Stephen Stofka is interested in the urban form and the way we change it. A graduate of the Geography and Urban Studies program at Temple University, he enjoys examining the architecture, siting, streetscapes, transportation, access, and other subtle elements that make a city a city.
Design-wise, plans for the Boyd Theater site at 1900 Chestnut Street has been doomed from the get-go. Pearl Properties' first architect for the project, Eimer Architects, couldn't deliver a quality blueprint to match the prime Center City site. Enter Cecil Baker + Partners. With thoughtful consideration to neighborhood stakeholders and a mind for smart urbanism, Baker's redesign sets plans for the the site right. Contributor Stephen Stofka has this Q&A with the architect who picked up the pieces and saved the project from a deadlock > more
New plans for developing Rittenhouse Square's long empty lot on Walnut Street have emerged, while the fate of three historic buildings on the 1900 block of Sansom Street still hang in the balance. Stephen Stofka reports > more
Temple University's ambitious redesign plan aims to transform their disjointed main campus with accessibility, connectivity, identity, and open, public green space. Contributor Stephen Stofka takes an in-depth look at the Verdant Temple Master Plan > more
What's next for 2100 Market Street? Contributor Stephen Stofka says the preliminary renderings are bold and give us a rundown with this design review > more
Pearl Properties' latest plans for 1900 Chestnut Street and the Boyd Theater were unanimously voted down on Tuesday by the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission amid a room full of applause. Contributor and in-house urbanist Stephen Stofka takes a look at the unsavory design and where the firm keeps getting it wrong > more