Tony Atkin

Adjunct Associate Professor of Architecture


B.A., Anthropology, University of Utah
M.Arch., University of Pennsylvania

Tony Atkin, FAIA, is the founding partner of Atkin Olshin Schade Architects with offices in Philadelphia, PA and Santa Fe, NM. People who experience his work describe a spirit of place with a human scale and buildings where art engages intellect. His work ranges geographically from an eco-hotel in China, to academic buildings in New England, to pueblos in the Southwest.  
Notable projects include the Anne d’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden and Parking Facility at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Mainwaring Wing of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology, the Daphne Farago Wing of the RISD Museum of Art, the Penn Alexander School, and the LEED Gold Certified Fahey and McLane Residence Halls at Dartmouth College.  Recent work in the Southwest includes the I-Sah'-Din'-Dii Housing Development for the Mescalero Apache Reservation, the Kewa Pueblo Safety Complex, and multiple projects at Okhay Owingeh Pueblo and Southern Methodist University in Taos.
Many of Tony’s projects have been published and have received design awards, including an AIA Pennsylvania Silver Medal for Design Excellence, Philadelphia Chapter AIA Design Awards, Santa Fe AIA Design Awards, the 2010 Palladio Award, and a 2010 Progressive Architecture Magazine Design Citation Award. Tony has authored and edited three books, including Chinese Architecture and Beaux-Arts and Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements.


Jeffery Cody, Nancy Steinhardt and Tony Atkin, editors. The Beaux Arts and Modern Architecture in China, University of Hawaii Press: Hilo, 2011.

Tony Atkin and Joseph Rykwert, editors.  Structure and Meaning in Human Settlements, University of Pennsylvania Museum Press: Philadelphia, 2005.

Tony Atkin. "The City Plan as Urban Artifact: Philadelphia and the Conversion of the Philadelphia Navy Yard," The Open City: Strategies of Transformation for the Conversion of the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Conference Proceedings pp. 37-41, Graduate School of Fine Arts, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, 1997.