KPF is a collaborative studio, driven by a group of colleagues who believe that they can achieve the highest level of architecture by working together in search of the best ideas. The firm operates as a meritocracy, where innovative design comes from talented staff at all levels of experience. The wisdom of senior professionals is balanced with the enthusiasm of youth.
Our staff come from a wide variety of backgrounds, representing many cultures and 51 countries. This broadens our vision and allows us to make buildings and places that serve the diversity of the populations who use them.
The firm is committed to do its part to redress a historical gender imbalance within the profession, and achieve gender equality. KPF promotes a work environment that is fully supportive of all. Such goals lead us to move beyond the concept of inclusion to the more holistic condition of belonging. The excellence of our staff is strongly exemplified by our outstanding senior women leaders. The women profiled in this article – Jill N. Lerner, Hana Kassem, Marianne Kwok, Laura King, Rebecca Cheng, and Angela Wu – represent the highest level of talent and professionalism. They provide essential leadership for our practice across the globe. They embody the best of KPF’s culture, in their commitment to quality architecture, their dedication to improving the public realm, and their mentorship of junior staffers. von Klemperer spoke with each recently about their work and career-defining projects.