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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 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)

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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.”

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

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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.


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.


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.



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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2017 KA Putting Contest - Winner Jae Cho!

Jae Cho rolls in a 45 foot putt to win the 9th annual KA Putting Contest! A sudden death, playoff putt-off wasn't required as in years past since Dan Rable's valiant attempt came to rest a fraction of an inch from the cup, claiming second place. Better luck next year ...

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