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  THE K&A LEGACY  

Since 1971, we at Kitchen & Associates have helped our clients—both public and private—develop housing, workplaces, schools and universities, healthcare facilities, and community resources aimed at revitalizing and transforming neighborhoods and communities, as well as the regions in which they are located.

 
The K&A Legacy

1971… A Beginning
Kitchen & Associates was founded in 1971 by architect and urban planner Benjamin Kitchen, AIA, PP. Unable to ignore an early passion in life for environmentally-responsible and socially-conscious design, Ben chose to leave a position as Senior Associate at one of the world’s best-known architectural firms in order to establish his own shop with a fundamental mission of providing what he considered to be social architecture—architecture which changes the world by changing the ways people live, work and interact with their built environment. This mission would be further enhanced and strengthened over the years by a governing ethos and culture of social responsibility, sustainability and green principles.

 
 

Ahead of Their Time
For a young architectural firm in the early 1970s, such an approach—one dedicated to changing the perceptions and expectations of both the design and building communities, and with an emphasis on making the lives of the end users better—was unique, and certainly not without its fair share of industry obstacles and societal challenges. Architectural mores at the time were not exactly open to the young firm’s ideals, with Ben’s desire to integrate more progressive thinking into the design process often brushing up against more entrenched and traditional views on architecture and its responsibility to the larger society and culture as a whole.

 

Growing a Firm
Throughout everything, Ben’s indispensable partner and ally was always his wife Beth. A talented and knowledgeable urban planner in her own right, Beth was a kindred spirit, sharing Ben’s passion and vision for a better world through thoughtful, sustainable, more responsible design. In 1979, after eight years working behind the scenes, Beth officially joined Kitchen & Associates as both the firm’s Principal Planner and Business Manager, bringing a level of business acumen to the table that would prove critical in successfully growing the firm over the course of the couple’s next twenty years together.

 

The Torch is Passed
Benjamin Kitchen passed away in 2002. Beth continued to lead the company up until her retirement in 2011. And though the Kitchen’s daily presence may be missed today, their legacy—their mission, their values, their core design philosophy—lives on in the hearts and minds of the firm’s latest generation of leadership, who continue to design buildings that are not only attractive, but also sustainable and energy-efficient, and which bring dignity and comfort to those who live, work, learn, heal and play within their walls.

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