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2022 AIA Design Awards

On December 1, at the AIA Bucks County Chapter’s annual meeting at the Plumsteadville Inn, Raphael Architects was honored to receive two design awards.

The firm was presented with the 2022 Small Project Award, with Project Manager Peg MacDonald accepting the award from AIA Bucks County President, Mairi Schuler. This Newtown, PA project included an addition and a transformation of unused attic space into a home office and outdoor living space.

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The Craft of Architecture

When Ictinus designed the Parthenon in 447 BC, as chief builder or “architekton” in Greek, he sculpted full-size prototypes for the building components that would then be copied by masons to fabricate and assemble of the building. During the Renaissance, architects made great strides in developing accurate scale drawings of plans, elevations, perspectives, and scale wooden models.

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