Chris Dawson Architect (CDA) is a Harrisburg, PA design-driven architectural firm intent on crafting poetic and thoughtful architecture in response to the needs of clients. Founded in 2009, the firm’s office is located on the 7th floor of the Commerce Tower in the heart of downtown, a block from both the state’s Capitol Complex to the east and the Susquehanna River to the west, and commands striking views of the 2nd Street corridor. CDA’s office design is representative of the firm’s humanistic modern design approach and includes an abundance of natural daylight. It embodies an openness that encourages collaboration, exposes a portion of the building’s beautiful concrete waffle slab, and possesses a power rooted in clean, simplified detailing and warm materials.

Our creative and technically savvy staff has been trained at some of the most respected architectural academic institutions (Syracuse, Cornell, Harvard, and Penn State). CDA has developed a unique 21st-century architectural voice seeking out clients committed to the community who are often focused on benefitting those most in need. We work on a wide range of project types throughout Central PA and beyond, ranging from renovations in early 20th-century buildings on the National Register of Historic Places to brewpubs. CDA is a resourceful design firm eager to help our clients address problems with creative, cost-effective, and beautiful solutions. We believe that good architectural design is not merely a formal aesthetic exercise but rather an imperative that improves both the bottom line of a business and also the quality of our lives.

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