KRA in the news

Published July 14, 2014

We've recently appeared in print. In case you missed it, here are the links to those articles:

Pioneer Valley Performing Arts Charter Public School plans $1.85 million renovation in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

John Kuhn is interviewed about the firm in this month's Business West.

Olympia Oaks celebrates its official opening in Amherst. Press coverage here and here.

Honored by Amherst Montessori School

Published April 9, 2014

We were recently honored for our work with Amherst Montessori on their new building. KRA's Aelan Tierney (below, right) and Charles Roberts (below, left) were in attendance at the school's annual charity auction earlier this month and were presented with a collage created by the children that depicts their new school.

Chris Farley elected WMAIA President

Published December 9, 2013

Chris Farley was elected president of the Western Massachusetts chapter of the American Institute of Architects at the group's annual meeting and dinner last week.

During the evening, WMAIA director Lorin Starr acknowledged Lindsay Schnarr for her continuing work as IDP Coordinator and Andy Grogan for his work with the WMAIA-Five College "Architecture Through Film" series.

We also presented four current projects: Olympia Oaks, Unitarian Universalist Society of Amherst, 79 South Pleasant, and The Trolley Barn, and one project completed last year, The Deerfield Inn.

2013 Chatham Preservation Award

Published July 17, 2013

 We recently received a 2013 Chatham Preservation Award for our work on the Thompson Residence in Chatham, Massachusetts. 

Originally constructed around 1880, the house was in need of significant repairs and upgrades. Because it was built very low to the ground on a partial "Cape Cod basement," it also had several structural and drainage issues to resolve.  The renovated project includes an ample front porch that enhances the form of the original house as well as additions to the rear that expand dining and kitchen areas.

The old garage was raised and renovated into a two-story guest suite. The ground level was redesigned with a sitting area; the second floor contains a single bedroom with a small bathroom and a intimate balcony facing south.

Sponsored by the Town of Chatham Historic Commission, Historic Business District Commission, and the Chatham Historical Society, the awards are presented each year to projects that rehabilitate, restore, and/or adaptively reuse historic structures.

Nolan earns NCIDQ certificate

Published June 28, 2013

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Nolan recently passed the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) Examination and earned her NCIDQ Certificate.

The practice-based NCIDQ Examination is a rigorous three-part examination covering programming, schematic design, design development, contract documents, contract administration, and professional practice, among other related topics such as codes, sustainability and universal design. By passing the examination and earning her NCIDQ Certificate, Nolan has demonstrated that she possesses the skills and knowledge required to practice interior design in North America.

Nolan joined Kuhn Riddle in 2008 and is currently the interior designer for a number of projects in the office, including New England Public Radio’s new headquarters and renovations to several buildings on the American International College campus. She has experience with designing interior environments for educational, corporate, civic, and residential clients.

Nolan received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design from Pratt Institute, where she received the Academic Achievement Award for Interior Design and ASID’s Education Legacy Fund Scholarship.

SIP receives Merit Award from WMAIA

Published January 11, 2013

Winners of the 2012 Western Massachusetts AIA Awards were announced in December, and we are pleased to have received a Merit Award for design excellence for SIP. Judges noted their appreciation of the creative use of simple materials and the clean aesthetic. 

SIP was also a runner up for the "People’s Choice Award," presented at the public reception at the APE Gallery in downtown Northampton, MA.

Designed For Habitat

Published August 24, 2012

Our collaboration with Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity and Amherst College has been featured in a new book, Designed for Habitat.

KRA in the News

Published August 8, 2012

We've recently appeared in print. In case you missed it on our blog, here are the links to those articles:

Salon 241




Salon 241 as a "Salon of Distinction" (link)





A profile of Rachael Chase in ASID Access (link)


Charles Roberts




An article about small houses featuring Charles Roberts and Rachael Chase (link)

UMass Band Building Awarded LEED Gold

Published May 9, 2012

Band Building InteriorAfter its grand opening in November, the UMass Minuteman Marching Band Building has been awarded a LEED Gold certification. This certification, granted by the USGBC for the building’s excellent energy efficiency and renewable construction, makes the band building the first UMass structure to be LEED certified.

Burt Ewart, UMass Amherst capital project manager, commended the design and construction, saying, “The university’s target was a moderately ambitious Silver rating, but because Kuhn Riddle Architects and Eastern General Contractors ‘live Green,’ a considerably higher goal was achieved. This was done without any additional expenditure and without compromising the functional utility and serviceability of the building.”

Band Building Dedication

Published November 8, 2011

George N. Parks Minuteman Marching Band Building dedicationThe George N. Parks UMass Minuteman Marching Band Building had its dedication and ribbon-cutting ceremony during homecoming weekend, and we were there to help celebrate the grand opening! 

It was a lovely fall day, with the band in full regalia and throngs of students, alumni, and friends there to celebrate the official opening of the building and to remember late band director George Parks, for whom the building is named.  Chancellor Robert Holub, Associate Band Director Tom Hannum, new Band Director Timothy Anderson, and Parks' wife, Jeanne, all spoke of Parks' commitment to the band over the course of his 33 year career at UMass and his tireless efforts to find it a permanent home.

“This is a great moment,” said Charles Roberts, AIA. "After working with George for so many years, we know that he would have been proud of this testament to the tradition of Power and Class.” 

The new 15,000 square foot facility includes locker rooms, a music library, offices, and a large rehearsal hall for the entire 400 member band.  The opening ceremony ended with student-led tours of the building, as hundreds of attendees got to walk through the band’s new home. 

“It’s a wonderful experience to see a design you’ve had in your mind for so long finally get built,” said KRA's Elizabeth Morgan, AIA. “It’s even more wonderful to see it filled with the people for whom it was made.”

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