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year end review


Kenneth Park Architects New York Los Angeles

by the numbers


(Bicoastal) Offices


strong & growing


years in business

44 + 04

us & canadian licenses


clients in ‘16


new projects in ‘16

contact us New York City 360 Lexington Avenue New York, NY 10017 T: (212) 599-0044 F: (212) 599-0066 Los Angeles 931 North Cole Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90038 T: (323) 462-1311

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Best of 2016 Kenneth Park Architects New York Los Angeles

About Us

The Year in Review

Founded in 1989, Kenneth Park Architects is a 60-person, full service architecture firm that specializes in retail, commercial and mixed-use development. We are led by Kenneth Park, AIA, Founding Principal, Robert Yuricic, RA, a Principal in the NYC office and Greg Hong, AIA, a Principal in the LA office. In 2009, we celebrated twenty years in the business. The same year, KPA established a second office in Los Angeles that functions as the head office for our project management arm, while better serving our West Coast clientele.

As we round out 27 years as an established architecture firm in the retail and commercial sector, we celebrate an action packed year of project openings throughout the country and exciting new projects in design or construction phases. In our annual year end review, we highlight a few of the momentous occasions that defined the year for us.

KPA is licensed in 44 States, DC & 4 Provinces in Canada. We specialize in retail, commercial and mixed-use architecture for retailers and developers alike; and provide services on a national, and occasionally, an international level. We’ve designed innovative brand concepts and prototype designs for some of the most exciting names in fashion, completed national and international roll-outs numbering in the hundreds, and provided our commercial and mixed-use expertise on some of the boldest developments in the country. With 27 years of experience in architecture, planning and interior design, we continue to create places, spaces, and experiences that are inviting, memorable, and worth revisiting.

In retail, we continued our winning streak, servicing long time clients and collaborating on new and exciting projects. One of the highlights? The first LEED-certified H&M in the world, which opened at Westfield WTC in November of this year. Meanwhile, we exercised our interior design chops on numerous projects, ranging from prototype concepts for up and coming brands to interior renovations of shopping malls. In commercial and mixed-use development, notable projects included the interior & exterior renovation of malls, adaptive reuse of a range of sites in Williamsburg and assistance in the ULURP process for the first multi-family development to apply for de Blasio’s affordable housing proposal. Oh-and last but not least, we welcomed Gregory Hong, AIA as Principal of the Los Angeles office. We look forward to his leadership! As we wrap up the rest of the year, we’re turning our attention to greater opportunities, exciting project completions and new milestones in 2017. So, stay in touch and stay warm. We wish you a prosperous new year from all of us at Kenneth Park Architects. Cheers! Page 3

Kenneth Park, AIA Founding Principal

a letter from ken

about kpa

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location New York, NY size 375,000 SF

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Reports from the Front Line

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Opening Ceremony; In the Pipeline

Sherman Plaza was 1st to Apply for de Blasio’s Affordable Housing Proposal

Bailey 44 Makes a Splash with First Location at Lido Marina Village


Acadia Realty Trust & Washington Square Partners’ proposed 23-story, 335-unit building in Washington Heights is the first to apply for Mayor de Blasio’s affordable housing proposal. The building would set aside a portion of total apartment units for residents whose income comprises 80% of the area’s median income in exchange for the property’s rezoning. KPA assisted in the Department of City Planning’s ULURP application. To read more via press coverage on this project, see the Real Deal and NY YIMBY.

Bailey 44’s first location is modeled on a chic private residence. Inside, windowpane partitions divide the space into individual rooms and the storefront is clad in white brick, extending to the pantry, where a local florist has set up shop. Metal and glass doors open out onto a picturesque courtyard and pond. The intent of the concept is not to limit the merchandise within the confines of a retail shop, but rather to envision and project the brand within the home and in the closets of Bailey 44 customers, perfectly integrated. Additional street and indoor locations are in the pipeline, but peep the brand’s shopin-shops at Bloomingdale’s now to get your immediate fix.


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Newport Beach, CA

1,300 SF date July 2016



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Opening Ceremony; Reports from the Front Line



The Year of MCM

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Opening Ceremony; Reports from the Front Line

The Next Great American Malls

Philadelphia, PA size 1,800 SF date August 2016

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location new York, NY

Not familiar with MCM? Well, that’s about to change. MCM, aka Modern Creation München, is a luxury travel goods and accessories brand defined by a contemporary East-meets-West aesthetic. In 2015, MCM turned its attention to the US, with the opening of its first stateside flagship in SoHo. Since then, KPA and MCM have partnered together to achieve the brand’s brick and mortar plans. In 2016 alone, we logged a total of 11 different projects, including airport, shopin-shops, indoor and street locations. Of these, the King of Prussia location in the new luxury wing of the shopping mall is a standout.

On the same day in August, two much hyped shopping “destinations,” World Trade Center and the new luxury wing of King of Prussia, opened to the public. Each has undergone a highly publicized journey, with the Oculus heralded as a sign of the Financial District’s rebirth and the new wing of KOP an extravagant renovation for an already extravagant mall. The takeaway? The American shopping mall is not dead, it’s just evolving. Many of our clients felt the same way, as evident in the number of projects we completed for WTC (Breitling, Sam Edelman, H&M, & Ugg) and KOP (MCM, Clarins, Sam Edelman, David Yurman, Hugo Boss, Carolina Herrera, & DVF).

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# of Projects Four at WTC Seven at KOP date August 2016

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location Los Angeles, CA date september 2016

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Inner Workings of KPA

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Opening Ceremony

Greg Hong, AIA Leads KPA’s Los Angeles Office

Garden State Plaza Reveals Modernized Facelift


In September of this year, Gregory G. Hong, AIA, joined KPA’s Los Angeles office as Principal. In this role, Greg will lead the architectural and design teams, while pursuing new business opportunities and overseeing day-to-day operations. Most recently, Greg was Project Manager for large-scale mixed-use developments such as Metropolis and NoHo West while at Gensler and Altoon Partners, respectively. Previously, Greg oversaw his own practice, Nexus Design Group, in South Florida for over ten years and was Director of Architecture for Menin Development.

As part of the ongoing redevelopment of Garden State Plaza, Kenneth Park Architects was retained by Westfield Corporation as Executive Architect to renovate the exterior facade and entrance no. 7 at GSP. Adjacent to the entrance, a new pedestrian-friendly site plan creates a desirable public space for end-users. Combined, these transformations reinvigorate the complex for shoppers and both new & existing tenants.



Paramus, NJ size 5,000 SF date October 2016

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Opening Ceremony


client urban Edge Properties location San Juan, PR size 600,000 SF date October 2016

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Opening Ceremony; In the Pipeline

The Outlets at Montehiedra Celebrates Grand Opeing

KPA & H&M Fete the Opening of the Retailer’s First LEED-Certifed Store


In October, KPA and Urban Edge Properties celebrated the newly renovated Outlets at Montehiedra in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The Outlets boast a complete exterior and interior renovation, with a newly designed interior and chic, modern lounge areas for the public. On the exterior, a tasteful color scheme and new signage freshen up the Outlet’s facade, while a monumental pylon at the entrance announces the Outlet’s new mix of tenants. KPA was design architect for the Outlets at Montehiedra.

After more than two years, the first LEED-certified H&M flagship at World Trade Center celebrated its grand opening in November of last year. At approximately 25,000 SF, the flagship is the twelfth location in Manhattan and features a wide range of distinct collections. A few days later, Daniel Kulle, President of H&M North America, revealed to WWD the projected 2018 opening of the retailer’s 2-story, 34,000 SF flagship at Hudson Yards. KPA was retained as Executive Architect for the WTC location and will be acting in the same capacity for the Hudson Yards flagship.


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new York, NY

25,000 SF date November 2016



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client L3 Capital location Brooklyn, NY size 7,900 SF date November 2016

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Opening Ceremony; In the Pipeline

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In wtih the New, Out with the Old; Inner Workings of KPA

Adaptive Reuse: L3 Capital’s Plans for Williamsburg, Brooklyn

New Year, New US: Welcome to the New KPA Office


KPA is currently retained by L3 Capital to redevelop an extensive portion of the firm’s holdings along N 6th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. KPA is providing architectural services for a series of buildings, with the goal of modernizing the exterior facade and maximizing ground floor retail space. Of these larger holdings, 120 N 6th Street is the first project to be completed. As Executive Architects, we designed a new storefront and roof deck for commercial and office use by the incoming tenant, Le Labo. Keep an eye out for our logo on the construction sites along this street!

We decided to treat ourselves this year and greet 2017 with a freshly renovated office. The areas under consideration? Altogether, the main lobby, reception desk, conference rooms, kitchen and material library were revamped. Our interior designers heightened the drama, creating a dark gray lobby that continues to the reception desk and opens out onto the conference rooms and a new open kitchen, with dark gray cabinets, brand new furnishings and built-in shelves. Oh, and we should clarify: the changes were limited to our New York City office. The Los Angeles office accessorizes with 365 days of sunshine.


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new York, NY

10,000 SF date December 2016



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