“k—da stands distinguished by an unwavering dedication to design excellence, deep specialization in market expertise, and an unparalleled commitment to superior service.”

k—da knows that good design adds real value. Our enthusiasm is deeply rooted in both the projects we undertake and the people we collaborate with. We engage with forward-thinking clients, addressing design challenges with personalized solutions that focus on the user’s experience.

The relationship we cultivate with our clients is paramount. This priority stems not only from the belief that satisfied clients are essential, but also from our understanding that this partnership is crucial for devising unique and tailored solutions to design challenges. Whether working with end clients, developers, on renovation projects, or new constructions, our commitment is unwavering: to create responsible architecture that harmoniously suits both the individual and the environment.

High End Contemporary Architecture and Interior Residential Design k—da
137 West 13th Street Townhouse High End Contemporary Residential Development by k—da
High End Contemporary Architecture and Interior Residential Design k—da
137 West 13th Street Townhouse High End Contemporary Residential Development by k—da
137 West 13th Street Townhouse High End Contemporary Residential Development by k—da

Principles + Design Philosophy

At k—da, our design philosophy marries the grace of sophistication with contemporary aesthetics. We are dedicated to creating spaces that are not only visually stunning but also enduring. This commitment is underpinned by our pursuit of excellent design, superior craftsmanship, and an unwavering emphasis on quality.

Our approach is characterized by a keen attention to detail and deep respect for materiality.

We tailor each project to mirror the distinctive needs and goals of our clients, involving them in every stage of the design process.

Our ethos is to seamlessly integrate form and function. This allows us to craft spaces that are both compelling and practical, fulfilling their intended purpose while enhancing the experiences of those who utilize them. By skillfully merging aesthetic and functional elements, we create more than just structures; we design environments that inspire and elevate the lives of those who engage with them.

Highest Level of Service

We are committed to providing unparalleled personalized service to our clients. Building strong relationships is essential for creating designs that are both successful and impactful. We support our clients from start to finish, customizing our services to meet their unique needs. Our collaborative process involves listening closely to their objectives and working together to craft innovative solutions. We handle every aspect of the project, including coordination with stakeholders, budget management, timeline oversight, and construction supervision, always upholding the highest quality standards. Our definition of success encompasses not just the aesthetic and functional excellence of our designs, but also the meaningful and supportive relationships we foster with our clients throughout the project’s duration.

The Process

Our design methodology is dynamic and eschews one-size-fits-all answers, acknowledging the distinctiveness of each project and client. We prioritize understanding our clients’ objectives and limitations by listening intently to their vision. Through consistent interaction and teamwork, we craft innovative solutions tailored to the unique challenges of each project. Our dedication to a customized design process ensures the delivery of designs that are not only beautiful and functional but also make a significant impact, precisely aligned with our clients’ specific needs and aspirations. At the heart of our approach to every project lies a commitment to excellence and a spirit of innovation.

Tom Klaber

Tom Klaber started his career at BKSK, before moving to work as a senior designer and project architect specializing in high-end residential projects at The Turett Collaborative. He then moved to Gabellini Sheppard as a project architect and Manager of information systems, before founding k-da.

He was awarded the Alpha Rho Chi medal for architectural leadership and promise of professional excellence. He is an active member of the architectural community, sitting on NCARB’s Licensure Think Tank, and NCARB Examination Subcommitees, and the Brooklyn AIA Communications Committee.

Tom earned his Bachelor’s degree from Hamilton College, and his Master of Architecture degree from the Parson’s School of Design, where he graduated with Honors. He became a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction in 2011 and is a licensed Architect, registered in New York State.

Andrea Guatta Caldini

After graduating with a Bachelors and Master’s of Architecture degree from Politecnico di Milano in Milan, Italy, Andrea Guatta Caldini started his career at the inter-disciplinary firm SsD, where he worked as a designer on multi-family residential and institutional projects.

In 2011, he moved to the Turett Collaborative where he was a designer and project manager specializing in single-family townhomes and boutique commercial projects; proving to be a designer and project manager of the highest caliber.

He has a passion for smart and sustainable design. Andrea became a passive house certified designer in 2017, and is a licenced architect in Italy.