About Us

Our Approach

We create environments that satisfy the diverse needs of clients and users: functional and financial, aesthetic and emotional, immediate and strategic.

We respond to context. We do not impose our will on the world. We work with what exists to create a greater whole, through similarity or contrast, as appropriate for each specific project.

We advance the goals of a socially, economically and technologically sustainable world.

Our Story

  • The Foundation

    Founded as boutique firm, Bower & Fradley paired iconic design and exemplary management. The firm won architectural accolades for institutional and educational commissions including International House, Market Street East and the Baltimore Museum of Art.
  • Entry to Residential & Commercial

    Renamed Bower Lewis Thrower /Architects, the firm expanded its expertise into new sectors including innumerable adaptive re- use projects throughout the eastern United States and the passage to new urbanism, Princeton Forrestal Village.
  • Teamwork & Hospitality

    As BLT Architects, we enjoy marked growth across all segments, in part through strategic alliances, harnessing specialized expertise as at the Smeal College of Business and Cira Centre. The firm entered the hospitality market with several Marriott’s and the iconic Loews PSFS, ultimately growing internal capabilities for multi-billion dollar destination resorts.

Our People

Leadership and a diverse staff of professionals from around the world.

  • Michael L. Prifti, FAIA

    Principal
  • Eric M. Rahe, AIA, LEED AP

    Principal
  • Kevin W. Aires, AIA, LEED BD+C

    Principal
  • Nicole M. Dress, AIA, LEED AP

    Principal
  • Heidi M. Thiede

    Chief Marketing Officer
  • Deborah Carroll, CPA, MBA

    Chief Financial Officer
  • Sherman C. Aronson, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate
  • Donna D. Lisle, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate
  • David M. Smallets, AIA, LEED AP

    Senior Associate
  • Robert B. Graves, AIA

    Associate
  • Ryan R. Bruce, RA

    Associate
  • Kyle A. Kernozek, AIA, LEED AP

    Associate

Awards

PNC Opportunity for All Award

Awarded by 10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania for The Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships

Community Transportation Excellence Award

Awarded by 10 Thousand Friends of Pennsylvania for multiple transportation projects including 15th Street Station

Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Award for Excellence 2016

Awarded by ULI Philadelphia for 3737 Chestnut

Building Team Awards 2016 Honorable Mention

Awarded by Building Design and Construction for 3737 Chestnut

Philadelphia Business Journal Book of Lists #6

Awarded by the Philadelphia Business Journal

Best Real Estate Deals of 2015 Finalist

Awarded by the Philadelphia Business Journal for 3737 Chestnut, FMC Tower at Cira Centre South and Marketplace Design Center at 34 S 11th Street

NEWH Top ID Hospitality Firm

Awarded by NEWH

Number 213 - Top Architectural Firms

Awarded by Architectural Record

The Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships Grand Jury Award

Awarded by the Preservation Alliance for a Greater Philadelphia

The Dana and David Dornsife Center for Neighborhood Partnerships Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, Construction Award - Residential

Awarded by Preservation Pennsylvania

IDP Outstanding Firm Award

Awarded by the NCARB/AIA Internship Advisory Committee

Number 223, Design Intelligence Top 333

Awarded by Building Design + Construction

Lincoln Ballroom at the Union League - Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award

Awarded by the Preservation Alliance for a Greater Philadelphia

Lincoln Ballroom at the Union League - Pennsylvania Historic Preservation Awards, Construction Award - Commercial

Awarded by Preservation Pennsylvania

Lincoln Ballroom at the Union League - 2014 Honor Award

Awarded by AIA Pennsylvania

Lincoln Ballroom at the Union League - 2014 Merit Award - Built Category

Awarded by AIA Philadelphia

Hamilton Garden at the Kimmel Center - 2014 Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

Awarded by The National Council of Structural Engineers Associations (NCSEA)

Number 194, Top 300 Architectural Firms

Awarded by Architectural Record Magazine.

Number 67, Giants 300

Awarded by Design and Construction Magazine

Design Intelligence Top 333 Design and Architecture Firms

Awarded by the Almanac of Architecture and Design 2013.

IDP Firm Award

Awarded by The Intern Development Program Advisory Committee (IDPAC).

IDP Firm Award

Awarded by The Intern Development Program Advisory Committee (IDPAC).

Project Excellence Award

For The Latham Hotel. Awarded by the Atlantic City/Philadelphia Chapter of NEWH The Hospitality Industry Network.

No. 150, Top 250 Architecture Firms

Awarded by Architectural Record Magazine.

Top Classic Hotel in the Northeast

For The Latham Hotel. Awarded by Arrive Magazine.

Top 50 in Business

Awarded by Architect Magazine.

Award of Excellence for Parking Technology & Equipment

For Revel. Awarded by the Pennsylvania Parking Association.

Grand Award in Concrete

For Revel. Awarded by the New Jersey Concrete Awards Committee.

No. 1 US Spa

For Revel. Awarded by the American Spa Professionals Choice Awards.

Best Architectural Design Over $250 Million for a Casino or Casino Resort

For Revel. Awarded by G2E Casino Design Awards.

Best Overall Interior Design for a Casino or Casino Resort

For Revel. Awarded by G2E Casino Design Awards.

Interior Design for a Casino or Casino Resort excluding a Restaurant or Nightclub

For Revel. Awarded by G2E Casino Design Awards.

Best Landscape Design for a Casino or Casino Resort

For Revel. Awarded by G2E Casino Design Awards.

Best Overall Construction Project for a Casino or Casino Resort Over $250 Million

For Revel. Awarded by G2E Casino Design Awards.

IDP Firm Award

Awarded by The Intern Development Program Advisory Committee (IDPAC).

Our Companies

Bower Lewis Thrower Architects, Ltd. is a Pennsylvania corporation licensed to practice architecture in Pennsylvania. Through our group of licensed affiliates, we are also able to practice architecture in New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Nevada and other jurisdictions where our clients are pursuing exciting design projects.