Villanova felt strongly that this project needed distinguished architects with experience in higher education and a regional expertise. An RFP was sent and a committee, including the Villanova University President and members of the Board, looked closely at three firms. Villanova opted for a joint-partnership between premier New York firm, Robert A. M. Stern (current Dean of Architecture at Yale University) and distinguished Philadelphia firm, Voith & Mactavish.
Robert A.M. Stern Architects, LLP is a 250-person firm of architects, interior designers and supporting staff based in New York. During its 42 year history, the firm has established an international reputation as a leading design firm with wide experience in residential, commercial and institutional work. The firm maintains an attention to detail and commitment to design quality, which has earned international recognition, numerous awards and citations for design excellence, including National Honor Awards of the American Institute of Architects.
Over the last 15 years, RAMSA has designed housing for over 5,600 students at institutions, including Georgetown University, Columbia University, the University of Michigan, Franklin & Marshall College and Yale University. RAMSA has demonstrated fluency in the collegiate Gothic vocabulary with projects at Yale University, the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame and Marist College, and are nationally recognized for their ability to design new and appropriate buildings within historic campus settings. RAMSA’s experience in the Greater Philadelphia area includes projects for Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania.
Voith & Mactavish Architects, LLP is an architecture, preservation, planning, landscape and interiors firm located in Philadelphia. Three partners – Daniela Holt Voith, AIA; Cameron J. Mactavish, AIA; and John H. Cluver, AIA direct a staff of 25 talented and dedicated professionals. Founded in 1988 with a commitment to the highest quality design and service, VMA believe that great architecture comes from innovation within the context of tradition. With a national reputation for an ability to work within significant architectural contexts in a knowledgeable manner, VMA has earned awards for a variety of their renovation, restoration, additions and new construction projects.
VMA worked on a number of college and university campuses in the Greater Philadelphia area, including Drexel University, University of Pennsylvania Law School, the Wharton School of Business, West Chester University of Pennsylvania, the Moore College of Art & Design, Bryn Mawr College and Chestnut Hill College.