Although evolution is natural, transformation was intentional. In 2008, JK Roller Architects LLC became JKR Partners LLC to better reflect expanded ownership and a continuing strong emphasis on partnership.
We focus on your goals, working closely with you to follow the right course of action to achieve an optimum result that best fits your location. Watch us meet...and then exceed...your expectations.
When designing for a particular community, we must become a part of it. JKR Partners' principals and staff are highly involved in civic, professional, and social groups. We get to know your neighborhood and its citizens. We make ourselves part of the fabric of your community. By actively interacting, we stay attuned to the latest trends and developments that will afford your project the best possible outcome.
Creativity infuses our design work, project approach, and everyday communication. We resolve problems, meet challenges, and effectively overcome constraints in order to enable you to realize your goals. JKR Partners is committed to sustainable design. Our partners and team are LEED accredited and can assist in achieving energy savings and green practices within conventional budgets.
Jerry K. Roller, AIA, LEED AP
Jerry is the founder of the firm. Starting out as a sole practitioner as J.K.Roller Architect, he has guided the growth of the firm through the creation of JK Roller Architects LLC and finally to JKR Partners LLC, a new firm name chosen to reflect the contributions of the many partners who have joined him since the firm was founded. His guiding principle, providing clients with quality design and responsive service, has fueled continued firm growth and success. A key to that success has been Jerry's promotion of a team practice in which all projects benefit from the collaboration of partners, project managers, and staff architects. He and the partners look forward to leading the firm into its next decades of service to clients.
From his 13 year apprenticeship at Wolfgang Rapp & Associates, Jerry developed an expertise in Healthcare and Senior Living projects which expertise he continues to utilize today. In addition, Jerry has become well known for high-profile Retail Projects and prominent multi-family Residential Projects. Jerry is active in the American Institute of Architects, having served as President of AIA-PA and having held the posts of Regional Director and Vice President on the National AIA Board.
A Philadelphia native and Central High Graduate (225), Jerry resides in a house he renovated in Queen Village with his wife Joan, an attorney. He has a son, a real estate developer and a client of the firm, who lives in the city, and a daughter who is a chef in New York City. Jerry and Joan enjoy working in the garden, both in Philadelphia and in Cape May Point, NJ where they have built a weekend home. He has a penchant for fast cars and recently had the chance to drive a drag racer, a holiday gift from the team. He enjoys the theater and restaurant life in the city. He is also an accomplished baker who is winning the waistline battle with regular visits to the gym.
Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University 1971
American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
Building Industry Association of Philadelphia
Urban Land Institute Philadelphia Council
Awards & Certificates
Thomas U. Walter Award
National Council of Architectural Registration
Boards Certificate Holder
NJ Society of Architects
Certificate of Appreciation, Service Awards Juror
Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia
AL, CT, DC, DE, FL, IL, IN, MA, MD, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC & VA
Paul Georges, AIA
Paul joined JKR Partners in 1986, soon after it was established, with an eagerness to learn and grow within the profession. The small firm environment offered Paul the opportunity to develop quickly and participate in all phases of a project. Through his work ethic and project achievements, it did not take long to recognize his commitment to the success of the firm. His design and management experience encompasses a variety of project types including entertainment, residential and retail work. He views each project as an opportunity to address the clients' needs through creativity and attention to detail, during each phase of the project. Over the years Paul has developed an expertise in movie theater design. He is inspired by the passion that the people of this industry share and thoroughly enjoys his role in the firm's participation in many of the theater industry sponsored events. In addition to his success in movie theater design, Paul has completed a significant body of residential projects focusing on urban developments. Each project offers the unique opportunity to develop the most effective design approach which ties the new development to the fabric of the surrounding neighborhood.
In addition to project leadership, Paul takes an active role in the firm's management, focusing his attention on the professional development of team members, the scheduling of projects, and on long term planning. Recognized as the principal member for the future management of the firm, Paul looks forward to providing the necessary leadership for the firm's next generation of growth.
When Paul is not engaged in work related responsibilities or not spending quality time with his lovely wife and two sons, you may find him pedaling the roads of South Jersey. He is an avid cyclist who enjoys competitive training rides as well as the occasional stroll around the park. Paul also enjoys both domestic and foreign travel for the cultural and architectural experiences that are offered.
Bachelor of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1985
Bachelor of Building Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 1985
American Institute of Architects, West Jersey Chapter
Colegio de Arcquitectos de Puerto Rico
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards ICSC, International Council of Shopping Centers, inc.
Glenn C. Werner, AIA, LEED AP
Glenn’s fascination with architecture began while growing up in Chicago, frequently gazing at the works of Burnham, Mies, Sullivan, SOM, and Wright from the backseat of the family Chevy. A member of the firm since 1987, Glenn especially enjoys the projects where true team relationships include the owners, occupants, builder, and architect. This team unity has happened often during his involvement in designing healthcare facilities, multifamily residences, retail, and office and educational buildings. Paying close attention to clear and accurate communications - graphically, verbally, and written - is what Glenn emphasizes in managing a project. This communication is a fundamental part of teamwork and leadership throughout all levels of the firm’s management, for projects, personnel, and administration.
Glenn’s design accomplishments include many challenging adaptive reuse projects, where he has capitalized on the existing character while skillfully integrating new additions. His design objectives are thoughtful, efficient planning and comfortable, vibrant spaces. Technological advances can be so amazing, but human needs always come first. Glenn recognizes the vital role architects accept in environmental stewardship and is a LEED accredited professional.
Glenn and wife Gwen reside in Chester County within walking distance of the Brandywine River. He loves a loosely-planned road trip and meandering through any region of North America. Another favorite pastime is attending live musical performances. These have ranged from Bocelli to Sinatra to Zappa in assorted settings like Birdland, Schwenksville, and Verizon Hall. Glenn enjoys being creative with cooking, woodworking, sculpting and photography.
Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Pennsylvania State University 1979
Malvern Prep 1975
American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia
Builders Industry Association Green Committee
Healthcare Facilities Managers Association of Delaware Valley
Morgantown Area Business Association
St. Paul's of Lionville, Former Council President
Springfield Township (Delco) Planning Commission, President 1999-2002
U.S. Green Building Council
David S. Urffer, AIA
Dave joined JK Roller Architects in 1988, became an Associate in 1993, and a Principal in 2000. He enjoys maintaining a diverse management role in the office, and has worked on many commercial, retail, theater, institutional, and residential projects. Dave is active in the firm's mentoring program, and enjoys working with younger team members to guide their professional development. He also oversees the firm's benefits and 401k programs.
Additionally, Dave is a Team Leader in the Philadelphia Chapter of the ACE Mentor Program. This program introduces the fields of Architecture, Construction and Engineering to high school students, and provides financial assistance to graduating students who pursue these fields in college. Dave has been a mentor with ACE since 2001. He is also a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
When not practicing architecture, Dave manages JKR Partners' softball team, coaches his two sons' travel soccer teams, plays intramural soccer with the other "soccer dads" and plays trumpet in a community band and his church. He loves vacationing in Cape May and New Hampshire with his wife and sons, and he knows the day has started on the right foot when the weather is good enough to ride his Harley to work.
Master of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University 1988
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pennsylvania 1984
American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
ACE Mentor Program, Team Leader, Philadelphia Chapter
ACE Mentor Program of Eastern PA, Board of Directors
Historic Architectural Review Board Chairman, Media, Pennsylvania
National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Urban Land Institute, Philadelphia Chapter
Awards & Certificates
Preservation Alliance Grand Jury Project Award - 2008 Ambler Theater
AZ, AR, CA, GA, KS, KY, LA, MI, MN, MO, MS, ND, NV, NJ, OK, OR, PA, TX, WA, WI
Robert A. McCall, AIA
Bob has been with JKR Partners since 1995 and a Principal in the firm since 2002. With client service paramount in his approach, he has successfully designed and managed various types and scales of projects ranging from residential to entertainment. Bob graduated from Temple University. During that time he was affiliated with the North Philadelphia Urban Initiatives Grant. As a member, he worked with an urban design team studying the complex issues of North Philadelphia as they relate to the ever-changing social and built environment. The central idea then and continued in his approach today is that design is more about shaping one's experience in the built environment rather than the simple assemblage of bricks and mortar. Bob's design focus is the creation of architecture beyond simple function - architecture that elicits emotion, whether it's excitement, awe, contemplation or comfort. While also involved in retail, multi-family and student housing projects, Bob's primary scope of work has been the creation of public spaces for assembly, entertainment and hospitality. Representative projects include cinemas incorporated into large mixed-use complexes in Washington D.C. and State College PA, stand alone multi-plex cinemas, mixed-use entertainment venues combining cinema, bowling, lounges, and restaurants, Banquet-Hotel facilities as well as stand-alone restaurants of various scales.
As a principle, Bob's role extends beyond the project management side of the practice. Bob is vital part of the firm's management team assisting in the day to day operations and marketing of the firm. Some of Bob's other roles in the office focus on staffing and mentoring and he also heads the Professional Development Program which assists and guides the architectural team in their growth as professionals.
Outside of the office, Bob enjoys spending time with his wife and two young sons who are a constant source of pleasure. He is never without a challenge or dull moment. Several times a year he enjoys going on extended backpacking trips that land him in some of the most remote and beautiful places in the Northeast, where t-ball games, carpools, cell phones and e-mail do not exist. These trips always leave him refreshed and ready for new challenges as a professional, husband and father.
Bachelor of Architecture, Temple University 1995
AIA, Philadelphia Chapter National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
Jonathan Alan Broh, AIA
Upon completing his education, Jonathan moved to Philadelphia in 1996 and began working for then JK Roller Architects in 1997. In 2004 he was named principal, the youngest team member ever to be appointed the title. Jonathan has worked on a diverse portfolio of projects during his career and has specialized in residential and restaurant work. His completed residential projects show a great diversity from loft conversions in Philadelphia, Hartford and Lowell Massachusetts to a custom carriage house conversion on Chancellor Street. Restaurant work includes over 20 Capital Grille restaurants throughout the country and the Pacific Prime restaurant and bar for The Valley Forge Casino completed in spring, 2012. Current projects include Southstar Lofts, an 85 unit mixed used development for Dranoff Properties and 1616 Walnut Street, a 206 unit apartment conversion in a historic office building.
In addition to project management, Jonathan directs the human resources and IT decisions for JKR Partners LLC. He is responsible for recruiting and hiring the talented designer which make the firm successful. Jonathan manages the 30 person computer network and has been instrumental in the implementation of BIM and managing the drawing standards for the office.
When he is not in front of his computer at 1128 Walnut Street, Jonathan resides in a town home in Center City which he is seemly always renovating with his wife. The renovations have slowed down since the birth of their son in 2009 who demands the attention of Jonathan’s toughest clients but rewarded him with the title of daddy.
Master of Business Administration, Arizona State University 1996
Master of Architecture, Arizona State University 1995
Bachelor of Science, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI 1992
AIA Philadelphia Chapter
Architectural Registration Exam Instructor
Clementine Montessori Program: Director of Facilities and Co-Founder
Washington Square West Civic Association: Executive Board
José J. Hernandez, AIA, NOMA
JKR Partners named José J. Hernandez, AIA, NOMA, Associate of the Firm in 2011. José has been with the firm since 1999, and has been recognized for his exceptional hard work and dedication to the firm.
He has 15 years of professional experience in the architectural profession and is responsible for all phases of design, coordination of clients and consultants. José will continue to work with the firm's principals as part of the management team. His commitment and contributions will continue to be a critical part of the firm's continued growth and success.
José has played a major role in some of the firm's most notable residential, retail and adaptive re-use projects. His expertise on urban renewal in Philadelphia is evident in the numerous successful townhome developments he has designed.
José holds a Bachelor of Architecture from The New York Institute of Technology and is a Registered Architect in PA. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects, National Organization of Minority Architects and the Building Industry Association of Philadelphia.
Bachelor of Architecture, New York Institute of Technology, 1998
American Institute of Architects, Philadelphia Chapter
Building Industry Association, Philadelphia Chapter
National Organizations of Minority Architects
Habitat for Humanity
Ace Mentoring - Mentor
New York Institute of Technology - Alumni