George Poulin

George Poulin

George Poulin

BArch ’07

Principal, Strada (Philadelphia)

Age 39

My Greatest Accomplishment:

On a professional level, I have been fortunate to design many of Philadelphia’s most transformative life science projects that are the incubators for cutting-edge cancer therapies, disease diagnostics and biotechnology advancements. It’s been a joy to be an active participant in Philadelphia’s booming life science sector. Designing the new home for the Drexel College of Computing & Informatics was also a personal highlight. On a civic level, I have worked tirelessly to advocate for the people and built environment of West Philadelphia, most recently collaborating with neighbors on the successful Powelton Village Historic District designation. I suspect many Drexel students may not realize how fortunate they are to have such an incredible community at their front door.

How Drexel Helped Me:

Unquestionably, Drexel helped launch my career. In fact, I am now a principal in the same firm where I completed my co-op through the Department of Architecture’s 2+4 program. Drexel also introduced me to the incredible West Philadelphia community which I now call home. My passion for civic engagement was ignited as a student, when I realized that individuals can make a meaningful impact within their communities.

Where I Hope to Be in Five Years:

Architecture is a craft with constantly evolving technologies, challenges and aesthetic sensibilities. I hope to continue to refine my skillset and our firm’s practice to continue to meaningfully impact lives. I’m hopeful that my best work lies ahead. The untapped potential of future work motivates me every day.

The Change I Would Most Like to See in the World:

Greater empathy. We don’t always have to see eye to eye, but it is critical that we listen to and appreciate different perspectives so that we can engage in meaningful conversations to help tackle the many challenges that lie ahead.