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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 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.

Newsletter-March 2014

by Craig Wasserman5. March 2014 10:08


View KA's March 2014 newsletter featuring newly completed projects, developments under construction, award recognition and KA in the news. Access it here.

KA Receives SADI Awards Honorable Mention for Horseshoe Casino Cleveland

by Craig Wasserman10. January 2014 10:13


Horseshoe Casino Cleveland received Honorable Mention in the Adaptive Reuse of a Big-Box Space category for the 2013 Superior Achievement in Design and Imaging (SADI) awards. This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the retail real estate sector.

Horseshoe Casino Cleveland opened in May 2012. ka provided Executive Architect services for Rock Ohio Caesars LLC's 300,000 sf project, located in downtown Cleveland, working with Design Architect The Friedmutter Group and a team of consultants.

Learn more about Horseshoe Casino Cleveland and view the gallery of images submitted.


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)


Newsletter-December 2013

by Craig Wasserman18. December 2013 10:01


View KA's December 2013 newsletter announcing Dave Bader's semi-retirement and highlighting fresh projects and media mentions. Access it here.

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)


Brookfield Square plans emphasize light, outside entrances

by Craig Wasserman13. December 2013 11:07


ka presented more specifics on the Brookfield Square expansion at a Planning Commission meeting this week in Brookfield, Wisconsin. The shopping center is developed and owned by CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

CBL plans to finish construction and bring in tenants for the first phase, consisting of six stores opening on the east side of Sears Department Store, before the end of 2014 for an opening in spring of 2015. ka is providing full architectural services on the retail project.

"It's great to be back in front of this group picking up on the momentum we started in 2005," said Craig Wasserman, executive vice president of KA Inc. Architecture, referencing previous expansions beginning with Brookfield Square and other buildings around the mall. "We always imagined Sears and Boston Store would help continue the story for the face on Moorland and now we're here presenting that concept."

Read the full article online and learn more about ka's prior work at Brookfield Square.

KA congratulates David H. Bader on his semi-retirement

by Craig Wasserman12. December 2013 06:00


With more than 41 total years of experience in his career and after 24 years of service at KA Architecture, we are sad to announce that David H. Bader has stepped down from his position on the Board of Directors and as the Director of Landscape Architecture for his semi-retirement.  

David joined Keeva J. Kekst Architects in 1989 as the head of the firm’s “First Look Department.”  With a focus on initial site planning and building area studies, David became an invaluable part of the development process for KA’s clients. Within a matter of days or even hours, David’s group could provide valuable information to the client regarding the ability to develop a potential parcel of land, before they had to secure it. David later became a shareholder of the company and in 1991, David was selected to serve on the Board of Directors, a position he held until his retirement. David spent his career imparting his knowledge and wisdom to the KA staff. David will continue his working relationship with KA as a consultant to the firm.

Congratulations David from the staff at KA Architecture!

The Quad St. Charles

by Craig Wasserman20. November 2013 15:39


Earlier this month, The Krausz Companies, Inc. announced the completion of the property acquisition that will bring a line up of new retailers, restaurants and entertainment venues to the redevelopment of Charlestowne Mall in fall 2015. The new name for the shopping center is The Quad St. Charles.

Working for The Krausz Companies, Inc. as the developer, ka will provide architectural services, teaming with Stoutenborough, Inc. on design and Graycor Construction

ka's Richard Wilden, Director of Design is quoted in the release describing what visitors will experience: "All of the common area interior will be extensively renovated by capitalizing on the "good bones" and abundant natural light of the existing structure to create a completely reimagined environment that is elegant and timeless," according to Rich.

Read the full release on the City of St. Charles website.



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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