People

We Are United by Design

We believe that design can only achieve greatness when built upon human relationships.

Trust — between client and their community, between architect and their client — rises from accountability. Within that trust we design places that facilitate and celebrate interwoven relationships, creating rich and rewarding communities.

For more information about employment at KSS and opportunities to join our team, please go to our Careers Page

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What makes us unique?

Our people.  Each brings a distinct quality to the table and personality to the firm―uniquely contributing to our purposefully diversified workforce, which ideally reflects and serves our diverse client base.  They have joined us because they know that they will learn, grow, and be challengedand do great work.  At our core, we believe that good ideas can come from anyone, at any timeand often do.  Every member has a voice, and each has a stake in the collective work of the firm.  The resulting designs have received national and regional awards and are often featured in the media. 

Our achievements are also sharedwe regularly impart knowledge and expertise internally through KSS University (our professional developement program) and through external consultation on industry best-practices, moderating discussion groups, speaking at conferences, and lecturing and universities.  Pivotally, we remain as enthused to continue to learn and evolve. 

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  • Elizabeth Anderson

    Elizabeth Anderson

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    After interning at KSS for two summers during graduate school, Elizabeth  graduated with her Master of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the team full time. She is passionate about architecture’s ability to affect change at a local and global scale. Elizabeth has lived in several different countries, cultures, and communities, all of which have contributed to her interest in architecture. She is drawn to architecture as a means to bridge her passion for design and desire to create a physical and tangible impact on the communities that have affected her life. From being a student-athlete in college to serving as a co-chair for Penn Women in Design in graduate school, Elizabeth values the importance of teamwork, communication, and drive. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys cooking, volunteering, being active outdoors, and being creative with different art mediums such as painting and photography.

    Education 

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Art in Architecture, Lehigh University

    Publications + Presentations

    Featured in Pressing Matters 10, University of Pennsylvania

  • Don Kim

    Don Kim

    AIA, LEED AP, 

    Associate
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    Don is driven by a desire to enrich human experience. He believes in the power of architecture to meaningfully contribute to this pursuit and our collective duty to maintain balance with the natural world in a manner that is equitable for this generation, and in perpetuity for future generations. The depth and breadth of developments in his portfolio over the last two decades reflect tangible impacts to diverse communities and institutions by way of unapologetically beautiful, healthy, and durable built environments ranging from 50,000-square-foot healthcare, science/technology, and educational facilities, to one-million-square-foot mixed-used developments. He advocates for intense integration of design and construction in the delivery of these endeavors, as the only means by which full potential of client vision can be realized. Don is continually energized by opportunities to leverage an ever-evolving landscape of science and technology to advance this fundamental craft.     

    Education 

    Bachelor of Design in Architecture, Boston Architectural College

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American Institute of Architects 

    Registered Architect, New Jersey 

    U.S. Green Building Council 

    HONORS + AWARDS

    2005 AIA Henry Adams Medal

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENTATIONS

    ‘Path to Healing’ 2017 AIA LA Committee on Architecture in Healthcare

    ‘Building Information Modeling and Integrated Project Delivery’ 2010 AIA LA TAP

  • Ashley DiVito

    Ashley DiVito

    WELL AP, LEED Green Associate

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    After 10 years in corporate communications and marketing communications in the pharmaceutical/life science industries, Ashley decided to pursue her lifelong love of design. Upon earning a Master of Interior Architecture, she gained experience working in cruise ship design. One of Ashley’s favorite things to ask someone is why they love a certain place and most often the answer is “the ambiance.” This perfectly reflects what she loves about design—that when it is done well people don’t focus on individual design choices but rather the collective experience and how it makes them feel. Design has the power to heal, promote community, inspire, and instill a sense of happiness. 

    Ashley is also passionate about sustainability. When she discovered that a lot of waste is attributed to the textile/fashion industry, Ashley began to rent and thrift her wardrobe. This began a hobby for Ashley, who in her spare time runs Etsy and Poshmark stores in an attempt to give clothes a second life and keep them out of landfills. 

    Education

    Masters in Interior Architecture, Florida International University

    Bachelor of Arts, Seton Hall University  

    Professional Affiliations 

    Allied ASID, Associate IIDA 

  • Scot Murdoch

    Scot Murdoch

    AIA, NCARB, 

    Partner
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    From conceptual design through to production, Scot has supervised the successful transformation of millions of square feet of industrial development. He excels at developing and implementing solutions to design challenges in both new and existing buildings, across many project types. Several of Scot’s projects involve brownfield redevelopment and buildings pursuing LEED certification. As such, he has been central to establishing sustainability standards through his diligent work. His knowledge and commitment to sustainable design have contributed to KSS’ leadership role in the development of contaminated sites in the state of New Jersey, and in facilitating industrial growth in Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. Scot has developed a process at KSS that allows clients to integrate significant photovoltaic arrays into their projects, while recognizing the resource’s potential impact, understanding its complex incentives and regulations, and obtaining competitive, equalized proposals for its installation.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona

    Professional Affiliations

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

    Registered Architect, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, Nevada 

    Honors + Awards

    Real Estate New Jersey’s “40 under 40” in commercial real estate, 2008

    AIA NJ Young Architect of the Year, 2004

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  • Jesse Wilks

    Jesse Wilks

    AIA, 

    Associate
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    Jesse’s passion for architecture is rooted in its ability to enrich and add meaning to the everyday moments in daily life—moments that we might otherwise take for granted or fail to notice: opening a door to reveal a new space, climbing a flight of stairs, transitioning from darkness to a space filled with light. His favorite spaces are those that engage multiple senses, yet do so quietly and thoughtfully. Through a variety of educational, industrial, workplace, and cultural projects at KSS, he has worked to embed these values in the project process, from conceptual design through construction. Jesse’s work extends into the Philadelphia community through participation in the Design Advocacy Group task force on design equity, and attending neighborhood zoning meetings. When not busy with architecture, Jesse is happiest climbing a mountain or descending into a canyon.

    Education 

    Master of Architecture, University of Virginia

    Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis

    Professional Affiliations 

    American Institute of Architects 

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania

  • Nick LoCicero

    Nick LoCicero

    LEED Green Associate

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    Nick is focused on generating transformation within the design community, especially at the intersection of technology and design. Drawn to the arts from an early age, Nick enjoys the challenges and constant opportunities to learn that the architecture industry presents. His study of the experience economy in graduate school has translated to retail/entertainment architecture where Nick has cultivated expertise in the design and development of flagship ‘retailtainment’ locations, creating experiences through a collaborative design process. Nick’s hobbies include cooking, hiking, figure drawing, and premier league soccer.

    education 

    Master of Architecture, Syracuse University

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University at Buffalo

  • Michael Shatken

    Michael Shatken

    AIA, LEED AP, 

    Partner, Emeritus
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    As one of the founding partners of KSS Architects, Michael is driven by his quest for quality in every layer of a building. His interest in architecture’s interconnection to the lives of people, cities, and the environment began when he attended graduate school at a time when many American cities were in deep decline. He continues to see the connective nature of architecture in multiple forms, from the technical details of buildings to its place in the global environment. Michael has devoted his life to creating good design that better serves clients’ needs by considering broad community and environmental concerns. His pragmatic and meticulous nature complements his design abilities, ensconcing him as a respected mentor and leader in the industry.

    Beyond his professional work, Michael continuously promotes the concept of good design through civic involvement in the community. He is a board member and treasurer of the Morristown Jewish Center, on the steering committee of United Jewish Communities of MetroWest NJ, and serves on the Historic Preservation committee of Mendham Township.

    Education

    Master of Architecture and Business Administration, Washington University School of Architecture

    Professional Affiliations

    New Jersey Society of Architects

    National Council of Architectural Registration

    Registered Architect in N.J., Ga., Mass., Md., Va., N.C., Ill., Del., N.Y., Conn., and Pa.

    Publications + Presentations

    “Redefining the Master Plan in Tough Economic Times.” Urban Land. May 2009.

    “The Ivy Tower in the ‘hood” (on designing a charter school at New Jersey City University), Mid-Atlantic Society for College and University Planning, Pittsburgh

    SCUP 2005 Annual Conference, Washington, D.C., “Building Green As Core Curriculum to Campus Architecture and Planning”

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  • Paige Bradley

    Paige Bradley

    Office Manager
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    Paige’s expertise is in operations and office management. In her previous position at a commercial real estate firm Paige supported total market operations, contributing to business development, recruitment, finances, office planning, and various institutional and cultural initiatives. She loves being the “go-to” person and a resource for others. In her role as office manager, Paige enjoys working and learning from a broad cross section of people to promote to the overall efficiency and success of the firm. In her free time, Paige loves a good game of Bananagrams or Scrabble (especially when she beats her husband), is an avid animal lover, and is the “momager” of her rescue dog Stacy’s Instagram page (follow @silly.stacy.pup for adorable content).

    Education

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Boston University

    Professional Affiliations

    Notary Commission, Pennsylvania

  • Lauren Bellars

    Lauren Bellars

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    Lauren is drawn to the combination of the technical and creative realms within architecture. As an architect, she is excited by the opportunity to directly impact people by creating and promoting positive and memorable experiences within spaces. Her experience spans building hand-crafted models utilizing 3D printing to assisting on award submissions and construction documents. Lauren enjoys reading, listening to a wide variety of music, watercoloring, photography, and traveling. She appreciates studying the history of a place, experiencing it for herself, and returning home with a collection of new photographs, sketches, and watercolors that remind her of the adventure.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Jason Chmura

    Jason Chmura

    AIA, LEED AP BD+C, 

    Principal

    Jason brings a wide spectrum of experience to all projects. Having a background in engineering and construction, Jason is able to work collaboratively with consultants and contractors to find the right design solutions in all phases of the project. With varied project expertise, including theater and performing arts facilities, he understands how to balance pragmatic needs and architectural style to create buildings that truly express a client’s vision. A LEED Accredited Professional specializing in Building Design and Construction, Jason brings his passion for environmental sustainability to every project and extends his interest beyond the firm as an educator

    Education

    Master of Architecture, Certificate in Sustainable Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology, Wentworth Institute of Technology

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American Institute of Architects 

    Registered Architect, New Jersey

    honors + awards

    Curbed Groundbreaker, 2015

    AIA-NJ Young Architect of the Year, 2014

    AIA-NJ Jersey Shore Chapter Young Architect of the Year, 2014

    AIA-NJ Jersey Shore Chapter, Treasurer

    Arts Coalition of Asbury Park, Board of Directors and President

    ArtsCAP Newsletter, Editor

    AIA-NJ LEED Study Groups, Facilitator

    2011 and 2012 East Coast Green Conference, Speaker Chair

    North Brunswick High School and Brick Township High School, Guest Lecturer

    Princeton University and New Jersey Institute of Technology, Guest Critic

    Township of Ocean Environmental Commision, Member

  • Margaret Gregg

    Margaret Gregg

    RA

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    Margaret discovered the book, Design Like You Give a Damn, while enrolled in architecture seminar at Emory University.  The book presents case studies of architectural interventions located across the world.  These projects demonstrate how thoughtful and intentional design can positively impact the lives of everyday people.  Her passion for socially and environmentally responsible design grew from these case studies and inspired her to pursue a Masters in Architecture following her undergraduate studies.

    Architecture allows Margaret to combine her love for numbers and fine arts - the profession is creative and rigorous at the same time.  After interning with KSS during the summer before her final year of architecture school, Margaret returned as a full time member of the team following her graduation from The University of Pennsylvania.  KSS implements the design values that initially enticed her to pursue the profession of architecture:  meaningful change, sensitivity to context, and responsible intervention.

    She loves traveling to new places and exploring their landscapes while hiking or on horseback.  In Margaret’s free time she enjoys running, bike riding, painting and drawing.  

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, The University of Pennsylvania 

    Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Emory University

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

  • Najah Yasin

    Najah Yasin

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    Najah has experience in commercial and retail architecture involving design, Revit modeling, and construction documents. She values and hopes to work on humanitarian architecture and spaces created for community and is interested in new building technology and sustainability. A licensed real estate agent in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Najah enjoys buying and renovating investment properties in addition to helping others find a home. Najah likes to spend her free time traveling, exploring other cultures, and spending time with family and friends.

    education 

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Temple University

    Honors + Awards

    TOMODACHI Scholarship

    Gilman International Scholarship

    Global Entrepreneurship Summit

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  • James Coyne

    James Coyne

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    A recent graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design, James has been drawn to architecture for as long as he can remember, especially the opportunities the profession affords to learn about many different topics, exercise creativity, and impact the lives of others. James is excited by the current focus on sustainability and design for the future, and looks forward to working in the field as priorities shift and change becomes tangible. While volunteering for the National Building Museum’s summer programs, James gained personal experience in education by helping children and teens to understand the built environment. He hopes to apply that perspective through educational projects and creating formative spaces where people can learn and evolve. In his free time, James enjoys playing the guitar, hiking, and photography. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design 

  • Namrata Barbhaiya

    Namrata Barbhaiya

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    From growing up in the Princeton area, to working as an architect in Princeton, Namrata finds constant inspiration in nature and it’s seasonal changes. She loves to tune into the positive vibes of the Earth through yoga, meditation, dance, and basking in Vitamin D. As architects, it is our responsibility to build in harmoy with nature, something complementary and organic, minimizing our negative impact. Well designed buildings both draw from and enhance their immediate context with respect to larger concepts, such as time, sustainability, and future evolution. The profound relationship with deisgn and nature, or site, drew her to KSS.

    Namrata is also very passionate about her culture (and cultures in general)  and enjoys wearing Indian attire, watching Bollywood movies, and singing Hindi songs. She loves to travel and meet different people with different backgrounds to open her mind to approaching design from a different angle. Different styles of existing architecture around the world subconsciously contribute to each architect’s backgorund, which then influence the way they design new spaces. 

  • Rachael L. Kulish

    Rachael L. Kulish

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    Rachael is passionate about creating environments that enhance the interactions between people and the spaces they occupy, capitalizing on unique features that are already present, or introducing new solutions to improve how people can positively interact in their surroundings. Traveling is a huge design influencer for her, whether it is the metropolitan capitals of Asia or the remote virgin countryside’s of South America, or even simply exploring her neighborhood more deeply, these diverse landscapes provide rich experiences for Rachael to draw upon for inspiration and have helped elevate her understanding of how people use and shape their world. Her interest in KSS stems from a desire to be part of a work environment centered on ensuring that designed spaces improve lives for people, the communities they live in, and the environmental landscape at large.

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania 

    Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Missouri

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Summa Cum Laude, University of MIssouri

    Honors College Certificate, University of Missouri

    Charles Merrick Gay Scholarship in Architectural Construction Realization and Its Relationship to Design, University of Pennsylvania

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENTATIONS

    Featured: Pressing Matters 8 | Miscellany, University of Pennsylvania

  • Avery Vittoria

    Avery Vittoria

    ASID, IIDA, WELL AP

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    Originally from Minneapolis, Minnesota and a recent graduate of the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Avery is interested in all areas of commercial interior design. Her passion for design began at a young age with chalk-drawn floor plans on the driveway and grew immensely throughout her college career. She is thrilled to be jumping into the world of interior design and can’t wait to start making a difference. She hopes to be able to better the lives of others through design and is especially intrigued by the concepts of universal design and design for well-being.

    Having always been inspired by the world and the people around her, Avery strives to take what she has learned and incorporate that into her designs. She chose KSS as a first career move not only for the great people and company culture, but for its wide range of project types, as well as its many opportunities for designing truly user-driven projects.

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design, Savannah College of Art and Design 

  • Mayva Donnon

    Mayva Donnon

    AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, 

    Partner
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    Mayva’s project experience ranges from large-scale institutional master plan work to detailed design documentation. As a leader in integrating building information modeling (BIM) into daily practice, Mayva coordinated the implementation of BIM technology on one of the firm’s largest projects: a new campus center for Lawrence University.

    Mayva has been drawn to architecture as it presents opportunities to tackle a breadth of challenges that demand both creative and practical solutions. Her love of the design process and the rigors of architectural practice make her adept at balancing technical aspects with the human side of design. She thrives in problem solving while carefully translating the needs and desires of clients into thoughtful architecture.

    Education

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Cum Laude, University of California, Berkeley

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    LEED Accredited Professional

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

    Registered Architect, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania 

    Honors + AWARDS

    Arthur Spayd Brooke Bronze Medal for excellence in architectural design, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture

    E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship for travel abroad, University of Pennsylvania

    Lewis Davis Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania

    Regents & Chancellor’s Scholarship, University of California, Berkeley

    Academic Affiliations

    Lecturer, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture

    Coursework: Visual Studies, Professional Practice

    Guest Juror, University of Pennsylvania, Department of Architecture

    Guest Juror, Philadelphia University, Department of Architecture

  • Mahogany Edwards

    Mahogany Edwards

    Billing Specialist
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    Mahogany is a recent graduate of Caldwell University where she studied Accounting and minored in Marketing. Self-proclaimed as “not your typical accountant,” Mahogany likes to find outside-the-box solutions. She appreciates the universality of accounting which allows her to apply her previous experience in taxes, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, and customer service to the architecture industry. Her professional interests include learning more about auditing, marketing, and real estate. In her free time. Mahogany enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing with her cat and dog, and showing off her karaoke skills.

    Education 

    Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Minor in Marketing, Caldwell University

  • Katie Tobey

    Katie Tobey

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    Katie is well-versed in multifamily and student housing structures and has significant technical experience in BIM. Having worked on market-rate housing and public private partnership projects, Katie is familiar with fast-track design-build project delivery methods and has experience in all phases of design. Katie believes that design informs everything we do, even subconsciously. She is interested in equitable design and how, as designers, we can engage different communities and cultures to create more socially equitable, user-driven spaces. Outside of work, Katie has slowly but surely been learning to sew which, like architecture, allows her to express creativity. She also enjoys graphic design, listening to music, doing puzzles, and spending time with friends, family, and her dog, Olive. 

    education 

    Master of Architecture, Marywood University School of Architecture

    Bachelor of Architecture, Marywood University School of Architecture

  • Laura McLaine

    Laura McLaine

    Senior Marketing Manager
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    Laura has worked in marketing and business development within the architecture and construction industries for approximately 10 years, having previously served as marketing coordinator, director of marketing and communications, director of business development, and brand manager throughout her career. Prior to changing her major to Communications, Laura studied Math and Physics; she credits this as the foundation for her passion and appreciation for the science behind the design and construction of the built environment. She is fascinated by the process of architecture, watching a development go from an idea to a physical space, and enjoys the opportunity to celebrate that process through marketing.

    Since 2015, Laura has been an active member CREW Greater Philadelphia and currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Communications Committee. Outside of work, Laura keeps active on her Peloton or outdoors, working around her fixer-upper in West Chester, PA, and restoring modern furniture for her home. A self-proclaimed foodie, she loves to experience the “local” life when travelling, is a Packers Shareholder, and can work a solid Seinfeld quote into almost any conversation.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Arts in Communications, Albright College

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Communications Committee Co-Chair 

    Honors + Awards 

    Outstanding Member at Large, CREW Greater Philadelphia, 2020

    Committee MVP, Communications, CREW Philadelphia, 2019

    Fall Charitable Luncheon MVP, CREW Philadelphia, 2016

    Rising Star Award, SMPS Philadelphia, 2015

  • Graham Nelson

    Graham Nelson

    RA

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    Graham is a project architect with experience ranging from high-end residential work in southern New England to healthcare design and clinical lab planning. He has also worked on institutional workplace design, specifically adapting the typology to a post-pandemic world. Graham believes that architecture, as a physical manifestation of a society’s culture and values, is one of the most direct ways in which we can affect ecological and societal environments. With this in mind, he is eager to work with low-carbon design strategies and help make sustainable systems standard practice in the industry. Outside of practicing architecture, Graham is an avid amateur photographer, violin player, and hiker.

    Education

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Arts, Architectural History, Connecticut College

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania

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  • Vance Stoner

    Vance Stoner

    RA

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    Vance is drawn to the multiple creative challenges associated with the process of design—from the early programming stages through concept development, and into the technical detailing of a building. His experience spans civic and public architecture, including library and community center projects in the Bay Area and nationally, as well as affordable housing in New York City. He is well-versed in all aspects of the design process and has experience in stakeholder engagement, leading focus groups and community outreach events. Vance is excited by social-minded projects of consequence that enhance and empower individuals’ lives, contribute to a more sustainable environment, and enrich the local context. Outside of work, Vance enjoys cooking, travelling, learning German, making linocut prints, and exploring New York City by foot or bike.

    education

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon 

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, California

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  • Sean C. Owen

    Sean C. Owen

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    Sean C. Owen is an avid skier and brings the qualities of determination and precision that are necessary for the sport into all that he does.  Sean has studied the work of Brian Mackay Lyons, in which simplicity and attention to detail are brought into focus; he endeavors to incorporate these same principles into his own designs. Sean enjoys all aspects of the design and building process, whether his tool is a pen or a hammer. His experiences in construction and woodworking give him perspective when designing in the studio and helps to inform his decisions. 

  • Merilee Meacock

    Merilee Meacock

    AIA, LEED AP, NCARB, PP, 

    Partner
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    In its celebration of humanity, nature, and purpose, Merilee’s approach to architecture design strengthens the social fabric through equitable design. Merilee crafts meaningful places by transforming the built environment to celebrate vibrant live-work-learn-play environments. A true visionary, Merilee leads the efforts in her firm to push innovation through the empowerment of people and ideas. Merilee believes in the strength of an inter-disciplinary approach to design, orchestrating diverse expertise drawing from multiple industries to help inform the design vision and process. She chairs her town’s zoning board and is known for advocating for the community’s voice in the planning of her town’s transformation. Merilee’s legacy of design unites people, imbuing form and function with humanity and meaning to create a richer, more fulfilling experience for all.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects 

    Professional Planner (New Jersey)

    Registered Architect, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania

    U.S. Green Building Council 

    Honors + aWARDS

    AIA-NJ Architect of the Year, 2014

    AIA-NJ Young Architect of the Year, 2003

    Committee Member for the creation of USGBC K-12 Schools Application Guide

    Vice Chair, Zoning Board, Cranbury Township

    Presenter, SCUP Mid-Atlantic, March 2008

    Featured on national AIA advertising campaign “How Design Works”

    NJ Biz Best 50 Women in Business, 2012

    Publications + Presentations

    MidJersey Business, “A Day in the Life: Merilee Meacock”  7 Apr. 2017.

    NJ Biz, “Distinct perspective: ‘People are people,’ says partner at KSS, a woman-led firm in male-dominated architecture industry.”  20 Feb. 2017.

    “Transforming Lives and Communities: Successful Planning Strategies for Starting a Charter School.” National Charter School Conference, Washington, D.C. 23 Jun. 2009.

    Newark, Inc., “Newark Collegiate Academy Opens on Site of Former Boys and Girls Club”

    Building Design+Construction, Contributor to “K-12 School Giants“

    SCUP Planning for Higher Education Journal, “Community Revitalization” (Authored Article)

    The New York Times, “Architect Goes Home, to Recall and to Work” (Teachers Village)

    Architectural Record, “Phase One of Teachers Village Opens in Newark”

    Architectural Record, “Handled with Care” (Eden Education & Outreach Center)

    New Jersey Business Journal, “Newark’s Teachers Village gets its first tenant”

    The New York Times, “Newark Project Aims to Link Living and Learning” (Teachers Village)

    The Wall Street Journal, “Institute Transforms University Campus” (Human Rights Inst.)

    School Construction News, “Bringing Education into the Mix”

    School Construction News, “Central Force: Educational Facilities & Mixed-Use Developments”

    The New York Times, “Pride in Architecture” (Rutgers Biomedical Engineering)

    College Planning and Management, “Facility Focus: Academic and Administrative Buildings”

    NY Construction News, “Rutgers Project Yields Innovative Solutions”

    The Times, “Borough Hall gets Bigger and Better” 

    AIA NJ State Convention, “Gottesman RTW Academy Tour”

    Groundbreaking Women in Construction “Building Your Career and Your Family”

    National Charter School Conference

    SCUP Mid Atlantic

    AIA How Design Works

    AIA Presentation Rutgers SERC

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  • Joseph Alperstein

    Joseph Alperstein

    AIA, 

    Director of Construction Administration, Associate
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    Since joining KSS Architects in 1997, Joe has successfully managed the firm’s largest and most complex projects. His work in the office coupled with his on-site project management experience allows him to test the validity of design ideas developed in the office in the field. He enjoys unifying diverse design ideas into a harmonious entity, ensuring smooth implementation during the construction process. He promotes the understanding and mastery of tools in the profession, the elements of program and building, and the implications of technology and construction in preparation for design.

    Joe was inspired by his father, an electrical engineer, to become an architect. He realized early on that if things were built a certain way, they held together; without following certain principles, they fell apart. Joe is also drawn to the field of pattern design. Inspired by the likes of Eames and Vignelli, he co-founded the graphic design company Trimorphos.com in 2000. His designs have been published in The New York Times, Greetings etc., and numerous trade journals.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Valedictorian, New York Institute of Technology

    Independent Study and Guest Critic at Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, New Jersey

    Honors + Awards

    Gold Medal for Architectural Design

    American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal

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  • Ryan Kane

    Ryan Kane

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    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Architecture, Philadelphia University 

  • Lucia Yanik

    Lucia Yanik

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    Lucia is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Drexel University where she is enrolled in the 2+4 program. She finds that the challenge of working and going to school at the same time allows her to continuously grow as she gains academic understanding and professional exposure. Lucia’s decision to become an architect stems from the role of space in creating memories; most of our memories revolve around people, but they are shaped by the space that holds them. Creating a space that can encapsulate a moment or feeling is what pushes her toward architecture. Prior to KSS, Lucia gained experience in high-end residential and hopes to work on institutional, medical, and community-oriented projects. Outside of work, Lucia loves enjoys tennis, photography (both film and digital), and visiting art museums.

  • Josie Venton-Gough

    Josie Venton-Gough

    HR Coordinator & Office Manager
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    Josie hails from Yorkshire in northern England and was born into a globe-trotting family. She has always been curious about the world and passionate about people, other cultures, and languages. She taught English in France for a year as part of her degree program in French and German. Then, after graduation, decided it was time for a real adventure and headed to rural Japan where she taught English for five years. Josie found the ancient Japanese culture fascinating; the people kind and generous; the beautiful architecture and Zen gardens inspiring; and the language challenging!

    After moving to New Jersey, she transitioned into the field of international relocations, assisting foreign nationals of global corporations, particularly J&J, with the practical needs and requirements an international move involves. After the arrival of her son, James, she took a couple of years off to focus on enjoying him as a little guy and volunteering in her local community. Once James was in full time pre-school and Josie was itching to get back to work, she joined a cross-cultural and global leadership coaching firm. This again found her working primarily with international employees of J&J who, as future leaders of the company, were sent on overseas assignments to increase their global awareness and enrich their careers, which in turn increased and enriched Josie’s.

    Josie is delighted to join the KSS firm and family, as she believes their values of being caring, collegial, and collaborative coincide with her own. She enjoys being around positive, creative, fun, intelligent, and accomplished people every day. She is inspired by KSS’s socially conscious projects and commitment to “create places that inspire people to achieve more and places that improve lives.” She is excited about contributing to the firm and to being challenged, so she can learn, grow, and develop both professionally and personally.

    In her free time, Josie loves being active outdoors in all four seasons – walking at the shore, hiking, biking, skiing, and exploring new places in the USA and around the globe. She also enjoys practicing yoga which she finds is beneficial for the mind, body and soul; cheering on James at his baseball games; attending ballroom and Latin American dance classes; visiting art galleries and museums; reading books and watching films about inspirational people and their lives; and discovering interesting eateries of all ethnicities.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science in French (major) and German (minor) with Honors, Aston University, Birmingham, United Kingdom

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  • Alicia Heinsen

    Alicia Heinsen

    AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB, 

    Senior Associate
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    Alicia views the process of seeing a space or an object transformed—kindled by just a thought or sketch—as a highly rewarding experience. She finds deep satisfaction in visualizing a space, documenting it, and watching the ground shift as a building takes form. At KSS, Alicia has had the opportunity to transform more than 10 million square feet from initial visual spark to completed construction.

    Her position as an executive board member for the NJ ACE Mentor Program and her participation as a team leader at local high schools is representative of her commitment to the local community and to the future of the industry. As an accredited LEED professional, a member of the firm’s Sustainability Practice Group and the LEED coordinator on numerous projects, Alicia is passionate about protecting the environment and is determined to make an impact today in expectation of change to come tomorrow. 

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Florida

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    Registered Architect, New Jersey, Pennsylvania 

    U.S. Green Building Council 

    HONORS + AWARDS

    AIA-NJ Intern Architect of the Year, 2015

  • Ian Bucci

    Ian Bucci

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    Ian is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at Drexel University as part of the “2+4” program. His previous experience includes commercial projects, developing as-built sets at a fast pace to provide owners and engineers with high-quality documentation, and residential architecture ranging from single-family homes to 500-unit mixed-use buildings. Ian is excited by the endless creative possibilities of architecture wherein project programs or typologies may be identical, but there is always another way to design to make it unique to a context. Over the pandemic, Ian found a new outlet for his creativity—mixology and cooking. He is also an avid runner and biker and hopes to add swimming to his repertoire in order to compete in triathlons in the future. 

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University (In-Progress, Graduation 2023)

  • Taylor Felty

    Taylor Felty

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    Taylor has long been drawn to the field of architecture, beginning in her childhood drawing houses and building towns from blocks. An architectural drafting class in high school solidified her interest and led her to pursue a career in the field. She is excited by the industry, especially how much it changes; she sees the continual evolution of technology, materials, and building practices as an opportunity to keep learning long after she has graduated. Taylor hopes to work on educational buildings and is intrigued by how space can influence the quality and experience of students’ learning. In addition to pursuing her Master of Architecture at Jefferson University, Taylor enjoys spending time outside in nature, especially running and walking on Kelly Drive in Philadelphia. In her free time, you can find her playing soccer, golfing, hiking, and going to the beach. 

    education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Jefferson University

  • Illa Labroo

    Illa Labroo

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    As a lifelong resident of upstate New York, I’ve always had a desire to get out of my box and travel the world. This passion sparked my love of architecture, art and design from a very early age. I’ve been lucky enough to study abroad in Italy and Argentina in addition to taking trips to places like India, France and the Czech Republic. 

    My interests in the profession stem from the intersection of architecture, landscape architecture and sustainability. I graduated from Syracuse University with a minor in landscape architecture. My work in school focused on designing systems to support biodiversity in the urban landscape. It’s something that I wholeheartedly believe in as the future of our profession and the world we live in. 

    Besides architecture and design my hobbies include cooking, eating, drinking coffee, learning languages, discovering awesome music, painting, making short films, hiking, kayaking and any type of excursion that doesn’t involve being coordinated. 

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  • Ramses Gonzalez

    Ramses Gonzalez

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    Ramses Gonzalez is a recent graduate of Cornell University’s School of Architecture, Art, and Planning where he earned a Master of Architecture. He believes the goal of architecture is to engage the common user, not only through formal design, but by providing functionality that adds to a community’s existing economy and culture. Ramses was drawn to KSS for its multi-disciplinary approach and the variety of projects the firm takes on. He appreciates the firm’s community engagement efforts and is excited to continue to explore his passion for community development. Prior to joining KSS, Ramses worked in Construction Management where he gained experience with the construction process and collaborated with various building trades. This experience built on his interest with hands-on making from scaled models to installations and digital fabrication.

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, Cornell University

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University at Buffalo  

    HONORS + AWARDS  

    Mary M. Lyons Fellowship Award, Cornell University

    Earl R. Flansburgh Merit Award, Cornell University

    YouthForce 2020 Scholarship, Turner Construction Company 

  • Lindsey Wood

    Lindsey Wood

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    Lindsey has always been inspired by the built realm and how the human/environment relationship can impact lives.  She has had a keen interest in design and fabrication from a young age, and has explored those interests with experience in exhibition design, photography and publication work. While traveling throughout Europe for six months, Lindsey not only broadened her horizons on design and humanity, but became interested in the significant impact urban planning and policy can have on communities. She has volunteered for multiple organizations combating homelessness and environmental issues and believes there is nothing more rewarding than seeing people empowered by their environment, with the ability to live a more fulfilling life through sustainable design. In her free time, Lindsey can be found hiking, camping, running, visiting art museums, or at a local café.  

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Citizens Action Environmental and Housing Committee 

    HONORS + aWARDS 

    Robert S. Brown 52 Fellows Program

  • Lee Washesky

    Lee Washesky

    RA

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    Over his 30-year career, Lee has gained broad experience as a lead designer, project manager, project architect, and construction administrator, and now as an instructor at The Pennsylvania State University where he teaches undergraduate architecture students. He has worked on projects at all scales from single-family residential to master plans for universities across markets including educational, commercial, corporate, cultural, and residential. As an architect, Lee is motivated by the constant change and optimism to improve lives and increase awareness of our environment. He has sketched every day consecutively for nearly 10 years and is currently working on portraits of notable people in architecture and in the art world. Lee enjoys road cycling and has completed several century charity rides and spending time with his wife and their Jack Russel Terrier, Java.  

    education 

    Master of Architecture, Columbia University

    Bachelor of Science, Architecture, Penn State University

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Registered Architect, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania  

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  • Haley Lindsley

    Haley Lindsley

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    Haley’s experience in design-build and community engagement color her approach to architecture as a service to its community. She came to the profession through an interest in history, fascinated by the role architecture plays as a record of human history—what it can tell you about a place and its past, its environment, and the culture that built it. As a practitioner, Haley is interested in the ways architects can engage with the community to create a more well-informed and successful design. After studying and working in New Orleans for nearly a decade, Haley is enjoying the definitively urban typology of New York City and beyond.

    A singer and lover of opera, Haley is interested in the ways sound and noise affect our experience of the built environments we inhabit on a day-to-day basis. Also an avid hiker, she sees design as an opportunity to engage with nature and create spaces that foster human health and well-being while also minimizing a building’s environmental impact. Practicing architecture offers the exciting opportunity to explore the ways a building can merge these seemingly disparate pursuits and create places that are healthier for people and their environment.

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, Tulane University

  • David von Stappenbeck

    David von Stappenbeck

    AIA, 

    Principal

    A project architect with incomparable technical expertise, David is an integral part of the design team: transforming concepts for massing and layout into clear sets of constructible documents, thereby ensuring that our work is cutting edge, yet achievable and affordable. His specialized knowledge in building envelope systems and technologies allows us to optimize building performance, while maintaining budget and design fidelity. From higher education projects to mixed-use urban environments, David’s vast experience informs every project. His keen attention to detail guarantees that our work not only fulfills a client’s vision and project goals, but is also functional, practical, and buildable.

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

    Registered Architect, New Jersey, New York 

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENtATIONS

    Guest Speaker, Project Financing, New Jersey Institute of Technology, New Jersey School of Architecture

  • Lauren O’Neill

    Lauren O’Neill

    AIA, NCARB

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    Lauren is an architect passionate about civic and education design. She aims to push the boundaries of traditional architecture, redefining and questioning its place in society. Lauren believes design should serve to improve the lives of people utilizing it; to that end, she is constantly questioning the way in which design is practiced, and how it can be rethought to better serve and relate to a wider range of people. Her interests include the possibility that the built environment can foster and support learning, healing, and creativity across socioeconomic boundaries. In her spare time, Lauren is part of a non-profit group for women-identifying architects and design professionals, which focuses on gender equity in architecture through bridging the gap between academy and practice. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute

    professional affiliations

    ArchiteXX

    Architects / Designers / Planners for Social Respnsability

    American Institute of Architects

    NCARB

  • Jenna Schuster

    Jenna Schuster

    RA, NCARB

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    Jenna is passionate about how the building industry as a whole effects people’s lives. From zoning, to construction, to occupancy—taking care and thoughtful decision making can strengthen neighborhoods and allow users of the building to be healthier and happier. In Jenna’s eyes, an architect’s role in communicating the design and process extends to not only clients and contractors, but to everyone affected by the deisgn or building. She believes everyone has something new to learn, and good communication can assuage problems before they arise. 

    In architecture school, Jenna learned more limitations and constraints actually make a designer more creative. She found this notion to be true in architecture, art, and other aspects of life as well. Jenna chose KSS because of the critical and creative design thinking that is applied to each project. She is looking forward to the challenges that come with working on a variety of project types and with clients that are pushing architecture towards affecting neighborhood change. Jenna is also looking forward to exercising her knowledge of architecture, design, and construction with each project.

     

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

  • Erik Yepez

    Erik Yepez

    LEED Green Associate

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    Erik is an architectural designer with experience across mixed-use, residential, commercial, educational, hospitality, and adaptive reuse projects. He has worked on different phases of design from schematic design through construction administration and is fascinated by the process of bringing projects from an idea to a reality. Erik is driven by a lifelong passion for design and a desire to make an impact on the lives of those who use the buildings he helps to design and bring to life. In his free time, Erik likes to travel, explore, and connect with nature and different cultures. 

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Minor in Sustainable Construction Management, Syracuse University

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  • Mounir Tawadrous

    Mounir Tawadrous

    RA, LEED AP, 

    Senior Associate
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    With a design background that spans mixed use, education, corporate, and planning work, both nationally and internationally, Mounir brings a diverse perspective to each project. Equally adept at client and consultant coordination, he understands what it takes to see a project through to successful completion, on time and on budget. Whether new construction, renovation, or historic preservation, Mounir has handled every facet of the design process on behalf of a wide range of educational clients. In addition, Mounir enjoys giving back to the architectural design community by frequently serving as an adjunct design studio critic at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), College of Architecture and Design. 

    Education 

    Master of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Ain Shams University

    Professional Affiliations 

    American Institute of Architects 

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

    U.S. Green Building Council 

  • Jessica Mangin

    Jessica Mangin

    RA, LEED AP BD+C, 

    Associate

    Jessica flourishes in a team environment that encourages learning and collaboration, contributing to design charrettes, knowledge sharing, mentoring, and the cross-pollination of ideas and processes across the firm’s various studios. Passionate about high performance architecture, Jessica is LEED AP BD+C certified. She has managed entire LEED certification processes with KSS and researched energy efficient standards such as Passive House during her international studies. With experience across the entire design process from master planning through construction administration, Jessica understands the development of design through occupation–actively stewarding architectural concepts through to built realities.


    As an outdoor enthusiast, Jessica finds inspiration in nature, which enriches her interest in the dialogue between built environments and natural landscapes. Dedicated to elevating architecture and design in the local Philadelphia community, Jessica is actively engaged in initiatives such as Park(ING) Day and ACE Mentor Program.

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania 

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

    U.S. Green Building Council 

  • Patricia H. Rauner

    Patricia H. Rauner

    NCIDQ, 

    Senior Interior Designer
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    Since childhood, Trish has been interested in how people experience, move through, and use space. During a presentation from an Interior Designer at a high school career day, it clicked and she decided to pursue a career in the field. Now with more than three decades of experience, Trish continues to be excited and motivated by her work, particularly its everchanging nature. She finds it exhilarating that each project, client, building type and location, and project team bring new design challenges and solutions. Her specific talent lies in being able to harness the vision of any project, listen to the client, and execute the design concept to create a project of high quality and unique character. Trish’s professional experience includes programming, strategic building analysis, space planning, interior architecture and design, construction documentation and construction administration for a wide variety of institutional and commercial clients. In her free time, Trish enjoys travelling, visiting art museums and galleries, cooking, gardening, history, and admiring jewelry. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Design, Arcadia University

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    International Interior Design Association (IIDA)

    National Council for Interior Design Qualification

  • Vincent DiMaria

    Vincent DiMaria

    RA

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    A child of the northeast corridor, Vin is passionate about the intersections of society and the built environment. He is proud to call Philadelphia home and finds inspiration throughout the city, which blends historic character with modern design. Throughout his academic and professional career, Vin has learned that architecture is a highly iterative process that is enlivened by challenging ideas and using constraints to enrich the final form. He is very interested in the personal aspects of design, how people shape and are shaped by spaces. Vin places great importance on effective communication and collaboration, the keystones of great design. 

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University 

    Professional Affiliations 

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

  • Tyler Park

    Tyler Park

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    Two concepts which have grown increasingly important to Tyler: the architecture of the everyday and the idea of slowness. The architecture of the everyday is what inspires him to be creative. It is often architecture which is built out of necessity, by non-architects. It rejects pretension for subtlety, and it plays an important role in making a place. It inspires Tyler to try to design architecture which can be accessible and impactful for everyone, and which resonates within its environment. The idea of slowness is what continually reignites his passion for architecture and what has become the common thread between all aspects of his life. Tyler is drawn to activities like camping and film photography because of the inherent slow quality of them. Studying at Virginia Tech, Tyler learned to love the slowness of process: hand drafting, model making, film development. These methods not only help to deepen his level of engagement with a project, but have become a means of joy and relaxation. With these two ideas, Tyler hopes to design architecture which is always meaningful and true to place and which always accommodates the human condition. 

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

  • Ray Sova

    Ray Sova

    RA

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    Throughout his career as an architect and designer, Ray has gained experience across a variety of project types, sizes, and phases with particular focus on complex projects relating to higher education, specifically lab and engineering projects, and healthcare. Ray is drawn to the profession by the variety it provides day-to-day from sketching design concepts to working alongside contractors to solve construction issues on site. As an architect, he is excited and driven by the shared responsibility of mediating and navigating complex issues/constraints in order to deliver functional and high-quality design solutions for clients, all while helping to build a better and brighter future.

    Outside of the office, Ray enjoys a wide range of activities ranging from carpentry, music, athletics, podcasting, and more. Most notably, he enjoys watching/playing sports, biking, and video games. Sports help to remind him about the collective value of teamwork and collaboration, while biking helps him clear his head and recharge creative energy. Ray’s experience with video games consistently helps him understand and experiment within virtual spaces and limitless environments.

    EDUCATION

    Master of Architecture, Syracuse  University

    Bachelor of Science, Architectural Technology, SUNY College of Technology at Alfed

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania

  • Kyle Rendall

    Kyle Rendall

    AIA, 

    Director of Construction Administration
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    Kyle brings a high level of experience to each of his projects. Having worked on many the phases of projects ranging from schematic design to construction administration, he is well versed in the technical skills necessary to deliver success. Additionally, his management skills ensure that projects run smoothly and are completed on time and on budget. With extensive experience in the pre-K to K-12 market, Kyle has worked on new buildings, renovations, additions and studies for public, charter, and special needs schools.

    As an active member of his community, Kyle has volunteered as a firefighter for the Princeton Fire Department for more than a decade. He is also a committed volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and has provided pro-bono design and construction administration services for the non-profit organization Womanspace Inc.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Cum Laude, New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    Registered Architect, New Jersey

    HONORS + AWARDS

    AIA-NJ Young Architect of the Year, 2015

    Alpha Rho Chi, Professional Architecture Fraternity, Founding Brother, Domitian Chapter

    Princeton Volunteer Fire Department, Volunteer Firefighter

    Habitat for Humanity, Volunteer

    WomenSpace, Inc., Volunteer Design Services

    Princeton 911 Memorial, Volunteer Design Services

  • Vinay Ingle

    Vinay Ingle

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    Even though It took me a couple tries to successfully develop film in a makeshift darkroom that I set up in my bathroom, the real pleasure was in teaching myself. That’s my goal, and my primary passion: a life focused on learning. I taught myself to cook, to draw by hand, to paint, and to photograph, and I might just be Kenji Lopez-Alt’s biggest fan (The Food Lab is my jam). I can’t tell whether Trey Parker and Matt Stone have influenced me more than business writer Marshall Goldsmith, but Eric Owen Moss and Robert Rauschenberg have totally made me rethink life once or twice.

    I’m actively trying to live by a core set of values which I feel our office shares and fosters. I aim to be focused, positive, humble, and persistent, and to live up to the exceptional coaching and opportunities for autonomy promoted by KSS. Having spent years designing and executing high-end luxury apartments in New York City, I come to KSS in search of new challenges and new ways to help clients better realize their needs through quality design. I’m excited to apply design thinking to all parts of my life, and I think it’s core to an architect’s function. The best advice I’ve ever heard: move towards your self.

    I think Jean-Michel Basquiat is better than Warhol (so overrated), and Taking Back Sunday is better than Brand New (gasp). If I ever write a book, I’ll dedicate it to my dad (thanks dad!). I’m inspired by the sublime in the everyday; I look to the evidence in photographs by Richard Kalvar, Joel Meyerowitz, Josef Koudelka, and Alex Webb. You can catch me in the late-morning sun at the intersection of 34thStreet and 7thAve making photographs of the heaving crowds of besuited strangers.

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Associate AIA

    Alpha Rho Chi, Professional Architecture Fraternity, Domitian Chapter

  • Andrew Sniderman

    Andrew Sniderman

    AIA, 

    Associate
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    Andy has worked on a wide variety of complex, culturally-significant, and award-winning architectural projects for institutional, academic, and governmental clients. He has held diverse responsibilities and leadership roles across projects ranging from the restoration of a landmark courthouse to the design of a new concert hall to the fit-out of a viral vector cleanroom. As a project architect, Andy has led and collaborated with teams of architects, consultants, and clients from concept design through construction administration and has completed projects under tight schedules and with an attention to detail. His dedication, enthusiasm, and creativity have made him a valuable team member and a collaborative leader. Andy’s passion for design has extended to his personal research, where he is investigating the role of tessellations in architecture and cataloguing their use in contemporaty buildings.

     

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Registered Architect, New York

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Rug Your City Los Angeles Collection for Floorplan Rugs - Winning Design

    County Theater Ideas Competition - Honorable Mention

    Groen Hoek: The East River Community Boathouse Competition - Jury Selection

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENTATIONS

    “4-3 DissectionTiling System” -Bridges Stockholm 2018

    “Tessellations in Architecture: A Design Dialogue” -DesignPhiladelphia

    “Irregularity, Scripting, and the CNC: Bing Concert Hall Case Study” -New York

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  • Angelo Capobianco

    Angelo Capobianco

    WELL AP

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    Angelo is motivated by the opportunity to make an impact by creating spaces that people not only want and need but will also come to know and love. He is drawn to architecture because it is creative yet grounded in problem-solving, allowing him to make tangible, positive change in people’s lives. Angelo has worked through all phases of design, from Schematic Design through Construction Administration, on projects across markets including education, industrial, retail, and cultural. As a WELL Accredited Professional, Angelo is excited to expand his expertise in wellness and design buildings with human health and wellbeing in mind. Outside of work, you can find Angelo reading, playing video games, hiking, making art, going to museums, and trying new food. He finds that these creative outlets spill over into architecture, inspiring him with new ideas to inform his professional practice.  

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

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  • Matthew H. McChesney

    Matthew H. McChesney

    AIA, LEED AP, 

    Partner
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    Clients know Matt for his ability to listen to their needs, understand their values, and create spaces where they can maximize their potential. As he leads projects from design to construction, he strives to balance the client’s objectives with the demands of budgets, site restrictions, and scheduling. His technical understanding of the built environment allows him to design intricate solutions that range from complex renovations and additions to highly specialized laboratory buildings. With all projects, he strives to integrate both simple and compound systems that minimize architecture’s impact on the environment and help to preserve resources for future generations.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    Registered Architect, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Pennsylvania 

    U.S. Green Building Council

  • Allan Kehrt

    Allan Kehrt

    FAIA, LEED AP, 

    Partner, Emeritus

    As one of the founding partners of KSS Architects, Allan combines architectural eloquence with an ability to turn a client’s vision into a built form. Guided by a philosophy that emphasizes appropriateness over fads, he has crafted KSS into a place where architectural dialogue thrives, young architects grow and learn, and serious design work is accomplished. He explores design issues that reinforce his clients’ values and aspirations and uses those explorations as the basis for design solutions. For Allan, the process of turning a blank sheet of paper and ideas into an enormous and tangible entity is extremely rewarding.

    With more than 30 years of experience, Allan has worked on everything from multimillion dollar medical and education facilities to residential and commercial structures. Named a Fellow to the American Institute of Architects in 2001, he actively participates in the education of others in design.

    Education

    Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Ohio Wesleyan University

    Master of Architecture, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    Society for College and University Planning

    Eastern Region Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers

    Licensed Planner, New Jersey

    Licensed Architect, New Jersey and Florida

    Urban Land Institute

    Congress of the New Urbanism

    Honors + Awards

    AIA NJ Architect of the Year, 2006

    NJCU University Academy Charter School

    AIA Committee on Architecture for Education Merit Award, 2005-06

    AIA NJ Built Merit Award, 2004

    Cranbury School, AIA NJ Merit Award, 2004

    Cornell University School of Hotel Admin.

    AIA New Jersey, Honor Award, 2004

    AIA Philadelphia, Merit Award, 2002

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  • Sisi A. Powlick

    Sisi A. Powlick

    RA, LEED AP

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    Sisi graduted with a B Arch from Penn State University in 2007. She immediately joined RTKL where she had the chance to work on some large scale workplace government projects. Moving on from RTKL, Sisi briefly worked as a consultant in New York City for international firms that allowed her to join projects from conceptualization. When an opportunity presented itself, she jumped at the chance to live and work in Shanghai, China, for 5 years. Due to the small team size, Sisi was able to grow as an architect both in her design skills as well as client relations. Since returning to the US, she has successfully passed her AREs and is licensed in New York State. 

    Sisi loves to travel and read. Reading allows her mind to conjure a new world everytime she dives into a new story. While living in China, Sisi was able to travel extensively through out Asia. Travelling provided eye opening opportunities to see how people live and interact in so many different cultures. Since becoming a mother in 2018, as well as being an architect,  Sisi is passionate about making the built space a better environment for future generations.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Registered Architect in New York

  • 2020 has undoubtedly been a challenging year for many, which makes us even more grateful for the achievements of our firm over this past year. As we close out this unique year, we reflect on our collective efforts,...
  • Andrew Nuver

    Andrew Nuver

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    Informed by his diverse background in architecture and interiors, Andrew looks for opportunities where he can apply ideas between disciplines. In his practice, Andrew is dedicated to finding proportions of space and material expression that will define a client’s aspirations. Carefully considering each detail, he thoroughly articulates design ideas. He takes inspiration from the communities served and works to ensure coherency as a design progresses. Material qualities and aesthetic ideas guide his design thinking which aims to embed beauty and order within highly functional solutions. He is skilled in the art of aligning artistic concept with building infrastructure. A client’s point of view, the qualities contained within each program, and the surrounding context all inform impactful work; Andrew believes it is the architect’s responsibility to fully understand these elements and use them to create new environments that reflect our time. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University

  • Ed Klimek

    Ed Klimek

    AIA, NCARB, 

    Partner
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    Nationally recognized for his expertise in the design of high quality, sustainable industrial and commercial buildings, Ed has become both a trusted designer and adviser to his corporate and development clients. His work spans from the redevelopment of brownfield sites to the repositioning of mixed-use developments, to the design of new pharmaceutical campuses. An expert in designing large-scale and environmentally responsible architecture, Ed has served as a consultant for the U.S. Green Building Council on its development of sustainable standards for warehouses and distribution centers. His additional experience with public process allows him to design architecture that is sensitive to daily civic functions and is uniquely responsive to a community’s social fabric.

    On a personal note, Ed is an active volunteer and serves as a part of a delegation providing assistance to the people of Santa Rosa, Guatemala, using his expertise to build sustainable, rural communities in third-world countries.

    Education

    Master of Global Development and Social Justice, St. John’s University 

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Detroit

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

    NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties) Board of Governors 

    Urban Land Institute

    Registered Architect, CO, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, MD, MI, NJ, NH, NY, NV, OH, PA, SC, TN, TX

    Publications + Presentations

    “iPort 12: A Former Landfill Comes of Age.” Development. Summer 2008.

    “Greening of Industrial.” NAIOP’s Industrial Conference (I.con). Spring 2008.

    “New Distribution Center for Mercedes Proves Big Can Be Beautiful.” Development. Summer 2004.

  • Samantha Garcia

    Samantha Garcia

    LEED Green Associate

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    Samantha views architecture through the lens of urban design, understanding the value in a project’s interconnection with its surrounding community. Throughout her childhood, Samantha’s interest in arts and crafts translated into an interest in the built environment, leading her to pursue an undergraduate degree in architecture and a master’s in urban design. Samantha brings experience in single-family housing and healthcare design and is also a member of the Historic Preservation Commission in Dover, NJ. Outside of work, you can find Samantha traveling, watching tv, and improving her skills in crochet and other hands-on projects such as macrame and gardening. 

    Education 

    Master of Urban Design, New Jersey Institute of Technology

    Bachelor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology

  • 2020 @aiaphiladelphia Design Award for Historic Preservation/Adaptive Reuse recipient: The Remy Theatre. When the 1930s-built amphitheater risked demolition in 2018, @sarahlawrencecollege alumna Josie Merck saw the...
  • Jennie Himler

    Jennie Himler

    RA

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    For Jennie, being an architect isn’t a profession, but a lifestyle.  She loves observing nature, studying cities and their people, and watching and reading fantasy adventure stories.  Nature is the blend of efficiency with beauty and the greatest teacher of design.  Cities and their people exemplify how collaboration creates diversity and scale far beyond the individual can produce.   People create fiction by stripping away all limits, sharing with the audience their purest form of imagination.  From these experiences, the architecture Jennie creates is imaginative, inspired by its surroundings, and rarely untouched by at least a few other hands and minds. Jennie is passionate about understanding the relationships between people and their built environment.  There is an indescribable feeling when people and their place are in balance with each other. People crave a sense of belonging and identity, a place where they can naturally be the very best versions of themselves.  Architecture provokes that emotion as much as the people we surround ourselves with do.  A cozy café table along a crowded sidewalk and a high-tech industrial lab can both be where the greatest minds collaborate or an individual has a revolutionary thought.

     

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University 

    Professional Affliation

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

  • Phillip Lee

    Phillip Lee

    NCARB

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    As an architectural designer, Phillip has practiced architectural form and skins, along with innovative materials and systems to enhance the aesthetic, cultural value, and energy performances of a building. In his  professional careers, he has successfully completed research, installations, and design projects including a high-rise building, an IT-industry incubator, a library, and a dormitory. Phillip works to explore a balance among art, architecture, and technology to create a vibrant environment in the communities served by his work. Philip works with clients to determine needs and goals, and then ensures that the design respones is both affordable and constructible. His creative ideas are mostly inspired by collage artists Max Ernst and Cristina Troufa; he developed these ideas in his recent thesis at Southern California Institute of Architecture.

    Before pursuing architecture, Phillip played Korean flute in an orchestra for 14 years and won several national awards in Korean tranditional music competitions. In music Phillip finds a home in which he can find peace.

    EDUCATION

    Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Yonsei University

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENTATIONS

    1784 ZERO PROJECT, 2016

  • Douglas Woodworth

    Douglas Woodworth

    With a background in fine arts, exhibit design and commercial Interior design, Douglas has a proven commitment to design excellence and brings a creative eye to every project he works on. He provides leadership in design efforts for programming, visioning, and three-dimensional conceptualization and is passionate about working with clients to craft unique narratives, develop branding, and meet aesthetic, functional, and budgetary specifications. Douglas has worked on a wide variety of projects both large and small and truly enjoys the collaborative process necessary for project’s successful completion. Douglas serves on the firm’s Digital Practice Group which is responsible for ensuring best practices and innovation in digital design integration.

  • Sven Schroeter

    Sven Schroeter

    AIA, NCARB, 

    Principal, Director of Interior Architecture
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    Sven is an architect with over 20 years experience in all aspects of the planning and design of various project types, including commercial, residential, institutional, education, and transportation – and ranging in scale from furniture design to urban and campus master planning. Inspired by a diverse background of intersecting interests in urbanism, design, science, technology and the arts, he brings both a broad perspective and thoughtful attention to detail to all projects. First and foremost a problem-solver, Sven is most excited by understanding a client’s needs, challenges, and aspirations – and then resolving those through built spaces that are unique expressions of their time, place, and culture. Most recently, his work has focused on the research and design of the emerging workplace, a rapidly evolving typology incorporating and influencing aspects of various other fields. Sven’s work has been recognized through numerous awards, publications, and exhibitions.

    Outside of the office, Sven has been an active advocate for community-based planning and design in Philadelphia. He is co-chair of Logan Square Neighborhood Association’s Planning and Design Committee and represents the neighborhood on the City Planning Commission’s Civic Design Review Board. Sven is also inspired by the connections between architectural education and practice, having served as a guest jury critic at numerous schools, including Harvard, Princeton, MIT, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Auburn.

    EDUCATION

    Master in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American Institute of Architects

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

    Registered Architect, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Philly’s Coolest Office

    Generocity / Technically Media

    Benefits Data Trust, Philadelphia, PA, 2017

    Portland Courtyard Housing Competition, Portland, OR, 2008

    AIA New Jersey Honor Award, Creative & Performing Arts High School, Camden, NJ, 2004

    AIA New York FIrst Honorable Mention & Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Award, Friends of the High Line Ideas Competition, The High Line, New York, NY, 2003

    Best Small Office, FX International Design Awards, Cambridge Incubator, Cambridge, MA, 2000

    AIA Boston Honor Award, Boston Society of Architects, Cambridge Incubator, Cambridge, MA, 2000

    Finalist, Dwell / Caesarstone “Challenge Your Imagination”, 2008. Published in Dwell, exhibited at Dwell on Design, Los Angeles & San Francisco, CA

    AIA Henry Adams Medal, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 1999

    CED Alumni Association Award, University of California, Berkeley, 1994

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENTATIONS

    Guest Speaker, “Emerging Young Architects Lecture Series”. Presentation at Auburn university, College of Architecture, Design, and Construction, 2001

    Guest Speaker, “Digital Design and Fabrication Techniques in Current Practice”. Presentation at Princeton University School of Architecture, 2002

    ACADEMIC

    Guest Architecture Jury Critic: Auburn University, Columbia GSAPP, Harvard GSD, Thomas Jerfferson University, Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania

  • Our annual holiday party looked a little different this year…In true 2020 fashion, KSS gathered on Zoom to celebrate the holiday season and toast one another as part of a virtual wine tasting with @voluptuarywine....
  • Beth Emig

    Beth Emig

    AIA, LEED AP BD+C, 

    Associate
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    From programming and studying project feasibility to construction documents and construction administration, Beth has a diverse range of experience on a variety of project types including Educational, Corporate, Medical, and Industrial. Beth thrives when working collaboratively with clients to understand their needs and the hidden design potential in the challenges they face whether the project is a renovation, new construction, or a study of existing conditions. Her understanding of schedule and team coordination drives effective cost-conscious design solutions fulfilling each project’s unique goals. 

    An active member in her community, Beth volunteers for Philadelphia’s Community Design Collaborative and her neighborhood zoning committee. Through these outlets, she participates in citywide urban renewal conversation topics such as vacant school reuse and zoning reform. Beth also enjoys teaching architecture students the fundamentals of digital media as a part-time adjunct instructor at Temple University. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, Temple University 

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

    U.S. Green Building Council 

  • Ben Poulin

    Ben Poulin

    RA

    Ben has always had a passion for creating and it has always been a driving force throughout his life. Whether in the design of a space, painting, furniture making, sculpting, photography, or cooking, there is nothing better than having a vision and translating it into a medium which people can use, enjoy, or experience, and to share that has been a great pleasure for Ben. There are a wealth of things which inspire Ben to be creative including books, other artists, great design, but the thing which inspires him the most is simply nature and being outdoors. From beautiful landscapes and habitats, to trails and ranges to explore, climb, or just visit, these spaces are really refreshing and awe inspiring. When not working, Ben’s favorite place to be is in the mountains and woods hiking, rock-climbing, fishing, camping, or anything that gets him outdoors. 

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Pratt Institute 

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, New York 

  • Molly Grassi

    Molly Grassi

    Proposal Coordinator
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    Molly’s background in journalism and her gravitation toward visual storytelling drive her to explore work at the nexus of the written and the visual.  She has spent time in commercial real estate and, most recently, marketing for a large A/E firm where she focused on pursuits for transportation infrastructure and healthcare. Molly is excited to pursue work that equitably enriches and enhances the lives of people living in Philadelphia and the surrounding region, particularly through cultural, multi-modal, and adaptive reuse projects. A voracious reader and equally voracious consumer of reality television, Molly thrives at the intersection of high-brow and low-brow and is fascinated by the constantly evolving ways people tell each other stories.

    Education 

    Bachelor of Arts, Journalism, Temple University

  • Pamela Lucas Rew, FAIA, Partner at KSS Architects, will retire at the close of the 2020 calendar year. Over her 40-year career in architecture, Pam has been a visionary leader steadfast in building a creative,...
  • Zach Beim

    Zach Beim

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    Zach enjoys working with his hands, and spends his free time taking on home improvement projects. He loves the details in a project, and is fascinated by the way in which they impact the greater whole. Fittingly, he enjoys and has spent time studying the work of Carlo Scarpa, a master of connecting the littlest details to the bigger picture. He brings these interests into his work at KSS with an eye for detail and an inquisitive nature towards systems and the way in which parts of a building communicate. When he’s not in the office or working on a personal project, Zach enjoys spending time outdoors running, playing tennis, or relaxing.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, Minor in Architectural History, University of Virginia

  • Rebecca Udell

    Rebecca Udell

    Executive Director of Marketing Strategy
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    With nearly two decades of experience as an interior designer and project manager, Rebecca excels at working with a variety of clients from small businesses to multinational corporations. Her communication ability and people skills have led to her success in all aspects of design including programming, strategic analysis, space planning, interior architecture and design, contract documentation, and construction administration.

    With the knowledge gained through her master’s studies, Rebecca has enhanced her ability to strategically analyze an organization to create an optimal interior environment that supports its brand identity, business strategy, and future goals while meeting critical path timelines and stringent budgets.

    Education

    Masters in Business Administration, Temple University, Fox School of Business

    Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Drexel University

    Professional Affiliations

    Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Board member (2003-present)

    Jewish Federation Real Estate (JFRE)

  • Katie Schaad

    Katie Schaad

    Associate, Content Marketing Specialist
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    Katie believes that mindset, productivity, and behavior are tied to one’s environment and as such, well-designed, functional spaces spark creativity and collaboration. As a natural homebody, Katie is passionate about comfortable and inspiring surroundings and is excited to be part of KSS’s mission to affect meaningful and lasting change through architecture and design.

    Prior to joining KSS, Katie worked in commercial real estate as a marketing professional specializing in multifamily and retail investment sales. As a Marketing Coordinator at KSS, Katie enjoys the opportunity to merge her passion for design with her marketing background. To further her exposure and education, she earned a certificate in Interior Design Studies at Moore College of Art + Design. In her spare time Katie enjoys reading, trying new fitness classes, and fixing up her house. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Villanova University 

    Certificate in Interior Design Studies,  Moore College of Art + Design

  • Colleen Grogan

    Colleen Grogan

    NCIDQ

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    Give Colleen a really great cup of coffee and she will be brimming with creativity. She has a passion for adaptive reuse and historic preservation and loves to design and build furniture, especially from repurposing salvaged materials. An enthusiast of many passions, she often paints, sketches, peruses cookbooks, and bikes through the streets of Philly. Colleen is always spending time with her family, and when time permits, she sits in on studio critiques with university students.

     Colleen chose KSS for its creative space where she can enjoy all aspects of the design process. At KSS, Colleen can create client relationships, space plan, forge design concepts, and gain knowledge in fine tuning details and understanding how her ideas can get built. She can’t wait to get her hands on selecting finishes that will elevate the architectural shell and overall design concept and is looking forward to collaborating with her creative teammates at KSS.

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Studio Arts, concentrationin Interior Architecture, Marywood University

    Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Marywood University

    Professional Affiliations

    National Council for Interior Design Qualification

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Architectural Heritage Association Award for Master of Studio Arts Thesis Work (Adaptive Reuse and Historical Preservation)

  • Mariela Hernandez

    Mariela Hernandez

    AIA, NCARB, LEED Green Associate

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    Mariela is interested in the intersection of city planning and architecture and how the two scales could become generators for social interaction and dynamic activity. She hopes to make an impact on historically marginalized communities through design that is inclusive and generates a collaborative spirit. She enjoys traveling, reading, and visiting parks which influences her understanding of urban design and public spaces.

    With a background in residential architecture, she has developed an interest in the intricacies of detail-oriented design and the use of dynamic materials which she aims to bring into the application of larger-scaled projects. She chose to work at KSS because of the team’s focus on community advancement and the propensity for creating a place for human connection. Mariela is looking forward to learning more from KSS about the design process involved in generating the qualities of these communal spaces.

    EDUCATION

    Master of Architecture, The Unviersirty of Pennsylvania 

    Bachelor of Design in Architecture, The University of Florida 

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Penn Design Women in Architecture (PDWIA)

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Will M. Melhorn Scholar

    PennDesign Diversity Scholar

  • KSS Architects is thrilled to announce three new Principals: Jason Chmura, Sven Schroeter, and David von Stappenbeck. Jason, Sven, and David have each made tremendous contributions to the sustained growth of the...
  • How can communities turn underutilized schoolyards into outdoor classrooms that could enable students to safely return to school? KSS responded to this question, posed by the Community Design Collaborative through...
  • KSS Architects is excited to announce the promotion of Ryan Bruce, Alicia Heinsen, and Mounir Tawadrous to Senior Associate. Recognized and respected as leaders and mentors, Ryan, Alicia, and Mounir have each made...
  • Sydney Hughes

    Sydney Hughes

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    While she has been drawn to architecture for as long as she can remember, Sydney became truly passionate when she realized the positive impact design can have on our everyday experience. She is excited by the opportunity to work at different scales and taking inspiration from existing context to influence design. Outside of work, her interests include cooking, trying new restaurants, and playing sports of all kinds. She also enjoys trying new hobbies and finds the gratification of trying a new skill, working at it, and being successful is similar to the feeling of approaching design at the initial phase and turning a concept into a built reality. 

    education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University 

  • Srinath Nallan

    Srinath Nallan

    Controller
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    Srinath has over 20 years of extensive global accounting and finance expertise in financial planning and analysis, business intelligence, forecasting, budgeting, profit and loss reporting, auditing, and tax. His expertise also includes a strong knowledge of Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR) and consolidation of financial statements. Srinath’s advanced proficiency in Excel and demonstrated ability to create visualizations of data drive effective business insights and data analysis. Srinath believes that finance is more than just numbers—its value lies in generating actionable narratives to inform business leaders to make strategic decisions. As a finance professional, he enjoys the opportunity to make a significant impact on the growth of the business. In addition to spending time with family, Srinath loves to travel and meet people from various cultures, try the local cuisine, and learn about the history of place.

    Education

    Bachelor of Business Administration, Vinayaka Missions University

    Master of Commerce, Annamalai University

     

  • Christine Chlebda

    Christine Chlebda

    RA, 

    Associate

    I am passionate about architecture that offers people unique experiences of the building itself and contributes positively to the place it occupies . Travelling inspires me to be creative because it engages me in new experiences and cultures. Travelling has also enabled me to experience personally buildings by some of my favorite architects, such as Snohetta, Alvar Aalto, and Peter Zumthor. In addition to travelling, I enjoy photography. Taking photos enables me to see things I would not notice otherwise, like interesting qualities of light or texture in a space, and the visual phenomena I capture in photography inspire me later in designing architecture.

    Education 

    Master of Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

    Bachelor of Architecture, The Catholic University of America

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

    Honors + Awards

    AIA Henry Adams Medal 

    AIA Nathan C. Wyeth Award 

    Grand Prize in 2013 AIA DC Washington Unbuilt Competition

  • Tusher Alam

    Tusher Alam

    Project Accountant
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    Tusher is a recent graduate from Fox School of Business at Temple University, with a bachelor’s in Business Administration in Finance. He’s loved working with numbers ever since he was in kindergarten and fell in love with accounting through his high school and college courses. In his spare time, he likes to watch and play basketball. An avid fan—Tusher tries to keep up with sports as much as possible.

    Over the last few years, he’s developed a past time for visiting museums— the Philadelphia Art Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario are some of his favorites. Tusher is planning to check off the Metropolitan Museum of Art next. To get involved with his local Philadelphia community, Tusher plans to use his skills and volunteer during upcoming tax seasons.

    Tusher chose KSS because he recognized the firm’s value in work culture and loved the family atmosphere. He is truly thankful for the opportunity and looks forward to learning and growing with KSS.  

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance, Fox School of Business, Temple University

  • Maryam Hallaj

    Maryam Hallaj

    Marketing Coordinator
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    Maryam views marketing for architecture as a fascinating way to tell remarkable stories that may be otherwise be inaccessible to the “layman.” Formally trained as an architect, Maryam worked as a designer after graduating from architecture school, but gravitated toward the marketing side of the industry. After shifting into a marketing role, she gained experience in proposals and communications within the AEC industry, especially focused on educational, cultural, and performing arts spaces. Maryam loves that architecture can provide opportunities to make real connections, grow, and form individualistic and community identities. She is an active member of Philadelphia’s design community as a member of the AIA Philadelphia Forum Committee, a chapter member and contributor to the Design Activist Institute, and a volunteer with DeisgnPhiladelphia. Outside of work, Maryam enjoys travelling, trying local coffee roasters, and crafting handmade clay jewelry. 

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Science, Architecture, Temple University

  • Stephanie Breslin Major

    Stephanie Breslin Major

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    Stephanie is passionate about the intersection between architecture and urban design. The mediation of the two concepts can transform an autonomous design to an integrated work featuring all aspects of society. As a designer, Stephanie views space through the lens of making spaces better to benefit the intended user. She is inspired by the way architecture is represented visually which informs her skilled visualizations including atmospheric renderings, clear and concise diagrams, and any other drawings needed to explain the design.

    EDUCATION

    Master of Science, Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Bachelor of Architecture, Marywood University

  • Nadine Skirka

    Nadine Skirka

    Senior Project Accountant
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    Nadine brings to KSS nearly two decades of accounting experience with expertise in budgeting, month-end close, payroll, billing, bank reconciliations, accounts payable, and accounts receivable. She sees her job as an opportunity to do two things she loves—problem solve and help people. Outside of work, Nadine enjoys visiting her daughter at university, live music, walking with her three-legged cat, and rehabilitating a turtle, including learning the best practice to let him return to the wild. 

  • Devyn O’Neill

    Devyn O’Neill

    IIDA, NCIDQ, 

    Senior Interior Designer
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    Devyn began her career working in high-end events in New York City and since then has gained experience in hospitality, retail, and workplace design, along with adaptive reuse, firms both large and small. She has significant experience on a range of project types including casinos and hotels, bars and restaurants, distilleries, multifamily amenity spaces, and workplace offices. Growing up around her contractor dad and architect uncle, Devyn has long enjoyed envisioning what interiors can be. Now as an experienced designer, Devyn appreciates how space can be transformative, shaping a user’s experience through architectural volumes, materials, textures, lighting, sound, and more. In her free time, Devyn loves to travel the world to experience different architecture, design, landscape, and culture. She also enjoys checking out vintage stores and thrift shops for unique finds, scoping out the nearest microbrewery, and hiking with her husband John, baby boy Owen, and two Australian shepherd rescue pups, Harris and Skye. 

    education 

    Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Jefferson University

    Professional Affiliations

    International Interior Design Association, National Council for Interior Design Qualification

    Honors + Awards

    IIDA PA/NJ/DE Member of the Year, June 2016

  • Bethany White

    Bethany White

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    Bethany is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Architecture at Drexel University as part of the “2+4” program. She is drawn to the study and practice of architecture as it allows her to bring together her love of design and creating with her love of science and math. Bethany is also driven by the belief that architecture carries a great social responsibility and can therefore make an impact on the world in real-time. As she begins her professional career, Bethany is interested in working on educational projects to positively impact children’s learning experiences. In her free time, Bethany is an avid reader and writer and also enjoys knitting and crocheting.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University (In-Progress, Graduation 2026)

  • KSS is excited to announce that the Remy Theatre has won an Honor Award for Historic Preservation from AIA New Jersey. The Remy is an adaptive re-use of a 1930s-built open-air theatre which was restored and...
  • Alex D’Aversa

    Alex D’Aversa

    RA, NCARB, 

    Associate
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    Having worked previously in both industrial/engineering design and restaurant/retail architectural design, Alex understands the importance of detail in shaping our perception of space and creating buildings that last. Alex collaborates closely with clients, users, consultants, and contractors to ensure the design’s integrity is maintained down to the smallest details. When successful, this has the power to elevate the ordinary to the extraordinary—even something as small as the shape of a handrail or the way a column and beam connect can radically alter our perception of a building. This mindset permeates through to Alex’s hobby of beermaking, where attention to detail and craft are just as important. Just as the various systems and assemblies in a building must come together in a certain way, so too must the ingredients in beer. 

    Education 

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania 

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, University of Virginia 

    Professional Affiliations 

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

  • KSS Architects is pleased to announce the promotion of Ryan Drummond, Don Kim, Jessica Mangin, Becker Raab, and Jesse Wilks to Associate. We are proud to elevate these individuals in recognition of their dedication...
  • Petar Mattioni

    Petar Mattioni

    AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, 

    Partner
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    Petar’s practical design methodology balances design with client objectives, technical coordination, and effective project execution. His committment to client relationships and building consensus consistently results in successful projects, particularly in the field of higher education and the emerging field of innovation. Petar strives to be involved in all aspects of the planning process and excels in conducting research and analysis in the initial stages of design and documentation. His particular expertise in project planning–aligning project goals, context, budget, and schedule–maintains project quality and long-term value, while meeting development goals and schedules. Petar represents the next generation of designers and practitioners of architecture—passionate about place as a contribution to society, enthusiastic about guiding young architects toward new opportunities, and responsive to client needs and values.

    Education

    Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University

    Professional Affiliations

    American Institute of Architects

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards

    Registered Architect, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia

    U.S. Green Building Council 

  • Julia Abriola

    Julia Abriola

    ASID, IIDA

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    For most of her life, Julia has focused on art and design, primarily fine arts and photography, and she soon found her interest in interior design. Julia has been fortunate to have traveled to many countries throughout her life, which has exposed her to a variety of cultures and people, further influencing her perspective and artistic direction. Her travels greatly impacted her passion for photography, capturing the beautiful architecture and landscapes in unexpected ways.

    Julia was drawn to KSS because of its collaborative work environment and multi-disciplinary approach to design. She is looking forward to being an integral part of the team to grow and expand the interiors group at KSS through the firm’s strong relationship with the community and the ever-changing creative ideas of the talented designers.

    Aside from traveling and all things art and design, Julia also enjoys playing tennis, watching movies, reading, and learning new languages.

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture, The George Washington University 

  • KSS is thrilled to announce that the renovation and addition of Foundation Collegiate Academy has received an Honor Award from @aianewjersey. The renovated and expanded Foundation Collegiate Academy is designed to...
  • Becker Raab

    Becker Raab

    RA, 

    Associate
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    Growing up in Black Mountain, North Carolina, I was encouraged by my parents to have a deep curiosity and profound respect for the world around me. This childhood exploration of the day-to-day spaces we inhabit is one that I continue today. I was first inspired to become an architect by Samuel Mockbee and the Rural Studio, and I am still inspired by the celebration of context, craft, and the commonplace in architecture. 

    Becker’s experience extends across markets including higher education, behavioral health, preK-12, and industrial. He views the field of design with curiosity and desire to explore the day-to-day spaces we inhabit. Through his work, he strives to achieve a celebration of contextual relationships, material craft, and commonplace delights. Becker enjoys the rigor of a collaborative design process to arrive at unique, thoughtful responses to project conditions. Becker’s passions extend not only throughout firm activities but into the community as well. Having participated as a team leader on Community Design Collaborative projects, Park(ing) Day installations, and as a local volunteer in his neighborhood, Becker believes in the agency of design to make meaningful impact on our world.

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Virginia Tech

    Professional Affiliations 

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

  • The Barbara Walters Campus Center at Sarah Lawrence College is embedded in the ecology of its neighborhood and region—its layout carefully preserved the contours of the land, hills, indigenous rock formations, and...
  • Kenneth Miraski

    Kenneth Miraski

    RA, LEED Green Associate

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    Ken has practiced architecture in New York City for more than 10 years with a focus on residential, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse projects. His hands-on knowledge of the city’s delicate and complex built environment has informed his ability to produce high-caliber documentation and manage client expectations. Ken enjoys the thrill of seeing projects come to life during construction, especially after the time invested in documentation and design. Outside of work, you can find Ken exploring the tri-state area on his bike or diving into a good book. His favorite topics include history (especially the history of building demolition), social science, and biographies. 

    Education 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Jefferson University  

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect, New York

  • Nick Clody

    Nick Clody

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    Nick is a passionate designer and problem-solver with varied experience in education, healthcare, housing, and workplace. He has worked across scales from tenant fitouts to master planning, zoning research and diagrams to facade design. Nick’s love of buildings and art led him to architecture; he enjoys that while the field is creative, it has many constraints that require innovative problem-solving, allowing him to balance his creative and logical sides. Outside of work, Nick enjoys cooking, reading, biking, basketball, art, history, philosophy, and learning new things, especially in the realm of technology. 

    education 

    Bachelor of Science, Architecture, University of Michigan

  • Rocky McClure

    Rocky McClure

    RA, NCARB, 

    Associate
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    Since joining KSS in 2015, Rocky has led teams delivering a wide range of industrial work, including air cargo facilities, distribution centers in dense urban settings as well as rural sites, speculative warehouses, and complex build-to-suit projects. Prior to returning to the United States, Rocky lived and worked internationally for seven years, contributing to complex projects in the commercial, education, and residential sectors. Rocky’s passion, curiosity, and dedication extend past architecture into the complex industrial processes and integration that elevate places of and for industry. His versatility, technical skill, and design strength add immeasurable value to any project on which he collaborates. His strength in forging client relationships, his leadership and mentorship of younger staff, and his varied international experience make Rocky an exceptional architect and invaluable project team leader.

    education 

    Master of Architecture, Pennsylvania State University 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Kent State University 

    professional affiliations

    Registered Architect, Pennsylvania 

    HONORS + AWARDS

    2006 Alma Heinz and August Louis Pohland Graduate Fellowship