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Angela Kim

Angela Kim

Ann Slobod

Ann Slobod

Partner

As head of operations and marketing Ann wears many hats. She is responsible for marketing efforts including outreach, developing and maintaining the firm’s identity, proposal writing and promoting the firm’s mission. She also is responsible for overseeing the firms accounting, human resources, insurance, and contract review functions. She studied landscape architecture at U.C. Santa Cruz and Communications at U.C. Berkeley before joining the firm in 1993. Fact: She is a happy slave to two giant hounds.

Selected Projects:

  • Project one
  • Project two
  • Project three

Austin Springer

Austin Springer

Brett Spencer

Brett Spencer

Brian Carter

Brian Carter

Buddy Williams

Buddy Williams

Having lived and worked as an architect in South Africa, Lesotho, England, France and Boston, MA, Buddy Williams brings a wide range of experience to Studio KDA’s practice of contemporary green design. As a senior designer and project manager, Buddy provides design solutions that are consistently inspired, practical and informed by principles of sustainability. Fact: Buddy’s home includes chickens, bees, hamsters, garden beds and humans, large and small.

Carter Leung

Carter Leung

Charles Kahn

Charles Kahn

Founding Principal / CEO

Charles came to California from Alabama for the Master’s in Architecture program at U.C. Berkeley and immediately knew he was here to stay.  Enamored with the style, culture and landscape of the Bay Area, Charles began designing buildings that reflected the values that drew him to the region – openness, inclusiveness and community. A true people person, Charles excels in working with clients, city officials, contractors and the general public. He is renowned for his ability to work with disparate stake-holders to get complex and challenging projects entitled.  The office’s ethos of respect, kindness and vitality originate with Charles.  As managing principal, he ensures that our projects and policies are imbued with these qualities. Fact: He did very well with the girls at math camp.

Christie Deng

Christie Deng

Darshan Amrit

Darshan Amrit

Hailing from Ketchum Idaho, Darshan learned about architecture first by designing vacation homes in Sun Valley with his step father then as a designer for Gensler. After a brief foray into fine art Darshan joined the Studio in 2007. He integrates and utilizes these experiences to bring careful project management and a high level of refinement to projects of all sizes. Fact: He’s not East Indian – his parents were hippies.

Erik Waterman

Erik Waterman

Hannah Micallef

Hannah Micallef

Jason Andre

Jason Andre

Jennifer Newman

Jennifer Newman

Keith Morris

Keith Morris

Keith worked for Charles Kahn 23 years ago, where he first learned the art and science of restaurant design projects. His love of technical detail dovetails perfectly with his love of orchestrating a team to create a highly successful project.  “It’s rare when we find time to meet in person anymore. A beautiful, well-designed space can foster and support profound and poignant moments ”. Fact: He bought his “Ludwig Silver Sparkle” drum kit when he was 12 and plays it in two bands to this day.

Kim Fisher

Kim Fisher

Studio Director and Senior Project Architect, Kim Fisher, blends her sensitivity to form, scale and context with a passion for detail. Kim is highly adept managing very complex projects with multiple stakeholders and dozens of consultants to create buildings of superior quality. She has extensive expertise in retail buildings and centers and often manages projects with budgets exceeding $40 million. Fact: There is nothing Kim can’t do with a spreadsheet.

Layla Tahan

Layla Tahan

Maria Reinstein

Maria Reinstein

Marites Abueg

Marites Abueg

Partner

Marites moved to Berkeley from Ohio in 1991, after graduating from the University of Cincinnati’s acclaimed architecture program and more importantly, marrying Keith Morris. After working on numerous public and private projects Marites designed  A Cote Restaurant in 2000,  her first restaurant (with Mark Becker Inc.) and was hooked on restaurant design’s perfect combination of food, communal gathering and sensory experience.  In 2003 she and Keith opened Abueg Morris Architects.  She and Keith have designed over 40 food-related projects. She’s design obsessed and focuses her work on beautiful and balanced lighting, conversation-allowing acoustics, “right” color, ergonomics, and brand-supportive look, feel and fit. She loves being a go-to resource and loves sourcing new materials and products.  Fact: As a teen, she cultivated her design taste at the “Trash & Treasure Barn” in Ashtabula, Ohio.

Selected Projects:

Sonia Trujillo

Sonia Trujillo

Tiffany Rose Amrit

Tiffany Rose Amrit

Tiffany was drawn to architecture through her desire to create beautiful things that enrich everyday life. She heads the commercial interiors division of the firm, teaches in the Interior Design program at U.C. Berkeley Extension and is a Certified Interior Designer. Tiffany joined Studio KDA in 2001. Fact: She is most at home in the kitchen – designing, cooking or eating, it doesn’t matter.

 

Our principals are supported by a team of expert project managers, designers and technicians who bring a diverse set of skills, viewpoints and cultures to bear on each of our projects. The team includes:

 

Till Houtermans

Till Houtermans

Vita Ray

Vita Ray

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