We are Thriven Design
A dynamic, impact driven design firm dedicated to creating spaces where people and communities thrive.
Thriven Design was founded on the deep-rooted belief that design changes the way people live, work, and interact with their built environment for the better.
Since 1971, we have been a pioneer in socially responsible and environmentally conscious work. We continue to maintain a reputation for impactful design, recognizing that each project becomes someone’s home, haven, place of work, learning, or support.
The Thriven Difference
In-house Multidisciplinary Project Support
Our clients know that when they work with Thriven Design, they are getting a firm with the in-house capacity to follow a project wherever it might lead. Projects can flow seamlessly through architecture, planning, engineering, and interior design, with our multidisciplinary collaboration minimizing bottlenecks and delays on the path to project completion.
Wide Range of Expertise
Thriven has been partnering with developers throughout the MidAtlantic to design multifamily affordable, senior, and supportive housing for more than 50 years. True — but definitely not all that we do. Thriven Design is a leader in student housing design; market-rate design; community healthcare, PACE and LIFE center design. We also offer standalone interior design, engineering, energy, and asset preservation services, as well as physical needs assessment using the latest Matterport imaging technology.
Local Presence with National Reach
We’ve worked in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and have been recognized nationally for our innovations in supportive housing design. In 2011, our firm completed the first project in the state of Pennsylvania to earn the United States EPA ENERGY STAR™ Multifamily High Rise designation, and in 2018, we designed the first freestanding birth and wellness center in South Jersey.
Driven by Real Impact
We are a firm motivated by a calling to serve others and create places where people thrive, and that calling drives us to create spaces that inspire. We value design and challenge the expectation that supportive housing must configure as a one-story ranch, or that affordable housing can’t embrace cutting edge green technologies. We are driven to do more, give more, so that through design, our residents can live more.
Providing world-class, comprehensive design services across multiple disciplines.
50 Years of Excellence
A legacy of creating places where people and communities thrive.
A Leap of Faith
The roots of Thriven Design go back to 1971 when Benjamin Kitchen, AlA, PP decided to leave his position as Senior Associate at a prestigious Philadelphia architectural firm to establish his own solo-practice in his Center City rowhouse. Ben was an early-advocate and champion of building designs that used materials efficiently and were environmentally responsible – incorporating both active and passive solar strategies into his projects, many receiving awards and public recognition. As the firm would grow, his design philosophy became a foundational element for Kitchen & Associates – with Ben’s passion for environmental stewardship and his view that architects should approach even the simplest of buildings in a craftsman-like manner having an influence on many generations of architects who would be attracted to the growing firm.
Growing the Firm
In those early years, Beth Kitchen, PP, AICP supported the fledgling firm behind-the-scenes while continuing to work as a Planner for another firm. In 1979, she joined K&A full-time as Managing Principal and became the catalyst for firm growth and expanding the diversity of the practice. Beyond her business leadership, Beth’s passion to improve urban communities and the lives of people with economic challenges drove the firm towards socially-responsible work that was often neglected at that time. She actively mentored several nonprofit CDCs, and her influence is behind many of the firm’s signature projects, such as the Camden Kroc Center, Rowan Boulevard Master Plan, and scores of affordable housing redevelopments. Under Beth’s leadership, K&A emerged as a regional leader in affordable housing and community planning, instilling the social core values which Thriven Design continues to embody today.
Thriven Design has designed multifamily housing since its earliest days, with some of its inaugural projects providing shelter and independence for low-income, senior, and special-needs residents. In the five decades the firm has been in design, our experience has grown, not only in affordable, senior, and supportive markets, but also in municipal work, student housing, commercial building, interior design, energy and engineering. To date we have completed more than 30,000 units of multifamily housing.
Committed to Communities
Thriven Design is known for its long-term relationships with its clients, as well as with the communities in which it serves. In 1996, the South Jersey based firm made a bold commitment to the revitalization of a struggling downtown in Collingswood, NJ. The result was a multi-year preservation rehab that would eventually become the firm’s headquarters. The Zane School project served as an anchor for the revitalization of the town’s main street, and Thriven’s commitment to being a community partner continues to this day.
New Look, Consistent Legacy
In 2022– in celebration of the firm’s 50th anniversary—the firm rebranded from its founding name, Kitchen and Associates, to Thriven Design. Thriven Design honors the firm’s legacy of creating spaces where people thrive, as well as the firm’s drive to produce socially conscious architecture which changes the world by changing the ways people interact with their environment. The name is a combination of how the firm’s designers want communities, clients and end users to feel (thriving) and the forward motion (driven) that helps them do that. The rebrand served as a renewal of the firm’s founding commitment to service, as well as a charge to enact positive change through innovative design.
Thriven Design has a unique perspective of working with nonprofits who specialize in special needs. We have worked with many architects for renovations and ground-up buildings over the past 20 years: none are the caliber of Thriven Design. They are exceptional in their detail and responsiveness. Pure joy to work with the variety of professionals at Thriven Design — all KNOW our population and their needs...as well as [our] needs as a non profit. Impressive, unmatched in NJ!Robert Parker, CEO, NewBridge Services, Inc.
At Thriven Design, we pride ourselves on our ability to carefully listen, to think creatively, and to problem solve. We are experts in our chosen fields and disciplines, and we are committed to supporting and empowering both our clients and the industries they serve. We recognize the importance of collaboration between partners and the ever-increasing need to formulate intelligent design strategies governing the approach to every project.
One of our fundamental goals is creating successful, long-term relationships with each one of our clients by offering them the highest quality professional services, combined with exceptional customer value.
A BIM-Centered Workflow
- One of the Northeastern Region’s Largest ArchiCAD User Groups
- Featuring an ArchiCAD & BIMcloud Workflow
- Fully Integrated with Third-Party Consultants & Vendors
- Offering Ongoing Education and Professional Development