KieranTimberlake Associates is an award-winning and internationally recognized architecture firm noted for its research, innovation and inventive design. Founded in Philadelphia in 1984 by Stephen Kieran, FAIA, and James Timberlake, FAIA, the firm is comprised of fifty-four professionals. Their work has been described as beautifully crafted, thoughtfully made designs which are holistically integrated to site, program and people.
KieranTimberlake has practiced sustainability since its inception, long before green design became mainstream. The principles of sustainable design are a key component of their core beliefs. This is an approach that seeks balance for the ideals of resource conservation, energy efficiency and pollution prevention with the realities of performance criteria, constructability and budget. The firm is a nationally recognized innovator in sustainable design with dozens of initiatives to their credit. The firm is experienced with the LEED certification process, as over 95% of their architectural staff, including the two partners, are LEED Accredited Professionals.
To further its understanding of architecture and develop new ways to see, design and make products, KieranTimberlake has committed substantial resources to ongoing research, development and innovation. The firm developed SmartWrapTM: The Building Envelope of the Future, a mass customizable, high-performance building facade, that was initially exhibited at the Smithsonian Institution, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. At the University of Pennsylvania's School of Engineering and Applied Science, the firm designed and installed a ventilated curtain wall, the first of its type in the United States. KieranTimberlake is one of five firms commissioned by the Museum of Modern Art to display an offsite fabricated home in the Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling exhibition in July 2008.
The firm has received over eighty design awards, including the 2008 Architecture Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects. Their work has been published in Architect, Architectural Record, Interior Design, I.D. Magazine, Metropolis, TIME, Wired, and The New York Times.