Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, understands that the best architecture results from an intrinsic knowledge and reflection of each building’s purpose, time, and place. His genuine care and concern for his clients’ needs educes projects that become sources of owner and public pride.
Powell spent his early career designing small, highly detailed projects for several firms. In 1991, he entered and won an international design competition for the Evanston Public Library in Evanston, Illinois. The award prompted him to found his namesake firm, Joseph Powell & Associates. The Evanston project earned numerous professional accolades and established Powell as both a library expert and an imaginative architect. When Powell joined partners Duncan Buell and Darrell Kratzer to form Buell Kratzer Powell LTD in 1996, the new firm embraced his method-to-excellence research philosophy.
A natural problem-solver who likes to understand how things are built, Powell enjoys programming and solving challenging 3D problems. Combined with his penchant for research, these strengths result in success on projects with difficult sites or accelerated schedules. His creativity shines in his detail-oriented architectural solutions and close collaboration with clients and user groups.
Powell earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Temple University and is a registered professional architect in Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. In addition to his firm leadership, Powell is a member of the American Institute of Architects, American Library Association, National Trust for Historic Preservation, and National Council of Architectural Registration Boards. An industry leader, he has served on the AIA Philadelphia and AIA Pennsylvania boards and his alumni board. He is a past recipient of the Temple University Distinguished Alumni Award and the AIA Philadelphia Young Architect Award.