Robert G. Little, Jr., AIA

Overview

Robert, a founding principal of L2Partridge, has 30 years of professional experience practicing architecture and he is known for his diverse expertise in design. He has been responsible for the design of sophisticated large-scale R&D laboratory, office,higher Education and multi-use projects as well as renovation/adaptive reuse, interior design and smaller scaled residential projects.

Robert is a graduate of Cornell University, receiving a M. Arch degree in 1986 and a B. Arch degree in 1984. He also holds a 1981 Bachelors Degree in Environmental Design from the University of the Arts.
As Design Principal, Robert is responsible for every aspect of design in the office. He oversees all projects, bringing leadership and artistry to each design effort. He promotes a mentoring style of leadership that instills in others a sense of authorship and responsibility.  This responsibility allows members of the studio to grow their professional skills, preparing them to be future leaders of the profession.

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Design Philosophy

It is the design professional’s core responsibility to listen and understand the client’s goals and aspirations. It’s with this acknowledgment that the issues influential to the design process are assimilated and transformed into built form with substantive meaning.

The firm’s philosophy is rooted in a few basic beliefs. First, one’s intuitive sensibilities about form, proportion, character and mood are the most important guiding forces to defining a “propriety” for design. These sensibilities allow one to recognize the latent principles of order and identity from the random and chaotic.

Secondly, layering intellectualism upon all things “intuitive” is the catalyst for establishing a vision. The vision is premised on the use of “Metaphor” as an intellectual process of simplification.  It is used as a generalization, allowing a deeper level of understanding and meaning to the things we create.
Architecture is more then just the some of building pieces and components. It is a malleable contemplative journey that requires us to think or consider quietly, soberly and deeply on the issues that are reflective of our virtues.

 

Awards + Recognition

AIA Philadelphia Chapter, Design Merit Award, 2016
Residences at Midtown Park, Wilmington, DE.

AIA Philadelphia Chapter, Gold Medal, 2005
E.J. DeSeta Building, Wilmington, DE.

AIA Pennsylvania Society of Architects, Silver Medal, 2006
E.J. DeSeta Building, Wilmington, DE.

Preservation Alliance, 2005
Residences at Rodney Square, Wilmington, DE.

AIA Philadelphia Chapter, Recognition Award, 2003
322 A Street, Wilmington, DE.

AIA Philadelphia Chapter, Honor Award, 2000
Shenzen Customs Building, Shenzen, China

AIA New Jersey Chapter, Silver Medal, 2000
Merck & Co., Inc., Multi Science Facility, Rahway, NJ

Pennsylvania Society of Architects, Honor Award, 1990
The Hill School Performing Arts Center, Pottstown, PA

American Association of School Administrators, Special Citation, 1988
Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, PA

American School & University, Portfolio Award, 1987
The Hill School Performing Arts Center, Pottstown, PA

AIA Philadelphia Chapter, Silver Medal, 1987
The Hill School Performing Arts Center, Pottstown, PA

AIA Philadelphia Chapter, Bronze Metal, 1986
Academy of the New Church, Bryn Athyn, PA

Publications

Architectural Record, March 2006
E.J. DeSeta Building

Mid-Atlantic Construction, March 2005
"Perfect Landing - Mixed-use Development Brings Residential to Wilmington's Waterfront."

Multi-Family Executive, April 2005
"Office Space - Developers Adapt Aging Commercial Buildings for Apartments and Condos."

Urban Land Institute, April 2004

American School & University, 1988
The Hill School Performing Arts Center

American School & University, 1987
The Academy of the New Church Library

Speaking Engagements

Aseptic Facility Design
ISPE Lecture, July 2005

Wilmington Waterfront & Christina Landing Tower
AIA Delaware, 2005

Associations

American Institute of Architects
Member Since: 1994

Pennsylvania Society of Architects
Member Since: 1994

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Member Since: 1994

Education

Master of Architecture
Cornell University, 1986

Bachelor of Architecture
Cornell University, 1984

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design
Philadelphia College of Art, 1981

 

E.J. DeSeta Building, Wilmington, DE.

E.J. DeSeta Building, Wilmington, DE.