Four new universal design experts join KMA in Newton, MA to enhance its residential design and consulting capabilities—including single-family homes, multi-family houses, and multiple-unit residential buildings—as well as increase capacity to design creative public spaces (and public art projects) that are universally accessible. KMA welcomes the following people who joined our team during 2019’s fourth quarter!
Mark Armstrong, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C
With a proven track record of success in residential design, Mark’s expertise and aesthetic is a valuable addition to KMA’s advanced capabilities of universal design of single-family, multi-family, and multiple-unit housing. Previously he had his own award-winning architect firm, The Office of Mark Armstrong, and prior to that was senior architect for ADD Inc. Mark graduated from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT with a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture and he earned his Master of Architecture degree from Yale School of Architecture.
Tom Ciesielski, AIA
In the multi-family housing sector, Tom brings extensive experience with specialized design services and deep knowledge of ADA and FHA compliance. Prior to joining KMA, he served as principal of T.U. Ciesielski Architects in Chicago, and was senior staff architect for the International Code Council which provides the highest quality codes, standards, products, and services that create safe buildings and communities. Tom graduated from University of Illinois at Chicago with a degree in architecture and continues his studies in civil engineering there.
Verónica Mansilla, RA
Changing the perception of accessibility through interactive public art—celebrating people with disabilities, the elderly, and children—Veronica’s creativity redefines universal design in public spaces. She was founding principal of 1319 TreceDiecinueve and was an architectural advisor to the Honourable Senate of the Argentine Nation. Veronica graduated from the National University of Tucumán, Argentina, with a degree in architecture and urbanism and has her master’s in Design, Art & Public Space from Barcelona School of Design.
DESIGNER / ACCESS PLANNER
With interests in aging-in-place, deaf space design, and ADA accessibility—and a passion for low/no carbon footprint sustainable design—Andru adds to KMA’s technical capacity, including his extensive experience with Revit. Previously Andru was a designer and drafter for MWA, Inc. Architecture-Engineering in California and Salmon RV Barn. After serving in the US Marine Corps he earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design, Architecture at the University of Colorado Boulder which included studying at the internationally-acclaimed Glasgow School of Art.