Toner Architects was founded with one singular goal in mind; collaborate with clients who enjoy the process of design, architecture, and building. We'll ask you a lot of questions, and dig for the "why" behind your answers. We won't leave a stone unturned and most importantly, we believe there are no bad ideas, just better ideas.
We are a multidisciplinary firm focused on delivering results that go beyond what our clients expect. To us design is collaboration, sustainability, and technology, all of which we integrate into our process every day, every project.
We're based in Philadelphia, where the city is growing, opportunities are everywhere, and design and community are growing influences. We're always looking for a new collaborator, whether to design for or to design with, so we invite you to get to know us better.
Meet the Team
Founder & Principal
Ian is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and holds certification with the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB). He is a LEED-Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction and holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master of Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis.
Beginning in 1999, Ian worked for architecture firms in San Francisco and Philadelphia, on projects ranging from small kitchen and bathroom renovations to multi-million-dollar hotels and laboratories. He has served intermittently on the Architecture Faculty at Philadelphia University (now Thomas Jefferson University), teaching freshman courses in basic design principles, as well as upperclass seminars in Revit modeling and technical documentation. He regularly serves as a guest critic at other Philadelphia architecture schools. Ian's teaching is geared towards helping students to be better able to understand and describe their own design processes through improved verbal, technical, and graphic skills.
In his free time, Ian enjoys reading books, collecting quirky treasures to display in the office, and spending the weekends at the shore with his family.
Sara Shonk Pochedly
Director of Design & Operations
Sara is a highly motivated Architect, Interior Designer and Sustainable Designer with 10+ years of design experience in residential, higher education, K-12 facilities, health care, preservation, sustainability, commercial, retail and hospitality design. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at Kent State University teaching Architecture and Interior Design. As a perpetual student of architecture, she actively engages in new experiences that will advance her knowledge and skills. Sara has a passion for design competitions, mid-century modern architecture, and technology.
Sara is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and Ohio, a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and holds certifications with the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB) and the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). She is a LEED-Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture, a Master of Architecture, and a Master of Business Administration, all from Kent State University.
As a strong advocate of innovation and sustainability, Bart aims to continue learning to ultimately create sound and successful design. After graduating Marywood University’s School of Architecture with a Bachelor of Architecture, Bart remained in Scranton while working for a firm where he gained vital experience in various project types including but not limited to higher education, corporate, health care, residential, and adaptive re-use.
Bart is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania, LEED Green Associate, and holds certification with the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB). He frequently returns to Marywood University as a guest juror for student architectural reviews. In his spare time, he pursues his passion for designing and building furniture.
Steph is a student at Drexel University and is working towards a Bachelor of Architecture with a Minor in Sustainability. During the day, she learns and practices with the team at Toner Architects, and during the evening she attends classes. She has a deep interest in sustainability and now finds that her studies of sustainability in the built environment constantly shape the way that she views the world.
Outside of her life in architecture, Steph takes on a slew of varied activities. She is an avid block-build volunteer, and a little something of a crazy plant lady.
Sam is a transplant from Ithaca, New York who came to Philadelphia as part of his pursuit of sustainable architecture and design. Though he came for school, he stayed for his deep affection for the city. He is currently in his 5th year at Drexel University's 2+4 Architecture program, and he started with Toner Architects in September 2018 after working in both the design and construction areas of the architecture industry. Sam is passionate about sustainability and green design and aims to gain LEED accreditation in addition to his license.
Sam applies his interest and enthusiasm for technologies old and new to his work, and advocates embracing new ideas and methods while responding to established techniques. Besides architecture, Sam enjoys hiking, road trips, film photography, and exploring and documenting Philadelphia.
Jacob is a Philadelphia native, currently enrolled in Drexel University’s Antoinette Westphal College of Media Arts & Design. He is pursuing the 2+4 option for his Bachelor of Architecture degree, and is in his thesis year. Drexel has a unique work/study program that allows students to practice and learn through an internship while taking the required coursework part-time during the evenings.
Jacob joined the Toner Architects team to supplement his education at Drexel and to gain exposure to the design and construction process for residential projects. Jake is a member of the American Institute of Architects Students (AIAS) and outside of architecture, he enjoys spending time biking and skateboarding.
Julia was born and raised in the greater Philadelphia area but relocated to the Pittsburgh region to attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania. After receiving a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design she returned home to pursue a career in constructing spaces that are highly functional, comfortable, stylish, and one of a kind.
Growing up in Philadelphia with its diverse skyline scattered with sleek, geometric skyscrapers and bronze statues atop national landmarks, she had developed an endless fascination with architecture as well as the endless possibilities inside. Julia wishes to make her mark on the ever-changing blueprint of the city and is working towards her certification with the National Council of Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ). Whenever she is not flipping through design magazines or making collages of catalog clippings, you may find Julia re-watching Game of Thrones for the billionth time or exploring the city in search of the best places to dance the night away.