KGD Architecture’s approach to design begins with aligning the project to our client’s mission. In collaborative relationship with our client, KGD gains an understanding of their visionary, practical, and timely objectives to inform a design tailored to its unique place, function, and aesthetic and that achieves the highest outcome and best use for the building and those who live or work in and around it.

Our principals are committed to delivering services for the full duration of design and construction, from conceptual sketches through building occupancy, ensuring that the client mission, sustainability, community goals, resource conservation, and environmental protection are given priority within realistic budgetary expectations. KGD creates enduring value for our clients with a continuous focus on economic drivers and project viability that optimizes the project’s value and return on investment.

Successful navigation of projects through required approvals is enhanced by our familiarity with local land use incentives and specific, thorough research for each new project. Skillful regional implementation for local clients has led to opportunities for KGD to build a national presence, where we continue to meet the promise of our client’s initial vision.

KGD recognizes that good design means good business, and that our projects succeed only when they help our clients achieve their goals. Beyond the ribbon cutting ceremony for a completed project, our clients continue to reap the rewards of a thoughtful, responsive, and collaborative design process.


Kishimoto.Gordon.Dalaya PC, operating as KGD Architecture, was founded in McLean, Virginia in 1995 by Ben Kishimoto and Christopher Gordon as Kishimoto.Gordon PC, a minority-owned company. Much of the firm’s early work leveraged the new partners’ experience in large scale corporate buildings but made early forays in future core markets like multifamily, interiors and hospitality. Manoj Dalaya joined the firm as Principal in 2003, giving rise to the Firm’s current name.

The Firm’s second decade saw continued expansion across diverse markets, serving the most pressing needs of our time in the national security, science, and technology sectors. Manoj Dalaya, FAIA and Christopher Gordon, AIA became co-Presidents of KGD Architecture to co-lead the firm to the award-winning success while remaining anchored in the needs of clients and communities. Both co-Presidents received the Award of Distinguished Achievement by AIA Virginia in 2018 and 2020 respectively. Manoj was celebrated for relentlessly delivering successful solutions to complex building security issues within a cloak of exceptional award -winning architectural design; Christopher was recognized for creating affordable housing that advances the vision of a diverse, inclusive, and sustainable community.

Twenty-six years after its inception KGD Architecture, with five principals in the leadership, remains a minority-owned Virginia corporation, headquartered in Washington, DC, with additional offices in Arlington, Boston, and Bangkok. We have received accolades and recognition from our customers, peers, and industry for design excellence and environmental stewardship. The Firm has an expansive portfolio of architecture, interiors and master planning projects and continues to hone specific expertise in the fields of multifamily, including low-income and mixed-generation housing, science and technology, corporate refresh, hospitality, sustainability, and transit-oriented planning.


Aileen RG Horn