Using his experience as longtime director of Philadelphia’s park system, Mark A. Focht, founder of Common Ground, collaborates with designers and developers
to ensure the long-term success of public spaces.
CG has created an identity and website for Common Ground, which reflects its mission to bring parties together to create spirited yet sustainable public spaces,
an activity that requires both pragmatism and diplomacy.
CG designers Linzi Eggers and Sophie Xu were invited speakers at the McCall School’s Women’s Career Day. Students in grades 4–7 had the opportunity to learn from women with established careers in our community.
Linzi and Sophie each described their personal backgrounds and journey to becoming successful designers and how they have contributed to some of
CG’s most recognized projects. They also described the exciting opportunities available in the ever-expanding field of design.
The McCall School is one of the Philadelphia School District's strongest public schools with a reputation for academic rigor.
American Water, the largest publicly traded water utility in the country, is locating
its U.S.headquarters on the Camden, NJ waterfront. As part of a 1-1/2 million square foot neighborhood planned by Robert AM Stern for Liberty Property Trust, the new building represents another huge step in the redevelopment of the city’s waterfront. Cloud Gehshan is designing the skyline and exterior signage for the project. At the groundbreaking, Ian Goldberg and Virginia Gehshan added their congratulations
to the dynamic team that is shepherding the project.
Rendering courtesy of Liberty Property Trust
Kudos to our clients that have made the list of the "50 Most Stunning
University Gardens and Arboreta" in the world. The beautiful gardens of the University of Chicago, University of Tennessee, Cornell University and University
of Pennsylvania have all been recognized. Special congrats to Penn's Morris Arboretum, which garnered the #1 spot! CG designed several interpretive sign programs for Morris.
Barbara Schwarzenbach and Ian Goldberg named Principals
For over a decade, we’ve had the good fortune and pleasure of working with
Barbara and Ian. Their intelligence, leadership and passion for the work and all-in commitment to our clients has been remarkable. They have contributed significantly to the growth of the firm, mentored many young designers and generously shared their knowledge, enthusiasm and experience. In that process, they have elevated
our relationships with our clients, the reputation of the firm and our standing in
the design community.
Nina DiPonziano named Business Manager
Nina’s financial expertise and understanding of the design process and our clients’ needs is at the heart of CG’s smooth operations. Nina has been instrumental in developing and coaching the staff on a wide range of time, budget and workflow management tools and she helps us all maintain a balance between life, family
We are very fortunate to work with these exceptional people and we congratulate them on their achievements.
Jerome and Virginia
CG is designing a new sign system to better unify Boston’s famous parks and much-loved neighborhood playgrounds, ball fields, golf courses and urban wilds. New profiles, colors and typography will create an updated signature identity and style that brings consistent information to each park, whether large or small, urban or bucolic, new or historic.
The Boston Park system offers 2,300 acres of green and accessible open space, 1,000 of which comprise the historic Emerald Necklace.
The unveiling of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s much anticipated
Spring Garden Street Connector wowed the crowd at the recent unveiling with
Cloud Gehshan’s wisteria-inspired perforated portal structures and suspended
light screens and dramatic, animated lighting effects by The Lighting Practice. The new environmental enhancements are part of a larger streetscape improvement
plan led by NV5 (formerly RBA Group) to replace a dark and gloomy underpass with
a safer and more welcoming connection to the waterfront, a major transit station, bike share hub and river trail. Watch how these dynamic enhancements brighten
the underpass and read PlanPhilly's review.
The idea for Connector Streets comes from the Master Plan for the Central Delaware as a means to better link neighborhoods cut off from the waterfront by I-95 by creating more inviting pedestrian environments.
The $2 million project was funded by the William Penn Foundation, PennDOT and SEPTA. The contractor was AP Construction and the environmental enhancements were fabricated and installed by Urban Sign, Inc.
Photos courtesy of Tom Crane
Elon University’s wonderful traditions continue in the midst of its ambitious growth. As a complement to a new master plan, CGA is developing an integrated wayfinding and signage plan for the North Carolina campus. Interior and exterior signage as well as a digital media-messaging plan are included. The sign system will also reinforce Elon’s brand identity.
Consistently recognized as one of the nation's most beautiful college environments, the 620-acre campus “under the oaks” includes a botanical garden, land preserve and a natural area for scientific research.
Placed at the perimeter of the University of Pennsylvania’s urban campus, CGA’s gateway sign both announces Penn and identifies the New College House. Designed by Bohlin Cywinski Jackson, this block-long building and sweeping green space encourage connections among undergraduates, faculty, staff, graduates and the community beyond.
The gateway sign is crafted with water-jet cut aluminum; its nighttime glow also reinforces a sense of arrival and welcome.
Approximately 7 million visitors experience the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum each year. However, along with the thrill of amazing artifacts and engaging exhibits, comes the challenge of orientation and wayfinding. As part of a complete architectural renovation, CGA will be developing environmental graphics and signage to help visitors navigate and enjoy the galleries, events and public spaces. With an average of 135,000 visitors per week, the NASM is the busiest museum on DC’s National Mall and the 5th busiest in the world.