KG+D Architects, PC

KG+D Architects, PC

Mount Kisco, NY


KG+D Architects: First Non-NYC to be Named Firm of Year

By ahiggins77
Mar 20, '23 1:36 PM EST

KG+D Architects, PC, has been named the Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects New York State Chapter (AIANYS).

  • The AIANYS Firm Award was established in 2005 to recognize notable achievements in design, community service, education, and service to the profession and the AIA by an architectural firm in New York State for a period of at least 10 years.
  • KG+D is the first firm to receive this award that does not have an office in New York City.
  • KG+D has been in practice in Mount Kisco, NY for 28 years and has built upon a well-established legacy of over 90 years of superior services to clients throughout the Hudson Valley/Fairfield County region.
  • The firm is led by a team of professionals who provide a diverse and well-balanced collection of skills, professional experience, and leadership qualities.
    • Russell A. Davidson, FAIA ‐ President + Principal
    • Erik A. Kaeyer, AIA, LEED AP ‐ Vice President + Principal
    • Walter P. Hauser, AIA – Vice President + Principal
    • Sarah Dirsa, AIA, LEED AP, NOMA – Principal
    • Brian Mangan, AIA – Principal
    • Travis Schnell, AIA – Principal
    • Susan Davidson, ASID – Associate Principal
  • Four of our principals became licensed Architects while working at KG+D and this has been the only firm that they have worked for throughout their career. One principal started at KG+D as a high school intern and the current president of the firm has worked for the firm for over 37 years. Many of our staff—which is comprised of 40% women—have worked in the firm for over 20 years.
  • Two KG+D principals have served as president of the Westchester / Hudson Valley Chapter and the New York State component. Russell A. Davidson, FAIA also served as vice president and national president of the American Institute of Architects in 2016. Several other firm members have served on committees and have been recognized by the AIA.
  • In addition to serving and the profession, KG+D team members are also involved in supporting local non-profit and community agencies through volunteering both personal time and professional services.
  • In the past five years, KG+D has been the Architect of Record on approximately $590 million dollars’ worth of construction with $430 million dollars in the public facility market. This equates to approximately 73% of our firm’s total workload. Over the past 28 years, our team has provided services for projects ranging in size from a $70 million new school to a $20,000 sidewalk improvement project.
  • The firm has been recognized with over 30 design awards and its work has appeared in 25 industry publications. Some of KG+D’s notable projects include:
  • Pelham USFD, Replacement Hutchinson Elementary School
  • Yonkers Public Schools, Justice Sonia Sotomayor Community School, The Museum School (aka Riverside HS).
  • Jacob Burns Film Center, Media Arts Lab
  • Middletown ECSD, District Wide Projects
  • Rippowam Cisqua School, Upper Campus Additions + Renovations
  • Chappaqua CSD, New Seven Bridges Middle School + District Wide Projects
  • Trinity Pawling School, Scully Dining Hall, Carleton Athletic Center + Athletic Fields
  • The Harvey School – Middle School, Arts Center & Athletic Center
  • The Ursuline School, Additions + Renovations
  • Eagle Hill School, Community Room + Hardwick House
  • Pace University School of Law, New NYS Judicial Institute
  • Yale University, Carol Roberts Field House
  • White Plains Public Schools, Replacement Post Road Elementary School
  • Pleasantville UFSD, High School Renovations + Replacement Bedford Road School
  • Bronxville High School, Theater Restoration
  • Brewster CSD, District Wide Projects
  • Shorehaven Golf Club, Additions + Renovations
  • Katonah Lewisboro Schools – John Jay High School & John Jay Middle School
  • Orange Ulster BOCES – Conversion of Arden Hill Hospital
  • KG+D enhances communities through lasting contributions of inspiring design delivered in partnership with our clients through an open, inclusive, and collaborative practice. The three primary characteristics of our practice are community-centric projects, high-quality design, and a collective and inclusive process rooted in design thinking. We apply these three characteristics to achieve the greater good for our communities.