1946 - 1979
The Birth of the Firm
With roots in urban planning, CRTKL focuses on designing unique, experiential places for communities to thrive.
1980 - 2010
A period of intentional expansion through Latin America, Asia and Europe driving dynamic placemaking opportunities across the globe.
2010 - Today
Agents for Change
A solutions-based creative firm that designs beyond buildings to advance positive outcomes globally.
CRTKL is a global architecture, planning and design firm that began seventy-five years ago in an emerging architect’s family basement in Maryland. Since its modest inception, CRTKL has evolved into a cultural agency to advance positive outcomes in our local and global communities. Rooted in urban planning, the breadth of the practice encompasses complex mixed-use developments to healthcare, data analytics to workplace design, retail stores to residential developments – cementing CRTKL’s place as one of the world’s most influential firms.
As we celebrate three-quarters of a century of significant people, projects and ideas, we also look towards the future as we advance resiliency, well-being, technology and mobility across the built environment to better our people and our planet.
Stories from Our 75 Years
Watch on to hear about our team’s favorite cultural traditions from around the globe.