Curriculum Vitae

Joel Levinson’s Bio

Selected List of Architectural Projects


Architect Interior Designer Author Photographer

Bachelor of Architecture, 1963
University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts


Founder/Owner: Joel Levinson Associates – Architecture and Interior Design, formed in 1967.


Levinson’s drawings, correspondence, and models are currently being collected and preserved by the Architectural Archives at the University of Pennsylvania. Publication of a book is planned: THE HOUSES OF JOEL LEVINSON

Levinson’s Arbor House was included in a tour of the works of Louis I. Kahn and the ‘Philadelphia School’ organized by the Society of Architectural Historians and the Architectural Archives at Penn. The tour also included works by Robert Venturi, I.M. Pei, Mitchell/Giurgola, Frank Furness, and George Howe. 2008

Projects exhibited at the University of Pennsylvania, The Legacy of the Philadelphia School: An Exhibit of the Work of Students and Colleagues of Louis I. Kahn, 1991

Arbor House exhibited at Columbia University’s Center for the study of American Architecture. The exhibit, American Architecture: Innovation and Tradition, became a national traveling exhibition.1983

Hillside House exhibited at Yale University, Exhibition of 7 Projects, the Ideology of Making Architecture, 1981 Semi-finalist, Arnold W. Brunner Grant, New York Chapter, AIA, 1979

“40 under 40”, selected by Architecture and Urbanism for the 1977 issue honoring work by 40 architects under 40 years of age, 1977

Honored by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in their lecture series The Architecture of our Times, 1975. Levinson lectured in his Hillside House, Rydal, PA.

National Design Award, Western Wood Products Association, 1972 First Prize, Philadelphia Magazine’s first office interior design contest.

Brasler residence selected for tour by the Society of Architectural Historians and the International Committee for the Documentation and Conservation of Buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the Modern Movement.

“Samuel J. Huckel Prize in Architecture”, University of Pennsylvania, 1962.


Chairman, Urban Design Division, Mayor’s Science and Technology Advisory Council, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972

Urban Design Consultant, Franklin Institute Research Laboratories, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1972-1976 Board of Directors, Philadelphia Chapter, American Institute of Architects, 1975-1976
Trustee and Chairman of Buildings and Grounds Committee, Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, 1976-83


University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts, “Energy Conservation and Architecture”, 1973-1974 Visiting Architectural Juror: University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and Temple University


Levinson’s architectural and interior design work has been published in a number of national and international professional journals including:

Progressive Architecture, in an article about “Philadelphia’s Phantom School – Architects after Kahn” Architecture and Urbanism
GA (Global Architecture), The Arbor House,
Japan Architect

Steel Institute Journal
Philadelphia Magazine
Philadelphia Home Magazine
Building Stone Magazine, The Hillside House, 1982

Levinson’s work has also been profiled in several books and newspaper articles including: Architecture in Philadelphia by Teitelman and Longstreth
A Guide to Twentieth Century Contemporary Architecture, by Carole Rifkind
Encyclopedia of Energy-Efficient Building Design: 391 Practical Case Studies, by Dr. Kaiman Lee. High Access Homes, Rizzoli International

Dream Houses of Greater Philadelphia
Spectacular Houses of Greater Philadelphia
Chestnut Hill Local, Local Renaissance Man Get’s a Life’s Work Show, 2011


Outdoor Rooms, GA Houses, 1982
The Hillside House, text for Exhibit at Yale University, 1981, reprinted in Building Stone Journal, 1982 Architectural Ornament, text for the Architectural League Exhibition, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1980
Using The Sun To Brighten The Crisis, AIA Journal, 1974
Eye Of An Architect, a column on design and other topics published in the CHESTNUT HILL LOCAL since 2012 Historian and writer for The Historic Gowen Estate House Tour.

Catalogue editor, Broad Street Comes Alive, The Architectural League of the Philadelphia Art Alliance. The Daring Diagonal: Architecture, Geometry, and the Impact of Revolutionary Thought, in progress.

The Reluctant Hunter, a novel set in worn-torn Bosnia, 2012


In addition to various commissions, Levinson’s work has been exhibited at the following venues: One Man Show, Sid Meyers Gallery, Philadelphia
Member Show, Philadelphia Art Alliance, Honorable Mention
Retrospective, Nichols Berg Gallery, Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 2011

Gaudi And The Spanish Landscape, Offices of Elfant-Wissahickon, Philadelphia
One Man Show, The Pickled Heron restaurant, Philadelphia
One Man Show, University City Science Center Gallery, University of Pennsylvania
Illustrated Lecture, Learning Architecture from Photography, Photography Sesquicentennial Project in Philadelphia, 1990


Broad Street Comes Alive, Exhibit Creator and Catalog Author and Editor, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 1978 Philadelphia Renaissance, Executive Director of a City Beautification Program funded in part by The William Penn

Foundation, 1975
Avenue Of National History Development Group, Founder and Director
SpaceGroup, Founder of a salon focused on discussing cosmology, astrophysics, cognition, and philosophy
The Architectural League of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, Founder and Director, 1977
Spaetrium House: Commissioned by the American Wood Council to design a prototype energy conservation house.

Co-researcher, Broad Street Corridor Solar Energy Study, under a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Bachelor of Architecture, 1963
University of Pennsylvania, School of Fine Arts