KGP design studio, LLC (KGP) evolved from its humble beginnings in a basement of a beach front house in Waikiki, Hawaii. We are now growing in Dupont Circle at 1777 Church St NW in Church Street Studios (near the old AIA/DC Chapter Carriage House). We are a diverse family of 11+ professional and administrative staff creating architecture, environments and solutions for the Metropolitan area and internationally.
For over twenty years, KGP has collaborated with our clients to transform their specific needs into design solutions that positively affect individuals, communities and cities. With offices in Washington, Honolulu and Manila, the firm benefits from a diverse multidisciplinary design team, sharing resources, globally, to provide the best possible support for our clients and craft a unique strategy of development for every project. Providing a diverse but largely interdependent range of design services including: Architectural; Urban Design; Planning and Transportation Design, the benefit to the client is enhanced exponentially. An integrated design approach, based on innovation and proficiency of all disciplines, coupled with the personal engagement of the principals, ensures that all possibilities are considered in every project.
KGP’s overall design strategy as well as studio structure is based on the premise that architecture is not perceived as an isolated event but is a continuous experience inclusive of the “places in between”; that the public realm: civic architecture, transportation networks, streets, and so on are dynamic interfaces and equally critical aspects to include as design professionals. Our design teams are composed of integrated disciplines focused on multiple aspects and scales of a project, consequently, the lines are erased for example between architecture and industrial design or transit design and urban design. As a result, the culmination of the design process is a product attuned to the complexities of the real world.
All projects are thought through as sustainable from the location, orientation and landscape to the mechanical systems, lighting and finish materials. Consideration is given to the long-term benefits created by the sustainability of the project. A cost-benefit analysis determines the LEED level desired and even if LEED is not pursued, the design is made as sustainable as possible.