Since joining KPF in 2001, Hana Kassem has led design teams for a variety of project types and in locations around the world, bringing more than 20 years of design experience to these endeavors.
Hana’s experience transcends international boundaries. In China, she was the senior designer for the Shanghai American Center, a mixed-use development comprising nine residential towers, six office towers and a retail base along with public plazas, and terraces, currently under construction. In Brazil, Hana was the Senior Designer for Faria Lima Corporate Towers in São Paulo and the Barão de Tefé office building in Rio de Janeiro. In Abu Dhabi, she led the design of Al Bateen Wharf, a mixed-use project that fosters a curated, modern and stimulating lifestyle for residents and tourists alike within the guiding principles of a sustainable development. In Mumbai, she led the design for the Goregaon Towers that are a direct response to the city’s pattern of growth.
Most recently, Hana has led the design team working on the NYCHA Red Hook Houses Sandy Resiliency and Renewal Program in Brooklyn. The project focuses on rebuilding, resiliency and sustainability as it improves dated public housing and infrastructure, including the design of two feature co-gen powerplants that serve the development and a localized flood-protection system involving landscape strategies.
Hana is also skilled in designing for the unique needs of academic and institutional projects, having worked on several at KPF for over a decade. Hana was the Senior Designer for the City University of New York (CUNY) Advanced Science Research Center in New York City, a LEED Gold building that was awarded the AIA NYS Excelsior Award in 2015. Additional academic projects include the Chapman Graduate School of Business at Florida International University, completed in 2007 and awarded the Chicago Athaneum Award for Design Excellence.
She also played a key role in the design of the Dulles International Airport Tier 2 Midfield Concourse and AeroTrain, completed in 2011. The project was honored with the Best of 2010 Mid-Atlantic Award for Transportation.
A prominent member of the architectural community, Hana is a member of the AIANY Board serving as Director of Design Excellence. She has also served as co-chair of the Global Dialogues committee, organizing various panel discussions throughout the year on a number of design, technical, and urban planning topics. She also serves as a member of the Van Alen Institute’s Board of Trustees. Over the years, Hana has been invited as critic at Pratt, Parsons, RISD, Columbia University, Yale and as guest lecturer for Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. She is the editor of a book, entitled Architect d.b.a | On Re-defining the Roles of the Architect Today, published by the AIANY.