Caitlin A. Daley Earns Registration

Caitlin A. DaleyBKP is proud to announce that Project Manager Caitlin A. Daley, Assoc. AIA, has passed all parts of the NCARB Architectural Registration Exam and is now a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Daley has been part of the BKP team since 2010, contributing her creativity as a senior designer and problem-solving skills as a project manager. A self-starter, Caitlin is an office leader who has earned the trust and confidence of clients through her attention to detail and organization. Last year, she co-authored “Freshen Up: Trends in Higher Education Dining Facilities” for American School & University magazine, highlighting her work at Johns Hopkins University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Venice Island Named 2015 Best of Philly Best Urban Space Transformation

Best of Philly logoIn its annual Best of Philly edition, Philadelphia Magazine named the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center Best Urban Space Transformation. According to Philadelphia Magazine, “What began as a vital water management project on Manayunk’s canal is now also a new performing arts center, amphitheater, green space and play area, with ongoing programming.” Click to see all of the 2015 winners.

BKP designed the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, which opened in October 2014. To read more about the project and view a photo gallery, visit

Joseph Powell again joins Cape May Library team at conference


BKP Principal Joseph Powell, AIA, LEED AP, joined the Cape May County, New Jersey, library administration team to present at the Summer Library Management Conference 08 June 2015. Following the success of last year’s presentation at the same conference, Joe joined Ann Marie McMahon, LEED AP BD+C, Facilities Director for Cape May County, and Deborah Poillon, MLS, Director of the Cape May County Library System, to present “Renovation Realities Part II: How Best Practices Achieved a Successful Library Renovation for Wildwood Crest Public Library.”

Renovation Realities Part I demystified the process of library renovation, offering perspectives from the architect and library administrators about design of the new Wildwood Crest Public Library, opening later this summer. With the project nearing completion, the Cape May library team returned to share their perspectives on navigating construction and achieving positive results, including how an owner’s expectations shape the construction process, how a proactive approach differentiates a design team, the importance of good drawings, and how specific challenges were overcome.

Pictured left to right: Deb Poillon, Joe Powell, and Ann Marie McMahon.

BKP remembers founding principal Duncan Wray Buell

With Duncan Buell, AIA Emeritusgreat sadness, BKP announces the passing of founding partner and principal emeritus Duncan Wray Buell, AIA Emeritus, on April 24, 2015 at Bryn Mawr Extended Care Center in Bryn Mawr, Pa. Duncan left his mark on Philadelphia’s architecture community as a talented designer, a gifted artist, and a patient mentor. Duncan’s influence will forever permeate BKP’s design detailing, while his hand sketches and renderings hang as inspiration on the office walls. He leaves a legacy of innovative craftsmanship and timeless elegance.

Duncan was born in Rochester, N.Y., in 1928. He earned a Master of Architecture with honors from Yale University in 1953, where he studied under and established a long-term relationship with Louis I. Kahn. In 1960, Duncan moved to Philadelphia to work for Kahn as a trusted project architect, contributing to designs for the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and the National Assembly Buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh. While working with Kahn, Duncan developed an appreciation for materials used in new or unexpected ways. He was later interviewed and appeared in the film, “My Architect,” Nathaniel Kahn’s 2003 movie exploring his father’s life and work.

After Kahn’s death in 1974, Duncan became a partner in Cope Linder Architects, where he met Darrell Kratzer, AIA, and worked on large-scale office, retail, and civic projects. With Cope Linder, Duncan designed the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and, as a consultant, Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center. During his long career, Duncan also worked for Vincent Kling, EwingCole, VITETTA, and Delle Donne.

In 1995, Duncan and Darrell established Buell-Kratzer Architects; one year later, they joined Joseph Powell, AIA, to form Buell Kratzer Powell Architects, Ltd.

Duncan leaves behind his wife of 62 years, Sally Lou Buell (nee Smith); four grandchildren: Mark, John, Jack, and Sarah; and two great-grandsons: Jaiden and Jase. He was preceded in death by his sons Ely and Gordon. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Kratzer and Daley author article in American School & University magazine


American School & University November 2014BKP Principal Darrell Kratzer, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, and senior designer/project manager Caitlin Daley co-authored a feature article for the November 2014 issue of American School & University magazine. “Fresh Fare” describes trends in higher education dining facilities, including choice-inspired floor plans, furnishings that put fresh food on display, natural materials, and an emphasis on healthy living. The article is illustrated with images of Johns Hopkins University’s Charles Street Market and the University of Pennsylvania’s Class of 1920 Dining Commons, two projects for which BKP incorporated ideas described in the text.

Click to read the article online at American School & University.