W2A Architects is a professional architectural, planning, and interior design firm. W2A strongly believes that the smartest design solutions are achieved through interaction and collaboration with our clients, thus forming a team of diverse individuals sharing their most creative ideas. The integration of different disciplines and our commitment to solving problems and achieving a shared goal lead our architectural design firm to create designs that enrich the lives of the people who use them.
What We Do
W2A offers over six decades of experience in providing exceptional, award-winning Architectural Design for many types of projects. Our philosophy is not to specialize in specific project types or markets, but rather to provide the best design solutions for our varied clients. We provide design services for corporate, governmental, educational, healthcare, library, religious, commercial and industrial projects. Our services include architectural design; programming and master planning; feasibility studies; space planning; interior design including color selections, furniture layout, specification and procurement; and project management for new construction, additions, and complex renovations.
Our Commitment to the Environment
W2A is strongly committed to sustainable (“green building”) design. Two of our senior staff architects are LEED® Accredited Professionals. These two architects are available to bring their knowledge of the LEED® process and expertise in managing its challenges to our projects, when relevant. We proudly achieved LEED® certification at the Silver level for East Penn School District’s Willow Lane Elementary School (Macungie, PA), a new 85,000 SF school building. We also designed the new 38,000 SF Parkland Community Library (Upper Macungie Township, PA) as a LEED® Gold project, with several credits received as part of the Design process submission. As W2A is committed to environmental stewardship in our designs, we have previously designed several other projects to LEED® standards, without seeking formal certification.
W2A’s history goes back to 1945 when our predecessor firm (Coston-Frankfurt-Short) was founded in Oklahoma. Our Pennsylvania office opened in 1960 as a branch office, and became an independent firm in 1966, as Coston-Wallace. The firm then transitioned to Coston-Wallace-Watson. In 1973, the firm name became Wallace & Watson Associates and in 1977, the firm became a professional corporation. In 2000, we started doing business as W2A Design Group. Finally, in 2021 we launched a new logo and began doing business as W2A Architects, proudly serving the Lehigh Valley and the Mid-Atlantic region as one of the leading architectural firms in the region.
Three Principals provide overall management at W2A, and every project has the individual attention of at least one principal. W2A currently has three licensed architects (with current professional registrations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Texas). Our staff has an average of 18 years of experience with the firm and 22 years overall professional experience.
At W2A, we are proud of our long history, our extensive client base including countless repeat commissions, our numerous national and regional awards for design excellence, our consistent relationships with local contractors and sub-contractors and an outstanding record of project cost control. We look forward to continued growth and building relationships with new and existing clients.