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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  • Tamara Zilovic

    Tamara Zilovic

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    Tamara has always been passionate about aesthetics, and in many ways views architecture as the ability to curate an aesthetic experience on the largest scale possible. Throughout her education, she focused both on architectural history and theory, as well as graphic design. She finds the ability to communicate a design intent through imagery particularly exciting, and has really developed a passion for architectural visualization.  

    Photography is a huge creative outlet for Tamara; it continuously reinforces how a single moment can be captured so differently. She is also very interested in film and fashion, and finds the expression of design through various mediums extremely compelling.  

    Tamara was attracted to KSS because of the firm’s deisgn portfolio, which focuses on larger-scale projects that provide value to the communities in which they are situated. As a designer, she truly believes that the ability to enrich others’ lives through good design is the most rewarding experience of all. 


    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology 


    Construction Roundtable Scholarship Award

  • 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.


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

  • Joseph Alperstein

    Joseph Alperstein


    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 to completion. 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 while preventing potential chaos during construction. He promotes the understanding and mastery of tools in the profession, comprehends and appreciates the elements of program and building, and anticipates the implications of technology and construction in preparation for design.

    Growing up with a father who was an electrical engineer, Joe realized in grade school that if you built things a certain way, they held together; if you did not follow certain principles, they fell apart. From then onward, Joe understood that the answer to every problem lies within it. As a result, he decided to become an architect.

    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 in 2000. His designs have been published in The New York Times, Greetings etc., and numerous trade journals.


    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 in New Jersey

    Honors + Awards

    Gold Medal for Architectural Design

    American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal

  • Ellie Garside

    Ellie Garside

    Summer Intern
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    Having grown up on Cape Cod, Ellie’s most joyful activities are those done outdoors, especially if a beach is involved. She is inspired by the power of nature to improve people’s health and aims to incorporate those qualities in her architecture, both in academic and professional settings. At KSS, Ellie looks forward to being a part of a firm that emphasizes healthy environments and quality projects through an animated, collaborative workflow. 

    Prior to joining KSS, Ellie has worked in high end residential in Chatham, MA and higher education in Washington, D.C., learning the importance of relationships, trust and attention to detail to create meaningful change in every project. You can find Ellie walking or running around town, exploring the local flavor of wherever she is in the world that day.


    Masters of Architecture, The University of Pennsylvania (expected graduation Spring 2022)

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The University of Virginia

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  • Merilee Meacock

    Merilee Meacock


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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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania

    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

  • Vicky Koppa

    Vicky Koppa

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    Architecture is the culmination of deep relationships and a belongingness to a greater sense of the whole. Vicky believes, like an intricate puzzle, that architectural design is a dynamic process of learning, improving, and refining from all participants – architects, clients, stakeholders, users. She is invigorated by the trust placed in architects by clients to transform initial visions and needs to ever higher levels, and enlivened by witnessing the passion and excitement of inhabitants in her finished projects. Vicky believes that strong collaborations enrich perspective and better inform the myriad moving parts and pieces of a project, which in turn produce greater, more purposeful design.

    Vicky was drawn to KSS for the firm’s value in investing in the development of all staff members, joining the team with the sense that colleagues truly encouraged personal and professional growth. Empowered by the firm’s respect for individual voices and autonomy, Vicky finds fulfillment in continuing to grow in her abilities and responsibilities. With KSS, she is excited to establish and foster relationships with clients, consultants, and colleagues.

  • 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.  


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

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  • Katie Schaad

    Katie Schaad

    Marketing Coordinator
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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 is pursuing 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. 


    LEED Green Associate 

  • Colleen Grogan

    Colleen Grogan


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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.


    Master of Studio Arts, concentrationin Interior Architecture, Marywood University

    Bachelor of Interior Architecture, Marywood University


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

  • Christine Chlebda

    Christine Chlebda

    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.

    Honors + Awards

    AIA Henry Adams Medal 

    AIA Nathan C. Wyeth Award 

    Grand Prize in 2013 AIA DC Washington Unbuilt Competition

  • Vincent DiMaria

    Vincent DiMaria


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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. 

  • Kaitie Gillespie

    Kaitie Gillespie


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    Kaitie has extensive interior design experience in commercial and corporate projects. Her expertise in space planning has allowed her to effectively fit a client’s program within the allotted space. Kaitie’s deep understanding of finishes and furnishings coupled with advanced knowledge of Revit architecture software have enable her to efficiently manage project and project materials.   
    Prior to working at KSS, Kaitie worked in hospitality design and high-end residential projects.

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  • Angelo Capobianco

    Angelo Capobianco

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    Angelo is most passionate about design. He finds that the research, context, client, and approach are all pieces of a puzzle and to Angelo, solving that puzzle is always challenging, refreshing, and fun. He finds it so rewarding to collaboratively create spaces that do good for a client or community, tells stories, inspires others, and pushes the boundaries of architecture and technology. It’s hard for Angelo to decide exactly what impact he wants to make on the world, but it would fall along the lines of creating spaces that people enjoy and creating meaningful and sustainable architecture. Angelo can also possibly see myself teaching architecture studios one day.

     Angelo is a recent graduate of the NJIT College of Architecture and Design and has previously worked at Sevan Multi-Site Solutions and Gensler. He chose to intern at KSS because he feels the firm will expose him to a lot of different projects and appreciates the designs KSS has produced. The architectural design process has really stuck a chord with Angelo, and he looks forward to having a hand in that process through diagramming, photography, pinups, and design charrettes.


    Bachelor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

  • Jason Baiocchi

    Jason Baiocchi

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    The opportunity to better a community and to leave a lasting impact inspire Jason to create (or to be creative).  He believes buildings and the spaces around them are a vital part of a thriving community and he finds it humbling that he works in an industry where he can make a contribution toward nourishing communities. 

    Outside of architecture and design, Jason enjoys hiking, fishing, snowboarding, cooking, listening to live music, and traveling.  His passion for exploration and adventure helps him keep an open-mind while designing and to follow his mantra to never go a day without learning something new.

    Having worked in Tucson, Arizona for 4 years, Jason was looking for a firm (in his home city of Philadelphia) that he could see himself grow with and that held the same passion he does regarding improving communities through design excellence. He chose KSS because of their ability to create meaningful and beautiful spaces. To Jason, KSS demonstrates what it means to be a well-rounded firm, placing a high importance on employee satisfaction and allowing its employees to grow as designers and as individuals. He looks forward to expanding his career in the city he is from, forming lasting relationships, and creating meaningful spaces.      


    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona


    Associate AIA

  • Julia Abriola

    Julia Abriola


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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.


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

  • Steven Alvarez

    Steven Alvarez

    Marketing Coordinator
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    Steven is a trained photographer with a keen eye for graphic design. He uses his background to inform his marketing efforts by marrying concise language with impactful imagery. After ten years of successful non-profit arts management, Steven made the jump to the AEC industry where he has spent the last five years sharpening his skills and winning projects of various types in multiple business sectors. He is excited to join the marketing team at KSS and expand on his professional development while unifying branding and visuals across the firm.

    Steven earned his BFA in Photography from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia. When he’s not promoting the firm, he can often be found beautifying his home in South Jersey, behind his beloved Mamiya RB-67 medium format film camera or exploring nature with his husband, Shamus, and their rescue pup, Waldorf.


    Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography/Media Arts, University of the Arts


    Notary Public - Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

  • Don Kim

    Don Kim

    AIA, LEED AP, 

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    Don believes beautiful, healthy, durable architecture is possible through the spirit and relentlessness of man, before and during the act of building.  To this end, he dedicated the last 15 years of his career to leading teams through planning, design, permitting, and construction, while leveraging a variety of integrated project delivery methodologies along the way.

     The depth and breadth of his experiences, ranging from 50,000 SF healthcare, science/technology, and educational facilities, to 1 million SF mixed used developments, inform a wide vision in his daily practice.

    Don is passionate about building technology and performance, daylighting and sustainability, evidence based deisgn, and occupant wellness.


    American Institute of Architects 

    LEED Accredited Professional

    Registered Architect in California


    2005 AIA Henry Adams Medal


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

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

  • Daniel J Van Dyk

    Daniel J Van Dyk


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    Dan’s background in building performance, a love for cities, and the thrill of creative work drive his passion for design. Bringing experience from exterior repair, historic preservation, and adaptive reuse, Dan joined KSS to apply his knowledge to a comprehensive range of architectural projects. 

    Having previously lived and worked in Miami and New York City, Dan joined the KSS Philadelphia office to work with a bright community of peers in a city he considers an ideal home. 

    Dan is an advocate for the Passive House Standard and strives to find ways to improve the quality and sustainability of the built environment.

    Outside of the office, Dan’s hobbies include painting, rock climbing and skating.


    Bachelor of Architecture, Cooper Union


    Registered Architect,  New York

    Certified Passive House Designer, Passive House Institute


    “Laid Back Architecture,” 2018

  • Phillip Lee

    Phillip Lee


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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.


    Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Yonsei University


    1784 ZERO PROJECT, 2016

  • Avery Vittoria

    Avery Vittoria


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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.


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

  • 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.


    Master in Architecture, Harvard Graduate School of Design

    Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of California, Berkeley


    American Institute of Architects (AIA)

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

    Registered Architect in New Jersey and Pennsylvania


    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


    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


    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

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  • 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.


    Master of Architecture, The Unviersirty of Pennsylvania 

    Bachelor of Design in Architecture, The University of Florida 


    Penn Design Women in Architecture (PDWIA)


    Will M. Melhorn Scholar

    PennDesign Diversity Scholar

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  • 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.


    Associate AIA

    Alpha Rho Chi, Professional Architecture Fraternity, Domitian Chapter

  • 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.

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  • David von Stappenbeck

    David von Stappenbeck



    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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology


    NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) 

    Registered Architect in New Jersey


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

  • Congratulations to Jennie Himler who recently became a Registered Architect! Jennie joined KSS as an intern five years ago and has since become an invaluable member of our team (not to mention a co-recipient of 2020...
  • Scot Murdoch

    Scot Murdoch

    AIA, NCARB, 

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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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona

    Professional Affiliations

    NAIOP, the Commercial Real Estate Development Association

    Registered Architect in New Jersey

    Honors + Awards

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

    AIA NJ Young Architect of the Year, 2004

  • 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.


    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”

  • 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. 

  • 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,...
  • Mayva Donnon

    Mayva Donnon

    AIA, LEED AP, 

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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.


    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, 2004

    Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, Cum Laude, University of California, Berkeley, 1998

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect in 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

  • Sisi A. Powlick

    Sisi A. Powlick


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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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University


    Registered Architect in New York

  • Ed Klimek

    Ed Klimek

    AIA, NCARB, 

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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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Detroit

    Professional Affiliations

    NAIOP (National Association of Industrial and Office Properties)

    Urban Land Institute

    Registered Architect in New Jersey

    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.

  • Tia Ao

    Tia Ao

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    Tiakum Ao joined KSS Architects in 2020 to work on a design-build team for a large scale commercial project. Tiakum’s previous experience includes design-build private residential projects in Los Angeles California, Birmingham Alabama, and Manhattan New York. He received a bachelors in architectural design from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Tiakum strives to bring value to the KSS team with his experience in design, and construction.

  • 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...
  • Stephanie Breslin

    Stephanie Breslin

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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.


    Master of Science, Architecture, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

    Bachelor of Architecture, Marywood University

  • Allan Kehrt

    Allan Kehrt


    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.


    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

  • Tamara Glidewell

    Tamara Glidewell

    Financial Manager
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    Tamara is an accounting professional with over ten years of comprehensive experience. Her core competencies include, but are not limited to, budgeting and forecasting, month-end close, general ledger analysis, payroll, bank reconciliation, billing, sales commissions, accounts receivable, and accounts payable. She is always finding new ways to use her skills to support her colleagues at KSS so that operations run smoothly for each project the firm takes on. 

    As a business woman and proud mother, Tamara strives to set a strong example for her daughter. After years of being a full-time working, mother, she is in the process of rediscovering her interests and hobbies and is looking forward to witnessing her personal growth.


    Bachelor of Science in Management, The College of New Jersey

    Associate of Science in Accounting, Rowan College at Burlington County

  • 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....
  • 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. 

  • 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. 

  • Matthew H. McChesney

    Matthew H. McChesney

    AIA, LEED AP, 

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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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University

    Professional Affiliations

    Registered Architect in New Jersey

    U.S. Green Building Council, New Jersey

    LEED Accredited Professional (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)

    American Institute of Architects

  • Ben Buglovsky

    Ben Buglovsky


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    A passionate designer, Ben believes design and architecture should not only be collaborative but also multidisciplinary. He has always been fascinated by all areas of design, investigating different disciplines and expanding his education in architecture, sustainability, advertising, industrial design, and service design. Understanding that design is an emotional process, Ben embraces a focused design role in establishing the initial concept and design for many commercial and industrial projects. He emphasizes beginning the process with a “gesture” or emotional response to all contextual factors, and layering on exactitude. With his father as a carpenter and his grandfather a contractor, Ben hails from a legacy of builders, and owns his own business restoring vintage mid-century furniture and design. Ben’s mentality that a strong concept can and should be “scaled” or “scalable” resonates in all his works, influencing the design and details down to the scale of the furniture. Ben pairs a keen eye with comprehensive contextual understanding on every project, guiding design direction from inception to creation. 


    Master of Architecture, Savannah College of Art and Design

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

  • Ryan Kane

    Ryan Kane

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    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Architecture, Philadelphia 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,...
  • 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...
  • Rocky McClure

    Rocky McClure

    RA, NCARB, 

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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.


    2006 Alma Heinz and August Louis Pohland Graduate Fellowship

  • Alicia Heinsen

    Alicia Heinsen


    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. 


    AIA-NJ Intern Architect of the Year, 2015

  • 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. 

  • Stephanie Chandler

    Stephanie Chandler

    Marketing Manager
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    Stephanie’s passion has always been working with others to create a story that is not only informative but powerful to a specific audience. She loves to collaborate with others to find new ways to present information whether it is through graphics or a compelling story. Stephanie’s desire to tell a story through her work stems from her love of listening to all kinds of different stories. Whether it is through media, marketing packages, presentations, or proposals, the way you tell a story impacts the outcome. 

    Marketing sparks Stehanie’s inner artist and creativity. There are always new designs to explore, tools to use, and ideas to come up with. Creating visually appealing content is a great way to entice people to want to learn more about a brand or a project. She loves to help a team express their ideas in a visually appealing or written way to allow the message to resonate with audience members.

    When she is not working, Stephanie loves to spend time with her family and friends. You can always find Stephanie with a good book in hand, or listening to the latest true crime podcast.

    After spending more than 10 years in construction and project management, Stephanie wants to expand her knowledge in the industry and focus on architecture and design. She has always been attracted to the ideas of design and how spaces can impact people’s lives. She is excited for a team environment that encourages learning and collaboration, and eager to bring her proposals and marketing skills to KSS. Stephanie looks forward to serving in this marketing position and continuing to showcase the company in a positive light.


    Bachelor of Science in Communication, Bridgewater College

  • Jason Chmura

    Jason Chmura



    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


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

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


    Registerd Architect in 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

  • Sam Rubenstein

    Sam Rubenstein

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    Sam is a recent graduate of Penn State University (2020) and the University at Buffalo (2018). At Penn State, he had the opportunity to contribute to research involving the design of affordable, environmentally friendly, and flexible workspaces for craftsmen and merchants in Agbogbloshie, a commercial district in Accra, Ghana. For his graduate design thesis, he focused on the modification and re-use of single family homes in Huntington, West Virginia with the goal of a more coherent architectural language in sober-living communities in the wake of the Opioid Crisis. Sam also has experience working in transportation, working with clients like the MTA and the LIRR, he’s dedicated to using design as a tool to enhance community relationships and redefine the way the public experiences exciting spaces, which is what drew him to KSS.


    Master of Architecture, The Pennsylvania State University

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, The University at Buffalo


    Graduate Thesis Design Excellence Award, Honorable Mention, The Pennsylvania State University

  • Margaret Gregg

    Margaret Gregg

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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.  


    Master of Architecture, The University of Pennsylvania 

    Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics, Emory University

  • Petar Mattioni

    Petar Mattioni


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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.


    Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, Syracuse University

    Professional Affiliation

    Associate AIA Architects member

    U.S. Green Building Council

    LEED Accredited Professional

    Community Service

    ACE Mentor Program

    Infill Philadelphia: Food Access. Community Design Collaborative

    Registered Architect in Pennsylvania

    Architectural Juries

    Philadelphia University

  • Jesse Wilks

    Jesse Wilks


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    My passion for architecture is rooted in its ability to enrich and add meaning to the everyday moments and experiences of our lives - moments that we might otherwise take for granted or fail to notice: the opening of a door, the climbing of a flight of stairs, the transition from darkness to a space filled with light. My favorite spaces are those that engage multiple senses, yet do so quietly and thoughtfully. 
    When not busy with architecture, I am happiest climbing a mountain or descending into a canyon.

  • 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...
  • Alex D'Aversa

    Alex D'Aversa


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    Having worked previously in both industrial/engineering design and restaurant/retail architectural design, I understand the importance of detail in shaping our perception of space and creating buildings that last. I  collaborate 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 my 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. 

    I chose KSS because it is the intersection of many diverse people with diverse backgrounds that all share a passion for architecture. Each person brings a different perspective to the table and challenges one another to refine our craft and to do great work.


  • 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...
  • Ryan Drummond

    Ryan Drummond

    AIA, LEED AP, 

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    Master of Architecture, Cornell University

    Bachelor of Architecture, Temple University

  • 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.


    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)

  • 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...
  • Ben Poulin

    Ben Poulin

    I originally came to KSS because of their attention to design and an understanding of what great design can do for their client, whether it be changing or refining an image, great new functional space, or branding and identity, KSS works with the client to figure out what they want and need and this drew me to them.  You could tell there was a great passion for the work across the whole office and that there is a great pride in everything that is put in front of a client, it has been a great place to grow, learn and develop as a designer.  

    I have always had a passion for creating and it has always been a driving force throughout my life. The design of a space, painting, furniture making, sculpting, photography, cooking, etc. there is nothing better than having a vision and putting it down in a medium which people can use, enjoy, or experience, and to share that has been a great pleasure.

    There are a wealth of things which inspire me to be creative, books, other artists, great design, but the thing which inspires me the most is just nature and being outdoors. There is a lot of beautiful landscapes, habitats, trails and ranges to explore, climb, or just visit and being in these spaces is really refreshing and awe inspiring at times.  

    When not working, my favorite place to be is in the mountains and woods, I love hiking, rock-climbing, fishing, camping, anything that gets me in the outdoors. Doing these things and being in these places are really refreshing, and make it apparent that the design of everything is really important in how a person perceives and experiences it object or space and the impression that it leaves upon a person.  

  • 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...
  • Josie Venton-Gough

    Josie Venton-Gough

    HR Coordinator
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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.


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

  • Andrew Sniderman

    Andrew Sniderman


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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.



    Bachelor of Architecture, Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati, College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning 


    Registered Architect in New York


    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


    “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

  • Bri Dazio

    Bri Dazio


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    A recent graduate of Virginia Tech, Bri is excited to officially begin her career as an interior designer. From a young age, Bri always knew she wanted to pursue design, most likely the result from watching Extreme Makeover: Home Edition episodes. 

    At school, Bri discovered a passion for the marriage of design and education. While her senior thesis involved the creation of a middle school in Boston, Bri also focused her efforts on educating herself and her peers on the design industry through her involvement in the student chapters of ASID and IIDA on campus. In these organizations, Bri served as a mentor for underclassmen, creating an opportunity to teach and learn from others, an opportunity she is excited to further pursue at KSS. 

    On those rare occasions when Bri was not in studio, she was as active on Virginia Tech’s campus, through photographing The Marching Virginians at football games, providing tours to potential students as a college ambassador, and enjoying the beautiful landscape of Blacksburg.  

    While Bri will now cheer on the Virginia Tech Hokies from the comfort of her couch, she is thrilled to learn more about interior design as a member of the KSS team!


    Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

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  • Jennie Himler

    Jennie Himler


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    Being an architect to me isn’t a profession, but a lifestyle.  I love 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 I create during my career is imaginative, inspired by its surroundings, and rarely untouched by at least a few other hands and minds.

    I am 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.


  • Kyle Rendall

    Kyle Rendall


    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.


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


    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

  • Beth Emig

    Beth Emig

    RA, LEED AP BD+C, 


    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. 


    Bachelor of Architecture, Temple University 

  • Rachael L. Kulish

    Rachael L. Kulish

    Summer Intern
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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.


    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (ongoing)

    Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Missouri


    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


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  • Jessica Mangin

    Jessica Mangin

    RA, LEED AP BD+C, 


    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.

  • Becker Raab

    Becker Raab


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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. 

  • Jenna Schuster

    Jenna Schuster


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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.



    Bachelor of Architecture, Drexel University


    Registered Architect in Pennsylvania

    National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)