At KGD Architecture, our ability to listen, comprehend and ask the right questions about a project is proven.  We do not have a singular design aesthetic. Design is not a style.  Design is a process by which we discover what our clients are about and how to convey their message, culture and image through the built environment. Matrices and guidelines may tell us size, office standards and functions, but it’s our process, experience and ability that will create a space or building that reflects the Client’s identity.

KGD is an award-winning architectural, interiors, and planning firm headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Virginia, Massachusetts, and Thailand.

We have received accolades and recognition from our customers, peers, and industry for design excellence and environmental stewardship. Our experience includes: corporate and commercial office, hospitality, mixed-use, multi-family residential, institutional, and sustainable design projects.

Our design philosophy promotes thoughtful, appropriately tailored solutions that result in successful spaces, those that visually communicate the client’s values, history, and culture while enhancing the performance, purpose, and function of the organization. We believe good design brings real value, positively influencing productivity, effectiveness, and overall sense of well-being. It incorporates current standards and anticipates future requirements, allowing buildings to be an asset throughout their lifecycle.

KGD holds relationships and knowledge of our clients above any singular design aesthetic. Design is a process by which we discover who our clients are and how to convey their message, culture, and image through the built environment. A matrix may tell us size, office standards, and functions, but our process and abilities will create a space or building that reflects the client’s identity.

KGD is committed to world-class client service. Our time-proven design methods continually evolve and keep pace with technology to offer an innovative, comprehensive approach to realizing our client’s vision.


Firm History

Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC, operating as KGD Architecture, was founded in McLean, Virginia in 1995 by longtime friends Ben Kishimoto and Chris Gordon as Kishimoto.Gordon PC.  Much of the firm’s early work leveraged the new partners’ experience in commercial office space, but made small, early forays in future core markets like multifamily, interiors and hospitality.

Manoj Dalaya came on as Principal in 2003, giving rise to the Firm’s current name.  The Firm’s second decade saw continued expansion across markets and a move in 2007 to our current, LEED® Gold studio in Rosslyn, just across Key Bridge from Georgetown.  The Firm opened new offices in Boston and Bangkok as we continued to explore new possibilities.

The Firm kicked off its third decade with the promotions of Henry Mahns and Tom Donaghy to Principal and a stylish 20th Anniversary soiree.  Today the Firm has an expansive portfolio of architecture, interiors and masterplanning projects, and continues to hone specific expertise in the fields of multifamily, including low-income and mixed-generation housing, secure facilities, corporate refresh, hospitality, sustainability and transit-oriented planning.

Company Information

  • Founded in 1995
  • Four Locations
  • KGD Architecture is a Virginia Corporation
  • KGD Architecture is a Small, Minority Business Enterprise

Ben Kishimoto with longtime client and friend of the Firm Gary Abramson, c. 1995.
Rebecca, Jacobi + Ben
Brian Haas
AIA Design Awards 2016