In honor of it being National Architecture Week, over the past 5 days we have featured a variety of posts on our social media accounts that represent not only our work and our firm but also the architecture profession as a whole. As the American Institute of Architects put it, 

National Architecture Week is a public awareness campaign dedicated to increasing attention to the role architects play as a force for positive change in our communities and to elevate the public’s appreciation of design.

So this week, we wanted to illuminate architecture and what  it means for us - from engagement of our communities to the designers and ideas that are shaping the built environment locally and globally. 

Here is a re-cap of our week:


One of our Associate Principals inspecting the cornice work on one of our exterior renovation projects - for the #ilookup campaign.  The I Look Up campaign by The American Institute of Architects (AIA) encourages everyone to "Look Up” and see what we can create together. 



For #transformationtuesday, we featured before and after photos of a community outreach project we did with @kuumbaensley for their new studio space in downtown Ensley! Our office spent a weekend with Kuumba volunteers to paint, scrub, lay ceiling tile, install bathroom fixtures, and put down carpet. Check out their website for more images of their talented design students hard at work in the newly-improved space!


Our  #WCW was the late Zaha Hadid. She was an award-winning architect, fashion designer, and artist. Her work on the Contemporary Arts Center  [pictured here] earned Hadid the distinction of being the first woman to be awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize. 📷:



‪We used #‎TBT‬ to bring attention to one of our completed projects. Birchfield Penuel & Associates completed exterior and interior renovation work to Alabama Pediatric Dentistry in 2014. The existing brick-clad two-story structure now houses the dental clinic on the ground floor and tenant space above. In the waiting area, we capitalized on an opportunity to open the space to the second level, with applied textural panel and airy, colorful pendant fixtures.

Lastly, today we went down to the Alabama Center for Architecture here in Birmingham where the dreamArchitecture jury is taking place today. DreamArchitecture is an outreach program the local AIA hosts for local children, grades K-5, to introduce them to architecture and encourage creativity. This year's theme--Draw your dream Skyscraper! We have some amazing submissions. To learn more visit