Firm Profile

The work of the firm is known for sensitivity to its surroundings and for expressing the values of an individual client along with the enduring principles of architecture.

Different circumstances evoke differing stylistic responses, with common threads of modesty, joy in materials and commitment to sustainable practices.  Projects vary greatly in size and function.  Clients include business and home owners, non-profit groups and the City of Philadelphia.

Process is important to the work functionally and intellectually.  Each project brings the opportunity to seek answers to basic questions.  How are decisions made that result in a good building?  Whose voices are heard?  How will this building uplift the next generation, whose voices cannot be heard?  Especially in difficult economic times, how can this building offer the greatest value to our clients and to future users? 

The firm is registered with the City of Philadelphia Office of Economic Opportunity as a Woman Business Enterprise and is recognized by the Pennsylvania Department of General Services as a Woman Business Enterprise.

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Care for our current resources is a touchstone of all of the firm's efforts to promote sustainability.  Our current resources, including nonrenewable energy sources, forests, clean air and clean water, are under threat from habits of waste developed through the last century. 

We work actively with our engineers to find the most efficient building systems available, and to present options to our clients in terms of first costs and life time benefits.  On a larger scale, we worked with engineer Ron Pace to pursue funding for a proposed Energy Independence District for the Port Richmond Industrial District that combined off the grid power sources with industrial uses for residual heat.  

Installing efficient building systems and using materials from renewable sources can only go so far to create a sustainable future.  Individual actions are the key to that future, and we design buildings to foster individual habits of conservation, recycling and reuse.



Historic Preservation

Bolender Architects has extensive experience working in the historic neighborhoods of Philadelphia.  We have successfully presented many projects in front of the City of Philadelphia Historical Commission as well as neighborhood groups.