The Daring

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Joel Levinson
Joel Levinson
Founder and Director
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EDUCATION Bachelor of Architecture, 1963 University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts

ARCHITECTURE and INTERIOR DESIGN Founder/Owner: Joel Levinson Associates – Architecture and Interior Design, formed in 1967

HONORS AND AWARDS Levinson’s drawings, correspondence, and models are currently being collected and preserved by the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania. Publication of a book is planned: THE HOUSES OF JOEL LEVINSON

Arbor House was included in a tour of the works of Louis I. Kahn and the ‘Philadelphia School’ organized by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Architectural Archives at Penn. The tour also included works by Robert Venturi, I.M. Pei, Mitchell/Giurgola, Frank Furness, and George Howe. 2008

Projects exhibited at the University of Pennsylvania, The Legacy of the Philadelphia School: An Exhibit of the Work of Students and Colleagues of Louis I. Kahn, 1991

Arbor House exhibited at Columbia University’s Center for the study of American Architecture. The exhibit, American Architecture: Innovation and Tradition, became a national traveling exhibition. 1983

Hillside House exhibited at Yale University, Exhibition of 7 Projects, the Ideology of Making Architecture, 1981

Semi-finalist, Arnold W. Brunner Grant, New York Chapter, AIA, 1979

“40 under 40”, selected by Architecture and Urbanism for the 1977 issue honoring work by 40 architects under 40 years of age, 1977

Honored by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in their lecture series The Architecture of our Times, 1975. Levinson lectured to Institute members in his Hillside House, Rydal, PA

National Design Award, Western Wood Products Association, 1972

First Prize for the R. M. Shoemaker offices in Philadelphia Magazine’s first Office Interior Design Contest

Brasler residence selected for tour by the Society of Architectural Historians and the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, Sites, and Neighborhoods of the Modern Movement

“Samuel J. Huckel Prize in Architecture,” University of Pennsylvania, 1962


Chairman, Urban Design Division, Mayor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972

Urban Design Consultant, Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972-1976

Board of Directors, Philadelphia Chapter, American Institute of Architects, 1975-1976.

Trustee and Chairman of Buildings and Grounds Committee, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 1976-83


University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts, “Energy Conservation and Architecture”, 1973-1974

Visiting Architectural Juror: University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University


Levinson’s architectural and interior design work has been published in several national and international professional journals including:

Progressive Architecture, in an article about “Philadelphia’s Phantom School – Architects after Kahn” Architecture and Urbanism

GA (Global Architecture), The Arbor House

Japan Architect

Steel Institute Journal

Philadelphia Magazine

Philadelphia Home Magazine

Building Stone Magazine, The Hillside House, 1982

Levinson’s work has also been profiled in several books and newspaper articles including:

Architecture in Philadelphia by Teitelman and Longstreth

A Guide to Twentieth Century Contemporary Architecture, by Carole Rifkind

Encyclopedia of Energy-Efficient Building Design: 391 Practical Case Studies, by Dr. Kaiman Lee

High Access Homes, Rizzoli International

Dream Houses of Greater Philadelphia

Spectacular Houses of Greater Philadelphia

Chestnut Hill Local, Local Renaissance Man Gets a Life’s Work Show, 2011


Outdoor Rooms, GA Houses, 1982

The Hillside House, text for Exhibit at Yale University, 1981, reprinted in Building Stone Journal, 1982

Architectural Ornament, text for the Architectural League Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1980

Using The Sun To Brighten The Crisis, AIA Journal, 1974

Eye Of An Architect, a column on design and other topics published in the CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL since 2012

Historian and writer for The Historic Gowen Estate House Tour

Catalogue editor, Broad Street Comes Alive, The Architectural League of the Philadelphia Art Alliance

The Reluctant Hunter, a novel set in worn-torn Bosnia, 2012


In addition to various commissions, Levinson’s work has been exhibited at the following venues:

One Man Show, Sid Meyers Gallery, Philadelphia

Member Show, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Honorable Mention

Retrospective, Nichols Berg Gallery, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 2011

Gaudi and the Spanish Landscape, Offices of Elfant-Wissahickon, Philadelphia

One Man Show, University City Science Center Gallery, University of Pennsylvania


Broad Street Comes Alive, Exhibit Creator and Catalog Author and Editor, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1978

Philadelphia Renaissance, Executive Director of a City Beautification Program funded in part by The William Penn Foundation, 1975

Avenue of National History Development Group, Founder and Director

SpaceGroup, Founder of a salon focused on discussing cosmology, astrophysics, cognition, and philosophy

The Architectural League of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Founder and Director, 1977

Spaetrium House: Commissioned by the American Wood Council to design a prototype energy conservation house

Co-researcher, Broad Street Corridor Solar Energy Study, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts



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