Current News

May 2017

It’s Springtime and we have a great view of the city. Come visit us. We’d love to talk to you about your next project!






May 2017

Project Designer, Erike De Veyra, Assoc. AIA, serves on the Advancement Council at her alma mater, Philadelphia University. She attended a Spring 2017 design session presenting ideas to deal with challenges of Higher Education and how it can benefit the architectural profession. 



April 2017

Kurt Raymond is serving on a task force discussing Energy Efficiency at the National Green Building Standard (NGBS) 2-day meeting in Washington, DC.  Task force members are reviewing and developing proposed changes to the NGBS and making recommendations to the NGBS Consensus Committee.



April 2017

Tracy Siegle and Mary Holland are participating in the PennDesign Women in Architecture program, pairing a working professional architect with an architecture student. The programs goal is to increase the incidence and visibility of women in architecture, bring awareness to the gender disparity that exists in the profession and cultivating the next generation of leaders in the industry. 



March 2017

Dana Rice and Nana Biney representing emerging professionals at the Architects in Action day in Harrisburg had a front row seat to democracy in action, as they traversed through the labyrinth of hallways and grand staircases of the State Capitol building to petitioned lawmakers from across the state about issues ranging from building codes to affordable higher education.



February 2017

We are honored to be part of the celebration of architectural design at the 2016 AIA Philadelphia Architecture Exhibit at the Shops at Liberty Place Rotunda.




January 2017

This year we are celebrating our 20th anniversary. We are honored by your partnership and look forward to continuing to bring good design to institutions, schools, businesses, neighborhoods, and the community at large in the year to come.





December 2016

Women in Housing and Finance of Pennsylvania member, Alexandra Moorhead, picked her favorite development: the Allegheny West Foundation  Plaza. The AWF Plaza,designed by CICADA is an exciting mixed-use project that will bring 45 units of affordable senior housing to low-income individuals and a ground floor retail commercial space.



November 2016

CICADA has been engaged to provide design services for a $250,000 revitalization project on Vernon Road, a commercial corridor in Mt. Airy.




November 2016

CICADA is working with PHA and Shoemaker/Synterra to develop North Central Phase II Development – Infrastructure and new construction of 89 LEED Certified – Rental Assistance Demonstration units.







October 2016
Our Erike De Veyra is a Steering Committee member of 2016 DesignPhiladelphia festival (Oct. 6-16). The festival will focus on events and programs that demonstrate how design can strengthen our connections to places, to ourselves, and to each other. This year’s theme is HOME.




October 2016

Four of our young architects participated in the 14th Annual Spooktacular preparations – bringing together students and design professionals in an effort to give children an exciting Halloween street-scape to enjoy. The Philadelphia Emerging Architects Committee puts together fantastic events that help to further the careers of young professionals in the field of design.



September 2016

Celebrating 9 years in Philadelphia, PARK(ing) Day, an annual event re-imagines the possibilities of 170 square feet of public space.  The event celebrates parks and other public spaces in cities across the country, and raises awareness of the need for more pedestrian-friendly spaces in our urban areas. Temporary parks are created by non-profit institutions, community development organizations, academic institutions, and private companies. CICADA’s Park(ing) Day 2016 parklet highlighted Passive House. CICADA has two Passive House Certified Designers.


August 2016

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. is a Community Design Collaborative firm volunteer on the conceptual design of the Treacy Building, as a mixed-use (live/work/shop) property along a once bustling commercial corridor. With our clients Community Ventures and The Village of Arts and Humanities, our goal is to understand the potential for affordable housing development and propose storefront improvements to assist in the vitality of the neighborhood and the businesses in the immediate surrounding.

August 2016

This is CICADA’s second time working with Kinder Academy. CICADA is renovating a day care facility located in the Oxford Circle Community Center. This fast-tracked project is approximately 7,000 s.f. of space on the first and second floors of an existing two-story building. Opening soon!




July 2016

Welcome Dana!
Dana Rice joined Cicada Architecture after completing her Masters of Architecture and Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania in June of 2016. Her Master’s Thesis was titled “Alternative Histories – Adaptive Reuse of Public Housing Projects in Philadelphia”. Before attending Penn her interest in preservation was fostered at the University of Pittsburgh where she pursued a Bachelors of Arts in Architectural Studies with a focus in historic preservation in 2012.


July 2016

Welcome to Geoff Klein!  He specializes in affordable housing. His previous architecture work includes historic preservation, higher education, and multi-family highrise projects. While he has experience with all phases of project development, he has a particular interest in regulatory issues and construction administration. Geoff studied structural engineering at Swarthmore College (2003. He started his career in structural engineering before deciding to pursue his Master of Architecture degree at UPenn (2011). As a result he brings a unique perspective to the architect/engineer relationship on all of his projects, and enjoys fostering an atmosphere of collaboration between disciplines.

June 2016

CICADA is working on building renovations and site improvements for the City of Philadelphia’s Mann Older Adult Center and Rivera Recreation Center. All work is to be designed with an eye towards durability, long-term maintenance, safety for the users and energy and resource efficiency. Just as importantly, the project should provide user opportunities for active involvement with each other, the natural world and the larger community.

June 2016

CICADA has designed improvements to Bartley Hall to complement the style and character of the surrounding Villanova University campus buildings.




May 2016

CICADA’s Erike De Veyra interviewed Rebecca Johnson, Executive Director of AIA Philadelphia & Center / Architecture + Design, about the recently created BUILD Philly Coalition which is addressing issues in Philadelphia that relate to the built environment. The article appeared in the most recent issue of CONNECTION: The Architecture and Design Journal of the Young Architects Forum.…/docs/160413_-_1402_-_vol_14_issue_02_fin



May 2016

University of Pennsylvania has asked CICADA to help them with renovations to the Holistic Wellness Center tucked under the bleachers at Franklin Field.  Interior architectural fitout will subdivide the space into offices, a computer lab, a conference room, and storage space, insulating the interior face of exterior walls and roof deck, new doors and frames, new ceilings, casework, new finish flooring, new ductwork, piping, and a new sprinkler system.



April 2016

At Freire Charter Schools they provide a safe place and encourage individuality – students achieve both academic and emotional growth that prepares them for the challenges they will face in the future. CICADA is working with Freire on their third project: a complete interior fit-out for TECH Freire Charter High School to open this fall.



April 2016

This year the cicadas return…




November 2015

We’re excited to announce our new office in Philadelphia’s Center City, an expansion that will increase our capacity to help you get the most out of your projects. Call us, we’d love to hear from you! 215-247-1430




November 2015

The Chestnut Hill Local featured an article about Mary Holland’s design for Chanticleer Gardens in Wayne, PA




October 3, 2015

Congratulations to Erike De Veyra who was a co-recipient of the 2015 Philadelphia University’s Young Alumni Achievement Award which recognizes the achievements and contributions of a graduate of the last ten years. While actively pursuing becoming a licensed architect, she currently serves as the Design Competitions Chair for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Philadelphia chapter. She previously served as the Associate Director of the AIA Board in 2013 and was awarded volunteer of the year for her efforts. She is also currently on the board for the Philadelphia Center for Architecture. Erike has also been one of the primary implementation leads on Park(ing) Day Philadelphia, an annual worldwide event that transforms metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

October, 2015

 We are pleased to announce that Daryn Edwards has returned to CICADA as Director of Design. Daryn has more than 17 years of experience as an architectural designer and project manager with a broad range of project types from urban design to pharmaceutical research laboratories, and from major suburban public school additions to inner-city low income housing. A tireless advocate for community development, Daryn applies lessons learned from these often budget-constrained projects to find unique opportunities to create expressive architectural forms through material use as well as a conscientious integration of proportion and balance.


September, 2015

“You guys made this happen!”
Kelly Davenport, Ed.D.
Co-Founder,  Freire Charter School
Check out the video from the first day of school at  Freire  Delaware. CICADA designed and facilitated this renovation of  Freire Charter School,  Delaware – serving college-bound students in grades 8 to 12 in the liberal arts tradition.


June 10, 2015

Erike H. De Veyra, Assoc. AIA 

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. is pleased to announce a new addition to their team. Erike has 8 years of experience as an architectural designer, a construction representative, a graphic designer, and a tactical urbanist. Most of her experience has focused on renovation and alteration work for public buildings, higher education, and office spaces. She currently serves on the Philadelphia Center for Architecture Board, Infill Philadelphia’s Play Space Ad Hoc Committee, Philadelphia University’s Alumni Board and the College of the Built Environment Advancement Council, AIA Philadelphia Associates Committee Program/Events, and annually participates in Park(ing) Day Philadelphia.

June 3,2015

NCARB BLOG, Architect Spotlight: Kara Haggerty Wilson

The NCARB BLOG caught up with CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. architect, Kara Haggerty Wilson to chat about powering through the Architect Registration Examination in one year.


October 22,2014

Congratulations to Kurt & Kara!

They’re Certified Passive House Designers/Consultants! Passive House, a building standard that originated in Germany that’s based on minimizing energy use while maximizing indoor air quality, is truly energy efficientcomfortable and affordable – and applicable to a broad range of building types, not just homes.



August 1, 2014


Renovations to the Ebenezer Church 

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. will be working with The Ebenezer Seventh-day Adventist Church in Philadelphia to reconfigure their existing building to make their gathering and support spaces more gracious, welcoming and useful.


July 23, 2014

A Day Helping Habitat Philadelphia

Mary, Kurt & Kara spent a day volunteering their time to help Habitat Philadelphia’s newest homebuilding project in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia. These six future Habitat homes on Cross and Greenwich Streets are one of Habitat Philadelphia largest homebuilding projects ever.  They are building all six homes to LEED Gold standards. Habitat for Humanity is transforming the lives of more than 3 million people around the world! It is helping families to break the cycle of poverty and build long-term financial security. Habitat’s affordable, no-profit house payments free up money for food, child care, medicine and other necessities. And research has shown that decent housing improves health, increases children’s educational achievement and strengthens community ties.


July 20, 2014

Macedonia Seventh-day Adventist Church

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. recently completed work at The Macedonia Seventh-day Adventist Church in Chester, PA.  The church asked CICADA to help them with two projects: renovations to their church building after sustaining water damage and the renovation of a log cabin which houses The Better Living Center.  The Better Living Center is dedicated to providing resources and information to empower the residents of Chester and Delaware County to improve their lives with an emergency food pantry, free computer and internet access, after-school tutoring, housing referrals, job training, career development and employment searches, and healthy lifestyle, healthcare and mental health information.


May 6, 2014

3400 Bel­grade St. Apartment Complex

New Development Vistas LLC will be working with CICADA Architecture/Planning, convert a former Polish social club into an 18-unit apartment complex in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia. The ZBA approved a variance for the renovation. The com­plex will in­clude stu­dio, one-bed­room and two-bed­room apart­ments. The de­velopers are seek­ing to fill the spaces with young pro­fes­sion­als.


April 26, 2014

10,000 Small Business

Mary Holland, Principal of CICADA has completed the 10,000 Small Businesses-Greater Philadelphia Program. Mary was one of 28 members of the most recent cohort, who spent 12 weeks and roughly 100 class hours in an entrepreneurial business curriculum designed by Babson College and delivered by the Community College of Philadelphia faculty. The program included one-on-one business advising, financial statement workshops and advice from top law firms and Goldman Sachs. Pictured here with Mary are members of the CCP 10KSB program administration and of Goldman Sachs, as well as Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Interim CCP President, Judith Gay.




April 10, 2014

Construction Progress

These renovations for Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC) are taking shape.


April 1, 2014

WBE Certification

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. has successfully transitioned from PA State WBE certification to National certification through The Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC). WBENC is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled, and operated by women in the United States. WBENC partners with 14 Regional Partner Organizations to provide its world-class standard of certification to women-owned businesses throughout the country. WBENC is also the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations.

March 5,2014

Museum Improvements

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. is helping The American Swedish Historical Museum in South Philadelphia solve their storm water problems. Our consultant team for this project includes Duffield Associates, Inc. and M.L. Baird & Co., PC. The American Swedish Historical Museum is a fabulous place to visit! Check them out @



March 3, 2014

PRA awards Point Breeze Scattered-Site Rehab Project to CICADA

“…due to their extensive experience in designing and overseeing infill housing projects in Philadelphia, as well as their clear and concise vision for working with the PRA and its Development Consultant.”




November 1, 2013

Compass, Connector, Catalyst:

CICADA Principal Mary Holland participated in the CDC-sponsored design charette on Nov. 1. 2013. Participants were challenged by the Associatión Puertorriqueos en Marcha (APM), LISC Philadelphia, and the City of Philadelphia Office of Housing and Community Development to create a development program and design image for the 1.8-acre, city-owned parcel at 8th and Berks. Hard work, serious content, great fun!


May 28, 2013

Congratulations, Kara!

We’re pleased to announce that Kara Haggerty has completed her registration exams. Kara is a licensed architect in Pennsylvania and has received NCARB certification.