At an emotional ceremony on Friday, September 11, 2009, new homeowners in Philadelphia's East Parkside neighborhood were given keys to the city's first low-income, green-designed homes at a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 42nd and Stiles streets.
The Philadelphia-based Community Design Collaborative awarded WRT a Gold Medal Firm Award "in recognition of many years of extraordinary dedication and service to strengthening neighborhoods through design." WRT is the first firm to be given the newly-created award.
At the annual AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence Awards ceremony in Harrisburg on September 22, 2009, WRT was awarded three 2009 AIA Pennsylvania Architectural Excellence citations, including one Honor Award.
David Rouse of WRT is leading a panel at the annual state planning conference addressing the question: How Can Pennsylvania's Communities Plan for a Sustainable Future? Other WRT presenters include Mami Hara (Infill Philadelphia: Food Access) and Robert Kerns (Zoning the Appalachian Trail: Implementing State Legislation to Protect a National Resource).