Szostak Design

Szostak Design is an award-winning architectural design and planning firm based in Chapel Hill, NC. Led by Principal Philip Szostak, FAIA, we are known for our unyielding commitment to design in a variety of project types. Founded in 1980, our firm is structured to provide hands-on principal involvement in every project we undertake, from conception to completion.

Our philosophy is that, at its best, architecture creates meaningful experiences that connect us to place and culture. We practice thorough research and client-focused collaboration to reveal each project’s unique context and deliver a design that meets our client’s vision.

We have been widely recognized for this commitment to design excellence. In 2014 Szostak Design received the AIA North Carolina Firm of the Year Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a firm by the American Institute of Architects state chapter. In 2018 Phil Szostak was recognized with the AIA North Carolina Gold Medal.

We offer a full range of professional design services including strategic planning, feasibility studies, master planning, architectural design and construction management. In addition, our firm has extensive experience with design-build and real estate development partnerships. Our sister firm, Szostak Group, is a licensed General Contractor responsible for many of our residential design-build projects. In addition to providing Architect-of-Record and design services for the Durham Performing Arts Center, Phil Szostak was the co-developer and took a lead role in engaging project stakeholders to fund the project.

Capitol Broadcasting Company

Capitol Broadcasting Company Headquarters Renovation and Addition, Raleigh, NC


Philip Szostak Associates was originally formed in 1980 in Chapel Hill and quickly grew into one of the most respected design firms in the Triangle. Key projects during this period include Rosemary Square in Chapel Hill, the Dorothy Bardolph Human Services Center for the City of Greensboro, the Domino’s Pizza Regional Headquarters in Durham, and the Wake Forest University Track and Soccer Stadium in Winston-Salem.

After 10 years, PSA merged with NBBJ, then the nation’s second largest architectural firm. As a principal for NBBJ, Philip Szostak was responsible for leading design, planning and construction projects throughout the country. Key projects led by Philip include the 1994 World Cup Soccer Complex, the Georgia International Horse Park for the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, East Carolina University’s $60 million Science and Technology Building, WakeMed North’s East Campus Ambulatory Medical Center in Raleigh, Duke University’s Keck Life Science Research Center, and the Yoh Football Center at Duke.

In 2001, Philip Szostak Associates was reestablished and has since provided comprehensive design services for notable regional projects including the Durham Performing Arts Center, a nationally renowned 2,800 seat theater; the State Capital Sports Center, an all-inclusive aquatics, ice hockey, and wellness center for Wake County; and Winmore, a new 200 unit village style neighborhood in Carrboro that promotes affordability and sustainability. In 2005, PSA incorporated as Szostak Design.

Durham Performing Arts Center

Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC), Durham, NC