Perkiomen X-Day: Conscious Architecture

MCTIGUE Architecture on September 23, 2022
In 2020, Perkiomen, a preparatory school north of Philadelphia, PA, began offering weekly, virtual “X-period” classes. Known as “X-Day”,  the classes bring together an array of speakers— some alumni and some community friends—to share their experiences and insights into their professional work. A graduate from 1976, Drew Pedrick was honored to participate.

In this excerpt, Drew discusses MCTIGUE’s focus on “conscious architecture”; a practice, a belief system and set of values that looks at projects from a holistic point of view, in order to create the best place for people and planet.

This philosophy is the foundation for Drew and his team and drives their choices when designing and creating. There are three main factors when creating a building that Drew describes as the three legs of a stool; environmental, social, and economical.  Conscious architecture reprioritizes them. As an example, developers are greatly driven by economics. With a conscious architecture approach, environmental and social benefits are the chief design priorities, and from those, economics will be satisfied.

About Drew Pedrick
At an early age, Drew understood his passions were to design buildings and spaces and do so with care for the planet. Drew began his architecture career as a lighting designer, then worked in the construction phase of architecture, gaining detailed, and practical knowledge. His work quickly grew to include design phases, ultimately leading design, leading teams, and establishing client relations. Today Drew finds his work coming equally from his many long-standing relationships and the new ones he and his team build.