Robert Mitchell is the principal of Mitchell Associates Architects PLLC. Mitchell has 30 years of experience designing fire stations and has been involved directly in more than 190 fire station and emergency services facilities projects, affecting more than 330 fire stations. More than 40 of his stations were recognized in national fire service magazines; seven won national gold prizes. Mitchell recently developed the “basis of design” for future fire stations for Philadelphia that addressed new stations and renovations, dealing directly with firefighter safety and health and decontamination. He is the author of the chapter on fire station renovation and additions for the "Fire Station Design Handbook," which was published by the International Association of Fire Chiefs Foundation, and his design ideas for incorporating training features into fire stations are featured in the "FEMA Fire Station Design Manual." Mitchell is licensed in nine states and is certified with the National Council of Architectural Boards.