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R+D ARCHITECTURE Awarded Best Of Houzz 2017

Easton, PA, USA, January 17, 2017R+D ARCHITECTURE of Easton has won “Best Of Customer Service” on Houzz®, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The 16-year old award-winning architecture firm was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community of over one million active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.

The Best Of Houzz is awarded annually in three categories: Design, Customer Service and Photography. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 40 million monthly users on Houzz. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2016. Architecture and interior design photographers whose images were most popular are recognized with the Photography award. A “Best Of Houzz 2017” badge will appear on winners’ profiles, as a sign oftheir commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“We at R+D are very proud of the hard work and dedication we give to each of our unique clients, helping them to manifest their vision for their distinctive project,” says William Dohe AIA, Principal.  “From initial concepts, through developing the technical documents needed for construction, there are many moving parts, and we always endeavor to make the process as interactive as possible.”

“We’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals, including R+D ARCHITECTURE,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of Industry Marketing for Houzz. “Each of these businesses was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for helping to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

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About R+D ARCHITECTURE

R+D ARCHITECTURE is an award-winning firm specializing in private homes, residential, new construction, adaptive re-use, restaurants, commercial, and health-care projects, with an emphasis on sustainability.  Since its founding in 2001, their work exemplifies their belief that architecture must be rooted in its environment and its era, with an attention to craft, and an intense focus on technically sophisticated, high-performance, and environmentally sustainable solutions. William, Karen and Ryan are known for working very closely with their clients to firstly understand their needs and budgets, to then translate them into an architecture that builds upon regional building traditions, celebrates insight, and opens the doors to visions realized.

R+D ARCHITECTURE primarily serves the Lehigh Valley, Bucks County, Wyoming Valley, Philadelphia Area, New Jersey and New York, along with projects throughout the United States.

About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community empowered by technology, Houzz is the easiest way for people to find inspiration, get advice, buy products and hire the professionals they need to help turn their ideas into reality. Headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, Houzz also has international offices in London, Berlin, Sydney, Moscow and Tokyo. Houzz and the Houzz logo are registered trademarks of Houzz Inc. worldwide. For more information, visit houzz.com.

R+D ARCHITECTURE wins SAGE Award for Greenspace at Madison

EASTON (November 14, 2014) – R+D ARCHITECTURE, headed by Karen W. Ramsey AIA and William G. Dohe AIA, was awarded a SAGE Award for their design of Greenspace at Madison, in Scranton, PA.  

The SAGE Awards, Scranton Awards for Growth and Excellence, recognize the outstanding efforts, talent, creativity and innovation within the northeastern Pennsylvania business community. The SAGE Awards are administered by The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce and MetroAction. 

Each year, Chamber members are encouraged to apply for the various awards. The numerous award categories apply to new and emerging businesses, seasoned veterans and various industries.

The Chamber received more than 100 applications, from which a group of community Leader and professionals teamed up to select finalists.  Three finalists were selected for each category.  The winners were announced at the annual Chamber Gala in November. 

Dubbed the "Quincy Avenue Apartments and Learning Center" the project was awarded the Pride & Progress Interior Renovations Award.  Project Team:

  • William Dohe AIA LEED AP - Principal-in-Charge
  • Karen W. Ramsey, Architect - Building History
  • Ryan G. Welty - Project Architect
  • Howard Browning - Project Team
  • Martin-Rogers Associates - MEP Engineers (Randy Levine, PE)
  • Greenman-Pedersen - Structural Engineers (David Johns, PE)

R+D ARCHITECTURE Wins AIA PA Design Award for Trifecta Technologies

(from left) William G. Dohe AIA, Karen W. Ramsey AIA, Ryan G. Welty AIA

(from left) William G. Dohe AIA, Karen W. Ramsey AIA, Ryan G. Welty AIA

EASTON, PA (November 14, 2014) – R+D ARCHITECTURE, headed by Karen W. Ramsey AIA and William G. Dohe AIA, was awarded a coveted AIA PA Design Award for their design of the new headquarters for Trifecta Technologies, in Allentown, PA.

The Pennsylvania AIA’s Architectural Excellence Awards recognize significant achievements by AIA Pennsylvania members to contribute to a better and more sustainable built environment.  The awards were handed out at the Barnes Foundation on Wednesday, November 12, 2014. 

The project was completed as a design-build delivery with the Construction Management firm Shane Patrick Associates of Allentown PA.  "As a longtime Center City resident with a vested interest in seeing Allentown prosper, I am very proud of the work we did on the Trifecta offices in the Schoen's Building," said Derrick Davis of Shane Patrick Associates. "Will Dohe and the team at R+D Architecture truly understood that we set out to design and build something that would be the archetype of Allentown's renaissance - something that not only reflects the city's past but, at the same time, mirrors the promising future. This award recognizes that success and I congratulate Will and his entire team." 

“We are honored to have been given the opportunity to work with Shane Patrick and Trifecta on this project, and to be able to craft a new workspace that reflects Trifecta’s commitment to their employees and to the resurgence of Allentown as a thriving community,” said Will Dohe, principal-in-charge, of the project.  “We were particularly excited about being asked to take the design as far as we did by designing most of the furnishings and many of the fittings for the space.”

The jury board noted that the Trifecta design “is well thought out at multiple levels, from glazing details to furniture.”  They further noted that it is a “very simple approach to creating "raw" vs "cooked" design, resulting in a very straightforward, yet elegant solution."  "What is impressive is not so much what was added into the design, but how much they pared down the aesthetic and let the limited palette create a clean and sophisticated design that married the new with the existing fabric. The transparency, use of sustainable materials, and leaving the rich finishes of the existing walls and systems exposed, resulted in a very open and inviting work environment for a growing tech company.”

Doug Pelletier, President of Trifecta Technologies, had visited a number of other offices both regionally and on the West Coast, before retaining Shane Patrick and R+D.  The goal was to create a workspace to compete with workspaces found in NY or San Francisco.  “Will and his team really understood our goals to make an alternative workspace that was both very hip and very collaborative.”   He continues, “We really want our employees to embrace Allentown as a live-work community.  Our new offices are one strategy to get that to happen.  We congratulate R+D on being recognized for all their efforts on our behalf.”