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.

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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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  • Kaia Schroding

    Kaia Schroding

    Marketing Coordinator

    For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a love affair with stories and language. I devoured books, replayed songs on a loop to the dismay of my family and friends, and wrote on any scrap of paper I could find. Words are so important because they can help convey the innumerable emotions, thoughts, hopes, and dreams that speed through our minds each day. My passion for stories drives my pursuit of new ways to connect people with people, people with ideas, and people with places, which is most likely why I found marketing such an appealing career path. My hobbies include writing about, researching, and experimenting with mental and physical health and wellness, as well as geek/pop culture and humor pieces; reading as many books as possible; photography; hiking; singing; and DIY projects.

     

    Having so many creative outlets helps me stay inspired to keep creating in different ways and to continue to learn and grow in my career and as an individual. I am drawn to creative projects that impact the lives of others in a positive way, and seeing the work KSS has done, and the dedication to their craft that they exude, made me want to join this group of passionate people who are dedicated to connecting to the end users with their work and community involvement. I was thrilled to join the KSS team and experience a culture that allows me to keep the creative juices flowing, tackle new challenges, and be with peers who care so deeply about the work that they do. 

  • 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.

  • Vince Martorano

    Vince Martorano

    Controller
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    A perfectionist by nature, Vince is captivated by the truth of numbers. In the totaling, subtracting, multiplication, and division of facts and figures, Vince is fascinated by the exciting stories that numbers tell through complex relationships. He measures four times where others may only measure twice. Vince is drawn to his profession and KSS because of his ability to enact precision in seeing the future, and help colleagues project the outcomes of projects and the trajectory of the firm. With Vince’s expertise, the success or failure of a project can be blueprinted in the numbers. Accordingly, Vince takes his interest in KSS beyond the screen and his desk, preferring to be out and about learning about projects first-hand.

    Vince views his role at KSS as more than a typical Controller, and he elevates his role by sitting in design presentations, expanding his knowledge about moisture control and how high performance glazing impacts mechanical loads of a building. With open eyes to the full workings within and around KSS, Vince breaks traditional boundaries by observing the numbers that feed his responsibilities in physical brick, mortar, steel, and the human relationships that nourish the firm.

  • Alicia Weaver

    Alicia Weaver

    AIA, LEED BD+C, 

    Associate

    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 over a 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. 

    HONORS + AWARDS

    AIA-NJ Intern Architect of the Year, 2015

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  • Bri Dazio

    Bri Dazio

    Interior Designer
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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!

    EDUCATION 

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

  • 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.  

  • Mounir Tawadrous

    Mounir Tawadrous

    RA, LEED AP, 

    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. 

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  • Pamela Lucas Rew

    Pamela Lucas Rew

    FAIA, 

    Partner
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    Pam strives for architecture that reflects the history, place, and potential of each client and project. She brings a clear understanding of the dynamics of contemporary life and the value of ritual to every project. Her design sensitivity has helped the firm produce award-winning buildings that surpass client expectations. Pam works to balance the needs and desires of the many constituents in an institution: administration, faculty, students, and the public. The result is a building that accommodates the client’s program in a uniquely expressive space. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

    Education

    Master of Architecture, University of Virginia

    Bachelor of Arts, High Honors, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Professional Affiliations

    SCUP (Society for College and University Planning)

    ERAPPA (Eastern Region Association of Higher Education Facilities Officers)

    Registered Architect in New Jersey and Pennsylvania

  • 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. 

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Science in Architecture, New Jersey Institute of Technology 

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Construction Roundtable Scholarship Award

  • Jason Chmura

    Jason Chmura

    AIA, LEED AP BD+C, 

    Senior Associate

    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

    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

  • Caitlin Feroce

    Caitlin Feroce

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    The normals, the ways set in place, statuses; allow for antiquated information to fit inside small boxes. Releasing the limits of these things enables the “abnormalities” to have space. This is when the extraordinary has room to take root. My goal is to reorganize safe conditions. To redevelop, interpret, and allow the irregular to shape our world. It is only in listening to the marginalized that new thoughts can shake the mundane.

     I am driven by every old place I revisit.

    Every new place I greet.

    People I have grown up to love.

    People I have met for a day.

    These things give me hope.

  • Michelle Sloan

    Michelle Sloan

    Music inspires me to be creative.  Its emotional qualities can bring out different types of art and ideas.

    I love smaller scale building types, such as housing because it allows me to focus more on the details.  I love working closely with others to solve problems and figure out solutions.  I am passionate about being a part of helping others find happiness through architecture by improving their quality of life.  Being involved in the happiness of a person or family is inspiring and rewarding. 

    I love scrapbooking, photography, painting, and exercising.  Scrapbooking, photography, and painting are all forms of art that allow me to see and utilize my creative thoughts differently.  By focusing creative energy in different ways, it helps my skills to grow and influence architecture in new ways.  Exercising provide me with positive energy.  Because of it, I feel accomplished and more motivated to start my work day productively.   

    Commends Thesis Award - Boston Architectural College, Spring 2015

    Alumni Association Scholarship - Boston Architectural, Spring 2013

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  • Don Kim

    Don Kim

    AIA, LEED AP, 

    Senior Project Architect
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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.

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    American Institute of Architects 

    LEED Accredited Professional

    Registered Architect in California

    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

  • 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.

  • Scot Murdoch

    Scot Murdoch

    AIA, 

    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

    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

  • Fatima Raza

    Fatima Raza

    Office Clerk
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    Fatima has lived in the Princeton area since she was very young, moving here after spending the first five years of her life in Hamilton, NJ. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with friends and family, taking road trips, exploring, sketching, designing, and photography. She expresses her passion for her community and helping people by being a student leader in community service. She is the leader of Think Pink, a breast cancer awareness organization, and is a member of Red Cross. As an avid member of her local community, Fatima also volunteers at Acorn Glen, a retirement home in Princeton. When she’s not volunteering, you’ll find Fatima out on the field playing lacrosse or taking photos – some of which have been published in the Princeton High School Photography Magazine!

    Fatima likes KSS because of the great working environment and the supportive people who are always there to help. She came to KSS for experience and to find her path and after working with the incredible people at the firm, she is so thankful to be a part of the KSS family. 

    EDUCATION 

    Princeton High School Graduate

    NJIT Architecture Student

  • 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 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 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 in New Jersey

    Honors + Awards

    Gold Medal for Architectural Design

    American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal

  • Kaitlin Gillespie

    Kaitlin 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.

  • Ben Buglovsky

    Ben Buglovsky

    LEED AP, 

    Architectural Designer
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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. 

    EDUCATION 

    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 

  • Madison Murray

    Madison Murray

    Summer Intern
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    Madison is a dedicated graduate student pursuing a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the Rhode Island School of Design. Being a Southern California native and growing up on the beach has left her with an everlasting love, and passion, for environmental sustainability and overall ecological awareness. By combining that passion with her love for all things art and design, Madison has found herself in a profession that embodies all the above. In every project, she aims to seamlessly integrate elements of art, design, and science to create functional and aesthetic landscapes that portray the unique personality of each site and stay relevant for years to come.  

    In her final year at RISD, Madison will specifically be experimenting with how to reimagine, revitalize, and restore wetlands in Kolkata, India, so that they may promote social, economic, and environmental sustainability. These threatened wetlands were once home to a self-sustaining, all natural waste-water treatment system that filtered Kolkata’s waste-water, fostered fish-farming and aquaculture practices, and retained the excess water from extreme weather events that would otherwise flood the city. She hopes that this exploration will provide the field of Landscape Architecture with new knowledge regarding how wetlands can provide the services needed to mitigate some of the world’s most pressing issues, such as environmental and social justice, climate change, and sea level rise. 

    Madison chose KSS because of their cross-disciplinary approach to design and is excited to work with people from all different backgrounds. She hopes to grow as student and future practitioner, as well as create a new base of knowledge to pull from during her final year at RISD. 

    EDUCATION

    Master of Science in Landscape Architecture, Rhode Island School of Design, expected graduation May 2019

    Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts and Spanish, Lafayette College

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Helen Hackney McColl Design Award, 2018

    Thomas G. Yohe Memorial Prize, 2016

  • Brittany Glidewell

    Brittany Glidewell

    Accounting Intern
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    Brittany was born in Texas and moved to central New Jersey when she was 3 years old. Now 19, Brittany enjoys reading –especially poems and novels. Whether it be for school or for pleasure, Brittany can’t put down a good book. She loves playing with her 2 dogs and 1 cat and uses painting and makeup as creative outlets, but really, anyting art-related is enjoyable to Brittany. For the past year, she has been very focused on her education and earned her associate’s degree in a year after graduating from high school. Brittany is going to continue her education at The College of New Jersey, studying business management. Her general plan is to end up going to law school after graduating from TCNJ and then use what she learns to help imact the world in a positive way. 

    EDUCATION 

    Business Management, The College of New Jersey, current student

    Associate in Accounting, Rowan College at Burlington County

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  • Jordan Mrazik

    Jordan Mrazik

    RA

    I am passionate about contextualized thought- things that belong to specific people at particular times.  Memory, color, syntax and shadow.

    I find inspiration in open windows and fresh air.  In my mind there are few things better than grass beneath my feet.

    Observation is my continual pursuit. I believe in discovery through photography, drawing, music, cinema and literature. I walk everywhere. Time and space, place and occasion.

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  • Yves Gauthier

    Yves Gauthier

    LEED AP BC+C, OAQ, 

    Senior Architect
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  • 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

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  • Harrison Werner

    Harrison Werner

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    I was drawn to the field of architecture because I enjoyed both the problem solving aspects of design and the constant opportunities to learn. In graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis I had the opportunity to spend a semester in Finland, during which I gained an appreciation for Aalto, Saarinen, and other Nordic architects. After graduation I chose to work at KSS because of their strong design portfolio and because of the interesting people that I met at the firm. Outside of architecture I am passionate about running and have finished several marathons.

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  • Rocky McClure

    Rocky McClure

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    Originally from Pennsylvania, Rocky has gained considerable international experience working and living in the United Kingdom, Italy, and Canada. Throughout his career, he has contributed to projects in the commercial, educational, residential, and infrastructure sectors. Rocky has a comprehensive background in maintaining the balance between building design aspirations and practical system performance implications. Rocky’s interest in KSS stems from the practice’s expertise in industrial architecture, where clarity and efficiency of design helps to reconcile complex technical and functional requirements. He believes that architecture should strive for an order based on simplicity and accessibility for those intended to use it.

    HONORS + AWARDS

    2006 Alma Heinz and August Louis Pohland Graduate Fellowship


  • Peter Maffei

    Peter Maffei

    Summer Intern

    Peter grew up in Plainsboro, New Jersey, and currently studies Architecture at Syracuse University. Aside from architecture, he is extremely passionate about travel and history being drawn to the diversity of cultures and experiences one might encounter. Peter fashions himself a foodie and enjoys trying new cuisines on his travels. He developed a taste for gelato during his semester studying architecture in Italy, as well as the works of Caravaggio and the church designs of Francesco Borromini. 

     Although Peter found himself liking Baroque forms of art and architecture, he also embraces modernity and is most influenced by the work of Mies Van Der Rohe, and Rem Koolhaas. In the fall semester, Peter will travel with Syracuse University to London to continue his architectural studies abroad. Peter chose KSS because of the number of fantastic people working there and interesting projects in their portfolio.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Architecture, Syracuse University, expected graduation 2020

  • 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. 

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  • 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

    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.

  • Stephanie Breslin

    Stephanie Breslin

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    I am 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. I look at space differently than I did before I got into architecture. Everything is seen differently through the eye of a designer and the approach she can make to make spaces better benefit the intended user. I appreciate good design and the radiating effect that comes with it. 

    I am inspired by the way architecture is represented visually. The visualization portion of architecture allows a metaphysical idea to be brought to life through atmospheric renderings, clear and concise diagrams, and any other drawings needed to explain the design. A great idea tells a story and that story needs to be shown. 

    When I am not working I enjoy being with family and friends, creating artwork, traveling, graphic design, going golfing, cycling, and experiencing public space. These hobbies influence my career by experiencing different cultures, enabling creativity, and focusing on relaxation.

    I chose KSS because of the high quality of design that is achieved through creative collaboration of both the design team and the relationships formed with the client and the community in which the project supports. These connections are the nucleus of creating architecture and spaces that are well developed, and detail driven for the specific client. KSS brings a vibrant and energetic approach to the field by extracting the many viable resources it has from its talented staff.  I would not want to be anywhere other than KSS to start my post graduate career. 

  • Jessica Mangin

    Jessica Mangin

    Jessica Mangin is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture. Working at KSS has allowed her to join a team environment that encourages learning and collaboration across the office, both of which were important in her choosing KSS. She is passionate about high performance architecture and has specifically researched energy efficient standards such as Passive House abroad. Her interest in the dialogue between built environments and natural landscapes is also influenced by spending much of her free time in the outdoors. As an outdoor enthusiast, Jessica tries to get outside the city and unplug as often as she can to experience new and exciting outdoors destinations.

  • Juliet M. Geldi

    Juliet M. Geldi

    RA, 

    Associate
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    I have a diverse design background that includes museum and exhibit design, stormwater management planning, and time spent as a principal of a small firm focused on high-end residential projects.

    I came to KSS to return to work on public buildings.  I still hold to the modernist belief that beauty can enhance people’s lives, and that the beauty that comes from a well-designed building should be accessible to all people.  I enjoy the sense of energy in this office that comes from seeing my peers empowered to positively contribute to the work of the firm.  Within architecture, materials and detailing are my favorite part of the design process.

    Outside of the office, I am passionate about biking—as a spectator sport, a hobby for exercise, and as my favorite mode of transportation.  In good weather, nothing beats a ride along the Schuylkill as the way to start my day.  I devote volunteer time as chair of the property committee at St. Clement’s Church, and have recently started working with community leaders in my home neighborhood of East Falls to help make our downtown more vibrant.

    EDUCATION

    Masters of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelors of Science in Engineering, Civil Engineering Systems, University of Pennsylvania
    magna cum laude

    HONORS + AWARDS

    E. Lewis Dales Traveling Fellowship

    Part of Grand Prize winning team, Van Alen Institute’s “Urban Voids” Competition

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  • Emma Ignaszewski

    Emma Ignaszewski

    Writer | Curator | Creative Strategist
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    Emma supports ideation & visioning as a voice for the core idea of a creative project at critical moments from early stages through to celebration of the completed built environment. With expertise in strategic messaging, storytelling, and exploratory research, her work helps to nurture a pool of diverse ideas that add value to projects by making them rigorous, rich in meaning, and resonant to communities of all scales.

    At KSS, Emma works to cultivate an active debate about what makes for good design, provides ways to model ideation processes, and builds a creative conscience in the firm that helps us live our vision and values.

    As a champion of ideas and storytelling, Emma is also involved in TED initiatives as Chief of Curation at TEDxCarnegieLake and Founder of TEDxCortland, curating speakers and helping them identify, evolve, and express their ideas worth spreading.

  • Connie Ling

    Connie Ling

    I love KSS. It’s like my extended family. We have a lot of respect for each other and our neighborhood. Every now and then, I helped out with homes by Habitat for Humanity which KSS participated.

    I enjoy working with numbers which is part of my daily work and saving our resources. I believe in the idea of being green and sustainability which KSS fully supports. After all, we only have one Earth we live in – take good care of it.

    I’m very interested in real estate, especially assisting people to find their dream homes. Through it, I learn about people’s need, different types of homes construction, rules regulations and a lot more. Since architecture is planned, designed and built for the needs of the people and communities, I love KSS who does just that in satisfying its clients all the time.

    Professional Affiliations

    National Association of Realtors

    New Jersey Association of Realtors

  • Rebecca Hale

    Rebecca Hale

    Rebecca Hale came to be with KSS after graduating from the esteemed Interior Architecture program from the University of North Carolina. Though her degree reflects her dedication to creating highly conceptual designs for corporate interiors, Rebecca’s journey to practicing interior design has been a collection of interests and disciplines interwoven together to create a comprehensive knowledge from art and fashion to interior design. What started as exposure from her upbringing between artists, interior designers, graphic designers, to fashion designers within her family, Rebecca understands the importance of design in everyday life. It’s through her ability to recognize beauty and inspiration in the everyday to be able to contribute concepts and ideas that translate into strong designs. In addition to thinking abstractly, Rebecca has a strong intuitiveness into what her clients envision. Her ability to communicate her ideas clearly has led her to be a leader within design groups in her past, and encourage those around her to see things differently. Through her designs, Rebecca aims to deliver a finished project that articulates her client’s feelings and ideas while using her wide background of knowledge to create a design that is truly unique and efficient.

    EDUCATION

    Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture, University of North Carolina Greensboro

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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. 

  • 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”

  • 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.

     

  • Beth Emig

    Beth Emig

    RA, LEED AP BD+C, 

    Associate

    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 

  • Katlin Gagliardi

    Katlin Gagliardi

    Project Accountant
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    Katlin is passionate about following her mantra: No matter where life brings you to always be true to yourself and who you are as a person. Outside of work, she does a lot as an individual. Katlin plays on a co-ed softball team because it makes her feel good about herself, helps her stay in shape, and gives her a clear mind. 

    Katlin chose KSS because she loves designing and being in an environment that opens her mind to new opportunities and ways to go about life. She is looking forward to a career at KSS where she can continue to grow every day as a person and become more knowledgeable.

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Fairleigh Dickinson University 

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  • Illa Labroo

    Illa Labroo

    Architectural Associate
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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. 

  • 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)

  • David von Stappenbeck

    David von Stappenbeck

    AIA, 

    Senior Associate

    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

    NCARB (National Council of Architectural Registration Boards) 

    Registered Architect in New Jersey

    PUBLICATIONS + PRESENtATIONS

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

  • Petar Mattioni

    Petar Mattioni

    AIA, LEED AP, 

    Partner
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    Petar employs a practical design methodology that balances design with client objectives, technical coordination, and effective project execution. His dedication and acute power of observation enhance his design abilities. Petar is involved in all aspects of the project, including planning and design research. His thoroughness has enabled him to excel in all project phases, including programming, code research, schematic design, design development, construction documentation, constructability review, and construction administration.

    An active member of the Philadelphia community, Petar works with several non-profit organizations including the ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor Program, which introduces high school students to careers in the building and architectural professions.

    Education

    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

  • Merilee Meacock

    Merilee Meacock

    AIA, PP, LEED AP, 

    Partner
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    Merilee has become a leader in the educational design community. She has assisted large and small organizations find new building sites, made recommendations for planning new campuses, and designed improvements to make existing buildings more functional and dynamic. She is steadfast in developing a team approach in the design and construction of every project. Her broad-minded yet grounded ideas provide excellent leadership to handle challenges. Devoted to her clients and to her projects, Merilee often becomes the driver who makes the projects happen. She helps clients realize their highest potential by creating a legacy of places that are inspirational, comfortable and functional for all.

    Outside of the office, Merilee is involved with hands on design and construction for a variety of design-build projects, including historic renovation. She is active in her community and enjoys spending time outdoors with her three young sons.

    Education

    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

  • Sheila Nall

    Sheila Nall

    ASID, LEED AP, 

    Principal
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    Sheila has more than 30 years experience designing corporate environments for companies and institutions throughout the U.S. Her design ability allows her to see potential in all spaces, and to create beautiful, unique environments that meet, and often exceed, her clients’ expectations. Her management ability allows her to lead and collaborate with teams of coworkers, consultants and contractors to complete complex and highly technical projects that delight and inspire her clients. Sheila believes that before her clients can benefit from her knowledge, she must first learn much from and about them. Her dedication to providing a listening ear and exemplary service has led to the creation of successful, functional and beautiful environments for a myriad of clients.

    Education

    Bachelor of Science in Design, Magna Cum Laude, University of Cincinnati

    Professional Affiliations

    Certified Interior Designer, NCIDQ

    ASID, New Jersey Chapter

    President, ICREW, New Jersey Chapter

    CORENET, New Jersey Chapter

    Honors + Awards

    ASID Lucille Morgan Award for Service to the Profession

    DuPont Design Award: Resurgens

    Georgia Chapter ASID: Design Award Resurgens

    National ASID Honorable Mention: Design Award Resurgens

  • Ryan Kane

    Ryan Kane

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    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Architecture, Philadelphia University 

  • Namrata Barbhaiya

    Namrata Barbhaiya

    Intern Architect
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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. 

  • Justin Konicek

    Justin Konicek

    Inspiration can come from anything, but what drives me to design is the opportunity to reframe everyday objects, habits, or places and turn them into something more than just that.  This is why I find architecture to be such a compelling form of design; it is a universal presence shaping everyone’s lives from the house we grow up in to the city that we live in.  But as architects, we have the opportunity to explore reinterpretations and approach any situation with a critical eye – followed by the challenge to make it a reality.

    A critical approach is something of a blessing and a curse.  It is something that, after years of schooling, always finds its way into other interests.  Weekends spent brewing beer, evenings in the kitchen, and house remodeling have turned into weekends contemplating what goes into the formula and why.  While this approach certainly requires more time than off-the-shelf solutions, it allows a deeper understanding of the craft: a reward that you wouldn’t get from always following the directions.  An ongoing project that I believe embodies this energy is Paul Barbera’s “Where They Work” photo series – a long running look into the offices and workspaces of creatives all over the world.

    What made KSS the obvious choice for me was the immediate sense that all of my coworkers are naturally friendly people with their own interests.  And it was clear that these interests, passions, and backgrounds are traits that each designer carries into the work that they shape.

    Honors + Awards

    2013 Kossman Thesis Award Recipient

    John Stewardson Memorial Fellowship Recipient

    Publications + Presentations

    Bering Strait Bridge Competition

    Wind Turbine Integration Symposium

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  • Jason Baiocchi

    Jason Baiocchi

    Associate AIA, 

    Architectural Designer
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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.      

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Associate AIA

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  • 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

  • Katie Giminaro

    Katie Giminaro

    Summer Intern
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    Katie just completed her second year studying Environmental Interior Design at Syracuse University. At a young age she gained an interest for interior design; hoping that this interest would lead to a potential career. Prior to studying at Syracuse, Katie attended programs at FIT, Drexel and Parsons in order to gain a foundation in design. While at school she is an active member of student ASID and strives to make the design industry a part of her learning experience. She also enjoys being a part of organizations on campus that support women’s empowerment. Katie actively works to support her community through fundraising and creating awareness for the Vera House, a women’s shelter in Syracuse. 

    Katie is passionate about working with people. She hopes to create change by establishing the importance of kindness and bringing people of diverse backgrounds together through her designs. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career that combines her interests in both design and communications. Commercial design as well as community based projects are most interesting to her. Katie believes it is important in the design field to understand human dynamics in order to connect with the individuals that inhabit the spaces we design. Empathy is a crucial part of any industry and she hopes that by combining her passions she will be able to make a difference. 

    Outside of the studio Katie enjoys travel, exploring the outdoors and spending time with family. Trips across Europe from Prague, Paris and Rome have furthered her curiosity regarding the impact of art and design on a global scale. She believes that travel is essential in order to understand the history behind styles, techniques and cultures. Katie hopes to continue her travels to other continents in order to become a well-rounded designer. 

    Katie is from Plainsboro, NJ, and was looking for an opportunity to design for her own community. She chose KSS because of the company’s welcoming environment and “can do” attitude. Katie is looking to improve her techniques and get first-hand experience conducting field work, designing spaces and collaborating with other visionaries. Katie is excited to be a part of the team as she hopes to grow as a student and future designer!

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Interior Design, Syracuse University, expected graduation 2020

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Student ASID

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  • Kyle Rendall

    Kyle Rendall

    AIA, 

    Associate
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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

    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

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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

    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

  • Angelo Capobianco

    Angelo Capobianco

    Summer Intern
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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 himself teaching architecture studios one day.

    Angelo is a fourth year student at 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.

  • Becker Raab

    Becker Raab

    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. 

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  • Mayva Donnon

    Mayva Donnon

    AIA, LEED AP, 

    Principal
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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, 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

  • 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.

  • David Friedman

    David Friedman

    AIA, LEED AP BD+C, 

    Senior Associate

    With a diverse background and a deep understanding of all facets of design and construction, David is a firm believer that the built environment can improve people’s lives. Having worked in all phases of design—from programming to construction documentation—he understands the collaboration necessary to create exceptional places. As an architect, carpenter and furniture designer, he loves to see how things come together—from figuring out the detail and connection of materials, to working with the team, seeing the finished built work and serving the community at large. For David, design is a collective effort, bringing together client, user, architect and builder. He brings a sustainable perspective to every project and prior to joining KSS managed a nonprofit dedicated to the reduction, reuse and recycling of building materials.

    Education

    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Sociology, New York University

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania

    Honors + Awards

    Woodman Design Competition Award Winner, University of Pennsylvania

    Melhorn Award in Theory, University of Pennsylvania

    AIA/AAF Professional Scholarship, University of Pennsylvania

  • Jennie Himler

    Jennie Himler

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    Jennie Himler has been working in the architectural field for 7+ years.  I am from the suburbs of Washington D.C. in northern Virginia.  I moved to Philadelphia to study architecture at Drexel University and I am currently in my fifth year of studies.

    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.

    I choose to KSS because of their high standard of excellence in design and dedication to building a relationship with the client and bringing their thoughts and ideas to life. My goal is to give to those in need of design, both work and philosophy, and empower them to use their own resources to impact their future.  I think my desires align with the values of KSS and I love working with a team that attracts the best clients and is enthusiastic about creating beautiful spaces that pull people together.

     

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  • Grace Braganza

    Grace Braganza

    Marketing Coordinator
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    Historic architecture is a riveting subject for Grace and her adoration for art history and the fine arts has driven her to focus on how different forms of art have shaped our present. For Grace, art and architecture are mediums she uses to grasp the depth and integrity of the past, and are outlets she continually references when challenged with comprehending significant instances of past eras. Her excitement encompassing architectural history has led Grace to work toward the field of historic preservation.

    Grace moved to London, England to receive a global perspective on preservation policies and sustainable building techniques and it was here where she nurtured her knowledge in adaptive reuse approaches for rehabilitating historic structures. While living and touring abroad, Grace witnessed the various conditions of European cities – from vibrant and thriving to impoverished and recovering, heightening her desire to care for our nation and preserve our country’s heritage.

    As she progressed in learning about architecture and preservation, Grace realized she has a knack for graphic designing and document layouts. At KSS, Grace has found a creative outlet that challenges her illustrative mindset and weaves it together with her marketing experience in one! Grace sees KSS as a home where she can interact with a collective of like-minded professionals and a hub that will enhance her skills and satiate her yearning for architecture and preservation involvement.

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Arts in Historical and Sustainable Architecture, New York University

    Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts with a concentration in Art History and Architectural History, Washington State University

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Alpha Rho Chi, Professional Architecture Fraternity, Sostratus Chapter

  • Vinay Ingle

    Vinay Ingle

    Architectural Associate
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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

  • Nicole Criscenzo

    Nicole Criscenzo

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    Nicole received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Philadelphia University. 

    She believes in taking a holistic approach to the design process. Nicole has an excellent understanding of how built spaces can affect users both physically and mentally, and strives to create interiors that promote occupant well being. She has a strong interest in both corporate and higher education design and enjoys all phases of projects.

    Out side of the office, Nicole likes to travel both locally and out of the country. She enjoys hiking, kayaking and exploring new places.

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  • Mariela Hernandez

    Mariela Hernandez

    Summer Intern
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    Mariela hopes to make an impact on communities of lower-income through design that is inclusive and generates a collaborative spirit. She 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 enjoys traveling and visiting parks which influences her understanding of urban design and public space. 

    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, University of Pennsylvania

    Bachelor of Design in Architecture, University of Florida

    PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

    Penn Design Women in Architecture (PDWIA)

    HONORS + AWARDS

    Will M. Melhorn Scholar

    PennDesign Diversity Scholar 

  • Jaime Hammond

    Jaime Hammond

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    Jaime has a broad range of both interior design and sustainable planning experience. She has extensive experience working in commercial, multi-family, and hospitality projects; from early conceptual development through construction completion. Her passion for both sustainability and design brings and unmatched level of dedication to each project. Her comprehensive background in space planning, sustainability, and construction allows Jaime to deliver a beautiful, healthy, and efficient space while executing precise construction detailing. Jaime has worked on projects throughout the U.S. and has maintained wide ranging relationships with past and present clients, companies, and institutions.

  • 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.

    EDUCATION 

    Bachelor of Science in Management, The College of New Jersey

    Associate of Science in Accounting, Rowan College at Burlington County

  • Jingwen Luo

    Jingwen Luo

    Summer Intern
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    Jingwen is passionate about traveling and strolling through city streets and alleyways. The explorative experiences and discoveries she has made in the urban environment is the drive behind her design. She is interested in the intersection among art, architecture, and urbanism, and hopes to find languages and principles that transcend different media and inspire new ways of experiencing space and social interaction. 

    She chose to work at KSS because of its diversity in project types and range of scales. Jingwen also likes KSS’s emphasis on community building and public engagement. While with KSS, she is looking forward to learning more about the design process, realistic design challenges, and design considerations that are crucial for making public and communal spaces. 

    EDUCATION 

    Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, first year