Join KGP and AIA|DC for the Closing Reception of Architecture Month

On April 30, KGP will be hosting the closing reception of Architecture Month at our historic Church Street office!

Refreshments will be provided. For more information about Church Street Studios and the event, please visit: AIA|DC.

Union Station Concourse Renovation Released to the Public

Washington Union Station, opened in 1907 as the largest train station in the world, is the multi-modal center of the Nation's Capital, serving over 100,000 visitors daily and about 37 million people annually. Today, the station is operating beyond capacity, and complaints about the dim lighting and cramped conditions are not uncommon.

We are pleased to announce that Amtrak has tasked KGP with leading the renovation of this important Concourse! Our team, which includes Grimshaw Architects and ARUP, will seek to provide a spacious, brightly-lit Concourse experience for passengers by 2019. For more information, check out coverage by The Washington Post and Washington Business Journal.

Washington DC Metro wins the prestigious 2014 AIA 25 Year Award

Harry Weese's iconic design for the Washington DC Metro system station prototypes has withstood the test of time, adapted to years of growth in the Nation's Capital and remains a canon of 20th Century design. Congratulations to all the former associates of HWA and WMATA's hard working team at the Office of Track Structures and Engineering Services, including our own Bill Gallagher, AIA who played an instrumental role in recognizing the achievments of the landmark design. We'll post updates here on news about the awards ceremony and reception, stay tuned!

For additional information on the awards program itself please visit: AIA 25 Year Award.

For the full article and information on the 2014 award given to the Metro please visit the Architect magazine article at: D.C. Metro Wins the 2014 AIA 25 Year Award.

Greenbelt Commisioning Facility Construction Progress Updates

Construction has begun on KGP design studio's Greenbelt Commisioning Facility. Stay tuned here for photos and updates!

Bicycle Lecture at PODCAR CITY 7 Conference

KGP design studio Associate Principal Seth Garland, APA LEED AP recently presented a lecture on Bicycle Transportation to a sold out house at the PODCAR CITY 7 conference in Washington, DC. More information on the conference can be found at:

Rosslyn Construction Progress Updates

Rosslyn Metro Station Elevator is quickly progressing along with construction. Special thanks to one of our employee's housemates for this construction watch update.

Union Station Bike Center in the Triennale di Milano

Anybody need an excuse to take an impromtu summer vacation to Milan, Italy...we've got the perfect excuse. More information about the event and concurrent publication can be seen on the conference website:
Triennale di Milano.

KGP's designed Union Station Bikestation on Discovery Channel's 'Extreme Parking' Tuesday, June 4th at 10:00 PM

We'll be tuning in Tuesday evening and you should too! In case you miss the episode check out the video which will be airing on the Discovery Channel's website at:
Exterme Parking: DC's Bikestation.

In partnership with AIA|DC, KGP staff member Christopher Brown, Assoc. AIA has just launched the new AIA|DC Chapter Blog

Currently the blog features numerous current and previous employee's of KGP design studio along with a few close friends of ours. The blog, which was purpose built to generate discussion and critique, will cover an abundance of local, national, and international architecture debates. Among other things the site features polls & surveys, notable articles on the architecture culture of Washington, DC and critical discussion surronding the role of architecture and design in a democratic society. Head on over to the new site and join in on the discussions at the following link:

KGP's USBTC to be featured in Archipedium's 2013-14 Calendar

Ever wondering what our favorite day of the year are we! We're anxiously awaiting word on what date our project will grace the pages of this prestigous calendar, check back here for news on publication timetable and our future favorite day of the year, regardless the staff generally agree we should make the day an office holiday! To reserve your copy please visit Archi-map publishers website at:
Archipedium 2013: by architects for architects.

More positive press on the DC Bikestation, the definitive precedent for iconic, secure bicycle parking

Read GreaterGreaterWashington's Interview with Don Paine at the following link:
Architect discusses Union Station Bicycle Transit Center.

And watch the Streetfilms short video at:
Streetfilms DC Bikestation.

Red Line and KGP in the news

Quotes from the design team capture what this office is ultimatley about: "It's key that it doesn't become a barrier, but a link to the community." William Gallagher Jr. and lastly Courtney Tarr putting it so graciously, "We're trying to create a definition to the pedestrian areas. We want the pedestrians to feel safe." Now....who could argue with that!? Read more on the article at the Daily Record:
Red Line design seeks to link, not split community.

Velo-city 2013 Cycling Visionaries Results

KGP design studio's project, 'Meshroom' has recieved a Cycling Visionaries Runner-Up award and will be included in the brochure distributions at the 2013 Velo-city Conference taking place this June 11-14th in Vienna, Austria. We are thrilled with the international recognition but probably most excited about the added benifet of being able to call ourselves 'Visionary.' For information on the conference program, other award recipients or general inquiry into cycling please visit the official conference website at:
Velo-city 2013: The Sound of Cycling.

Please support the ZIPcycle prototype fabrication project on Indie go-go

It is still as challenging to traverse a city by bicycle today as it was in1863 when the bicycle was invented. The bicycle has remained relatively unchanged for well over a hundred years. Meanwhile, the automobile bears little resemblance to its original form. It is time to change that. It is time for the bicycle to evolve to meet the needs of the modern city dweller, and to enable the bicycle to become an integral component of transportation in American cities. The ZIPcycle seeks to do this by applying the fabrication and aerodynamic innovations now standard in the automotive industry, to the elemental and beautiful bicycle.

To learn more about the project and get involved please visit the campaign funding website at:

We appreciate your support!

Nespresso: It's Coming

Arriving at the office as early as Monday...

Birkhauser's have a baby boy!

KGP welcomes it's newest extended family member in Blake Daniel Birkhauser. We would like to congratulate on of our own, Eric Birkhauser and his wife Tre, on the birth of their new baby boy. Blake Daniel Birkhauser was born the morning of Saturday, April 13th 2013. We wish them the best!

Purple Line Stations Images Released to the Public

After the recent passing of the Maryland Gas Tax legislation clearing the path for the Purple Line to move forward images have been released to the public of KGP's design of the flagship Silver Spring Transit Center Station. The Purple Line project is a joint venture between Gannett-Fleming and WR&A with KGP design studio serving as a design consultants for station architecture. It's worth checking out is the article featured on Greater Greater Washington overviewing a number of the stations Architectural features and specifically highlighting two of KGP design studio's aerial stations, Silver Spring and Riverdale Park: Purple Line Stations will range from Simple to Iconic.

More general information on the planning, stations, and community support for the Purple Line can be found here:

KGP staff (...and former staff) featured in 2013 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Exhibition

Christopher Brown, Designer at KGP design studio and former staff member Lindsey Dehenzel have projects being featured in the 2013 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibition at AIA National in Washington, DC. The exhibition will be open to public viewing until late April/ early May at the AIA National Headquarters located at 1735 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20006. Both projects can also be viewed on the AIA's online exhibition for the projects at the following link:
2013 AIA Center for Emerging Professionals.

KGP design studio in the Newspaper Comics

Further evidence on the cultural impact of the Union Station Bicycle Transit Center least that's how we're spinning it!

Happy Valentine's Day from KGP design studio

We pulled this one from the archives, over 10 years ago from when the primary office was located in Hawaii. A true testament to the genius hand of Don Paine, a masterful illustration.

International Buzz on KGP design studio

Featured article from Portugese architectural publication aU - 'Arquitetura e Urbanismo' on KGP design studio's continuing efforts to promote healthy, active cities. More information on the featured article can be found here:

Just in case you need it...

KGP Gets new coffee staff still pushing to get coffee

Intresting developments in the Washington, DC office recently led staff members to believe the long awaited coffee machine was soon to arrive as they were greeted with brand new office mugs. Despite the speculation it appears as if the new office coffee mugs will be limited to serving hidden stashes of hard liquor or acting as head props to prevent staff from falling asleep at their desks. With supply chains for Nespresso, DeLonghi, and Breville semi-automatic espresso machines growing daily and prices steeply falling one has to wonder how much longer management will wait it out before pulling the trigger.

KGP design studio has 3 entries in The Battery Conservancy's 'Draw Up a Chair' Compeition in New York City

Unfortunatley due to an anonimty clause we can't yet publish our entries but stay tuned for updates which will be posted as soon as allowable! More information on the competition brief can be found here:

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center featured in 100 Best Bikes

The Union Station Bicycle Transit Center is featured in Zahid Sardar's newly released book '100 Best Bikes.' The book is available for purchase on by clicking the following link:

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center Feature on ArchDaily

See more information here: USBTC on ArchDaily!

Pedal Park featured on ArchDaily

See more information here: Pedal Park featured on ArchDaily

Petal Velomobile feature on +Mood!

See more information here: Petal Velomobile feature on +Mood!

Countdown to the end of the world: 30 Days 19 Hours 56 Minutes

December 21st, 2012

KGP design studio & Union Station Bicycle Transit Center are featured in:
Arhitext Anul XVIII NR. 5 (219) / SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2011:
'Regulating Lines / Intermodal Nodes'

More information about the issue can be found at the following link:

Federal Transit Administration grants full funding for Honolulu Rail Transit Project
November 19th, 2012

More information about the HRT project and KGP design studio's prototype station designs can be found at the following link:

Congratulations to Courtney Tarr who was just married!

KGP would also like to congratulate Dave (Courtney's husband) who just recently finished up with his graduate thesis project, all indications are it went extremely well.

Bill & Don Travel to Space

As part of ongoing research efforts for the nearly ten year old Astronauts Memorial project, the one which KGP finished runner up in, KGP principals Bill and Don have broken from the daily strain of office life for frequent site visits to space. All we can report is that it's apparently really awesome!
More to come...

Union Station Bicycle Transit Center Feature on designboom

See more information here: USBTC on designboom!

KGP design studio's Union Station Bicycle Transit Center feature article, "The Future of Transit Design"
GB&D (Green Building & Design) November December 2011 Issue
'Holistic Healing (and how to design for it)'

More information about the issue can be found at the following link:

Tragedy at the Steel Beam

Man hits head on Steel Beam, taken to hospital

KGP design studio featured in:
aU (ARQUITETURA E URBANISMO) ANO 27 - No. 215 - Febuary 2012
'Especial Cidades Ciclaveis'

More information about the issue can be found at the following link:

Taming Tysons Corner:
Transforming the Quintessential Edge City Presentation and Website

Follow updates to the ongoing research at:

For older information including presentation pdf's and videos check out the Taming Tysons archive website at the following link:

Eric Makes a Futuristic Bicycle....and Parrallel Parks it in the air!

KGP designer Eric Birkhauser's ZIPcycle share concept and Heliotrope bicycle storage prototype structures were recently featured on's blog generating some intresting discussion definitley worth checking out.

Check out the following post:

More information about Eric's work can also be found at his personal website at the following link:

Breaking News regarding the top corner of a recent building

More to come...

KGP Office Staff Poll of top Washignton, DC Food Trucks

We are still in the process of conducting this survey, constant debate encircles the entire office everytime this tenious topic is brough to the table.