The program’s mission is to inform and excite students about the opportunities available in these industries and support their continued advancement throughout their schooling and career. Over the school year, KPF hosts 20 to 30 high school students for weekly sessions. Together with Extell, Arup, Thornton Tomasetti and other developers and engineers, KPF offers short lessons and studio exercises that help guide students in the development of a hypothetical architectural proposal.
At KPF, we embrace our obligation to positively
and proactively impact the world around us,
serving as global citizens to make our community
more equitable and inclusive.
Through education, outreach, charity and mission-driven work, KPF and its employees leverage a combination of talent, expertise and influence to create lasting change in the profession, built environment and world-at-large. Some of our efforts include:
Through the ACE Mentor Program of America, KPF staff advise high school students
with aspirations to pursue careers in design and construction.
With Publicolor, KPF staff mentor middle through high school students
while volunteering to paint the interiors of New York City schools.
The after-school program encourages students from underserved neighborhoods to stay in school by teaching teamwork skills and creating lasting relationships with mentors, preparing participants for success in college and beyond. Past surveys have shown that 100% of Publicolor students graduate from high school and go through at least their first year of college. KPF chairman and co-founder Gene Kohn is a longtime member and the current chair of Publicolor’s Board of Directors.
Habitat for Humanity
As part of the Global Village program initiative, a group of KPF volunteers from New York, London, and Shanghai travel together each year to build a house for a family in need.
Alongside homeowners and members of the community, the volunteers construct a home from the ground up within a week. Since 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped over 5 million people, working with over 1,400 communities in the United States and in more than 70 countries worldwide.
Paul Katz Fellowship
The KPF Paul Katz Fellowship is an international award established in honor
of the life and work of former KPF Principal Paul Katz.
Each year, two international students are supported in their study of issues pertaining to global urbanism upon graduation from an M.Arch program at any of the five design schools at which Paul studied or participated as a teacher. The Fellowship is supported through the generosity of people who worked closely with Paul Katz, including friends, clients, colleagues, and KPF.
Bursary at The Bartlett
Based on excellence and financial needs, the KPF Bursary at The Bartlett, University College London is awarded each year to an M.Arch student entering his/her fourth year of study.
The Bursary enables recipients to invest in their research and design outputs (including model fabrication, prototyping, and publications) and offsets the high cost of living and studying in London. The efforts support UCL’s commitment to wider social inclusion and reflect KPF’s ethos of openness and diversity.
KPF Traveling Fellowship
Each year, KPF presents three awards to students in their penultimate year at one of the twenty-seven design schools with whom the firm has chosen to partner.
The goal of the award is to allow students to broaden their education through a summer of travel and exploration before their final year at school. Recipients are awarded cash prizes to fund summer research on far-reaching topics that push the boundaries of critical thinking and architectural design, with winners determined by a jury of KPF Principals and industry leaders.
Neighborhoods Now connects four NYC neighborhoods heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic with leading design firms to develop safe and effective reopening strategies.
KPF was appointed as a design partner collaborating with a leading local organization in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn to develop tailored solutions for shared gathering spaces, including restaurants, storefronts, civic and cultural organizations, parks, and streets. Neighborhoods Now is a joint effort of the Urban Design Forum and the Van Alen Institute.
The STAR Center
The STAR (Sport Therapeutic Adaptive Recreation) Center is a recreation and rehabilitation center that incorporates fitness and wellness equity in every facet of its design.
Working with local design partner River Architects, KPF designed the complex in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to be free of the barriers that limit those living with disabilities from achieving the physical activity needed to regain or maintain health. The facility provides programming for medically-based therapy, community-based assisted physical therapy, and recreational activities.
KPF generated a master plan and design for the
historic neighborhood of Ga Mashie in Accra, Ghana.
Conceived in partnership with the Millennium Cities Initiative to support its urban revitalization efforts, the plan introduces basic infrastructure and new housing prototypes, providing residents with access to adequate housing, potable water, sanitation, electricity, and safe circulation. Through incremental transformation, the project is intended to serve as a model for other urban neighborhoods in Accra and sub-Saharan Africa. Read more about the process here.
KPF partnered with ICAP, a global public health leader that delivers HIV-related services in 30 sites throughout Swaziland, to develop the Swaziland Training and Research Centre.
The Centre serves as a magnet to attract researchers to Swaziland and train junior investigators and health care providers to improve responses to the country’s HIV epidemic. The complex supports the training of a future generation of healthcare professionals and brings much-needed HIV-related care to the area.