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KUA OFFICE IN ATLANTA, GA

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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 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 + Architects to better reflect the evolution and expansion of our core mission beyond just architecture.

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FOUNDER

ERIC KRONBERG (he/him)

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.

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DIRECTOR OF URBAN DESIGN

ELIZABETH WARD WILLIAMS (she/her)

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.

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SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

OLIVIA PONTIFF (she/her)

Olivia Pontiff's Cajun roots fuel her passion for creating radically authentic neighborhoods. She starting working in architecture at age 15 and later earned a Master's of Architecture from Tulane University where her love for historic buildings flourished. Moving to Atlanta, Olivia shifted her focus from historic buildings to prioritizing cultural fabric and creating inclusive, socially conscious spaces. As a Senior Project Manager at Kronberg Urbanists and Architects, she has led some of the firm's most complex commercial adaptive-reuse and missing middle residential projects. She draws from her previous experience in historic renovation to promote walkable communities through infill development, specializing in historic districts, building codes, and construction detailing.

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SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

SANAA SHAIKH (she/her)

Sanaa, a Pakistani American originally from Louisiana, is a senior architect at Kronberg Urbanists + Architects where she specializes in residential projects. She earned her Master of Architecture and Bachelor of Arts in English at Tulane University where she grew her love for adaptive re-use, walkable neighborhoods, and tiny houses. She leverages her expertise in thoughtful design and creative thinking to deliver projects which are meaningful to our clients and the local community. Some of these include Georgia Ave Redevelopment, La France Walk, and various projects at the Lee + White Food and Beverage District. While not practicing architecture, Sanaa is KUA's local science fiction and fantasy enthusiast. You can usually find her at a local coffee shop or convention, tea and book in hand.

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PROJECT MANAGER

CHRIS DUNN (he/him)

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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PROJECT MANAGER

HANNAH BANNISTER (she/her)

Hannah Bannister brings a passion for just and equitable architecture to Kronberg Urbanists + Architects. She joined KUA after earning her Master of Architecture from Tulane University, where she worked with the Small Center for Collaborative Design on multiple community-driven projects. As a project manager and architect at KUA, she has managed several of the firm's missing-middle housing, commercial, and adaptive-reuse projects, including multiple projects with the firm's non-profit partners. She continues to draw on her passion for more equitable spaces and looks forward to bringing more projects to life alongside folks in the Atlanta community.

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DESIGN ASSOCIATE

SOFIA STAFFORD (she/her)

Sofia, an Atlanta native, is a LEED Green Associate with a Master of Architecture degree from Georgia Tech. Regenerative building design, evidence-based practice and ecological sensitivity drove much of her graduate coursework. She developed a love for regionally specific architecture and development early on while traveling to other countries with her father, an airline pilot. In addition to architecture, she is passionate about investigative journalism and public policy. A bit of a history nut, Sofia enjoys discovering old hidden gems throughout the city with friends.

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DESIGN ASSOCIATE

ANNIE DAVIS (she/her)

Annie graduated from Tulane University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree as well as a minor in Urban Studies. During her time at Tulane, she worked as a Small Center summer fellow, organized the annual Undergraduate Design Symposium, and upon graduation, received the American Institute of Architects Henry Adams Medal. Before moving to the south, Annie lived outside of Portland, Maine, and spent eight years growing up in rural Alaska. Annie enjoys traveling and trying out different coffee shops around Atlanta.

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DESIGN ASSOCIATE

KAILAH ADAMS (she/her)

Kailah Adams graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2022 as a James W. Fitzgibbon Scholar with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture as well as a minor in French. Kailah joined Kronberg Urbanists + Architects as a Design Associate in 2022, however, she was no stranger to the KUA team. Kailah began working in architecture as a summer intern at KUA in 2016 and 2021. Kailah’s passion for design along with a childhood spent underfoot at the construction sites of her father, a carpenter, has helped her develop a passion and inquisitiveness for the built environment. In addition to architecture, Kailah spends her time training and competing in dog sports with her Doberman, Onyx, horseback riding, and trying new restaurants.

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DESIGN ASSOCIATE

KATIE REILLY (she/her)

Originally from car-centric San Diego, Katie discovered her passion for walkable cities after moving to Boston to earn her Bachelor of Science in architecture at Northeastern University. After moving south for fairer weather, she completed her M.Arch at Georgia Tech. There she focused on affordable housing and architecture as a framework for resilient communities at the Flourishing Communities Collaborative lab. She brings this background to her work at Kronberg Urbanists + Architects, where she contributes to missing-middle housing and urban design projects. When not at work, Katie can be found going to concerts, walking her dog, or trying out a new restaurant.

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DESIGN ASSOCIATE

GILL GINGHER (she/her)

Gill moved to Atlanta with her family in 2017 and has been enamored with it ever since. Originally from the metro New York area, she attended the University of Rochester for her undergraduate degree in Art History and Business. During her time there, she fell in love with the city’s urban planning and civil rights history, which inspired her to pursue a career in the built environment. She switched gears from museum and gallery work late in her senior year and applied to the Master of Architecture program at Georgia Tech on a whim. Her time at GT was greatly influenced by her love of art, culture, history, and social justice. Working as a research fellow for the Flourishing Communities Collaborative, she studied community-based research and design, completing editorial work on three publications with her research advisor. She comes to KUA with a passion for creative thinking as a tool to solve the housing crisis and bolster community wellness in the City of Atlanta. In her free time, she is an amateur chef – spending much of her time cooking for friends & family.

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OFFICE INTERN

LILA WIETSMA (she/her)

Lila, a senior at Decatur High School, joined the company as an intern for her school’s “Work-Based Learning” program. She has plans to take advantage of her Dutch-American dual citizenship by pursuing a degree, and later, a career in architecture while living in The Netherlands. At her high school, she is working towards earning the IB Career Diploma through the architecture pathway. Outside of school and work, Lila enjoys listening to music, woodworking, photography, and has a passion for geography that she feeds with online trivia and Geoguessr.

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