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Established in 2004, Steven Kahle Architects, Inc (SKA) provides master planning, architectural and sustainable design services. The firm is dedicated to the pursuit of design excellence of which sustainable design is a core component. SKA is a member of the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Recent project work includes Commercial, Institutional, Retail, and Residential projects.


Recognized as an innovative architect and designer, Steven Kahle, founding principal of SKA, is a registered architect and a LEEDTM accredited professional with over 20 years of management and architectural experience. Steven’s portfolio includes the design of over five million square feet of new building projects spanning the commercial, hospitality, residential, and renovation markets. Several of these projects have been recognized with design awards from well-respected organizations such as the American Institute of Architects, Washington Building Congress, and the National Association of Industrial and Office Properties.


SKA is dedicated to incorporating environmentally sustainable design initiatives into each project as part of the overall goal of the design. These initiatives include all aspects of green design ranging from the specification of low V.O.C. materials and finishes to incorporating alternative energy solutions. Some examples of green building solutions include the Varuna Salon & Spa in Annapolis, Md., the Mensch Residence in Annapolis, Md., The Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center in Grasonville, Md., the Heinz Family Office and Heinz Family Foundation in Washington D.C., Casa Chinola in the Dominican Republic, the Burnquist Residence in Washington, D.C., The Capital One Headquarters, and FDIC Phase 2 at Virginia Square in Arlington, Va.


SKA project work has incorporated on-site renewable energy sources such as passive solar and ventilation solutions as well as photo-voltaic arrays; extensive and intensive green roof systems to reduce stormwater runoff and energy loads; the use of local and regional materials, recycled content materials, reclaimed materials and rapidly renewable materials; energy efficient building envelopes; energy efficient lighting and control systems including daylighting and daylight harvesting; low V.O.C. products and materials including paints and adhesives; water efficient plumbing fixtures and systems including grey water systems; and stormwater management systems including rain-barrels, cisterns, rain-gardens, and organic waste water filtering systems.


SKA approaches every project we work on as a unique project.  We do not specialize in one project type but rather see each project individually so that the client’s goals and vision are understood and fulfilled.  We listen to and work closely with the client in every step of the design process so that they are an integral part of the design team.   In this way, we are able to meet the budget, schedule and functional requirements for each project as well as the client’s vision of the design. By informing the project with our design expertise and provide alternate design solutions, we are able to execute the client’s vision into a successful project.


Our philosophy for meeting the project’s design goals is based on working in partnership with the Project Team to ensure that you realize your vision. In order to ensure a successful project, the process that we implement is a team approach driven by the desire and necessity for input and expertise inherent in the Project Team which is made up of the Owner, Project Manager, Architect, Engineers, Consultants, and the General Contractor. It is our intent to gather this information and expertise, and through evaluation of the perceived consequences and opportunities, provide input and advice, which skillfully addresses the functional, economic, technical, and environmentally sustainable goals of the project.


Our process approaches every project as a team effort, such that every step of the way we present and evaluate design alternatives providing analysis of each alternative and cost evaluation such that the Project Team will have the information needed to make informed decisions. In the course of evaluating design alternatives, we utilize all of our resources and knowledge of building technologies, building materials, procedures, building systems, and methodologies to execute the project in the best possible way.


  • Martek Global
  • Stafford County Technology Center
  • Scientech
  • Praxis Engineering
  • The MITRE Corporation
  • ADG Creative
  • Vetcomm
  • PTSI Group
  • InfoReliance
  • CSC
  • Columbia Group
  • Martek
  • Camber Corporation
  • Atlantic Group
  • Heinz Family Foundation


Steven Kahle, AIA, LEED AP – Principal
MArch – Yale University
Registered Architect: AL, CO, DC, FL, GA, ID, MA, MD, NJ, PA, TX, UT, VA, WV
President AIA MD 2011
Key School Board of Trustees

Richard Kleponis, AIA, LEED BD+C – Senior Project Manager
BS Architecture – University of Maryland
Registered Architect – MD, DC
AIA CBC President 2005, Treasurer 2011-current


Kata Petty, IIDA, LEED AP – Senior Project Manager
MA Interior Design – Mount Vernon College

For over 20 years, Kata has been working in the field of interior design and architecture in the DC metropolitan area. She joined Steven Kahle Architects 10 years ago as a Senior Project Manager and Senior Project Designer. She has had the opportunity to work on a broad range of project types and approaches each one with a strong sense of environmental sustainability and creativity. Working on a personal level with each client, Kata strives to ensure that the finished project more than meets all the client’s expectations from aesthetics to functionality.

Charles Roberts – Senior Project Manager
MArch – Morgan State University
BFA Interior Design – Virginia Commonwealth University

Charles has practiced architecture for more than 22 years in the metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Richmond and Washington DC. His strong design sensibilities are influenced by his passion for art and design, as well as his professional experience across many project types. At SKA he manages projects spanning a range of sizes, types, and levels of complexity. Charles strives to create design solutions that integrate sustainable practices with the client’s vision and goals.

2008 – Chesapeake Bay AIA Architecture Merit Award: Varuna Salon Spa
2000 – IIDA International Design Competition Award: America Online, Creative Center 2

2007 – Work published in Architectural Drawing: A Visual Compendium of Types and Methods, 3rd Edition, By Rendow Yee, Wiley.
2005 – “Historic Brexton Building to Become Condominiums”, The Baltimore Sun, Ed Gunts, Dec 26
2000 – Feature: “CC-2 at AOL.Corp,” Interior Design Magazine, May 2000

Lacey Davidson – Business Development & Project Management
MS Real Estate – Johns Hopkins University
BS Business Administration – University of Delaware

Lacey comes from a project management background as a commercial developer and has over 10 years of experience in the industry.  She is a member of Commercial Real Estate for Women (CREW), NAIOP and the National Association of Professional Women.

Benjamin Dorsey, AIA, LEED AP
BA Architecture – Philadelphia University
Registered architect – MD

Luther Geisler, IIDA, LEED AP BD+C
BS Interior Design – University of Maryland
NCIDQ Member

Jeremy Hayes, AIA, LEED AP
Registered architect –  VA, NJ
MArch – University of Virginia
BS Architecture – University of North Carolina Charlotte

Aaron Kramer
BFA Architecture – Miami University

Aaron has a unique understanding of color and a sculptural and experiential approach to creating space. As part of a design team, he is often on hand for the lifecycle of a project and plays a key role following a concept to completion.

Robert Lang
BS Architecture – The Catholic University of America

Sylvan Miles
MArch – The Catholic University of America
BA Liberal Arts – West Virginia University

Joanna Parkinson, IIDA
BA Interior Design – University of Maryland

Kerry Weldon, LEED AP BD+C
MEBD Architecture – University of Pennsylvania
BArch – UNC Charlotte


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  • MITRE New Carrollton

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    MITRE New Carrollton

  • ADG Creative

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    ADG Creative

    Columbia, MD
    2009 – 2010

    ADG is a 23,000sf office and studio space in Columbia, MD. The project includes a number of video and audio production studios, a cafe, and office and conferencing space. The Project Team worked with ADG to develop a an active and rich design atmosphere, in which one space flows into another.

    The spatial concept is derived from the fluid and transient nature of ADG’s work. One face of the corridor is a long yellow ribbon that passes through the entire space. Placed along this wall are shaped objects that are raised above the floor at different elevations. This playful series of objects connected by rising and falling ramps is further identified by the use of color, natural light, and environmentally sensitive materials.

    There are a significant number of green building initiatives incorporated in the project, from the substantial use of recycled materials such as synthetic drywall, recycled and rapidly renewable flooring, counter surfaces with high recycled content, and FSC certified wood veneers and doors.

  • Varuna Spa Salon

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    Varuna Spa Salon

    Annapolis, Maryland

    Recently completed, Varuna is a 4,000 square foot Aveda Lifestyle Salon/ Spa located within a premier mixed use development, Park Place Annapolis. The space includes an Aveda retail area, styling salon with color stations, shoe shine area, manicure and pedicure space and spa cabins. Each spa cabin is equipped with dimmable lighting and a IPOD interface for customers.

    Sustainable Practices include:
    – Recycled Content Materials
    – Low V.O.C. Paints and Adhesives
    – Urea-Formaldehyde Free substrates
    – Rapidly Renewable Materials:
    Bamboo Flooring
    Kirei Sorghum Board
    Dakota Burl Board (sunflower hulls)

  • MITRE Aberdeen

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    MITRE Aberdeen

  • MITRE Baltimore

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    MITRE Baltimore

    MITRE’s Baltimore facility is located in a 23,000 square foot space in the busy suburb of Woodlawn. This unique adaptive use project converted a former high-bay, flex-industrial style building from a bakery to a corporate office space. The goal of the architectural design was to capture qualities of the building’s former use by incorporating industrial materials into the interior finishes and elements. Likewise, the design took advantage of the impressive height of the structure by planning an open ceiling in the Reception Area and Central Core of MITRE’s suite. Additional windows were added along the perimeter of the structure to increase natural light filtration into the space and the Central Core, located deep within the floor plate, was also illuminated with natural light by integrating skylight tubes.

  • Martek Headquarters

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    Martek Headquarters

  • Fishing Creek Farms Clubhouse

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    Fishing Creek Farms Clubhouse

  • The Holton Arms School – Dining

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    The Holton Arms School – Dining

    Bethesda, MD
    The Holton Arms School is an all girls private 3-12 school with 645 students. SKA has designed renovations of the Administration building and the Dining Hall, as well as a finishes master plan for the campus.

  • Bach Residence

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    Bach Residence

  • MITRE FT Meade

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    MITRE FT Meade

    Annapolis Junction, Maryland
    2008 – 2010

    The project is a new 80,000 square foot tenant facility in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. Although the Owner did not choose to pursue a LEED certification, there are a significant number of green building initiatives incorporated in the project. The project scope primarily includes office and conferencing space. Despite the space being located within a new building, the project also includes design of the floor elevator lobby and selection of building core finishes. The design of the elevator lobby and reception have been integrated creating a seamless transition with greater design impact.

    The design focuses on celebrating amenities and shared spaces which are distributed throughout the space. The use of lighting, both natural and energy efficient artificial lighting, and environmentally sensitive materials identify these spaces and animate the circulation paths. Lighting design plays a special role throughout the space defining special areas including: the elevator lobby, the reception, conference rooms, work room, pantry/lunch room, and corridors.

    Green Initiatives: Daylight harvesting, Energy efficient lighting, LED lighting, Recycled ceiling tile, Recycled content materials, Synthetic drywall, Low VOC paint and adhesives, FSC certified wood, Recycled carpet, Low flow plumbing fixtures, Energy star rated appliances, Local and regional materials, Urea-formaldehyde free substrates, Recyclable furniture

  • Warren Residence

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    Warren Residence

  • O’Malley Residence

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    O’Malley Residence

  • Goodman Residence

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    Goodman Residence

  • Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

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    Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

    Grasonville, Maryland
    2007 – 2008

    This project involves SKA providing green design consulting and LEED certification services for the construction of a new educational facility. The goal of the facility is to provide a working example of green building materials and systems for Maryland homeowners.

    Sustainable practices include:
    – On site renewable energy source
    – Local and Regional Materials
    – Recycled Content Materials
    – Reclaimed materials
    – Rapidly Renewable materials
    – Energy Efficient building envelope
    – Energy Efficient lighting and control system
    – Low V.O.C. paints
    – Water efficient plumbing fixtures
    – Energy Star rated appliances
    – Access to natural light and views
    – Stormwater management systems: Rain Barrels, Cisterns, and Rain Gardens

  • Mixt Greens

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    Mixt Greens

    Bethesda, MD


  • The Brexton

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    The Brexton

    Built in 1881 and located on Park Ave. in Baltimore, The Brexton is a national registered historic building. SKA studio was commissioned to design renovations and additions for the purposes of adapting the building for multifamily use. SKA studio completed the design for review and approval on all levels including: neighborhood, city, state and federal historic review agencies. With these approvals, the owner was able to secure significant tax credits towards the proposed improvements. The project includes 13 luxury condominium units.

  • New Hope Chapel

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    New Hope Chapel

  • Avalon Bay Communities

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    Avalon Bay Communities

  • Atlantic Group

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    Atlantic Group

  • Bay Ridge Community Entrance Gate

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    Bay Ridge Community Entrance Gate

  • Cafe Matisse

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    Cafe Matisse

  • Mensch Residence

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    Mensch Residence

    Annapolis, Maryland
    2005 – 2007

    This single family waterfront home is located in the neighborhood of Bay Ridge. The design is a direct response to the site conditions including: Views, Solar Orientation, Prevailing Breezes, and Chesapeake Bay Critical Area requirements. The house is articulated as a series of staggered bars which allow each room to have windows, natural light, and views along multiple walls. A breezeway and open three-story stair allow for natural ventilation.

  • National History Society of Maryland

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    National History Society of Maryland

  • Hutchinson Residence

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    Hutchinson Residence

  • Hendricks Residence

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    Hendricks Residence

  • The Meadows White Marsh

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    The Meadows White Marsh

  • Simpson Residence

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    Simpson Residence

  • Navy EOD Lab Building

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    Navy EOD Lab Building

  • South River Pediatrics

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    South River Pediatrics



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