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Somdarc Firm



Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects believes in

Clarity, simplicity, and efficiency guided by integrity, innovation, knowledge and care for the environment.

– Good design is an investment, a way to help organizations meet their objectives.

– Well-designed buildings improve communication flow, productivity and help an organization attract and retain its most important assets – people.

 – The  design should address its contexts and convey the client’s image and values.

– Design Matters.





Elie-Antoine Atallah, AIA, NCARB



Syracuse University, B.Arch.

Harvard University, Graduate School of Design


Elie-Antoine Atallah founded  Studio of Metropolitan Design in 1991. His experience as architect is extensive and diverse.

He held a faculty position at Philadelphia University from 1995 to 1999 and at The Boston Architectural Center from 1986 to 1988. He lectured at the University of Arkansas. He frequently serves as guest critic at several schools of architecture around the country.

Elie-Antoine Atallah is a member of the American Institute of Architects ex-officio of the Philadelphia Chapter and ex-officio of the State Chapter, a member of SCUP (Society for College and University Planning). He is a member of the advisory board at the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania.  Elie is an active member of the Chestnut Hill Conservancy.

He served as a trustee of the Woodmere Art Museum. He served on the board of directors of the Coalition of Commercial Real Estate Association and the Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He is the former Chair of the Housing Committee for the East Mount Airy Neighbours and former member of the Community Design Collaborative and Central Germantown Council.

Elie-Antoine was appointed in 2016 by Governor Wolf to the Selection Committee of the GSA.

His work has been exhibited at the Lubin House Gallery, New York, NY; Lowe Gallery, Syracuse, NY; AIA Architectural Showcase, The Court at King of Prussia and the Young Architects Forum, Philadelphia, PA, AIA Philadelphia Gallery, and The National Museum of Beirut, Lebanon.

Mr. Atallah is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and 7 other states. He is NCARB certified.




Philadelphia 100

40 Under 40 – Philadelphia Business Journal


Several projects designed by Mr. Atallah have received American Institute of Architects design awards.


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