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Don & Arlene Matzkin


Retired since July 2010, the Friday “Founders” crafted the firm around values and interests inspired by the types of clients they most wanted to serve. Arlene served as a mentor to many women architecture students in Philadelphia and continues to be a role model for many more. She was only the third women elected to membership in the 300 year old Carpenters’ Company. Don crafted a professional life around community service and design and helped found CHAD and the Community Design Collaborative. In 2008, they were awarded AIA Philadelphia’s prestigious John Harbeson Award for their outstanding contributions to the community and to the profession. They continue to serve the firm in an advisory capacity.

Ryan Tighe


Ryan is our latest call up from the minors of the Drexel 2+4 Program.  He has been lending his skills to the Performing Arts Charter School project as well as several residential projects.  We expect more and greater things from him in the future.  He is talented with a variety of software and rendering programs and is helping make good things come together.

Kim DeStratis, NCIDQ


Kim DeStratis is a Senior Associate at Friday. Her variety of experience spans from large corporate renovations, and education projects to designing residential additions and selecting finishes. Kim has served as project manager for major corporate interior renovation projects.  Kim joined the Friday team in 2012 and has been immersed in the Philadelphia design community since graduating from Philadelphia University in 2003 with a Bachelors in Interior Design. Her diverse experience has given her the ability to undertake any type of project with efficiency and has given her the capability to creatively design, produce construction documentation, relate to clients and resolve on-site issues.  She is also currently on the faculty at Moore College of Art.

Frank Mallas, AIA, LEED AP



Frank is the Managing Principal of Friday Architects, carrying forward the firm’s 45 year tradition of serving Community, Arts, Cultural, Civic and Educational clients.

Mr. Mallas has spent nearly all of his professional career at Friday Architects/Planners, Inc after early stints with firms in New York City, Rome, Italy and with Vincent King Associates in Philadelphia. In 1980, Mr. Mallas became a Principal at Friday. Frank has been central to establishing the firms’ well-known reputation for detailed, well crafted, budget “inspired” architecture.

With extensive experience in all phases of new, adaptive re-use, and rehabilitation projects, Mr. Mallas serves as principal-in-charge of many of Friday’s larger commissions.  He operates as Friday’s technical and construction expert and advises on most projects when they enter the construction documents and construction phases.

Frank is active in the Powelton Village Civic Association, where he and his wife Sophia purchased a home in 2004.  In the 1990’s, Frank served on the board of Veritas (now New Horizon’s), a supportive housing program for recovering drug addicts.  He has been skydiving but is not sure he will go again.

WPH Lobby


In quest of its fair share of the burgeoning center city rental and sales market the leadership of William Penn House commissioned Friday to redesign the building’s 6,000 SF, uniquely configured lobby, which features entrances from three street frontages and the parking garage.

The building leadership had some specific goals for the renovation to achieve, including creating a fresher, more contemporary public image to attract younger residents and converting the long, uneventful walk from the main entrance to the elevators into a memorable experience. Bringing the Garden Room, an earlier improvement, into the life of the building was another priority of the client. The lobby was also to enable a seated gathering of at least 200 residents for general membership meetings and improve accessibility.

Friday implemented a number of changes to make these goals a reality, including replacing the existing carpet with porcelain tile flooring laid in a lively pattern and installing a skylight at the intersection of the Ranstead St entrance with the Lobby. Removing the enclosure around the Garden Room and installing a special ceiling integrated that space with the main portion of the Lobby.

The final design also replaced the awkward existing ramp with a new, ADA-compliant ramp that became integral element of the overall design. Planters, mirrors and a  “Phillyscape” mural were used to further promote the sense of new life and vitality.

U Penn DRL


Friday has been retained by the University of Pennsylvania to plan a variety of interesting improvements to the massive David Rittenhouse Laboratory Building that occupies nearly an entire city block.  The University has asked Friday to prepare “interventions” around the building that would improve the public spaces and encourage more social activity in the building.  The existing system of corridors and stairs are difficult for new visitors to navigate.  Friday has developed concepts for new large scale graphic signage throughout the building as well as micro-lounges carved from under-used classroom space.  The signage employs patterns derived from the architecture of the building and abstractions symbolic of the departments housed within.

Solutions for Progress


Friday was commissioned to develop a flexible and unique office space in two floors of a building on south Broad Street in Philadelphia for an unconventional and progressive public policy consultant, Solutions for Progress.

The scheme that emerged from Friday’s dialogue with the client was a flexible office plan totalling over 11,500 sf and consisting of breakout spaces for individual project team meetings, a training room with operable partition for different sized training sessions, general open office space, a new communicating stair & sky-lit atrium connecting the two previously isolated floors, and a new double-height ground floor entrance lobby/gallery.

Unique features of the office include picture rail molding to allow for flexible display of the owner’s large collection of original prints and artwork, an aerogel-insulated fiberglass panel skylight, one of the first of its kind in Pennsylvania, and exterior aluminium sunshades on the south face of the building to provide seasonal sun control.



Friday was retained by the Gloucester County Community Church to plan renovations to their social hall to “re-purpose” it as a flexible meeting space, lounge and worship space.

Our design transforms the fairly bland 3200 square foot space into various large and small seating areas.  The project also includes new lighting, ceiling treatments to improve acoustics and new HVAC upgrades.

The main feature of the design is a cascade coil curtain which can be extended to define a semi-private, circular area within the larger space.  With the curtain open, the room can be used for larger functions and even worship services.  The design provides two raised seating platforms, one of which functions as an informal stage, as needed.

Bachelors Barge


In the Fall of 2008, Bachelor’s Barge Club along Philadelphia’s historic Boathouse Row entered into a lease agreement with Drexel University.  The lease provides Drexel with a prestigious address for their growing men’s and women’s crew programs as well as a ceremonial home base along the water.

In that regard, Bachelor’s retained Friday Architects/Planners, Inc to design renovations to their Scull & Sweep Room.  The room had last been renovated in the early 1980’s, and much of the original character of the room was gone.  Friday proposed a major structural change to the building in order to create one large reception room from what had been two.

This proposal was very well received by the Bachelor’s leadership and served to create a more functional use of the existing space.  Our design includes a long wall for trophies and other Bachelors’s and Drexel lore.  It also includes all new interior finishes, wainscot, built-in benches and a formal bar.  The bar is designed with casters so it can be moved around the space into different configurations.  Work was completed in the Summer of 2009.


Friends Central Gym


Friday was selected as architect for an expanded Athletic Facility for Friends’ Central School on their suburban Philadelphia campus.  Phase I services established both program and conceptual design for the facility.

Through a series of interviews with the school community, Friday synthesized an evaluation of existing athletic facilities and a complex “wish list” into a tentative space program.  From this, five conceptual site configuration alternatives and building volume studies were developed that illustrated the pros and cons of the myriad programmatic, site, and design choices.  Through an intensive and highly interactive series of meetings with the Building Committee, a sixth and final scheme, happily dubbed the “Consensus Scheme”, evolved.

The completed facility, named Shimada Athletic Center, contains 50,000sf of new and renovated space including a two-station gymnasium, enclosed competition swimming pool, two-mat wrestling room, fitness center, and associated locker/shower rooms and other support functions.  Site improvements include a reconfigured softball field and relocated tennis courts.  Construction was completed on schedule and the new facility was ready for the start of the following school year.