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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.”

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Newsletter-May 2013

by Craig Wasserman14. May 2013 09:44

 

View KA's May 2013 newsletter announcing our redesigned website and highlighting select projects, services and people. Access it here.

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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Freshwater Cleveland – 53-year-old ka architecture still growing after all these years

by Craig Wasserman14. March 2013 07:30

Freshwater Cleveland profiled ka’s history and new generation and leadership, quoting John Burk and Alan Siliko. The article also highlighted recent projects, including Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and Eaton, while emphasizing the firm’s performance working with large, complicated teams.

 

Freshwater Cleveland – 53-year-old ka architecture still growing after all these years

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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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Crain’s Cleveland – The Future of Retail

by Craig Wasserman18. February 2013 07:43

ka’s Craig Wasserman and Rich Wilden were quoted in the Crain’s Cleveland annual retail feature, discussing the activity with retail developers in the region and the future of open-air shopping centers.

 

Malls buying into trends

Open-air formats might be a rarity in the future

 

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ka Announces New Board of Directors

by Craig Wasserman8. January 2013 08:34

Cleveland-based architecture firm appoints third-generation leaders

Focused on providing its clients with quality design and notable client service, ka architecture is proud to announce a new President, the promotion of a member of the leadership team and the addition of a seasoned executive to its Board of Directors.

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Crain’s Cleveland – ka hits rare third generation

by Craig Wasserman7. January 2013 08:04

In conjunction with the announcement of our third generation of leadership, ka was profiled in Crain’s Cleveland, noting in particular the firm’s longevity, longstanding client relationships and mentoring of younger staff.

Crain's Cleveland - ka hits rare third generation

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Gilbane Building Company and ka architecture Selected for Cleveland Indians Premium Club Renovation Project

by Craig Wasserman17. December 2012 08:39

With construction managed by Gilbane Building Company and design by ka architecture, the Cleveland Indians embark on a renovation project aimed at transforming luxury suites into a new, state-of-the-art lounge

Gilbane Building Company and ka architecture have been selected by the Cleveland Indians to provide Design-Build services for the Premium Club Renovation Project at Progressive Field. Design and Preconstruction activities began in November 2012 for this fast-tracked project, with expected completion in March 2013.

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Indians.com – Indians unveil plans for Premium Club

by Craig Wasserman27. November 2012 08:02

The Cleveland Indians introduced their brand new Premium Club for the 2013 season, for which ka provided Architect of Record services. Located next to the press box on the first base side, the 5,000 sf state-of-the-art lounge will offer dramatic views, upscale cuisine and extra-wide plush seating, allowing members to enjoy an unparalleled premium experience at the ballpark.

 

Indians unveil plans for Premium Club

 

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FRCH Design Worldwide Merges with NELSON

Cincinnati, OH (January 10, 2018) –NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with FRCH Design Worldwide, a leading retail and hospitality architecture and design firm to create one of the largest in the country with a focus on consumer experiences where people work, shop, dine, play, ...

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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. 

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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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FRCH Design Worldwide Merges with NELSON

Cincinnati, OH (January 10, 2018) –NELSON, a global architecture and design firm, announced it has merged operations with FRCH Design Worldwide, a leading retail and hospitality architecture and design firm to create one of the largest in the country with a focus on consumer experiences where people work, shop, dine, play, ...

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