The work of debartolo architects is distinguished by the compelling use of light and elegant form. Through collaboration with religious and educational institutions, the firm has garnered praise from professional peers not only for its design excellence but also for the firm’s ability to interpret the vision and mission of users and owners into timeless architectural environments.Founded as a collaboration, the father and son studio of debartolo architects is dedicated to the careful search for unique design solutions through the potent use of material, space and light. The convictions and creativity are the products of over 40 years of combined architectural experience on distinctive projects across the United States. The studio is passionately dedicated to creating functionally-tuned built environments that respond to client needs, the climate and the context. Through all phases of the design process, we strive to find the ideal architectural relationships which harmonize the spatial and perceptual needs into creative and profound architecture. This process demands an intense dedication to distilling the project’s pragmatic and philosophical requirements in order to determine the essence of the project.Established in 1996, debartolo architects has been engaged to address design challenges ranging in scale from master planning an 80-acre college campus, designing worship spaces, educational centers, gymnasiums, libraries, a Jesuit residence, along with several houses. Since the year 2000, the built work totaling nearly $45m has been widely recognized as technically precise, sophisticated, elegant and timeless. In addition, debartolo architects has received numerous state and regional and national awards for design excellence and been published widely in the national and international press. The studio has established a national reputation with projects such as the Mariposa Residence in Phoenix (Dwell Magazine, March 2004) as well as the Storms Research Center and Library in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.The recently completed Prayer Pavilion of Light has garnered local, regional and national awards and attention for its innovation and elegance as a place of prayer and contemplation. The central concern of the practice is ‘design excellence’, achieved through active collaboration with clients, engineers, specialists and artists. The intimate and creative working-studio of design professionals constantly balance experience with passion, precision with gesture and focus with perspective – giving high dedication to each new challenge.