2017

Summer 2017

Educational Design for “Generation Z”: VMA at NeoCon 2017

How can today’s educational designs best serve millennial students while efficiently programming every inch of available space? That was the challenge addressed by Daniela Holt Voith, FAIA, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C, at her presentation at NeoCon 2017 in Chicago this week. NeoCon is one of the most recognized and attended interior design tradeshows, featuring industry leaders from around the country and around the globe. Daniela used examples from VMA’s recent educational projects, like the Kenneth Kai Tai Yen Humanities Building at The Pennington School, to make the case that contemporary educational design - whether a renovation or new construction - must be collaborative, tech-friendly, and multi-functional. Solutions discussed include flexible seating options that allow classrooms to accommodate multiple learning styles; utilizing technology that allows one professor to simultaneously interact with students on multiple campuses; and incorporating collaborative engagement spaces into underutilized areas like stairwells and hallways.

WCU Holds Ribbon Cutting for New Business School Building

VMA joined West Chester University’s celebration of the new College of Business & Public Management building. The facility combines flexible classrooms with informal lounge areas to encourage collaborative group work as well as spontaneous interaction (click here for more details). School officials say the building has positively impacted their ability to teach, and that students from all over campus visit the building to study and socialize. A plaque was presented recognizing the VMA team’s efforts throughout the long-term project, the most recent of several partnerships.

Celebrating the Thos. Moser “Daniela” Table

Earlier this year, the renowned furniture craftsmen at Thos. Moser publicly introduced the “Daniela” trestle table, inspired by Daniela Holt Voith of Voith & Mactavish Architects. The piece, made of solid wood with a flip-top and custom base, was originally crafted as part of a new VMA-designed dining facility for The Millbrook School (click here for more information). Employees & supporters of VMA joined the Thos. Moser team at their Philadelphia showroom on May 16th to celebrate the table’s official debut as well as the longstanding relationship between the two firms.

Spring 2017

New Thos. Moser “Daniela” Table

It's here! The new custom flip top Daniela Trestle Table by Thos. Moser in collaboration with VMA's Daniela Voith. Please join us May 16th at 5:30 to celebrate at the Thos. Moser Showroom in center city Philadelphia.

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KAPPA Spring Meeting Presentation with West Chester University President Dr. Chris Fiorentino

Thank you for your support! Cameron J. Mactavish & Dr. Chris Fiorentino presented on West Chester University's new Business College at the KAPPA Spring Meeting. In their presentation, "Honoring the Past While Embracing the Future: A Bold New Business College Comes to Campus," Chris and Cameron shared many stories about the challenges and successes of designing the new business school. Cameron outlined how the school was able to draw inspiration from the language of the architectural context while still “Embracing the Future” of technological innovation in higher ed. facilities.

21 Women-led Architecture and Landscape Architecture Firms in Philly

On April 5th, Curbed Philadelphia featured an article celebrating 21 women-led architecture and landscape architecture firms throughout Philadelphia. Of the 21 firms mentioned, Voith & Mactavish Architects made the list. Author, Melissa Romero emphasized the firm’s extensive experience in designing education institutions and a 2014 interview with Philly.com where Daniela recounted overcoming barriers in her field through the game of basketball.

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New Office Suites at Penn Law

Over Spring Break, The Penn Law Review and The Journal of Law and Social Change moved into their newly renovated office suites. VMA’s new design is both sophisticated and bright allowing the natural light to permeate the interior through large windows and glass partitions. Both new offices feature a variety of collaborative and shared office spaces as well as individual work stations. Though both offices reside in the Law School, they express distinct character. While the elegant Penn Law Review suite was inspired by fostering teamwork through collaborative spaces and new meeting rooms, JLASC desired vibrancy and new energy through a contemporary interior and cheerful green furnishings.

New Business College Earns LEED Gold Certification

Hooray! West Chester University’s new Business College received LEED Gold certification. Some of the award- winning features include a state of the art storm water management system, diversion of 80% of construction waste from landfills and utilization of recycled resources in 15% of the building’s materials. Additionally, regional materials were specified, restricting material transport within a 500 mile radius. Yet another example of VMA’s Gold Standard commitment to design innovation. Congratulations Team.