About Our Architecture Firm

Process Driven Architects

Since 2001, Millan Architects has provided distinctinve creative and design solutions to residential, commercial and industrial clients. Our work can be seen throughout the country, from our acclaimed timber frame homes in Vermont and shore homes in New Jersey, to retail and office commercial spaces in Philadelphia. All of our projects are built on a foundation of open communication, collaboration and creativity. Our skilled team of architects and designers use sophisticated technology and proven strategies to meet the aspirations and exceed the expectations of our clients.

Our Mission & Core Principles

Our clients want more than just a liveable or practical space. They want an expression of their lifestyle that melds their needs, schedule and budget with their dreams to create a cohesive work of architecture. To achieve this, our timeless designs and modern architectural vision are dedicated to preserving the context of the surroundings while establishing new and engaging spaces with a style unique to our clients.

We strive to form long-lasting relationships with our clients, turning them into partners and collaborators. Together, we produce intelligent strategies and elegant solutions.

Our work is framed around these core principles:

About Millan Architects

Millan Architects was founded in 2001 to craft thoughtful spaces of enduring beauty, lasting value and environmental sustainability for a discerning clientele. Our full-service design studio is process oriented, driven by a shared passion to create inspiring architecture that aligns with our core principles. We partner with clients who value our architectural vision, deep knowledge, expertise and passion. For 20+ years, we at Millan Architects value our relationships above all else. We are committed to client engagement and a desire to exceed your expectations. We are a high-touch, responsive, service-oriented design studio. Let us serve as your trusted architectural advisor.

Matthew Millan started his practice as a sole proprietor while running the design department of a timber frame preservation company specializing in the adaptive reuse and preservation of historic frames and buildings. He gained field experience in documenting historic buildings and working with traditional construction materials and methods.

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Matt moved to Vermont to join a design group dedicated to sustainable, site responsive solutions. Matt quickly became the third principal due to his approachable personality, strong communication skills and ability to manage and lead staff as he continued to work with clients in the Mid-Atlantic and New England.

Upon a return to Philadelphia in 2001, Millan Architects was launched with two employees and a healthy list of projects. With an initial focus on higher end, single family residential projects, our breadth of projects quickly grew to include commercial, institutional, historic preservation, land and master planning services. The cross-pollination of project types allows us to bring insights and experience from one type to another to provide fresh perspectives and custom solutions.

Join Our Team

Conveniently located in the Philadelphia Metro area, Milan Architects attracts top talent, skilled designers and proficient engineers who bring design dreams to life. Successful projects require a team of collaborative and skilled craftspeople with the experience and know-how to find the right solution for the right client.

Our Leadership Team

Meet our architectural team members who bring your dream project into reality.

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Matthew Millan


I founded Millan Architects in 2001 in order to bring my client responsive, visionary and sustainable architectural services to a wider group of clients. My approach to designing architecture and running a design studio are the culmination of my life experiences including a background in fine art and a keenly developed power of observation, innumerable hours spent exploring (and surviving) in the natural world, field experience in historic preservation and timber framing, and a personal and professional dedication to embracing sustainability as deeply as possible. Architecture satisfies my curiosity and passion for lifelong learning and the ability to combine my left brain based strong analytical skills and methodical approach to problem solving with my right brain creative and artistic vision, imagination and holistic thinking.

I am involved in all phases of a project from conceptual design through construction administration, as well as managing the firm. My open and effective communication skills are the foundation for successful client relationships that clarify the project goals, objectives and limitations and allow the studio to develop creative and constructive design solutions.

I believe in giving back to the community and serve on several boards and committees dedicated to preservation of natural lands and historic preservation including the Chestnut Hill Conservancy, Chestnut Hill Historic Design Advisory Committee, the Mask and Wig Club Board of Governors, and participating in two AIA Regional/Urban Design Team charrettes.

Away from work, I enjoy spending time (preferably outdoors) with my wife and two children, being a good steward for our historic house and barn, gardening, and staying fit while running, playing soccer and skiing.

University Of Pennsylvania, Master of Architecture.
University Of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts, Design of the Environment.

NCARB certified
Registered Architect: PA, NJ, NY
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Ben Nia

Project Architect

I am a passionate, engaged, resourceful, spirit-filled, creative problem-solver and essentialist that relishes an opportunity to think “vision” beyond the status quo. From the early days of my youth, I have thoroughly enjoyed exploring, playing, manipulating and improving the physical and natural environment with thought, care and purpose. Years of engagement in competitive sports has honed my collaborative, team-oriented approach, spatial awareness, discipline and ability to quickly identify challenges and opportunities.

Having joined Millan Architects in 2001, I have been instrumental in the growth, development and ongoing success of the business. I am incredibly detail-oriented and possess 20+ years of architectural design, documentation and construction management experience on a wide variety of project types. With honed abilities, technical understanding of zoning and building codes, and intimate knowledge of construction processes, methods and materials, I bring a broad range of skill, knowledge and talent to every project.

Beyond the world of architecture, I am a husband and father of four that enjoys quality family time, leisure activities with friends, reading, gardening, walking our golden retriever, biking, soccer, oil painting, the occasional finish carpentry project and time contemplating my spiritual growth and formation.

Drexel University, Bachelor of Architecture.

NCARB certified
Registered Architect: PA, NJ

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