1946 - 1979

1946 - 1979

The Birth of the Firm
With roots in urban planning, CRTKL focuses on designing unique, experiential places for communities to thrive.

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1980 - 2010

1980 - 2010

Global Expansion
A period of intentional expansion through Latin America, Asia and Europe driving dynamic placemaking opportunities across the globe.

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2010 - Today

2010 - Today

Agents for Change
A solutions-based creative firm that designs beyond buildings to advance positive outcomes globally.

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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.

Impact Study
The impact study was created to assess the economic, social and environmental impacts of CRTKL completed projects. Ultimately, we want to use this knowledge to quantify the impact of thoughtful and future-proof planning, urban design and architecture – resulting in evidence-based design strategies for future projects.
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Designing for a Better World starts with understanding Climate + Context

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Stories from Our 75 Years

Hispanic Heritage Month
CRTKL is proud to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Watch on to hear about our team’s favorite cultural traditions from around the globe.
Celebrating Pride at CRTKL
In celebration of LGBTQ+ Pride, CRTKL is speaking with members of the firm’s LGBTQ+ community to celebrate their voices and elevate their perspectives. Read on to see their stories.
International Women’s Day
CRTKL is proud to celebrate its global team of women– proving the incredible potential of an equitable future for 75 years and counting. From DC to Dubai, our inspiring team shares what equality in AEC means to them in this historic year.