KSS Architects

150 S. Independence Mall W.
Public Ledger Building, #944
Philadelphia
PA
19106
Phone: 
(215) 320-3000
Fax: 
(215) 351-5374
Year Established 
1983
About the Firm 
KSS Architects is an award-winning architectural design firm with offices in Princeton, NJ and Philadelphia, PA. Founded in 1983, KSS specializes in the design and planning of places for, and at the intersections of, learning, commerce and community. KSS believes that great architecture can create meaningful and lasting change for our clients, our society, and our world. We are committed to high quality design and state-of-the-art technical solutions. We structure our firm to streamline decision making while utilizing the expertise of our 50 team members, many of whom are LEED Accredited Professionals. One of our four partners leads each project, but consults regularly with other partners and team members to give everyone the opportunity to contribute their specialized knowledge and to find the ideal solution for any design, technical, or management problem. Our designs have received many awards and are often featured in national and regional publications. KSS was named AIA New Jersey's Firm of the Year in 2013, 2009, 2005, and 2002.
Types of Work
Educational Facilities: 
50%
Housing (Multi-Unit): 
5%
Industrial: 
20%
Interiors: 
5%
Public Work (Civic/Gov't): 
5%
Firm Personnel
Total Staff This Office: 
30
Total Staff Outside Office: 
36
Architects (Registered): 
26
Interior Designers: 
6
Interns/Draftspeople: 
25
Graphic Designers: 
1
Administration: 
7
Projects 
HIGHER EDUCATION -----Drexel University----- Arnold T Berman Lobby and Mezzanine; First Round Capital, 4040 Locust Street Renovation; -----ReCAP----- Book Storage Facility Expansion; -----Temple University----- Faculty and Student Center Renovation; -----University of Pennsylvania----- Metasequoia Viewing Structure; Moore School Third Floor Renovation; -----WHYY Public Media----- Hamilton Public Media Commons; -----Bryn Mawr College----- Bettws-y-Coed, Dept. of Psychology and Academic Building; -----East Stroudsburg University----- Monroe Hall Renovation Feasibility Study; -----Lafayette College----- Film and Media Studies Mohican Building Renovation and New Theater Building; New Dining Services Facility; Ramer History House; Scott Hall Historic Renovation; -----Ursinus College----- Bookstore; -----Villanova University----- Center for Engineering Education and Research Projects Lab; -----West Chester University----- Academic and Student Services Building; -----Widener University----- Campus Residences; Grasselli Hall; Kirkbride Hall Science Building; Thayer Hall; -----Bloomfield College----- Residential Hall and Development Proposal; -----Cape Eleuthera Institute----- Graduate and Faculty Housing; -----Cornell College----- Thomas Commons Campus Center Addition and Renovation; -----Cornell University----- Beck Center, School of Hotel Administration; Lecture Halls Renovations; MacDonald Moot Court Room; Statler Auditorium Tower Renovation, School of Hotel Administration; -----Drew University----- Bookstore and Post Office; Brothers College-Library Cafe, Writing Center, and Classroom Renovation; Ehinger Center; Land Use Master Plan; -----Emory University and Georgia Institute of Technology----- Library Service Center; -----Ferris State University----- University Center; -----Hobart and William Smith Colleges----- Campus Center Feasibility Study; Scandling Campus Center; Stern Hall, New Academic Building; -----Institute for Advanced Study----- Bloomberg Hall, School of Natural Sciences; -----Kean University----- Center for Academic Success; Eugene and Shelley Enlow Recital Hall; Human Rights Institute; Mixed-Use Development; Nathan Weiss College of Graduate Studies and East Campus; -----Lawrence University----- Warch Campus Center; -----Montclair State University----- Student Housing Master Plan; -----New Jersey City University----- Business Development Incubator; Student Housing; University Academy Charter High School; West Campus Master Plan; West Side Theatre; -----Princeton University----- Aaron Burr Hall, Institute for Int'l and Regional Studies; Anthropology; Bobst Center for Peace and Justice; Digital Map and Geospatial Information Center; Lewis Center for the Arts; Off-Campus Administration Building; Technical Services Relocation; -----Richard Stockton College of New Jersey----- Campus Center; Student Housing I; Student Housing IV; -----Rider University----- Cullen Center; Residential Life Planning Study; -----Rowan University----- College of Business; Information Commons Feasibility Study; -----Rutgers University----- Biomedical Engineering Building; Newell Apartment Complex; School of Pharmacy Feasibility Study; Zimmerli Art Museum Addition; -----Seton Hall University----- Aquinas Residence Hall; Richie Regan Recreational Center; University Center; -----SUNY Cortland----- Studio West Academic Building; -----The College of New Jersey----- Brower Student Center; -----University of Delaware----- Alan P. Colburn Laboratory; -----University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey----- School of Nursing and Health Related Professions; -----Virginia Commonwealth University----- Academic Learning Commons; -----Westminster Choir College----- Master Plan and New Academic Building; PRE K-12 -----A. Harry Moore School----- Feasibility Study and Relocation; -----Barnegat Twp. School District----- Cecil S. Collins School (Pre-K-5); Lillian M. Dunfee School (K-5); Robert L. Horbelt School (Pre-K-5); -----Build with Purpose----- Golden Door Charter School; -----Canyon-Agassi Charter School Facilities Fund----- KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy; University Heights Charter School; -----Civic Builders----- Hyde Leadership Charter School; North Star Academy Charter School; -----Cranbury K-8 School----- Addition and Renovation; -----Eden Autism Services----- Briggs/Dobias Adult Employment Center; Education and Outreach Center; -----Hebrew Academy of Morris County----- Lillie Brandt Early Childhood Center; New Educational Facility; -----KIPP Philadelphia----- KIPP Philadelphia Elementary Academy; Walton School Renovation and Expansion; -----New Jersey City University----- University Academy Charter High School; -----Princeton Day School----- Upper School Science Renovations; -----Princeton Regional School District----- Valley Road School Building Renovations; -----RBH Group----- Discovery Charter School; Great Oaks Charter School; Teachers Village; The Chen School; -----TEAM Charter Schools----- 909-905 Broad Street; Newark Collegiate Academy; -----The Calais School----- Expansion and Renovation; -----The Community School----- Master Plan and Renovation; -----The Harmony Schools----- Princeton Forrestal Village; -----The Mathematics, Civics and Sciences Charter School of Philadelphia, Inc.----- Renovation and Addition; -----Widener University----- Partnership Charter School; CORPORATE -----Allergan----- Corporate Office; -----BPG Properties, Ltd.----- 301 Carnegie Center; -----Burlington Coat Factory----- New Corporate Headquarters; -----Dechert LLP----- Princeton Law Office; -----First Round Capital----- 4040 Locust Street Renovation; -----Forsgate Industrial Partners----- Coca-Cola Refreshments Distribution Center; -----Genmab----- Expansion of U.S. Headquarters; U.S. Headquarters; -----Ironbound Capital Management----- Princeton office; -----Mack-Cali Realty Corporation----- Princeton Forrestal Village; -----Matrix Development Group----- Bracco Diagnostics; The Matrix Corporate Campus; -----Mercedes-Benz USA----- Parts Distribution Center; -----Mercer Bucks Cardiology----- Medical Office; -----New Jersey City University----- Business Development Incubator; -----New Jersey Economic Development Authority----- NJEDA Headquarters; State Office Building; -----Princeton Longevity Center----- Medical Office; -----Princeton University Investment Company----- 22 Chambers Street Renovation; -----Princeton University----- Off-Campus Administration Building; Technical Services Relocation; -----ReCAP----- Book Storage Facility Expansion; -----Saul Ewing, LLP----- Law Firm; -----Somfy Systems, Inc.----- Corporate Headquarters; -----The Children's Place----- Corporate Headquarters; -----Urology Group of Princeton----- New Medical Offices; INDUSTRIAL -----Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corp.----- New Industrial Building Design Competition; -----Cultech----- U.S. Headquarters; -----Empire Merchants North----- Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center; -----Forsgate Industrial Partners----- Building M40; Building S41; Coca-Cola Refreshments Distribution Center; Hyundai Motor Corp. / Building S139; L'Oreal USA New Distribution Center; -----Matrix Development Group----- Bohren's Moving and Storage; Buildings 200 and 300; MWT 500: Ritchie & Page Distributing Company; Overview; Playmobil USA, Inc.; Somfy Systems, Inc.; W.W. Grainger Zone Distribution Center; World Kitchen Greencastle Distribution Center & Offices; -----Mercedes-Benz USA----- Parts Distribution Center; -----Panattoni Development Company----- TNT Logistics North America, Michelin USA Distribution Facility; -----Panattoni, PA Associates----- iPort 12; iPort 440; -----Prologis----- Cranbury Business Park; Franklin Commerce Center; I-78 Distribution Center; Interstate Crossdock Redevelopment; Liberty Logistics Center; Portview Commerce Center; Pulaski Redevelopment; -----ReCAP----- Book Storage Facility Expansion; -----Somerset Tire Service----- Corporate Headquarters and Distribution Center; -----Teva Pharmaceuticals USA----- New Distribution Campus; -----The Hampshire Companies----- 200 Milik New Distribution Center; 50 Bryla Street Distribution Center; -----The Trammell Crow Company and Clarion Partners----- Lehigh Valley Industrial Park VII Distribution Center; South Washington Park; -----Volkswagen of America----- Master Depot and Parts Distribution Centers, 1995 and 2002;
Awards 
Awards -----Eden Institute, New Jersey----- AIA NJ Design Merit Award, 2013 AIA PA Design Merit Award, 2013 -----Drew University, Ehinger Center, New Jersey----- AIA NJ Design Merit Award, 2013 ----- Lawrence University Warch Campus Center, Wisconsin ----- AIA NJ Design Merit Award, 2011 Concrete Design Award, Wisconsin Ready Mixed Concrete Assoc., 2010 Best of Show, Top Project, Wisconsin Builder and The Daily Reporter, 2010 Dreamers and Doers Award, Appleton Downtown, Inc., 2010 Facility Design Award of Excellence, Association of College Unions International, 2010 Best of Show, Top Project, Wisconsin Builder and The Daily Reporter, 2010 Facility Design Award of Excellence, Association of College Unions International, 2010 ----- Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY ----- PRO AV Spotlight Award: Best Entertainment Spotlight Award, 2011 AIA NJ Design Merit Award, 2010 3form People’s Choice Awards, First Place, Best Exterior Installation, 2010 ----- The Coca-Cola Company Distribution Center ----- Deal of the Year Finalist, NAIOP New Jersey, 2011 ----- STS Distribution Center, Bridgewater Township, NJ ----- New Good Neighbor Award, NJ Business & Industry Association, 2011 ----- Stockton College, New Campus Center ----- Special Citation, American School & University Educational Interiors Showcase, 2010 ----- HWS Scandling Campus Center Renovation ----- Brick in Architecture Bronze Award, Brick Industry Association, 2010 ----- Human Rights Institute, Kean University ----- AIA NJ Design Honor Award, 2010 ----- MacDonald Moot Courtroom, Cornell University ----- Award of Excellence, The Architectural Woodwork Institute, 2010 ----- School of Hotel Administration Tower Renovation, Cornell University ----- AIA NJ Design Merit Award, 2010 ----- Robert L. Horbelt School, Barnegat, NJ ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Awards, Special Recognition, 2009 ----- AMB Liberty Logistics Center, Newark, NJ ----- New Good Neighbor Award, NJ Business & Industry Association, 2009 ----- Somerset Tire Service Distribution Center, Bridgewater Twp., NJ ----- Somerset County Land Development and Planning Award, 2009 ----- Lillian M. Dunfee School, Barnegat, NJ ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Awards, Special Recognition, 2009 ----- Denville Township Municipal Building, Denville Twp., NJ ----- Brick in Architecture Gold Award, Brick Industry Association, 2008 ----- iPort 12 with Panattoni and P/A Associates, Carteret, NJ ----- 45th Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards, Merit Award, 2008 ----- Rutgers University, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Piscataway, New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Honor Award, 2007 ----- New Jersey City University, Business Incubator, Jersey City, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Business & Industry Association, New Good Neighbor Award, 2007 ----- Kean University, Center for Academic Success, Union, New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Honor Award, 2006 ----- Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania, meta-Metasequoia Viewing Structure ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Merit Award, 2006 ----- Princeton University, Aaron Burr Hall, Princeton, New Jersey ----- Historical Society of Princeton Preservation Award, 2006 ----- New Jersey City University, Charter School, Jersey City, New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects Committee on Architecture for Education, Merit Award, 2005-2006; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Built Merit Award, 2004 ----- Cranbury School, Cranbury, New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Merit Award, 2005 ----- Mercedes-Benz Parts Distribution Center, Washington Township, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Business & Industry Association, New Good Neighbor Award, 2005 ----- Cranbury Business Park, Building 5, Cranbury, New Jersey ----- 42nd Annual New Jersey Concrete Awards, Honorable Mention, 2005 ----- School of Hotel Administration, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York ----- NY State Contractors Association Award, 2006; Ithaca Pride of Ownership Awards, 2006; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Built Honor Award, 2004; American Institute of Architects Philadelphia, Merit Award, 2002 ----- New Jersey City University, West Campus Redevelopment, Jersey City, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Futures Smart Growth Award, 2006; American Institute of Architects New Jersey Smart Growth Award, 2004 ----- Princeton Township Municipal Building, Princeton, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Award, Grand Award & Best of Municipal/Community, 2003 Municipal Complex Design Competition, First Place Award, 1997 ----- Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Award, Special Recognition, 2002 ----- Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Award, Special Recognition, 2002; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Silver Award for Excellence in Architecture, 2001; New Jersey Society of Architects, Silver Medal, 2000 ----- New College Store, Ursinus College, Collegeville, Pennsylvania ----- New Jersey Society of Architects, Gold Medal, 2001 ----- Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Award, Honorable Mention, 2001 ----- Prologis Business Park, Buildings 2 and 3, Cranbury, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Award, Honorable Mention, 2001 ----- New Jersey Economic Development Authority, Trenton, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Business &_x0008_Industry Association, New Good Neighbor Award, 1998 ----- Downtown New Jersey Association, Grand Award ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Award, Best of Commercial Award, 1998 ----- Rider University, Memorial Hall Renovation, Lawrenceville, New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Citation of Merit, 1998 ----- University of Delaware, Allan P. Colburn Laboratory Renovation and Addition, Newark, Delaware ----- American School & University Architectural Portfolio Competition, 1998; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., National Chapter Award of Merit, 1997; Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc., Delaware Chapter Excellence in Construction Award, 1996 ----- Kean University, Nancy Thompson Library Addition and Renovation, Union, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Golden Trowel Masonry Awards, Special Recognition, 1997 ----- Volkswagen of America Eastern Parts Distribution Center, South Brunswick, New Jersey ----- 34th Annual Concrete Awards, Merit Award, Industrial Category, 1997 ----- Pennington Municipal Building, Pennington, New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Citation of Merit, 1996 ----- Villanova University School of Law, Garey Hall Renovation and Addition, Villanova, Pennsylvania ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Citation of Merit, 1996 ----- Milltown Municipal Building, Milltown, New Jersey ----- Special Recognition Award, Eleventh Annual Masonry Awards Program, 1994 American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Citation of Merit, 1996 ----- United States Coast Guard, Fort Wadsworth Family Housing Rehabilitation ----- Citation of Merit, 1996 ----- Lowenstein Residence, Long Island, New York ----- Builder Magazine, Builder_x0019_s Choice Design and Planning Award, 1995 New Jersey Society of Architects, Award of Excellence, 1994 ----- Suburban Rockaway Office Complex, Rockaway, New Jersey ----- Seventh Annual Masonry Awards Program, Special Recognition Award, 1994 ----- Zeitlin Residence Addition, Princeton, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Monthly Magazine, Designs of the Year Award, 1993 ----- Eno Hall Renovation, Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey ----- Tenth Annual Masonry Awards Program, Special Detail Award, 1993 ----- Temple Beth El, Charlotte, North Carolina ----- Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture (IFRAA), Honor Award, 1993 New Jersey Society of Architects, Award of Merit, 1991 ----- United States Coast Guard, Building 140, Governors Island ----- New York State Historic Preservation Office, Letter of Commendation, 1992 ----- Somerset County Planning Board Land Development Award, 1992 ----- ----- Franklin Township Public Safety Building, Somerset, New Jersey ----- Somerset County Planning Board Land Development Award, 1992; New Jersey Society of Architects, Award of Merit, 1992; Ninth Annual Masonry Awards Program, the New Jersey State Conference of Bricklayers and Allied Craftsmen and Mason Contractors of New Jersey, Best Block Project, 1992 ----- Mercer County Community College Art Gallery, West Windsor, New Jersey ----- New Jersey Monthly magazine, Designs of the Year Award, 1991 Firm ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Firm of the Year, 2013; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Firm of the Year, 2009; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Firm of the Year, 2005; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Firm of the Year, 2002 Staff ----- American Institute of Architects New Jersey ----- American Institute of Architects Jersey Shore, Young Architect of the Year, 2014, Jason Chmura, AIA, LEED AP; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Intern Architect of the Year, 2013, Victoria Pivovarnick; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Architect of the Year, 2006, Allan W. Kehrt, FAIA, LEED AP; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Young Architect of the Year, 2004, Scot Murdoch, AIA; American Institute of Architects New Jersey, Young Architect of the Year, 2003, Merilee Meacock, AIA, LEED AP ----- Real Estate New Jersey ----- Real Estate New Jersey, 40 under 40, 2008, Scot Murdoch, AIA; Real Estate New Jersey, Architects Building NJ’s Future, 2009, Edmund Klimek, AIA ----- NJBIZ ----- NJBIZ Best 50 Women in Business, 2012, Merilee Meacock, AIA, LEED AP
Contacts
Primary Contact: 
Grace Chi
Principals: 
Edmund Klimek; Pamela Lucas Rew; Merilee Meacock; Petar Mattioni; Matthew McChesney; Scot Murdoch
Senior Associates: 
Sheila Nall; Mayva Donnon; David Friedman; Benjamin J. Shermeta; David von Stappenbeck; Jason Chmura; Joseph Alperstein; Kyle Rendall; Nicole Hollenbeck; Christina Marconi
Marketing: 
Grace Chi
PR: 
Grace Chi
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