Lyle Suess

Lyle Suess

Philadelphia, PA, US



For the last 11 years, Lyle Suess has been a successful architectural designer and project manager with a long track record of satisfying clients such as Ursinus College, Haverford College, Plymouth Meeting Friends School, Wm. Penn Charter School, and Germantown Cricket Club, with creative design solutions, rigorous documentation and tenacious on-site follow through.

During the last decade, while working for the award-winning, full-service architecture firm Reed Axelrod Architects, Lyle has acquired strong skills in all aspects of the design and construction process: from feasibility studies and programming through consultant coordination and construction administration.

Lyle also has extensive experience in delivering beautiful projects that meet clients' needs and aspirations while keeping them on schedule and within budget. He has primarily worked on and managed institutional and high-end custom residential projects with budgets ranging from $3 -10M.



Reed Axelrod Architects, Project Architect

Responsible for developing and managing a variety of institutional and high-end custom residential projects from initial concept to project close-out while under the direct oversight of the firm principal. Contributed, refined and developed major design components as well as created highly detailed presentation and construction drawings and specifications. Managed consultant coordination and integration of their work. Ensured satisfaction of all code requirements for each project. Presented design and product recommendations to institutional and private clients and collaborated with them to provide beautiful and practical design solutions. Aggressively monitored construction and its compliance with the documents. Regularly educated clients, allowing them to take reasonable risks and investments to ensure that they got a sustainable and enduring product they could be proud of.

Jan 2000 - Nov 2010


Columbia University, New York, NY, US, MArch, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

A rigorous 3-year Masters of Architecture design studio lead by an all-star cast of world renown architects. Balancing the thought provoking and challenging design studies were a host of in-depth and cutting edge seminars on architecture history, theory and philosophy, as well as studies into the social and ecological impact and responsibility of architectural design.

Sep 1991 - Jun 1994

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, US, Bachelors, BSE in Civil Engineering & Architectural Design

The unique and unparalleled program of "Architectural Engineering", headed by the acclaimed professor David P. Billington, blended the full course load for the Civil Engineering program with all the required design and core coursework needed to obtain a BArch.

Sep 1987 - Jun 1991


Montgomery County Land Planning Commission Land Development Excellence Award, 1st Place

The Montgomery County Planning Commission s annual land development awards program is dedicated to recognizing excellence in site planning and design throughout Montgomery County. It honors the developers, consultants, and municipalities responsible for shaping the places that enhance Montgomery County.


American Builders and Contractors Award for Restoration/Renovation Over $3 Million, Award

Restoration/Renovation Over $3 Million
Contractor: Warfel Construction Company
Project: Ursinus College, Bomberger Hall Renovation
Location: Collegeville, Pennsylvania


2-year Scholarship to Research Traditional Japanese Architecture and Carpentry, 1st Place

Lyle was the sole award winner of a two year scholarship to study traditional Japanese architecture and carpentry as an apprentice to master carpenters in Japan. During his time there, he learned the centuries-old craft and helped construct temples, homes, and contributed to the rebuilding of Kobe after the 1995 earthquake. This experience profoundly affected Lyle's understanding of and appreciation for the craft of construction and the richness that cross-cultural design collaboration can bring, which he translates into his design work.


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