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 global cultural traditions.