Since Princeton Architectural Press was first founded in 1981, the publishing company’s catalog of books on architecture and design has expanded to include nonfiction works on gardening and crafts to products like stationary and games. Last week, in a new chapter for the company, it announced it would become an imprint of Chronicle Books, a publisher based in San Francisco.
In addition to the acquisition, Princeton Architectural Press also announced it has shortened its name to PA Press to better include its nonfiction offerings beyond architecture and design. In a statement posted to its social media, the company said its logo will remain the same and its truncated name will be added to the signature symbol across company platforms, including its website and email newsletters.
NEWS!📣 Princeton Architectural Press is now: PA Press
This new name nods to our foundational book categories of art/design/architecture while also being more inclusive of our new nonfiction categories (nature/gardening, pop culture, etc.). Our logo icon will remain the same: pic.twitter.com/aQogEXTiXs
— PA Press (@PAPress) January 20, 2023
“We’ll continue to publish into our foundational categories of art, design, and architecture, and to reflect our expanding nonfiction publishing program while still nodding to those roots, we are shortening our name to PA Press, effective immediately. Our black and white logo icon will stay the same, and our accompanying name for that image will now be PA Press, which you’ll now also see on our website and in our e-newsletters,” a PA Press Instagram statement read.
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PA Press, founded by the late Kevin Lippert, first began publishing books in Princeton, New Jersey—hence its name. It eventually established an office in Hudson, New York, but according to its latest acquisition announcement, it will now operate out of New York City. Among its extensive portfolio are several books on the works of architect Tom Kundig of Olson Kundig, numerous architectural monographs, a book on woman architects changing the field, and the recently reprinted A-Frame.
Chronicle Books made its publishing debut in 1967. The company was started by Phelps Dewey, an executive with Chronicle Publishing Company, the former publisher of the San Francisco Chronicle. Chronicle Books is part of The McEvoy Group LLC, which formed in 2000 with the acquisition of Chronicle. In addition to Chronicle and PA Press, The McEvoy Group also consists of Galison/Mudpuppy, a game and puzzle maker, and McEvoy Media. It manages 7×7 Magazine and California Home+Design.