Last week we attended the 2016 AIA Convention in Philadelphia. During the 4-day convention, Philadelphia hosted over 20,000 architects from all over the world. The convention boasted over 800 exhibitors and over 500 educational seminars.

There was a lot happening at the convention! We attended seminars on lighting, paint products, BIM and Net-Positive building design, and one of our senior architect, Jeff Snyder led a tour to the Morris Arboretum.  On the floor, some of the most interesting items we came across were the new lighting and building envelope products. Even the Bacon Brothers stopped by on Friday night to entertain.


Bacon Brothers Performing at AIA Convention

We’re so glad we were able to participate in this educational event and bring so much back to Gardner/Fox with them! Thanks to AIA Philadelphia for organizing the convention.



hrtr.jpgAre you tired of the same old ceiling light and looking for something fresh? Exposed bulb lights are on the rise, and we are finding them frequently requested!

These trendy light fixtures are versatile and easily fit in to every type of style, from modern chic to classic to rustic. Another fun feature is how much drama the lights bring into your space, exposed bulb lighting, like the fun pieces above, bring more personality to a space. These unique pieces are also an excellent way to incorporate soft metal tones into a room, like gold and bronze, which are also making a coming back. Check out some of our favorite styles above, and examples in projects below. For more of our jobs featuring exposed buld lighting, checkout our website at


Although the Phillies lost to the Marlins, Gardner/Fox had a great time hosting our annual Phillies Tailgate! It is a rare event that the whole GFA crew is able to get together and hang out, so a big thank you goes out to everyone who was able to attend and make the night such a success! We hope you had as much fun as we did!

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Untitled design (3).jpgEarlier this week our very own Ellen Hanggi became a LEED Green Associate. After weeks of studying, Ellen took a rigorous exam. Receiving the LEED Green Associate Certification means that Ellen has proven that she has the most up-to-date knowledge and understanding of green building practices. She now understands the most environmentally sustainable techniques in the construction and building industry.The next step for Ellen is to complete the LEED AP Homes certification.We are so proud of Ellen and her accomplishment! Way to go!

For our final #throwbackThursday for Gardner/Fox’s birthday, we found a picture of the whole GFA founding crew (and their lovely ladies). This photo is from the Pre-Kentucky Derby Ball for Baker industries in 1996. In this photo we have Brook Gardner (back middle), Mark Fox (front, sitting), and Mark Pennington (far right).Final TBT.jpg

Do your tile floors need an update? We’ve been inspired  by these new patterned concrete tiles! They’re versatile and eye-catching and using pattern floor tile is a great way to give a small space a ton of personality. They work perfectly for back splashes in the kitchen, floors in the bathroom, or even add a splash of fun in a mud room. Here are a few of the inspiring patterns we are loving right now!Untitled design.png

Time for our next #ThrowbackThursday

Take it back to 95′! Here we have Mark Pennington and Bill Bragdon leading the GFA team to benefit Multiple Sclerosis research. Truth be told, Mark still rides his bike to work on occasion. Keep pounding those pedals Mark!

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Welcome to Tower House! We recently had the chance to renovate one of the first homes, in the first development, in Bryn Mawr. This gorgeous home was built in 1887 . The home was apart of the first development constructed by Wendell & Smith. Our renovations to the home included the kitchen, mud room, powder room, living room, guest suite, and the master suite. We will have the pictures from the Tower House renovation uploaded soon, so keep checking back to see our modern take on this historic home.

To celebrate Gardner/Fox’s 29th birthday, we’ve dusted off a few photos for ‪#‎throwbackthursday‬ for every Thursday this month!

Remember that time we re-designed the Bryn Mawr fire house? We do! Check out our partners Brook Gardner and Mark Pennington going over plans with the fire company president Tom Drennan, back in 1997, 19 years ago!

P.S. We miss that mustache, Mark! 

the crew again