Hana Kassem and Jeffrey Kenoff.

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Hana Kassem and Jeffrey Kenoff Elevated to the 2024 AIA College of Fellows

The KPF Principals are two of the 10 architects elevated from AIA’s New York City chapter to Fellowship, and the only two in the Design category.

The 2024 Jury of Fellows for the American Institute of Architects (AIA) elevated 96 members to its esteemed College of Fellows nationwide. KPF’s Hana Kassem and Jeffrey Kenoff, both Design Principals, have been awarded this recognition for their significant contributions to the profession.

Hana has applied a human-centric approach to design across various project typologies around the world over nearly three decades as an architect, examining how we affect our environment and how, in turn, our built environment affects us. Hana’s design approach embraces belonging, sustainability, wellness, and resiliency. In NYC, Hana led the design of the historic Farley Post Office repurposing for Meta’s offices, and in Ithaca, the design of SouthWorks, an AIA New York State award-winning adaptive reuse project that transforms the historic Morse Chain Industrial site into a research, fabrication, and commercial hub that includes mixed-income housing. For the New York City Housing Authority, she and her team developed an infrastructural resiliency and renewal plan for the Red Hook Houses, a model project that has been widely published and awarded. She led the design of key buildings at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s new campus in Guangzhou, as well as the University of Michigan Center for Innovation, both projects aim to be carbon neutral and highly sustainable. Hana serves on the AIANY Board of Trustees as VP for Design Excellence and the Van Alen Institute Board of Trustees as Nominating Chair. She is the co-editor of Architect d.b.a. | On Re-defining the Roles of the Architect Today, a book published by AIANY. Hana shares her design approach in speaking engagements and publications world-wide. She has taught at Yale and Parsons and maintains strong ties with academia and research as a visiting critic at the nation’s most advanced architecture schools.

With over 30 years of experience, Jeff is a guiding figure in the practice of blending architecture with urban design. His portfolio includes a wide range of program types, and he is an expert in the design of  large-scale, mixed-use developments with an emphasis on urban connectivity and vertical urbanism. Driven by his commitment to creating spaces that positively contribute to the greater community, Jeff led the designs of Huamu Lot 10 in Shanghai, which features a central plaza activated by cultural programming; T. Rowe Price Headquarters in Baltimore, which reimagines a brownfield site into a pedestrian haven on the waterfront; and Sequis Centre in Jakarta, one of the first LEED-certified buildings in the city. Despite their large size, Jeff’s designs achieve a remarkably human scale through thoughtful materiality and massing. He was one of the Design Principals of One Vanderbilt, which draws inspiration from the neighboring Grand Central Terminal in the material selection for the building’s façade and lobby. Jeff is an advocate for urban architecture in communities such as the AIA, ULI, and CTBUH. He has served as a visiting critic at Harvard University, MIT, Yale University, and Columbia University, and his design research has been published globally.

The fellowship program was developed to elevate architects who have achieved a high standard of excellence in the profession and made a substantial contribution to architecture and society. Out of more than 98,000 AIA members, only three percent are recognized as fellows. The New York Chapter Fellows will be celebrated at the Center for Architecture on March 20. The full 2024 Class will be inducted into the College of Fellows at the 2024 AIA Conference on Architecture in Washington, D.C.