About Our Philadelphia Architects

Process Driven Architects

Since 2001, Millan Architects has provided distinctive 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.

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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 Philadelphia architects.

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 of Philadelphia Architects

Conveniently located in the Philadelphia Metro area, Millan 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 Philadelphia architects 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

Ben Loughin

Project Manager

I strive to be thoughtful, dedicated, considerate, and creative in every phase of the design process– from the first client meeting, learning about their goals and priorities to the completion of the final punch list ensuring those goals are met. I value the development of deep relationships with our clients and collaborators in architecture and construction.

From an early age, I have been drawn to architecture, both through the impulse to create and curiosity of the past. As a lifelong student of history, I seek to place the present within the long arc of the human narrative. Architecture and construction leave an enduring message about our lives in the built environment. This core idea drives my passion for design solutions that can stand the test of time and are tailored to the clients and occupants of every project I work on.

I joined Millan Architects in 2016 to pursue an architectural philosophy rooted in sustainability and deep consideration for our impact on the natural environment. I relish the challenges and opportunities presented by the creative problem-solving required to design projects that are both high performing and beautifully composed. Having worked in architecture & construction since 2007, I bring years of experience to every project, from developing highly technical details to onsite project management.

Beyond work, I find great joy in the time I spend with my partner, our families, and friends– enjoying live music, sharing home-cooked meals, and attending art openings when indoors. When outdoors, I enjoy hiking, cycling, kayaking, and cross-country skiing.


University of Pennsylvania, Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a Concentration in History, Theory & Criticism

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