About the firm:

Kass & Associates is an architecture and design firm based in Philadelphia. Founded in 1990, the firm specializes in creating and renovating distinctive, quality homes for clients in the city’s vibrant downtown as well as in the surrounding region. The firm provides a high level of care, attention, and expertise in both traditional and contemporary settings.

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The firm applies its skills equally in small and large projects, and always seeks to enhance client’s goals. Customer service and satisfaction is a priority, whether working on the renovation of a single room or a complete home.

Our team of talented professionals is adept at collaborating closely with owners, builders, interior designers, artisans, landscape designers, and technicians throughout the design and construction process. The firm works successfully with community groups, zoning committees, and historic review boards on behalf of our homeowners.

Kass & Associates works in both country and urban settings. The firm has completed over sixty urban apartments, condominium units, and townhouses in premier locations around Philadelphia, as well as dozens of house renovations, additions, and new custom homes.

 
 

Principal

Spence Kass is an architect and principal of Kass & Associates. Mr. Kass has over 30 years of design experience encompassing a wide range of disciplines including architecture, interior design, and urban design. Mr. Kass and his firm are known for their design of fine urban and country homes.

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Spence Kass

Prior to opening his firm in 1990, Mr. Kass created elegant interiors for the Philadelphia corporate headquarters of Provident Mutual and Aramark. Mr. Kass developed an early interest and respect for craft and detail, and his firm excels in detailing in stone, wood, metal, plaster, and stained glass.

Mr. Kass is winner of the James Harrison Steedman Fellowship, a prestigious design competition that provided a year in residence at The American Academy in Rome. His extensive travels continue to influence and inform his design expertise. Mr. Kass enjoys designing in a wide range of styles, and strives to find appropriate solutions to meet client’s design goals while managing the challenges of budget and schedule.

In conjunction with his professional practice, he has shared his enthusiasm for architecture and design as a teacher for over 20 years and is currently an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Philadelphia University. Mr. Kass is a member of the American Institute of Architects, the Society of Architectural Historians, and serves as a Board Member on the Philadelphia chapter of The Institute of Classical Architecture & Art.

Mr. Kass holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Master of Architecture degree from Cornell University. His mentors and teachers have included Charles Moore, Robert A. M. Stern, and Colin Rowe. As a member of NCARB, Mr. Kass is licensed to practice architecture in Pennsylvania, New York, Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland, Illinois and Florida.

 
 

Staff

Michelle C. Colville, RA, LEED AP, Daniel J. Driskell, Kristina Duveneck, Laura Kass, David Nordone, RA

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Michelle C. Colville, RA, LEED AP
Michelle Colville holds both a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design degree from Philadelphia University. Michelle is a Project Architect at Kass & Associates and has been with the firm since 1999. She is a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania and has both NCIDQ and LEED AP certifications.

Dan Driskell
Dan Driskell holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from University of Maryland. Dan has been a Staff Designer with the firm since 2005. In addition to his input on projects, Dan creates computer modeling and animations, as well as the preparation of firm marketing materials.

Kristina Duveneck
Kristina Duveneck graduated Summa Cum Laude from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture in May, 1999. Having grown up in Germany, Kristina brings a European influence to the office with close attention to detail and technology. Kristina is currently a Project Architect and has been with the firm since 1999.

Laura M. Kass
Laura Kass holds a Master of Art degree from Cornell University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design. Laura assists the firm with in-house interior design services as well as design coordination with consulting interior designers and artisans. Laura specializes in the design of decorative elements for firm projects including marble floors, wrought iron, stained glass, and the selection of colors and materials. Outside of the firm, Laura is an accomplished artist and builds architectural models for museum exhibitions.

David D. Nordone, RA
David Nordone graduated Summa Cum Laude from Philadelphia University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. David is a Project Architect at Kass & Associates and has been with the firm for more than 14 years. Additionally, his experience includes an internship with Ballinger Architects and 3 years experience with Granary Associates Architects. David is a Registered Architect in the State of New Jersey.

 
 

Publications

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  • Philadelphia Style Magazine
  • March / April 2006
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  • Home & Design – Rittenhouse Square Apartment
  • November /December 2004
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  • Philadelphia Style Magazine – Design for Living
  • November / December 2004
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