Erdy McHenry Architecture was honored to receive the 2016 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Firm of the Year Award. This award is presented to a firm that has been a principal force in consistently producing distinguished architecture for over ten years.


The now 20-person firm was founded in Scott Erdy’s attic 18 years ago with one employee. A project for the Southern Poverty Law Center jumpstarted the firm; it subsequently earned an AIA Gold Medal and the cover of Architecture Magazine. Recently the firm received the Silver Medal from AIA Philadelphia for two consecutive years, in 2016 for the Food Security Collaborative at Ohio State University and in 2015 for re-envisioning the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design building. Erdy McHenry Architecture has garnered more than fifty awards overall from design, construction and community groups.


Looking Forward


“Today our office, and truly our profession, finds itself at the precipice of change, facing new and unknown challenges,” said David McHenry, FAIA, principal of Erdy McHenry.  “Looking back at our built work, we feel confident that our design approach has positively impacted the lives and communities of so many of our users.  For us, each project is a new chance to explore our clients’ aspirations in partnership with talented collaborators and tradespeople throughout the building industry.”


Scott Erdy, FAIA, principal of Erdy McHenry commented, “We are mindful of our firm’s Philadelphia roots, wherever we work.  In a city where themes of architectural expression and meaning have been posed by visionaries long before our time, we are proponents for a new Philadelphia School, where young firms can explore craft and programmatic expression that may be unique to Philadelphia, but ultimately will have a broader positive influence.”