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KCBA Architects Announces New Principals

KCBA Architects is proud to announce that Eric Gianelle, AIA and Michael Kelly, AIA, LEED AP have been elevated to principals of the firm. Both longtime employees, Eric and Mike have played central roles in shaping many of the firm’s signature projects and provided leadership for a wide range of initiatives. They join existing principals Jay Clough and Les Bucher in working to maintain KCBA’s dedication to superior client service and excellent design while expanding the firm’s capabilities and reach.

A graduate of Syracuse University’s School of Architecture, Eric has been with KCBA since 2002. His work includes a diverse mix of projects in the educational, religious, municipal, and commercial realms. As the new principal of project management, Eric will apply his experience managing large-scale and complex projects to enhance KCBA’s customer service and productivity. Eric said, “I am humbled and excited by this opportunity. I have always been amazed by the depth of talent and capabilities of the staff at KCBA. I look forward to working with our project management leadership to review and improve our core functions from day-to-day client communications to quality control processes.”

A KCBA employee since 2006, Mike is also a graduate of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University. In addition to design and management responsibilities for a wide range of educational and religious projects, he plays a number of roles at KCBA associated with business development and strategic planning. Regarding his new position as principal of project development, Mike stated, “I am energized by the prospect of building upon KCBA’s rich history to better serve our clients’ needs now and into the future. Over many years, our firm has exhibited a capability to provide excellent service on projects ranging from modest renovations to $100 million new buildings. I look forward to collaborating with our clients and staff to explore new avenues to apply this highly specialized expertise.” In addition to his work at KCBA, Mike is very active in a variety of professional and community endeavors. Examples include being honored as the 2011 AIA Philadelphia Young Architect of the Year and currently serving on Borough Council in his hometown of Chalfont.

Beyond their architectural and management capabilities, the two new principals have continuously exhibited leadership and ambition throughout their tenure with KCBA. Managing Principal Jay Clough stated, “We are delighted to announce that Eric and Mike have been named principals of KCBA. While they are both accomplished architects and trusted business colleagues, perhaps most importantly they bring a tremendous new energy to our leadership team. We look forward to their increased roles in shaping the future of the firm.”