Christopher J. Panella

Chris’ career has been influenced by his commitment and dedication to supporting the mission of K&A’s clients and the needs of the people they serve.

A Passion for Housing
An Associate of K&A, Chris provides a variety of architectural design and construction administration services for a range of housing and community projects. His 21-year career in the architecture and construction industries has included a focus on market-rate housing for national and local development companies. When he joined K&A in 2001, he shifted that focus to affordable housing for families and senior citizens.

A Commitment to People
Chris now leads the planning, design and construction of affordable housing for seniors and families, and neighborhood community centers. He is deeply committed to improving the lives of residents in their communities and as a result is dedicated to creating appropriate, livable spaces that support and enhance their quality of life and respond to their needs.

Outside the Office
His love of design and architecture has influenced Chris’ personal time outside of K&Al. He is well-versed in all aspects of home renovation—especially finish carpentry, drywall/plaster work and painting, utilizing his talents to rehab and modernize his last two early 20th-century homes. He is an avid collector of both vintage and modern power tools, which he uses regularly in his wood-working and home renovation work. Chris is an automotive enthusiast and is encyclopedic in his ability to readily recall facts and data regarding the automotive industry.


  • Cazenovia College, Associates of Interior Architecture


  • Affordable Housing Professionals of NJ