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Find An Architect > ARCHITECTURE > VSBA


116 Shurs Lane Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA 19127

Phone: (215) 487-0400
Email: [email protected]
27 Apr 2022
United States of America


Year Established: 2012

VSBA offers comprehensive planning, programming, and design for academic, cultural, civic, and institutional clients. We help to renovate, transform, and craft new buildings for colleges and universities, museums, civic groups, and health care organizations. President and principal Daniel McCoubrey is an expert in the planning and design of academic and cultural buildings and he's supported by a talented staff of associates and designers. VSBA expands on the philosophy of Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates -- an ethic rooted in respect for our client's aspirations, appreciation of context, and imaginative design.

Types of Work

  • Accessibility/ADA Consultants: 0%
  • Bank/Financial: 0%
  • Criminal Justice/Correctional: 0%
  • Educational Facilities: 30%
  • Engineering: 0%
  • Environmental: 0%
  • Exhibition Design: 2%
  • Facilities Management: 0%
  • Foodservice/Restaurant: 1%
  • Health Care/Medical: 15%
  • Historic Preservation/Restoration: 7%
  • Hotels/Hospitality: 1%
  • Housing (Multi-Unit): 1%
  • Housing (Single Family): 1%
  • Housing (Small Projects/Additions): 0%
  • Industrial: 0%
  • Interiors: 2%
  • Lab/Research Facilities: 2%
  • Landscape: 0%
  • Libraries: 10%
  • Museum/Galleries: 10%
  • Pharmaceuticals: 0%
  • Planning: 13%
  • Public Work : 1%
  • Recreational: 0%
  • Religious Facilities: 1%
  • Retail/Shopping: 0%
  • Solar Design: 0%
  • Sports/Athletic Facilities: 0%
  • Theater/Entertainment: 1%
  • Transportation: 0%
  • Urban Design: 1%
  • Zoning/Building Comp : 0%
  • Special Services:Small Projects (under $50k), Sustainable Design


Projects by VSBA (and by our staff members while with Venturi, Scott Brown and Associates) include: The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and The City of Philadelphia, Community Health and Literacy Center; planning for the Storm King Art Center; Curtis Institute of Music's Lenfest Hall (a music education building and student residence); Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study's Fay House and Schlesinger Library renovations; Allentown Art Museum renovation and expansion; campus master planning for Haverford College, Villanova University, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Bryn Mawr College, and the University of Michigan; Harvard University Divinity School, Rockefeller Hall renovation; Dumbarton Oaks new library building and Main House renovation; Narberth Avenue Bridge replacement; Lehigh Valley Hospital - Muhlenberg and - Cedar Crest projects; Dartmouth College, Baker/Berry Library and Rauner Special Collections Library; University of Kentucky, Biomedical / Biological Sciences Research Building; Yale University, Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego renovation.


Award-winning projects include: Curtis Institute of Music, Lenfest Hall: Willard G. Rouse Award for Excellence, Urban Land Institute Philadelphia, 2014; Commonwealth Award, Community Institution Project, 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, 2013; Best Overall Project and Best Higher Education / Research Project, Engineering News Record Mid-Atlantic, 2012; Preservation Achievement Grand Jury Award, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, 2012; Outstanding Project Award, Excellence in Structural Engineering Awards, Delaware Valley Association of Structural Engineers, 2012; Grand Prize Award for Cast-in-Place Concrete Building Systems, American Concrete Institute, Eastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Chapter, 2012; Best Historic Preservation Project, General Building Contractors Association, 2011; Notable Achievement in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Award, Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers, Philadelphia Chapter, to Urban Engineers, 2011; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, New Library Building and Main House Renovation: Silver Winner, Brick in Architecture Awards, Brick Industry Association, 2007; Craftsmanship Award, Washington Building Congress, 2006 (for Library); Craftsmanship Award, Washington Building Congress, 2008 (for Main House); Haverford College, Campus Master Plan: Honor Award, Planning for an Established Campus, Society for College and University Planning; Citation of Merit, AIA Pennsylvania; and Merit Award (Regional and Urban Design), Tri-State AIA (NJ-NY-PA) Awards Program, 2011; Pembroke North Condominiums: 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, Design Award; West Jersey Time Traveler Interpretive Signage, Award of Merit, American Association for State and Local History, 2013; Yale University School of Medicine, Anlyan Center for Medical Research and Education: Design Award, Built Category, AIA Connecticut


Daniel McCoubrey, FAIA, LEED AP BD+C, President & Principal

Senior Associates 

Seth Cohen, LEED AP BD+C


Marketing: jeremy tenenbaum [email protected]

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