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KUA OFFICE IN ATLANTA, GA

Kronberg Urbanists + Architects is a multidisciplinary design studio that utilizes architecture, urban design, real estate development, and policy to make neighborhoods better. We started out as architects focused on designing great buildings, often working to breathe new life into overlooked existing structures through creative design. We quickly learned that a truly successful project for our clients required not just good building design, but a deep understanding of often misunderstood factors like zoning, site design, mobility, equity, and redevelopment finance.

 

We’ve spent the last fifteen years becoming experts in these areas, crafting to a holistic approach to redevelopment and connecting with a wide range of partners whose skillsets we leverage to the benefit of our clients and our communities. Our focus has expanded beyond architecture to include urban design, real estate development, and policy design – both through practice and thought leadership. Our best value to our clients is when we can leverage multiple areas of our varied expertise in the same project.

 

Formerly known as Kronberg Wall Architects, the firm changed its name in 2019 to Kronberg Urbanists and Architects to better reflect the evolution and expansion of our core mission beyond just architecture.

FOUNDER

ERIC KRONBERG

Eric Kronberg is a zoning whisperer. He specializes in balancing and blending the often competing needs of urban design, architecture, and development in a potent cocktail for better places. He specializes in breaking down and demystifying regulations to find ways to make great projects possible while helping others navigate the redevelopment maze. He uses his skills for the force of good as a principal at Kronberg Urbanists + Architects (KUA), leading the firm’s skilled practitioners to help our development partners create better places for all. His work with KUA, the Incremental Development Alliance, the Congress for the New Urbanism, the Georgia Conservancy, and the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition has solidified his stance as an advocate for walkable communities.

SENIOR URBAN DESIGNER

ELIZABETH WARD

Elizabeth, a native Atlantan and third generation Yellow Jacket, is an architect and city planner, with master’s degrees from Georgia Tech in both fields. She leads the firm’s urban design and thought leadership efforts, with her varied background allowing her to wear many hats throughout the design and planning processes. With a talent for graphic communication and big-picture thinking, Elizabeth enjoys developing links between design, research, policy and education.

Dedicated to creating an Atlanta she is proud to live in, Elizabeth serves on the City of Atlanta Tree Conservation Commission and her neighborhood planning committee. When not dreaming of ways to create better built environments, Elizabeth is likely exploring Georgia’s small towns, camping somewhere remote, or kayaking in the Lowcountry.

SENIOR DESIGNER

ERIC BETHANY

Eric Bethany is an architectural designer at Kronberg Urbanists + Architects. Since joining the firm in 2015, he has worked on numerous award-winning adaptive reuse projects including Parson’s Alley in Duluth, Complex West Midtown, and Grace Midtown Church. A strategic thinker and perceptive observer, Eric enjoys demystifying the design process and working closely with clients to craft spaces and places. In addition to architectural work, Eric contributes to the firm’s blog as a writer and editor and manages the firm’s marketing efforts.

PROJECT MANAGER

OLIVIA PONTIFF

Olivia joined Kronberg Urbanists + Architects in 2016, but she started working in architecture at the age of 15 in her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She later earned a Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University in New Orleans.. From the beginning, she enjoyed fixing old buildings and has since worked in adaptive reuse, historic restoration, and historic tax credits. She cultivated a love of post-industrial small towns and photography after receiving the Oscar Lee Putnam Grant to study Donald Judd’s work in Marfa, Texas, while studying at Tulane. Since then, she spends her free time traveling, hiking, camping, and exploring lesser known areas of the United States with her boxer Gracie.

PROJECT MANAGER

SANAA SHAIKH

Sanaa earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Architecture from Tulane University, along with her Bachelor of Arts in English. During her time at Tulane University her work was included in the Tulane School of Architecture Publication “reView” and the Journal of Architectural Education. Upon graduation, she received the American Institute of Architects Medal, the John Williams Lawrence Memorial Medal, and was recognized for having the highest GPA of her graduating Tulane School of Architecture class. While not practicing architecture, Sanaa enjoys reading, writing, and discussing literature.

DESIGN ASSOCIATE

CHRISTY DODSON

Christy is a Georgia native and longtime Atlantan. She is a graduate of Georgia Tech where after completing her Bachelor of Architecture, earned Masters’ degrees in Architecture and City & Regional Planning. Christy uses her professional experience in traditional architecture and urbanism to create human-scaled, people-focused spaces. Christy is also a part-time lecturer at Georgia Tech; and is an accredited member of the Congress for New Urbanism. Christy’s passion for community engagement has led her to serve on the Zoning Review Board for the City of Atlanta, and on her neighborhood association board—advocating for inclusive, equitable development, a vibrant public realm, and, of course, more bike lanes.

DESIGN ASSOCIATE

CHRIS DUNN

Chris graduated from Tulane University in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Architecture and a minor in Urban Studies. After receiving an Academic Excellence Award in Architecture and Design while studying abroad in Copenhagen in 2013, he began working in architecture professionally in 2014 with a student internship at Perkins + Will. He has since gained experience in several sectors of architectural practice, including public-sector work in California, as well as commercial and industrial work with pharmaceutical companies in the Research Triangle Park area in his home state of North Carolina. Outside the realm of architecture, Chris enjoys biking around town, learning about and listening to music, and taking road trips whenever possible.

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