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KA  is a nationally recognized architecture firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, with an emphasis on providing value-added design services to clients on a range of projects, including retail centers, mixed use developments, corporate offices and hospitality venues.

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KA, Cope Linder Architects Merge with NELSON Worldwide

by Administrator2. June 2017 11:29

NELSON is moving in on high-rise commercial architecture. In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017. 

While NELSON has frequently provided architecture services for small ground-up retail and healthcare clients, this is what Chairman & CEO John “Ozzie” Nelson Jr describes as the first strategic move into the large scale commercial architecture world.

“High-rise architecture is a much-coveted project type for us,” says Nelson. “When we think about the possibilities here – to marry the creative process of designing from both the exterior and interior of the building – we believe we can offer our clients something truly special.”

Known as one of the premier, award-winning firms in Philadelphia, Cope Linder Architects brings extensive experience in commercial architecture, hospitality, gaming and entertainment, to the top 10 Design Giant. The move will add a fully staffed architecture team with extensive large scale and high-rise capabilities to NELSON network, bringing the total Philadelphia presence to nearly 125 people, making it NELSON’s third-largest studio.

For both Cope Linder and KA, joining operations with NELSON gives them access to a global network of Teammates and resources.

One of the first projects slated to be completed under the combined company is the W and Element Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. The 51 story, 295-room W Philadelphia and 460-room Element Philadelphia hotel will be 773,500SF and a LEED Certified project featuring panoramic views, an outdoor pool bar and terrace and prime retail space. It will open in 2018. CLA has also recently completed the award winning, 31 story 1706 Rittenhouse Square Street.

Located in Cleveland, OH, KA Architecture is a nationally recognized architecture firm that provides value-added design services to a wide range of clients including shopping centers, mixed-use developments, multi-family, hospitality venues and corporate offices. They are ranked among the one of the top five largest architectural firms in Cleveland.  The merger not only establishes a third location for NELSON in the Midwest, it positions NELSON as an architecture powerhouse

Mellody Farm is a new 272,000 sf ground up retail development under construction in Vernon Hills, IL, presents a “unique and authentic experience” for customers with a mix of modern and old-time features, such as street pavers, turn-of-the-century rooftops, painted signs and other elements to create an urban feel. This is the first major project scheduled to be completed under the combined company.  KA Architecture, A NELSON brand is serving as the Executive Architect.

“This move is the culmination of years of deliberate work to bring NELSON from its roots as a strictly interior design firm to a full-service design operation,” says Nelson. “Not only will we bring a size and scale of architectural design capability to our existing clients, we can bring NELSON’s superior relationship-driven service to a new sector of clients.  The combination of CLA and KA allow us to launch a newly formed Hospitality Practice as well as significantly bolster our Retail Practice – bringing creative and innovative design approaches to increasingly competitive industries.”

For more information about NELSON, visit www.NELSONonline.com. 

2017 KA Putting Contest - Winner Jae Cho!

by Administrator10. April 2017 16:13

Jae Cho rolls in a 45 foot putt to win the 9th annual KA Putting Contest! A sudden death, playoff putt-off wasn't required as in years past since Dan Rable's valiant attempt came to rest a fraction of an inch from the cup, claiming second place. Better luck next year to all participants.  

2016 KA Holiday Party

by Administrator16. December 2016 15:50

KA Holiday Party was a smashing success!  Travis Vannoy wins the Ugly Sweater Contest by a landslide, sporting his best holiday duds.  Javier Cora, Dan Rable, Becca Illencik and Evan Zane win the Best Gingerbread House Award for their rendition of the Candy Mine.  Check out photos of all the gingerbread houses.

Candy Mine wins 1st Place:

Lake House:

Mobile Home:

Pool House under construction:

The Ragaller Home:

Terminal Tower:

The Victorian Home:

Ugly Sweater Winner:

2016 Holiday Party Gingerbread Houses:

Graham Post - ICSC Rising Star

by Administrator7. December 2016 11:15

Graham was selected as a member of ICSC's CenterBuild 2016 class of "20 under Forty" and was recognized as a "Rising Star" in the industry.  This acknowledgement is well deserved as his design skills, creativity, ability to collaborate and commitment to success allows him to excel as an important part of our organization.

KA Wins ICSC U.S. Design & Development Commendation Award

by Administrator6. December 2016 13:34

KA and CBL & Associates Properties, Inc won ICSC's 2016 Commendation Award for Fayette Mall Sears Store Redevelopment in the Renovations / Expansions category. Congratulations to the entire team!

Halloween Costume Contest

by Administrator31. October 2016 15:37

 

Jeff Wysocki wins the best overall costume as the Invisible Man, you can barely see his outline in photo above.  Jae Cho nabs the Honorable Mention as the Grim Reaper, who's looming in the shadows behind the other contestants.  Jim Clarke's Studio wins overall team participation award. 

Nice Job all!

KA Wins 2016 International Architecture Award

by Administrator2. September 2016 10:10

KA and Pickard Chilton won The 2016 International Architecture Award for our work on The Eaton House in Dublin, Ireland.  This prestigious award was given out by the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and the European Center for Architecture Art and Urban Studies. 

ACE Mentor Program

by Administrator14. April 2016 15:28

KA and Whiting-Turner Construction met with fifteen Warrensville Heights High School sophomores as part of the nationwide Architecture, Construction and Engineering (ACE) Mentor Program.  We shared our thoughts on how architects and construction managers interact on projects using Thistledown Racino as a case study. We also shared early design ideas, how the design evolved and photographs / videos of the completed project.  The students were fully engaged and benefited greatly from their time spent in KA's new office. Future architects and CM's in making.

Office relocation complete!

by Administrator26. February 2016 07:44

We've settled nicely into our new office space and we are looking forward to working on many great projects in our high-tech environment. Thanks to the entire KA team for making this a reality.

Donna Ross - ICSC Rising Star

by Administrator22. December 2015 11:30

Congratulations to Donna Ross for being recognized by ICSC as a rising star in the shopping center industry at the CenterBuild Conference in Scottsdale, AZ. She is now part of the 20 Under 40 class of 2015. Her leadership qualities, organization skills, creativity and hard work made this a well deserved honor.

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About KA, Inc.

KA  is a nationally recognized architecture firm based in Cleveland, Ohio, with an emphasis on providing value-added design services to clients on a range of projects, including retail centers, mixed use developments, corporate offices and hospitality venues.

Month List

KA, Cope Linder Architects Merge with NELSON Worldwide

NELSON is moving in on high-rise commercial architecture. In a move that will take them from a nationally recognized interior design firm to a true full-service architecture and design firm, NELSON, Cope Linder Architects, and KA Architecture will merge operations effective June 1, 2017.  While NELSON has frequently provided architecture services ...

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