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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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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.

KA Marshmallow Challenge 2015

by Administrator21. December 2015 16:04


KA had a blast at our 2015 Holiday Party participating in the Marshmallow Challenge.  Six teams feverishly designed, engineered and constructed their pasta tower collaborating to support one marshmallow from twenty pieces of spaghetti, a yard of masking tape and a yard of string all within an eighteen minute time limit.  It was a heated battle but team RAJ was the winner with their 28" tall structure!  Visit the marshmallow challenge website to learn more about the team building contest.

 Champions - Team RAJ, Andrew Wehler, Jae Cho and Rich Wilden 


Second Place team - Rachel, Hitomi, Ron and Kevin


Good effort but no cigar!


 Oh so close....


 Go big or go home!  Well guess what, they went home empty handed.


 Good effort, but not quite

KA Announces New Shareholders

by Administrator6. November 2015 14:41


Ibrahim Hakki – Senior Project Architect

With more than 20 years of architectural experience, Hakki has amassed wealth of commercial experience for a variety of public and private clients. As graduate of Kent State University and a firm leader in Revit best practices, his technical expertise puts him on the forefront of building information modeling. He is registered in both Ohio and Pennsylvania. Outside the office, Hakki is president of the Construction Specifications Institute and serves as an instructor at Polaris Career Center. 




Graham Post – Senior Project Architect

Bringing more than 14 years of design experience, Graham has worked on numerous retail redevelopments, nation-wide tenant improvements, specialty retail branding and restaurants as well as commercial office developments, several of which have produced recognition.  He collaborates directly with clients and oversees projects from earliest design phases through construction. His design sense coupled with technical expertise helps bridge the gap between concept and execution. A graduate of Oregon’s School of Architecture and Allied Arts, he is registered in California and Texas and holds an NCARB certificate.




Kevin Spring – Senior Project Architect 

For past 10 years, Kevin has been involved in a variety of project types including office, retail, mixed-use from initial concept design through construction administration. His ability to manage and lead fast-paced, large scale projects is what sets him apart and makes him an asset to both clients and the KA team. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Kent State University, registered in Ohio, is LEED Accredited and holds an NCARB certificate 




Evan Zane – Senior Project Architect

Evan is involved in a variety of large scale, complicated, fast paced projects ranging from casinos, to shopping center redevelopments to department stores all over the country. With a top notch work ethic and dedication, he maintains a clear line of communication between the client, contractor and other team members throughout the duration of projects. His expertise in Revit greatly aids in his ability to prepare quality, coordinated construction documents. He holds a Masters of Architecture from Kent State University, registered in Ohio and holds an NCARB certificate.   



Liberty Center - NOW OPEN!!

by Administrator23. October 2015 16:28

Congratulations to Steiner + Associates, Bucksbaum Retail Properties, KA Architecture, Hoar Construction and the consultant team for delivering a special mixed use project in Liberty, OH. The dedicated, committed team worked collaboratively throughout the entire process showing great resolve to meet all the project demands.


The Foundry entry facade fronting The Park



Corner feature tower across from The Park leading to Main Street



The Park at the center of the project






Cobb Theater above street level retail


Rooftop plaza


Foundry Interior Court


by Craig Wasserman24. September 2015 12:45


KA is hiring Project Architects, Associates and BIM Manager! Please see our career page for more information:  

Newsletter-February 2015

by Craig Wasserman10. February 2015 11:43


View KA’s February 2015 newsletter to check out the highlights of our recent projects and latest firmwide announcements. Access it here.

KA Ranks in the Top Architectural Firms in Cleveland

by Craig Wasserman30. January 2015 08:50



We are proud to announce that KA is yet again ranked as one of the top architectural firms for 2015 in Crain’s Cleveland Business. This year marks our 55th year in business, and as we move forward with our third generation of ownership and leadership, KA continues to uphold timeless standards of excellence in architecture. Our comprehensive range of services and dual focus on commercial developers and corporate clients offers our clients added value in our approach and the final product.


Immersive multimedia display integrated by KA into the architecture of Eaton Center

by Craig Wasserman27. January 2015 16:47



KA worked in conjunction with Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Alexander Design, and Zenith Systems to provide an environment that is all encompassing in its description of Eaton. In close collaboration with Pickard Chilton, Eaton, and The Richard E. Jacobs Group, KA developed an architectural setting that embodies and supports the lighting, sound, kinetic, and interactive displays that showcase the Eaton story.

Some of the major components of this multimedia display are a 53-foot high LED pendant kinetic display; touch tables which provide hands-on learning and real-time information; an 80-foot long computerized LED exhibit screen that also serves as a security element; and an audio system which provides tonal background in conjunction with ever-changing LED images.

While the visual and aural impact of the design is dramatic, what is not obvious is the architectural and system design that allows for these exhibits to be easily maintained and updated. KA was responsible for the technical development of the architectural elements, the seamless integration of the display components in the architecture, and the coordination of all consultants. KA served as Executive Architect on this project.

Read more about KA’s work on Eaton Center. 

KA and RTKL Take Home the Gold for Fashion Outlets of Chicago

by Craig Wasserman5. December 2014 11:19


Congratulations to the Fashion Outlets of Chicago team for their recognition at the 2014 ICSC U.S. Design and Development Awards! The project won the Gold award in the New Developments category. With the grand opening taking place in August 2013, KA served as executive architect, and partnered with RTKL Associates Inc. as the design architect team.


Excerpt from the award submission: As the Chicago area’s first ground-up enclosed mall in more than a decade, the Fashion Outlets of Chicago breaks the mold of the traditional shopping center. Located across the street from O’Hare International Airport and just 20 minutes from downtown Chicago, the 733,000-square-foot center features high-end amenities throughout. It fuses fashion and art in an original and significant way, its design incorporating nationally and internationally commissioned artwork that enriches and enlivens its unique ambiance. Its stellar 150-store tenant roster includes such names as Gucci, Prada, Barneys, Diane Von Furstenburg, and Moncler.

Winners of the ICSC United States Design and Development Shopping Center Awards were announced on December 4 at the ICSC CenterBuild Conference in Phoenix. The ICSC United States Design and Development Shopping Center Awards honor outstanding achievement in design/development of retail properties and retail store design.

Read more about KA’s involvement on the project.


Newsletter-November 2014

by Craig Wasserman18. November 2014 13:41


View KA's November 2014 newsletter to read ore in depth about the services KA provides across multiple market sectors, and to read the latest news and project openings. Access it here.


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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