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While our projects portfolio and testimonials give a more intimate sense of who we are and what we do, the following chronology of specific events – awards, publications and speaking engagements provides an overview of the Always by Design practice.


Jan 2017 Awarded “Best of Houzz 2017” for service professionalism in turning client’s home improvement dreams into reality.

Apr 2016 Practice moves to a new space at 1315 Walnut Street – Suite 320.

Sep 2015 AxD celebrates its tenth anniversary with 6 new projects in design and construction in PA & NJ.

Feb 2015 Ed Barnhart interviewed for February 22nd Philadelphia Inquirer article “Contractors, Architects Say Fireplaces Are Hot”.

Jan 2015 Awarded “Best of Houzz 2015” for diverse design portfolio of new homes from rural Maine to the Jersey shore and urban Philadelphia.

Oct 2014 Featured in Philadelphia Magazine, Liz Spikol describes our Prospect House as “an award-winning, eco-friendly gem” (pages 147-149).

Aug 2014 Featured architect in Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly 2014” issue: Home Guide of Pros to Know, AxD is described as “…having an understated touch, smoothly resolving tough design problems before you know you have them”.

Jun 2014 The Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia gives a Grand Jury Award to our John C. Haas Archive of Science and Business at Chemical Heritage Foundation at their 21st Annual Preservation Achievements Awards Ceremony.

Feb 2014 Fine Homebuilding Magazine selects Prospect House as one of ten national finalists for their Readers’ Choice Awards house competition. See their “Houses 2014 Awards Issue”, Summer 2104.

Jan 2014 Prospect House receives its second award for design excellence; a Merit Award from the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Read NJAIA press release and design jury comments.

Oct 2013 The John C. Haas Archive of Industry and Business is dedicated at Chemical Heritage Foundation; featuring a mobile hi-bay shelving system 36 ft. high, providing 1-1/2 miles of shelving on historic rowhouse site only 16 ft. wide. (See details of archive project.)

Sep 2013 AxD receives a design Honor Award for Prospect House in Cape May Point, NJ from the Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), Pennsylvania Chapter. (See photos of completed house.)

Nov 2012 Construction begins on new Archives of Science and Industry building at the Chemical Heritage Foundation in Philadelphia, PA. Project includes a mobile hi-bay shelving system (36 ft. high), the highest in the world.

Aug 2012 Construction completed on Whittier Pond Guest House in Vienna, ME. House includes such sustainable design features as site-harvested and cured timber and re-use of reclaimed granite foundation stones.

Jun 2012 Construction completed on Prospect House on New Jersey shore – a new Energy Star certified; LEED Silver-designed, four bedroom, single family residence.

Jun 2011 Ed Barnhart awarded “Architect/Designer of the Year” by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) “for Outstanding Work on the design of the NECA Headquarters” for the Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter.

Feb 2011 Construction completed on new 10,000 sq. ft. regional headquarters of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) featuring 40-person boardroom, multi-media training and conference rooms, dining room, reception spaces and full catering facilities as well as extensive administrative work areas.

Dec 2010 AxD Studio and Gallery featured in RFP Magazine, an international magazine for real estate and facilities planners, in cover article entitled “Corporate Convertables”.

Jan 2010 Ed Barnhart serves as design juror for Artemide’s Philadelphia Showroom Lighting Competition.

Apr 2009 Ed Barnhart serves as design juror for Philadelphia CANstruction Design Competition.

Mar 2009 Gallery facade unveiled of design-build project done for Bridge Art Gallery in conjunction with ‘Nothing to Fear’ painting exhibition by Peter G.-Ray.

Nov 2008 Awarded Merit Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) for AxD Studio and Gallery renovations.

Nov 2008 Awarded Best Design-Build Project by the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) for American Philosophical Society renovations.

Oct 2008 Receive Award of Excellence from Society of American Registered Architects (SARA), Pennsylvania Council for thirteen01 restaurant + bar.

May 2008 Construction completed on $6.15M design-build project of four-phase renovations of two buildings at American Philosophical Society. Scope included conservation lab, reading rooms, offices and archive spaces.

Dec 2007 Ed Barnhart serves as design juror for New Hampshire AIA Chapter Design Awards.

Oct 2007 Awarded Honor Award by the Philadelphia Chapter of American Institute of Architects (AIA) for AxD Studio and Gallery renovations.

Jun 2007 AxD Studio and Gallery featured in CONTEXT, the journal of AIA Philadelphia, in Summer/Fall issue.

May 2007 AxD Gallery receives Readers’ Choice Award for creating ‘Best Art Gallery’ from Philadelphia Citypaper.

Sep 2005 The architectural practice of Always by Design (AxD) is formed by Ed Barnhart, AIA in Philadelphia.