News & Events

Winter 2016/17

TABS Conference 2016

The Association for Boarding Schools (TABS) annual conference was held earlier this December in Washington DC. VMA attendees included Principle Daniela Voith, Senior Associate Sennah Loftus, and Associate Robert Douglas. VMA hosted a table at the conference which boasted a sporting new banner, and attended professional development workshops. The conference was a resounding success as VMA made new friends and new connections!

Developing Turrell’s Detroit Skyspace

With the turn of the new year, James Turrell's Detroit Skyspace project is garnering support and gathering momentum. Principal Cameron Mactavish recently discussed plans over dinner with the artist and project commissioner Mark Schwartz. Conceived in collaboration with the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, the Detroit Skyspace at Gabriel Richard Park, aims to begin construction in the Spring. This unprecedented installation will positively impact the surrounding community through aiding youth and be a harbinger of the city's cultural and economic renaissance.

Fall 2016

Holiday Office Party

On the Friday before Thanksgiving, we opened our doors to our clients, family and friends to celebrate another year with us. We spent the day decorating, preparing vegetables for the meal, and sprucing up for arguably our favorite event of the year. We enjoyed the special night accordingly!

Design on the Delaware

Design on the Delaware took place this past November at the Philadelphia Convention Center. Associate Robert Douglas presented at the convention, the theme of which celebrated informal learning spaces. In the spirit of this theme, Douglas presented VMA's Pennington School Project, highlighting the project's emphasis on student empowerment and pedagogical innovation.

Thomas Moser Opening

Welcome back to the city Thomas Moser! A VMA contingent was on hand to welcome Thomas Moser back to downtown Philadelphia at the official showroom opening in November. Their beautiful handmade furniture is crafted at their Maine headquarters. It was a true delight to see the collection in person.

Traditional Building: Update

Our Girl's Dorm at the Millbrook School has been selected to be on the cover of Traditional Building's October Issue. The accompanying article narrates the design's vision, unfolding, and the end result. Now inhabited by 44 boarding students and four faculty families, the completed project truly feels like home.

Awards Season Update

We have been fortunate to have a fruitful season, having garnered four awards this fall. The Grange at the Hotchkiss School was awarded two AIA Connecticut awards. The Thorndale Farm LLC, a project we completed in association with G.P. Schafer Architect PLLC, won the 2016 Institute of Classical Architecture Stanford White Award. Additionally, our design for the Bryn Mawr Film Institute won the Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Award for Stewardship. It is always an honor to have our peers love our buildings just as much as we do.

Pennington Projects Completed

This fall, Voith & Mactavish Architects celebrated the completion of Stainton Hall and the Old Main building at the Pennington School. The historic Stainton Hall, once tragically consumed by fire, received a single storey renovation that unites the math and science programs, as well as an innovative new middle school. The Old Main renovation involved the design of a new admissions suite, learning center and classrooms. In addition, VMA created a new connection between admissions and the dining hall as well as a new entry-way for campus administration.

Community Design Collaborative Annual Bowling Ball

In September our team of "expert" bowlers participated in the Community Design Collaborative annual fundraiser. The bowling fundraiser supports the organization's efforts to provide pro bono design services to local nonprofit organizations. While our team did not win the grand prize for overall team score, we are proud to announce that our team brought home the award for "Best Male Bowler" courtesy of Brandon Robilotti. Go Team!

Class is in Session

At Voith & Mactavish Architects we design innovative classrooms, but we also enjoy teaching in them! This fall, partner Daniela Holt Voith celebrates her 32nd year of teaching at her alma mater, Bryn Mawr, in the Growth Structure of Cities Department. Senior Associate Robert Piasecki, teaches Professional Practice at Drexel University where he is the recipient of the 40 Under 40 distinguished young alumni award. Associate Fauzia Sadiq Garcia, alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, teaches sophomore studio at the Architecture Department at Temple University.