FCA Marks 70 Years of Design Innovation

By HCO Staff

PHILADELPHIA—FCA, this year commemorating its 70th anniversary, is one of the oldest established design firms in continuous operation in Philadelphia. Originally a regional practice, FCA has grown over the past seven decades into a nationally recognized design firm, spearheading work on thousands of projects for clients across the United States and internationally.

Initially conceived with a focus on institutional and lab design, the firm has become a sought-after practice with an established reputation across such sectors as healthcare, medical equipment planning, workplace, higher education and design sectors. The milestone reflects the company’s steadfast dedication to embracing adaptability and collaboration as core principles in shaping the built environment.

Dovetailing with FCA’s strategic expansion into new markets, including the establishment of offices in New York City in 2007 and Orlando in 2019, the firm rebranded in 2022, refining its existing processes and identity while honoring the initials of the firm’s founders. Working diligently to expand its expertise, FCA plans to continue to strengthen and diversify its portfolio, with an existing suite of strong relationships forming the basis to pursue thoughtful growth and acquisition strategies over the next several years.

In 2023, FCA unveiled its renovated Philadelphia headquarters. The reimagined Philadelphia workplace holistically embodies the firm’s strategy in practice, serving as a springboard for future workplaces across the country while celebrating FCA’s established culture.

Further underscoring their emphasis on future-forward design thinking and solutions for the built environment, the team brought on a Sustainability Director and signed AIA’s 2030 Agreement, pledging to achieve net zero emissions by 2030.

Looking ahead to the 75th and 100th anniversaries, this milestone stands as a testament to the organization’s enduring influence within the architecture and design industry. Moving forward, FCA has stated it will aim to keep pushing the boundaries of design, while upholding its guiding principles of People, Place, Planet, Process, and Prosperity.