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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 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.

Newsletter-September 2014

by Craig Wasserman9. September 2014 09:30


View KA's September 2014 newsletter to get a glimpse at the latest retail redevelopment projects we are working on. KA has partnered with retail property owners across the country to rejuvenate centers with fresh ideas, both big and small. We collaborate with our clients to develop and deliver concepts that reflect the most current industry trends, enhance the customer experience, and create new and improved leasing opportunities. Access it here. 

KA teams with Simon and Saks for Houston Galleria redevelopment

by Craig Wasserman8. September 2014 10:40


Part of a larger multi-million dollar renovation and new construction, KA is providing architectural services for the redevelopment of Houston’s glittering Galleria. Working with Simon Property Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, and a team of designers, KA is helping to convert a former Saks store into a two-level, 110,000 sf mall wing which will add 35 new luxury retailers and restaurants, as well as connect the new Saks store to the existing mall. 

In turn, Saks will move to a new location - a two-level, 198,000 sf building located adjacent to its existing space. For the first phase of the project, KA is assisting Saks in developing the building shell for its new store, set to open in 2016. Construction will begin on the second phase of the project – the new mall wing – after Saks moves to its new building.

Timelapse video courtesy of Beck Construction.

Former KA leader James B. Heller transitions to consultant role

by Craig Wasserman25. August 2014 10:43


Effective October 31, 2014, James B. Heller departs from his full-time role at KA

It is with warm wishes that KA Architecture announces James B. Heller’s departure from his full-time position at the firm. Jimmy has been a driving force in moving the firm into the national marketplace with his knowledge and expertise in retail design. Jimmy will continue his working relationship with KA providing consultation services at the request of KA’s clients.

Jimmy joined the firm in 1971 after he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Ohio State University. Having been with the firm for more than 43 years, Jimmy served on the Board of Directors from 1980 until 2013, during which he served as President. As his career evolved, Jimmy became known as an architect of exceptional devotion to the firm’s clients. His unique abilities in land planning and site development, coupled with his meticulous attention to detail, led to the establishment of long-standing relationships within the retail development community.

We thank and congratulate Jimmy for his many years of service at KA!

KA's third generation leadership team - John G. Burk, Craig H. Wasserman, and Alan W. Siliko - will continue to guide the firm into the next 50+ years of delivering excellent client service. Bridging the gap between the firm's founder and current management team, Craig H. Wasserman will continue leading KA's client development and retention initiatives.

Alan Siliko Recognized in EY Entrepreneur Of The Yearâ„¢ Northeast Ohio Program

by Craig Wasserman27. June 2014 11:19


Congratulations to KA Chief Financial Officer Alan Siliko on his recognition as a finalist for the 2014 EY Entrepreneur Of The Year™ Northeast Ohio!

Past finalists and their companies are among the most influential, recognizable names in the region. Alan was recognized for his accomplishments in leveraging the financial strength of the firm to maximize future business growth.

Alan has been a part of the firm for more than 14 years and serves on the KA’s Board of Directors.

KA and EDG Moving Forward on Ritz Carlton Renovation

by Craig Wasserman20. June 2014 13:36


In collaboration with EDG, KA received planning approval from the City of Cleveland for the exterior facade renovation of the Ritz Carlton Hotel. Located adjacent to Tower City and Horseshoe Casino Cleveland, the property is owned by Rock Ohio Caesars Hotel, LLC.

Proposed new West 3rd Street entrance to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in downtown Cleveland. Renderings courtesy of EDG.


Newsletter-May 2014

by Craig Wasserman23. May 2014 08:10


View KA's May 2014 newsletter to get a look at the latest in development. With a number of projects currently under construction, several are scheduled to open late summer/early fall 2014. Access it here.


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)


Employee Events

by Craig Wasserman7. April 2014 09:20


Aside from our day-to-day activities of serving our clients, the ka staff knows how to have a little fun. Throughout the year, we partake in office-wide traditions hosted by our Board of Directors. Below are some of the highlights from this quarter.

March Madness - Each year, the ka staff gathers at a local gym before work to participate in some hoops action, accompanied by a company-wide breakfast and team selections for the firm’s NCAA tournament bracket. While it’s safe to say our staff will not be foraying into the basketball profession anytime soon, the entertaining displays of basketball prowess and spirit of competition fuel a morning of camaraderie.

CANstruction - Five associates at ka were selected to represent the firm at the 2014 CANstruction, a design and build competition benefitting the local food bank. Charged with a theme of “Route 66: American Landmarks,” the ka team designed a structure comprised of 2,100 cans that represented a Cadillac driving down the iconic Route 66 highway. In addition to making a donation valued at $2,500, ka also took home the award for “Best Meal,” recognizing the team which used the most nutritious can donations.

ka Putt-Putt Challenge - Equipped with a golf putter made of a sample block, ruler and drafting tape, ka’s staff participated in the annual in-house putting challenge. Conditions were fair this year, with just a light (air conditioned) breeze on the “greens” of our carpeted hallways as golf balls were maneuvered around the conference table, under the staircase and toward the cup.


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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