Good design = Smart business
Design transforms business. Kohn Architecture creates places for companies and international industry leaders with a design approach that drives their goals.
Our clients come to us because they realize great design builds great companies. They hire us to help them grow and change with the times. They understand that design offers a powerful tool for achieving any number of business goals, including increased customer traffic and sales, brand awareness and staff recruitment and retention. It can also reduce bottom line costs through sustainable strategies that maximize real estate and lower resource consumption.
Experience and market understanding
With a depth of industry knowledge and an intimate grasp of the larger social and economic issues that affect business, we offer cross market insight gained from 25 years in the retail, hospitality, corporate, and residential sectors. This expertise is both a product and reflection of long term client relationships. In helping companies like NBC , Chopard, The Coca Cola Company , and growing trend setting companies like Surface to Air respond to business changes and evolve over years, we continue to offer increasingly valuable insight to all our clients. This allows us to wield design as a business strategy with authority and ingenuity.
Two heads are better than one. When a client comes to us with an idea, or concept, we work with them to help create the dream that they have. Like any endeavor involving serious amounts of time, money and people, the success of a project is directly tied to a committed collaboration of everyone involved.
Our designs put people first, and the client ahead
We design for people who experience our spaces - customers, residents, guests, and employees. The idea is to create a successful return for the client and an emotional returns for the people who use it. Our experience is that a key to a business success is by creating remarkable experiences for the people who regularly engage with the places we design.
Integrating market, business and design strategy
Servicing and understanding our customers' needs are primary. We pay close attention to their needs, requirements and market to create a business and design strategy that has kept our clients coming back year after year.
Branding and Research Expertise
We live in and experience the same world as our clients. To better understand what drives, people, trends and markets, the key is delving into their physical, emotional and intellectual lives. What we learn we put to use. To help us explore and evaluate the users' needs and aspirations, Kohn Architecture employs user research including quantitative and qualitative studies such as observational, one to one interviews, ethnography and benchmarking. Translating this information into design is where science meets art. By interpreting these findings in the context of design, we are able to create compelling destinations that are good for people and business.
Environments that Make Sense
Kohn Architecture is committed to creating environments, buildings and communities that are environmentally resourceful, sustainably developed and enhance quality of life. We guide our clients to make informed decisions about our world's limited resources.
We create integrated developments that celebrate the convergence of live, work and play. These environments use land and transportation more responsibly, feature a synergy between uses and infrastructure, and minimize sprawl. This design strategy reduces energy use and material consumption while enhancing the quality of the community fabric, all of which improves our environment.
Sustainable Design as good business
The future is in our hands. We want to improve it. Good design is good business, and sustainable design is part of making good business decisions. Life cycle cost analyses, returns on investment and brand recognition all drive business strategies that fuel sustainable design. From material selection to systems integration, Kohn Architecture provides locally relevant solutions on a global scale.
, Comptoir des Cotonniers
, David Z
, George Smith Furniture
, Henri Bendel
, Kallista by Martin Lane
, Surface to Air
, American List Council
, Bozell Worldwide
, Capezio/Peridance International Dance Center
, The Coca-Cola Company
, The Durst Organization, Inc
, El Museo del Barrio NYC
, Fujisankei Communications
, J.P. Morgan (Market Axess)
, Morgan Stanley
, Nafinsa Securities, Inc.
, NBC Today Show
, Nonstock/Janou Pakter
, The New York City Department of Design and Construction
, Thor Equities
Guy Kohn's Biography
Guy Kohn wanted to be an architect from an early age. When he was a child he was influenced by the futuristic houses of the 60's designed by John Lautner, and Charles Deaton. He often spent many hours sketching fantastical and imaginative building designs. The futuristic themes of the 1964 World's Fair and its modern pavilions thrilled him and inspired his imagination. He attended the pre-opening tour of the 1964 World's Fair with his family, and visited at least 6 more times after it opened.
Coming from a family of successful artists, musicians and writers going back many generations, Kohn's creative streak was encouraged from the beginning. However there were no architects in the family and still feeling the need to work in a creative field, he attended and received a degree in Fine Art from the University of Maryland. While at Maryland, he worked part-time at the National Gallery of Art. At the time they were building the new East Wing Gallery by I. M. Pei, unquestionably his most iconic building. Kohn spent all his free time walking around the construction site, watching, sketching and absorbing everything he could.
After graduating he moved to New York City There he began working as a Visual Merchandiser at Conran's, the pioneering modern furniture and house goods retailer from England. At the same time he was pursuing his own painting and sculpture work in a rented studio with no water, heat or electricity in the Lower East Side.
He rose quickly at Conran's. First becoming Manager, then Director and finally Creative Director of the company. A lot of the work was hands on. He became adept at designing large interior spaces, furniture, products, lighting, and graphics. All the while, still working on his art work, which was becoming more and more architecturally oriented. To the point where his sculptures became too large to remove from the studio.
Conran's was challenging and creative work, but eventually, his original architectural impulses returned. He traveled to Arcosanti, the city of the future project being built in the desert of Arizona. Paolo Soleri, the creator of Arcosanti, noticed him and immediately singled him out for his talent.
There he built large concrete structures - apartments, theaters, and other structures, all part of Soleri's grand experiment in the desert. After working for there for a while, he returned to school and received another degree in architecture at Pratt Institute in New York.
While at Pratt, Kohn secured a summer job in Japan, where he worked for Takefumi Aida, the famous Japanese avant garde architect. Aida is well known for his whimsical Toy Block style modern houses. Aida gave Kohn a design competition project that he didn't think he had much chance in winning. Amazingly Kohn's design won - a new gateway entrance and bus depot for the Kawasaki City main train station. It was built after Kohn left Japan.
Back at Pratt, Kohn paid his way through school by doing freelance window display for stores like Bloomingdale's, Bergdorf Goodman, Hermes, Valentino, Sherle Wagner. His windows achieved much notoriety, appearing in many magazines and newspapers both in this country and abroad. Kohn received President's honors when he graduated. Upon graduating, he was hired at Skidmore Owings and Merrill without even a portfolio interview.