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Formed in 2000 by Richard Stokes, Stokes Architecture is a full service architecture and interior design firm located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 

Stokes Architecture specializes in a wide range of projects, from large scale hospitality design to small scale interior fit-outs. An ongoing collaboration with artists, engineers, and specialty consultants, each project undertaken by Stokes Architecture is a product of careful research and playful design insight. Jointly, an engaged collaboration with its clients leads to a design that is the collective vision of everyone involved.


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Hey!  You!  We're hiring!  In fact, we are currently seeking skilled architects with at least 5 years of experience.  Think you'd like to join our studio? 

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Richard founded Stokes Architecture in 2000 with his first project, The Starlux in Wildwood, NJ. The owners, the Morey Family, continue to be one of his best clients. Richard is involved closely with the design and implementation of all the projects at Stokes Architecture. Richard is a licensed architect in six states and the District of Columbia, and a member of NCARB and the AIA.

Prior to founding the firm, Richard was an Associate for six years at Venturi Scott Brown and Associates where he was the project architect for Harvard Memorial Hall, Houston Hall, and Irvine Auditorium renovations at Penn, along with many other projects. Richard also worked for Bohlin Cywinski Jackson for three years, working on the design of a number of projects with the late Bernie Cywinski.

Richard received a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University. While at Penn, Richard studied in Ahmedabad, India with BV Doshi, and while at Kent, he studied in Florence, Italy, with Superstudio.  

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AIA ncarb, cdt - senior associate

David joined Stokes Architecture in 2002. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from Drexel University with a minor in Construction Management.

David is a registered architect, and his leadership within the office makes him an integral part of the firm. He has been involved with nearly every project that Stokes has designed.

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Lance has been a member of Stokes Architecture’s since 2007. Not least among Lance's assets are his impeccable taste and his ability to dunk a basketball on a standard 10 foot rim. While at work, he takes on many tasks, chief of which is developing the aesthetic design of Stokes’ hospitality projects including St. Anselm in DC, Suraya, Root, Ela, Fette Sau, and all of the La Colombe cafes. He also manages many of these projects through construction.

Lance holds a Bachelors of Architecture degree from Penn State University. He also holds things in his hands, often. Such things include pencils, pens, sandwiches, and basketballs (just before dunking them on a standard 10 foot rim).

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