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Client Commendations

“When you look at the exterior you know you are in the presence of a strong contemporary building, and then you enter through the present and suddenly you are looking down to the past, the focal point—the ancient torah. The building is deeply respectful but also deeply modern.”
– IFRAA Honor Award Jury comments- Temple Beth El, Charlotte, NC

“The Copernicus Fitness Center is a beautiful, state of the art facility.”
– Richard M. Daley, Mayor / City of Chicago

“Paul… I congratulate you on the completion of St. Irene’s Church. It is a wonderful building to celebrate in. I am sure you know how happy the parishioners are. Nice going!”
– Most Reverend Joseph L. Imesch, Bishop of Joliet

“Our religious organization selected the firm of Harding Partners as architects for our new Chicago Culture Center based on their experience in similar projects and interest in creating attractive and usable worship and assembly spaces. Paul Harding remained committed and involved through all phases of the project, exercising great care so that we would be fully satisfied with the building. The finished building has become the keystone of the redeveloped Wabash corridor, uniting Dearborn Park and Central Station. We are happy with the building and with the role of Harding Partners in its realization.”
– Guy C. McCloskey, Vice President / Soka Gakkai International – USA

“Thanks for a fantastic church which will outlast all of us.”
– Father Thomas Corbino / St. Anthony Catholic Church

“Be advised that we are very pleased with architectural services rendered by Harding Partners. We feel that Harding Partners offers the professionalism, expertise, creativity and tenacity required in the timely completion of our project. We found that Harding Partners went the extra mile, in seeing the project through to completion. We therefore and without reservation, recommend them highly, and we are certain that you will be well pleased in your selection of Harding Partners.”
– Spencer Jones, Senior Pastor / Southside Tabernacle

Professional Commendations
“We commend the variety of worship spaces and particularly appreciate the simplicity of the barrel-vaulted primary gathering space. Using common materials on the exterior, the architects have articulated a large building to a scale that has humanized the building. It fits well in an urban context; there is an urban feel. Nice, spacious lobby. Very successful building produced on a very limited budget.”
National Awards Jury
Religious Architecture Award
American Institute of Architects