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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  • 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.

  • 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.


    Bachelor of Science in Accounting, Fairleigh Dickinson 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.  

  • 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

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  • 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

  • Sheila Nall

    Sheila Nall


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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.


    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 Drummond

    Ryan Drummond


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    Master of Architecture, Cornell University

    Bachelor of Architecture, Temple University

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  • 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

  • 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”

  • 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 engender 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 hopes 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 snuggling her family’s goldendoodle puppy, Reilly.  


    LEED Green Associate 

  • 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 integrity of the past and are outlets she continually references when challenged with comprehending history. 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 developing graphics and document layouts. At KSS, Grace has found an outlet that challenges her creative mindset and weaves it together with her marketing experience in one—seeing KSS as a home where she can interact with a collective of like-minded professionals and a hub that will enhance her skills and fulfill her appetite for architecture and preservation involvement.


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

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


    Alpha Rho Chi, Professional Architecture Fraternity, Sostratus Chapter

  • 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.


  • Newly renovated and expanded, Foundation Collegiate Academy High School in Trenton, NJ is officially open! 🎉 An extended Information Commons serves as a transition space from the outside world into this community of...
  • Architecture + Psychology = built environments that support human wellness.  KSS Partner Merilee Meacock spoke at last week’s @aiaphiladelphia Forum on Architecture + Design alongside clinical psychologist and...
  • This morning in the Bronx—KSS joined Neighborhood Charter School and American Dream Charter School in celebrating their new home—Congratulations! #ribboncutting ✂️ . #charterschool #design @ncschools
  • Alicia Heinsen

    Alicia Heinsen

    AIA, LEED BD+C, 

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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 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. 


    AIA-NJ Intern Architect of the Year, 2015

  • Jason Chmura

    Jason Chmura


    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


    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

  • David von Stappenbeck

    David von Stappenbeck


    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.


    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

  • Shruti Altekar

    Shruti Altekar


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    Shruti has always been inspired by the positive impact Architects and Urban Designers can create on the built environment. She believes in taking a holistic approach to design, in order to achieve a harmonious balance between place, community and ecology. Great Urban Design is largely shaped by the spaces between buildings, and therefore Shruti’s Architecture background helps bring a unique perspective to Urban Design projects. The urban designer’s greatest role is to bring out the story of a place, and that has been Shruti’s major endeavor in her past career.


    While growing up in Mumbai, India, Shruti came across many instances of parks and community spaces being demolished to make way for another high rise building. While pursuing her Bachelor of Architecture degree in Mumbai, her interest began developing in being sensitive to the context while designing an architecture project, and looking at a building as part of a larger fabric. This interest quickly grew into wanting to learn more about how Urban Designers have the ability to shape development patterns in cities. Her Masters Degree in Urban Design at the University of Texas at Austin was a very enriching experience, one that equipped her to develop an interdisciplinary and balanced approach to development. The Central Park in New York is her favorite place to be, and she is fascinated by its design and success as a public space.


    Shruti chose KSS because of their multi-disciplinary approach to design, combined with a diverse skill set and team spirit everyone brings to the table. She believes that there is something to learn from everyone she meets, and that the learning process continues throughout life. She hopes to grow as an Urban Designer, and contribute towards creating vibrant, sensitively planned cities.


    Her hobbies include watercolor painting, coffee painting, reading and traveling. She has a blog called ‘Yours Florally’ in which she paints motivational quotes in watercolor florals.


    Master of Science in Urban Design, The University of Texas at Austin

    Bachelor of Architecture, University of Mumbai, India


    American Planning Association 

  • 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.


  • 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 

  • 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 

  • 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

  • Samah Mubin

    Samah Mubin

    Market Research Analyst
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    Samah recently graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Economics. She previously interned at Isles, Inc. in Trenton, where she formed an interest in urban design and planning. On a study abroad trip to India this past January, she developed an appreciation for historical sites and building design as she visited places like Amber Fort, the Taj Mahal, and Fatehpur Sikri. In her spare time, Samah enjoys reading, trying new things, and spending time with her friends.

    She was drawn to KSS for its commitment to enhancing the communities in which it builds and is very excited to learn and grow in her role here.


    Bachelor of Science in Economics, The College of New Jersey 

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  • Pamela Lucas Rew

    Pamela Lucas Rew


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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.


    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

  • Congratulations to our very own Dan Van Dyk who recently became a Certified Passive House Designer (CPHD), making KSS one of 456 entities across the US capable of designing and certifying Passive House buildings. We...
  • 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

  • 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.

  • “Surreal Streetscapes” manipulates the street fabric with visual effects that transform the atmosphere from mundane hardscape ➡️ lush garden 🌿  When we shift our perspective, triggering imagination and creative...
  • Mounir Tawadrous

    Mounir Tawadrous

    RA, LEED AP, 

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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. 

  • We’re still basking in the glow of our Golden Cone Award win from last year’s (PARK)ing day. Come see this year’s #PARKingDAYPHL installation—Surreal Streetscapes—tomorrow from 9 to 4 on Walnut Street between 6th &...
  • 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. 

  • Phillip Lee

    Phillip Lee


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    Phillip, an architectural designer, has practiced architectural form and skins, along with innovative materials and systems to enhance aesthetic, cultural value and energy performances of a building. In his past professional careers, he has successfully completed researches, installations, and design projects; a high-rise building, an IT-industry incubator, a library, and a dormitory. Phillip works to explore a balance in ‘Art – Architecture - Technology’ to create a vibrant environment in our community. With his effort to make it affordable and constructible, he will figure out client’s needs and project goals. His creative idea is mostly inspired from collage artist; Max Ernst, Chritina Troufa, and it has been developed in his recent thesis at Southern California Institute of Architecture.

    Before being an architectural designer, he has played Korean flute in an orchestra for 14 years and won several national awards in Korean tranditional music competitions. Music is home that he can find peace.


    Master of Architecture, Southern California Institute of Architecture 

    Bachelor of Architecture, Yonsei University


    1784 ZERO PROJECT, 2016

  • 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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  • 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

  • Scot Murdoch

    Scot Murdoch


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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

  • 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.

  • 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

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  • Petar Mattioni

    Petar Mattioni

    AIA, LEED AP, 

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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.


    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

  • 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. 

  • 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.

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  • 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. 

  • 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)

  • 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.

  • Abigail Mycek Davis

    Abigail Mycek Davis

    Administrative Assistant
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    Art, beautiful designs, music, and unique spaces have always intrigued Abby Mycek whether it be in a personal or professional capacity. A graduate of Rutgers University New Brunswick, Abby majored in Art History and Music where she received high honors. Upon graduation she was employed by Robert DeNiro’s luxurious, Greenwich Hotel in Tribeca, where she learned the ropes of working in a fast-paced, high-end, and detail-oriented environment in an administrative capacity. She then took the administrative skills she gained at The Greenwich Hotel and utilized them in a new role as an office manager at a German company, Schock North America, that markets and sells structural thermal breaks. Her international travels between Europe, Canada, and Princeton locations of Schock North America exposed her to the world of architecture and construction. She prides herself at being a particularly savvy traveler and even better at helping others coordinate and arrange their travel arrangements. Abby is excited to be working at KSS and assisting her colleagues in Princeton, Philadelphia, and New York. 


    Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Music, Rutgers University, New Brunswick

  • 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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  • 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 

  • 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

  • Don Kim

    Don Kim


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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

  • 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 

  • 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)

  • 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

  • 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. 

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  • Sven Schroeter

    Sven Schroeter

    AIA, NCARB, 

    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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  • 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

  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • Merilee Meacock

    Merilee Meacock

    AIA, PP, LEED AP, 

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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.


    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

  • Vince Martorano

    Vince Martorano

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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.

  • 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. 

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  • Daniel J Van Dyk

    Daniel J Van Dyk


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    Daniel is passionate about low energy building and sustainable design. He enjoys thinking about how new architecture can reflect new values. Daniel thinks of architecture as a form of art, and believes that building art can influence attitudes and restore cultural optimism. 

    He finds inspiration in all eras of architecture from ancient through modern. Since moving to Philadelphia, Daniel has been moved by the local work of Louis Kahn. He also appreciates being close to Duchamp’s paintings at the Philadelphia Museum.

    Daniel often paints in his spare time. Architecture is his career and he takes passion in ambitious projects that can take years to complete. When Daniel paints it reminds him how satisfying it is to finish a work in only a few hours. He also likes nature and adventuring. Before arriving at KSS, he spent time camping around the country and creating a series of paintings of pyraminds in North America.


    Bachelor of Architecture, Cooper Union


    Registered Architect, State of New York


    “Laid Back Architecture,” 2018

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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

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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.


    2006 Alma Heinz and August Louis Pohland Graduate Fellowship

  • 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

  • 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. 

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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

  • 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