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.

Principal Ian Toner originally founded Toner Architects because of his passion for residential architecture and design. However, his varied experience in design, client relations, and project management have moved him beyond residential and into many other arenas such as hospitality, higher education, and retail. Since 1999, Ian has worked on projects from residential renovations to multi-million-dollar hotels. 

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. 


Ian Toner, founder

Ian is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and holds certification with the National Council of Architectural Review Boards (NCARB). He is also a LEED-Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. Ian holds a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture from the University of Virginia and a Master's 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. Before founding Toner Architects in 2010, he worked as Project Architect for the internationally-recognized Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. He has served intermittently on the Architecture Faculty at Philadelphia 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.

As a registered architect, Ian's passion is creating designs for you that will reflect your sense of style and that will comfort you. When you become our client, we will ask you a lot of questions to understand more of how you like to live and work. This thorough exploration enables us to come up with your creative plan that is custom-fit for you and may exceed what you thought was possible.  

Sara Shonk, 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, 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.