February 2009 Download PDF

Philadelphia, PA, February 2009 – Francis Cauffman Architects, an award-winning 160-person architecture firm with offices in New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore, announces the appointment of three new principals – Catherine L. Gow, Kim Hong, and Aran A. McCarthy. The principals, who are based in Francis Cauffman’s Philadelphia office, will extend Francis Cauffman’s reputation and ensure the delivery of excellent design and planning services to hospitals, healthcare-related institutions, and corporations throughout the United States and abroad.

James Crispino, AIA, president of Francis Cauffman, said, “This group of extraordinary professionals represents the next generation of expertise and leadership at Francis Cauffman. Their proven track record of creativity and innovation will carry forward the tradition of excellence that the firm has upheld for 55 years. By promoting these three talented and dedicated individuals, we acknowledge their strong performance and guarantee that our current and future clients receive high-quality design, planning, and management services for all types of projects.”

Catherine L. Gow, AIA, is a healthcare planner with more than 15 years of experience for medical centers, academic medical centers, and children’s and rehabilitation hospitals. An award-winning architect and health facilities planner, Gow specializes in demand and capacity management to improve the efficiency of various hospitals, departments, and centers of excellence. Gow has also participated on a wide variety of master plans, department relocations, and consolidations. A graduate of Syracuse University, Gow is a member of the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, an expert panelist on healthcare planning, and a published author.

Keumpyo (Kim) Hong, IIDA, LEED® AP, the director of interior design at Francis Cauffman, has more than 19 years of experience in the design of corporate, institutional, and hospitality environments that embody the culture and mission of her clients. Additionally, Ms. Hong’s background in color theory and extensive knowledge of architectural finishes, finish systems, furniture, and fabrics have helped boost the firm’s reputation for creative design. Her work has won many awards, including the 2008 IIDA award-winning Best Law Firm project for Morris James in Wilmington, DE. Ms Hong’s diverse experience includes projects for pharmaceutical companies, university research facilities, and law firms. Ms. Hong has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in interior design and painting from Moore College of Art.

Aran A. McCarthy, AIA, NCARB, has 19 years of experience as a project architect and project manager for clients in the United States and Europe. Mr. McCarthy’s sharp organizational skills and technical expertise have enabled him to deliver a wide range of projects. A senior architect in the healthcare practice group, Mr. McCarthy has worked on the implementation of master plans for major health systems, new construction of diverse healthcare facilities, and renovation projects for prestigious health systems throughout the East Coast. Mr. McCarthy received his Bachelor of Architecture from Drexel University and a Diploma in Architectural Technology from Dublin University of Technology.

The largest architectural office in Philadelphia, Francis Cauffman has provided buildings for health systems, corporations, pharmaceutical companies, academic and scientific institutions, and government agencies since 1954. Additional Francis Cauffman offices are in New York City and Baltimore. With a staff of 160 architects, planners and interior designers, the firm is widely known for buildings producing breakthrough research and creativity. Francis Cauffman has worked with major healthcare institutions in the Catholic Health East system, John Hopkins Hospital, Albert Einstein Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Major corporate clients include Merck & Co., Inc., Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor LLP, and The University of Rochester. For more information, please visit

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