Record Reveals: Thomas Kirk on Philadelphia
In preparation for the 2016 AIA Convention, Architectural Record asks local architects about their Philadelphia favorites.
Thomas Kirk, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate Principal, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
Thomas Kirk is an associate principal at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson where he focuses on the planning and design of carefully crafted projects that draw on the simple expression of structure, the timelessness of materials, and the strong connection between site and building. He brings an extensive knowledge of multiple building types and a deep understanding of how buildings can transform their environment and make significant and lasting contributions to the surrounding landscape.
Best New Architecture
Weiss/Manfredi’s Singh Center for Nanotechnology at the University of Pennsylvania and the recent renovation of the Richards Medical Research Laboratories, also at the University. The Labs were designed by Louis Kahn and completed in 1962 and were designated a National Historic Landmark in 2009.
Best Historic Architecture
The Second Bank of the United States, designed by William Strickland and built between 1818-1824.
The Fat Ham takes a serious approach to meat. Meat lovers will drool over the vegan food at Vedge.
Just as architects should always visit the site for a new project, one should always go straight to the source when it comes to alcohol: Federal Distilling Room and Yards Brewing Company.
This is like trying to pick your favorite child—an impossible task. Elixr and La Colombe are two favorites.
Hotel Palomar in the former “Architects Building,” a landmark from 1929. The Divine Lorraine Hotel is no longer a hotel, but remains a Philly icon. After visiting the Divine Lorraine, walk over to the Trestle Inn for cocktails and bask in a former elevated rail line that may be transformed into a park.
Best Museums and Galleries
The Barnes Foundation and F.A.N. Gallery in Olde City.