Atlanta Planner/Urban Designer Herman H. Howard Joins KAI Design & Build

Words: Bronzella Cleveland
Herman Howard

Master planner and urban designer Herman H. Howard has joined St. Louis, Mo.-based KAI Design & Build. Howard will join KAI as vice-president–Atlanta, director of planning and urban design.

"This strategic step allows KAI to offer planning services nationwide, as well as establish a presence for all existing KAI services within the Atlanta marketplace," said KAI President Michael Kennedy. "More specifically, with the acquisition, we can now offer planning in our other offices in St. Louis and Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas. Alternately, we can offer all of our existing services to Atlanta such as architecture, MEP engineering, interior design, and project and construction management. Atlanta is a key location because it is not too far from our headquarters in St. Louis and it allows KAI to have a presence in the Southeastern portion of the United States. From Atlanta, we can reach all of the surrounding states from South Carolina, Alabama, to northern Florida. This creates a triangle of coverage between Missouri, Texas and Georgia."

Prior to joining KAI, Howard was the co-founding partner of Studio H Urban. He had previously worked six years in HOK's Atlanta office as Principal of the Aviation & Transportation Group before founding Studio H Urban.

Howard has a master's of architecture in building design from Columbia University and a bachelor's in architecture from the University of Southern California. He is currently a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology – School of Architecture and Urban Design Studio, and an academic advisor for the Student National Organization of Minority Architects–Atlanta Chapter. He is as member of the National Organization of Minority Architects and Urban Land Institute.

About KAI Design & Build

KAI Design & Build is a national 90+ person design and build company headquartered in downtown St. Louis, Mo. KAI is an emerging leader in providing design and build integrated project delivery solutions through collaboration, technology, processes and expertise. Since its inception in 1980, KAI has been instrumental in reshaping the St. Louis urban environment through housing, K-12 schools, transit facilities, collegiate facilities, commercial facilities, sports and recreation facilities, government/justice facilities and healthcare buildings. Additionally, KAI is a leader in Building Information Modeling (BIM), applying it to architectural, engineering, and construction projects firm-wide. KAI is a member of the National Institute of Building Sciences' (NIBS) buildingSMART Alliance™, a national committee responsible for developing BIM standards. KAI's affiliate locations include Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio, Texas. For more information about KAI Design & Build visit or phone 314-241-8188.

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