Bright Common Honored as 2021 Design Vanguard by Architectural Record

Bright Common Studio. Pictured from left: Amanda Bonelli, Jeremy Avellino, Jordan M. Mrazik

For the past 20 years Architectural Record has honored 10 emerging practices advancing issues of form, construction, sustainability, and community engagement.  Their annual selections represent the promise of the future generation of architects.

This year, AIA Pennsylvania member Bright Common was honored as a 2021 Design Vanguard from a pool of international applicants.  In Record’s June issue, architectural journalist James S. Russel, FAIA showcased a selection of the firm’s high performing, energy efficient projects and their “architectural inventiveness … turned to low-carbon purposes”.  He also noted the studio’s recent growth into larger commissions and their immersion into the affordable housing sector, presenting broader opportunity for social impact in Philadelphia.

Read the full feature below on AR’s website and pick up a copy of Record’s June issue on newsstands now.


Bright Common practices architecture with a simple ideology:
High Concept, Low Carbon, All People.

We are inventively exploring the competing forces that shape each project.
Our work is the product of research, observation, and continuous collaboration.

We are adaptively responding to our warming planet.
Our work is guided by building science, innovation, and fossil-fuel divestment.

We are relentlessly pursuing inclusive design.
Our work prioritizes resiliency, agency, and opportunity.