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Susan Abel Maxman, American Architect. Registered profile architect, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Maryland., West Virginia, Virginia, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina.


Maxman, Susan Abel was born on December 30, 1938 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Daughter of Richard Jack Abel and Gussie (Brenner) Seiden.


Student, Smith College, 1960. Master of Architecture., University Pennsylvania, 1977. HHD, Ball State University, 1993.

HHD, University Detroit Mercy, 1997.


Project designer Kopple Sheward & Day, Philadelphia, 1978-1980. Partner Maxman & Sutphin, 1980-1983. Principal Susan Maxman & Partners, since 1984.

Member board overseers Graduate School Fine Arts University Pennsylvania, member corporation visiting committee Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Member Planning and Design Commission, Georgia Institute of Technology.


  • Registered profile architect, Pennsylvania, Ohio, New Jersey, New York, Maryland., West Virginia, Virginia, Maine, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina.


  • Other Work

    • Works include design of Women's Humane Society Animal Shelter, Bensalem, Pennsylvania (Northeastern Sustainable Energy Association's Commercial Building award, 1994, Metal Construction Association award 1995, Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence 1997, American Institute of Architects Pennsylvania Honorary award 1997), Camp Tweedale-Freedom Valley Girl Scouts United States of America (American Institute of Architects Honor award, 1991), Cusano Environmental Education Center at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, Philadelphia (United States Department Energy Federal Energy Saver Showcase award, United States Department Interior Environmental Achievement award, Top Ten Green Building award American Institute of Architects 2003, American Institute of Architects Cote Top Ten Green Buildings award, 2003), Robert Lewis House (McArthur award 1985), Philadelphia, Restoration Pennock Farmstead (Grand Prize National Trust History Preservation 1995), Canaan Valley Institute Headquarters, Renovation of Second Bank of United States, Philadelphia, Navy Yard Building 10 (Honor award, American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia chapter, 2004, citation of merit, PA Historic Presercation award), Natural Lands Trust Headquarters Expansion, Media, Pennsylvania (Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Building award 2004, Exemplary Sustainable buildings Industry Council award 2005), Kutztown University, Pennsylvania Sisters Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Renovation of the Motherhouse (Michigan History Preservation Network Building award 2003, Top Ten Green Building award American Institute of Architects 2006), Renovation of University Pennsylvania Nursing Education Building, Philadelphia, Barbara C. Harris Camp and Conference Center, Greenfield, New Hampshire, Chestnut Hill National Bank, Philadelphia, Somerset (Pennsylvania) History Center, Seneca Rocks Visitor Center, Seneca Rocks, West Virginia, Fort Necessity/National Road Interpretive Education Center, Farmington, Pennsylvania, The Woods Residence Hall at Pennsylvania State-Berks, Reading, Roberts Hall Renovation and Addition University Pennsylvania Law School, others.


Member Eco-Efficiency Task Force President Council Sustainable Development. Vice chair Environmental Council, Urban Land Institute. Board directors Alliance to Save Energy, Taliesin.

Member trustee's county for Pennsylvania Women, University of Pennsylvania. Member American Institute of Architects (national president 1993, Pennsylvania chapter Honor award 1997), Pennsylvania Women's Forum, Forum Executive Women, Carpenter's Company Philadelphia.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: swimming, gardening.


Children: Andrew Frankel, Thomas Frankel, Elizabeth Frankel. Married William H. Maxman. Children: Melissa, Abby, William Junior.

Richard Jack Abel Seiden

Gussie (Brenner) Seiden

Rolf Sauer

Thomas Frankel Maxman

Melissa Maxman

Madeleine Sauer Maxman

William Junior Maxman

Andrew Frankel Maxman

Abby Maxman

Elizabeth Frankel Maxman