Team Talks

Meet Pierre-Yves Kuhn

Mr. Kuhn is leading 200 Spring Garden, a multifamily project in the Northern Liberties neighborhood of Philadelphia.

200 Spring Garden, Philadelphia

Tell us about yourself: what are some of your passions, hobbies and interests?

I grew up in Alsace, France near Basel, between the Vosges and the Swiss Alps. I’m into hiking/backpacking and snowboarding. It pretty much takes up most of my weekends all year round.

How did you become interested in architecture?

I became interested in architecture simply by being exposed to it in my travels in Europe as a teenager. I always loved geometry and felt I had a good sense of spatial representation.

How did you come to work here at Handel Architects? What is your role here as a Senior Associate?

I worked for Bernard Tschumi Architects before joining Handel Architects in 2017. Even though I grew as a designer I wanted to work on residential projects in the New York City area. Handel Architects seemed like a great fit for me. I am now a Senior Associate and Project Designer.

Can you tell us about a project you’re currently working on in the office and what you like most about it?

200 Spring Garden in Philadelphia, PA. It’s a mixed-use rental development on the east side of the city. 360 units, amenities, retail spaces & a 20,000 SF panoramic pool deck. We used dark grey and white brick for our facades as well as bronze corrugated metal panel at the base. Materiality plays a big role. The project opens up to the city and provides great rental units with fantastic views.

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You are also a facilitator of one of our Whiteboard Groups. Can you talk about that?

Whiteboard Groups are a great way to connect with other folks in the office. I’m the facilitator for the Sports Group. We play volley ball, go bowling, climbing, etc.

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