City College, Grove City, Pennsylvania

2013

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Lenfest Center at the ChesLen Preserve in Coatesville, PA

National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural Fence in Berwyn, PA

Marvin Architects Challenge Winner 

Lenfest Center at the ChesLen Preserve in Coatesville, PA

2012

AIA Philadelphia Award for Design Excellence - Divine Detail 2012

Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural Fence in Berwyn, PA

PA Society of American Registered
Architects Design Award of Excellence

Cor-Ten Cattails Sculptural Fence in Berwyn, PA

2011

Brick Industry Association’s Brick in Architecture –
​Bronze Award for Single Family Home

Lewisburg Residence in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Fox Hill Farm in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

2010

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Excellence

Historic Property Restoration in Malvern, Pennsylvania

Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia –
Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award

Restoration of 1901 ‘Clarke Residence’ in Haverford, Pennsylvania

United States Green Building Council LEED GOLD Certification

Wister Education Center & Greenhouse for The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

Township of Lower Merion – Historic Preservation Award

Restoration of 1901 ‘Clarke Residence’ in Haverford, Pennsylvania

Delaware Contractors Association – Construction Excellence Award

Bohemia Manor in Chesapeake City, Maryland

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Merit

Pennsylvania Farmhouse in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania

National Society of American Registered Architects Design Award of Honor

Arts & Crafts Inspired Residence in Berwyn, Pennsylvania

2009

Green Building of America Award Winning Project
– Real Estate & Construction Review – Northeast Green Success Stories

Wister Education Center & Greenhouse for The Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Adirondack Inspired Addition in Unionville, Pennsylvania

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Modern Glass Addition in Unionville, Pennsylvania

2008

Delaware County Heritage – Historic Preservation Award

1898 Gatehouse Restoration / Adaptive Reuse in Wayne, Pennsylvania

AIA Small Project Award – Small Structure

“Hobbit House” Butterfly Window in Chester County, Pennsylvania

PA Society of American Registered Architects Rehabilitation Award

1898 Gatehouse Restoration / Adaptive Reuse in Wayne, Pennsylvania

Township of Lower Merion – Historic Preservation Award

1898 Gatehouse Restoration / Adaptive Reuse in Wayne, Pennsylvania

PA Society of American Registered Architects Design Award

Arts & Crafts Inspired Residence in Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Electronic House Magazine Home of the Year Awards
– Silver Medal in Best Home Theater

Starry Night Farm in Unionville, Pennsylvania

Radnor Historical Society Preservation Award

1898 Gatehouse Restoration / Adaptive Reuse in Wayne, Pennsylvania

AIA Small Project Award – Small Object

“Hobbit House” Collector’s Studio in Chester County, Pennsylvania

American School & University Outstanding Design Award

Draper Walsh Stadium, Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pennsylvania

2007

Palladio Award

“Hobbit House” Collector’s Studio in Chester County, Pennsylvania

2006

National Trust for Historic Preservation – Sympathetic Addition

2005

Palladio Award

1898 Gatehouse Restoration / Adaptive Reuse in Wayne, Pennsylvania

2003

Benchmark School Design Competition – 2nd Place

The Benchmark School in Media, Pennsylvania

Commonwealth Design Award
–10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania

Marshall Square Park Residential Development in West Chester, Pennsylvania

1996

Pyramid Award

Connors Residence in Radnor, Pennsylvania

Our hope is our design will be

remarked upon 100 years from now

as Wonderful examples of architecture.

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