Studio of Metropolitan Design Architects

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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 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, 2002

40 Under 40 – Philadelphia Business Journal 1995

This award is given yearly to strong business and community leaders in the Delaware Valley.


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



John J. Kapusnick, PMP, LEED AP



Pratt Institute, B.Arch.

Villanova University Masters Certificate in Applied Project Management

John J. Kapusnick experience as construction and project manager is extensive and includes a variety of projects, spanning over twenty-five years with special expertise in pharmaceutical, health care and government facilities.

John J. Kapusnick is a member of several professional and civic associations including:

International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering,

Project Management Institute, Whitemarsh Township Zoning Hearing Board. He previously served on Whitemarsh Township Planning Commission and was member of BOCA International, Construction Specifications Institute, National Fire Protection Association, International Facilities Management Association and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Prior to joining Studio of Metropolitan Design architects John collaborated at STV as Senior Project Manager providing cGMP expertise for laboratory, manufacturing and research facilities spanning the pharmaceutical, biotech, veterinary and related industries, Pharmaceutical Design Advisors, Inc. as President and Owner, UAI Associates, Inc. as Vice President, Merck & Co. as Manager of Building Technologies, Design Engineering Services, Corporate Engineering, Johnson & Johnson, McNeil as Manager, Facilities Design and Construction and at Albert Einstein Medical Center.

Mr. Kapusnick is a certified Project Management Professional and LEED Accredited Professional.


Delaware Valley Design Excellence Award Winner, 1999

Delaware Valley Design Excellence Finalist, 1993

Johnson & Johnson Achievement Award, 1992

Johnson & Johnson Special Recognition, 1984, 1985, 1988

Industrial Building of the Year Award – Puerto Rico, 1985 

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