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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. 

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!

KA Bolsters Design Studio with Addition of Graham Post

by Craig Wasserman29. April 2014 11:18

 

Graham Post has joined KA as Senior Design Architect. In his role, he strives to create exceptional environments for his clients, designing spaces that are inspired while meeting the clients’ needs and vision. He collaborates directly with clients and oversees projects from the earliest design phases through construction.

“We are pleased to welcome Post to the KA team,” says Executive Vice President, Craig Wasserman. “His design sense coupled with technical expertise helps bridge the gap between concept and execution. This balance benefits our clients and positively impacts the firm.”

Bringing more than 14 years of design experience, Graham has worked on numerous nation-wide tenant improvements, specialty retail branding, and restaurants, as well as commercial office developments, several of which have produced recognition.

A graduate of the University of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Post earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He holds an NCARB certificate and is a registered architect in the California and Texas.

2014-04-29 KA Bolsters Design Studio with Addition of Graham Post.pdf (191.49 kb)

 

Jim Clarke Elected a Shareholder of KA, Inc.

by Craig Wasserman3. January 2014 09:27

 

KA is pleased to announce that Jim Clarke has been elected a shareholder of the firm. With 20 years of experience, Jim Clarke brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as studio leader and shareholder of KA. As Studio Leader, he leads a team of associates in the preparation of design, construction documents and construction administration phases.

Prior to joining the firm, Jim spent his time honing his skills at various firms on the East Coast and in Northeast Ohio. His background includes retail, corporate, healthcare, education and residential projects.

A graduate of the Boston Architectural College, Jim holds licenses to practice architecture in the State of Ohio and the State of Massachusetts, as well as the certification of the National Council of Architectural Registration boards.

 

2014-01-03 Jim Clarke Elected a Shareholder of KA, Inc.pdf (200.57 kb)

 

Nebraska Crossing Outlets Grand Opening

by Craig Wasserman16. December 2013 09:19

 

Last month marked the grand opening of ka’s latest retail outlet project, Nebraska Crossing Outlets in Gretna, Neb. The $112 million, 350,000 square foot outlet center was developed by OTB Destination LLC.

Situated 20 miles southwest of the city of Omaha at the convergence of I-80, Highway 6 and Highway 31, Nebraska Crossing Outlets features more than 70 tenants. A dynamic center courtyard, combined with more intimate public spaces, create a rich variety of experiences that create a retail destination, inviting visitors to linger, dine and shop. The design evokes a modern interpretation of rural Nebraskan architecture, connecting the outlet center to its context. 

The outlet center is designed to optimize walking distances for shoppers, concentrating the large collection of retailers into a compact environment. ka provided Planning and Design Architect services, collaborating with Avant Architects of Omaha as the Executive Architect.

 

2013-12-16 Nebraska Crossing Outlets Grand Opening.pdf (250.26 kb)

 

Fashion Outlets of Chicago Grand Opening

by Craig Wasserman7. August 2013 05:50

 

Last week marked the grand opening of ka’s latest project, Fashion Outlets of Chicago in Rosemont, Illinois. The 530,000 square foot, two-level enclosed urban outlet center was developed and owned by AWE Talisman and Macerich and includes 130 retailers.

Situated in a premium location minutes from O’Hare airport along US Interstate I-294, Fashion Outlets of Chicago attracts the attention of travelers passing by with a vertical tower at the end of the exit ramp and an impressive array of multi-media screens and tenant advertising.

The high-end outlet center wraps around an attached seven-level parking garage. ka provided Design and Executive Architect services, collaborating with RTKL on the design.

 

2013-08-07 Fashion Outlets of Chicago Grand Opening.pdf (237.72 kb)

 

ka Completes Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite

by Craig Wasserman1. July 2013 05:00

 

ka completed the Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite at Progressive Field in April 2013, just in time for the Major League Baseball season. The 5,000 SF design-build project with Gilbane transformed 11 existing suites on the ballpark’s press level into a spacious 120-seat entertainment venue. With a concept design provided by Populous, ka’s scope of work as design and executive architect included new balcony seating, new field side glazing system, a sports bar and interior finishes and furnishings.

The generous interior space completely opens up to the outdoor, tiered balcony seating via full-width sliding glass doors. With the outdoor and indoor spaces linked together, patrons are given the opportunity to sit outside along the balcony or inside in a restaurant setting.

“The Premium Club Suite was developed as a new approach to suite and spectator design, focusing on the fan experience,” says Bill Ragaller, ka’s Director of Architecture & Interior Design. “It gives the spectators the ability to view the game from multiple vantage points, while socializing and dining in a more conducive setting.”

Adding to the fan experience are back-lit display cases of Indians memorabilia, large screen televisions to view the game, and the suite opening into a broadcast booth. “The adjacent broadcast booth allows ballpark visitors to experience pre- and post-game commentary and interact with Indians broadcasters,” says Ragaller.

The fast-track requirements of the project required ka to closely coordinate with the client and consultants, resulting in a successful project for the major league ballpark.

 

2013-07-01 ka Completes Cleveland Indians Premium Club Suite.pdf (367.95 kb)

Additional high-res images available upon request, kgould@kainc.com

 

 

Promotions at ka architecture

by Craig Wasserman26. June 2013 06:00

 

ka has promoted several members of the staff.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rich Wilden – Director of Design

As Director of Design, Wilden is responsible for the firm’s strategic design focus. He previously held the title of Senior Design Architect at ka. Wilden earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Kent State University, and he is active within the architectural community as Treasurer for the Cleveland chapter of the American Institute of Architects.

Brian Bernstein – Senior Landscape Architect

Highly passionate about creating a strong sense of place within all projects, Bernstein works to enhance the spatial experience from the broadest sense to the smallest detail. He previously held the title of Landscape Architect at ka. Bernstein holds Bachelor of Science in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University.

 

Jim Clarke – Senior Project Architect

In his role, Clarke continues to lead a team of associates in the preparation of design and construction documents, most recently on Fashion Outlets of Chicago. He previously held the title of Project Architect at ka. Clarke is a graduate of the Boston Architectural College.

“We are excited to recognize the talents of our staff,” says John Burk, President & Chief Operating Officer. “Their talents and creativity complement our approach to architectural design and our business plan.”

2013-06-26 Promotions at ka architecture.pdf (286.73 kb)

High-res images available upon request, kgould@kainc.com

ka Completes Post Oak Mall Renovation

by Craig Wasserman19. March 2013 08:20

ka architecture has completed a one-level +/- 400,000 square foot mall renovation at Post Oak Mall, resulting in better traffic flow and an enriched shopping experience for patrons. Located in College Station, Texas, Post Oak Mall is developed, owned and managed by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

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ka Welcomes Two Architects to its Staff

by Craig Wasserman19. February 2013 08:27

ka is pleased to announce two additions to its staff of leading professionals. Ibrahim Hakki rejoined ka as Senior Project Architect, and Bradley Saeger recently rejoined the firm as an Architect.

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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.

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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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