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Deidre DeAscanis, AIA

Assoc. Managing Principal


Deidre joined JKRP in 2002 and since that time has been involved in a wide variety of some of the firm’s most notable work. Her current concentration is in the design of residential, commercial, and renovation projects.

One of Deidre’s first projects in which she played a significant role was the renovation of the formal Naval Home in Philadelphia; a sprawling campus of derelict buildings which involved the restoration and conversion of historic Biddle Hall into luxury condominiums. The project was awarded a Citation of Merit by AIA Pennsylvania in 2007 and received a 2008 Grand Jury Award by The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Deidre was also responsible for the success of the Presser Senior Housing project in Mt. Airy and its neighboring building, Nugent Hall. Both received Grand Jury Prizes from The Preservation Alliance. The Presser building converted a home for retired music teachers into a senior living community; Nugent Senior Apartments, which consisted of the complete renovation of the historic 1895 Nugent Home for Baptists into 25 independent rental units as well as an addition on the rear of the building with 32 rental units for a total of 57 afford-able senior apartments. Deidre was the project manager for The Icon; an historic restoration of 1616 Walnut Street which was originally designed as an office building in the early part of the last century, into over 200 market rate apartments with retail on the ground floor. When the building opened in 2015 it commanded the all-time highest rents in the city.

In 2016, Deidre completed the Griffin, which was the conversion of the Avenue of the Arts building on the corner of Broad and Chestnut Streets in Philadelphia, into 217 luxury apartments. The Griffin has a new 18th floor amenity space with an outdoor roof deck overlooking City hall. Deidre recently completed the restoration of The Hale Building at the corner of Juniper and Chestnut Streets. The building received a 2019 Grand Jury Award by The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. It contains retail at the ground floor with work share office space on floors two through eight. 11 Cooper is a 156 residential development along the waterfront in Camden, New Jersey that Deidre also completed. It is the first newly constructed, market-rate apartment building to be developed in Camden in twenty-five years.

If you could only eat one breakfast food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Croissant with nutella

What’s the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?

Backpacking around Europe while studying abroad in college

Favorite building in Philadelphia?

PSFS Building

Favorite building of all time?


Favorite type of footwear?

Flip flops

What’s your dream vacation place you have never been?


Favorite word or phrase?

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