Howard Kulp Architects
Howard Kulp Architects, P.C. is a Lehigh Valley based firm, established in 1978 by Howard L. Kulp offering professional services in architecture, planning, programming and interior design. The firm has planned and designed a variety of architecture including commercial / retail buildings, healthcare facilities, education centers, government facilities and custom residences. Over the years the office has expanded to accommodate a growing staff, which currently includes six registered architects, two LEED accredited personnel, four associate architects, an interior designers and support staff.
Our office is located at 1501 Lehigh Parkway North in Allentown, Pennsylvania. This location along the Little Lehigh Creek in the Allentown Parkway is a beautiful, quiet park-like setting. The stone building was originally designed and built as an Architect’s office in 1940, and has remained as such for over seventy years.
Howard Kulp Architects, P.C.’s primary objective is to provide excellent design services while exceeding the expectations of the client. Howard Kulp Architects was recently named “Best of the Valley 2017” by Lehigh Valley Magazine. And the artistic works of Howard Kulp and his firm were honored by Penn State University, Lehigh Valley campus, and displayed at their newly designed Art Gallery on the third floor.
Our services include architect led designs as well as design build collaborations with notable construction leaders like Alvin H. Butz, Inc., Ondra Huyett Associates, Inc., Boyle Construction, Inc. and Serfass Construction, Inc. The firm’s extensive experience includes full architectural services from early feasibility studies, to schematic design, design development, construction documentation, architectural presentations and construction administration. We offer state of the art 3D rendering and animation capabilities, which allow immediate visualization of the proposed or finished product for clients, consultants, contractors and potential tenants.
We are confident that our contemporary design philosophies, proficient delivery of product and customer care emphasis will offer the perfect solutions for your needs.
Howard L. Kulp, AIA, NCARB, CSI
Howard L. Kulp founded Howard Kulp Architects, P.C. in 1978. He is a registered architect in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Alabama, and is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), AIA Pennsylvania, AIA Eastern Pennsylvania, the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Mr. Kulp has held numerous chairmanships through the AIA, is a member of several committees for St. Luke’s Hospital’s Allentown Campus, is a member of the Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University, Lehigh Valley Campus and serves as chair on many committees for PSU Lehigh Valley. He is also an active member of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce and previously served on the Macungie Township Board of BOCA Appeals.
Mr. Kulp’s designs have received numerous awards, including the Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Award of Excellence in Construction for the R. L. Reppert office renovations in Emmaus, PA; the PA Citation for Historic Preservation from the City of Bethlehem, PA for the D’Huy Engineering design; the PA Mayoral Award for Commercial Revitalization from the City of Allentown, PA for Liberty Plaza; and for the Rodale Press Operations Center in Emmaus, PA, he received the Building Award for Energy, Consumption from Pennsylvania Power and Light and a citation from the State of Pennsylvania House of Representatives. In 2010 Mr. Kulp received the Merit of Excellence in Construction Award for his design of the St. Luke’s Heart and Vascular Center in Bethlehem, PA.
Mr. Kulp received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Pennsylvania State University in 1973. He has taught several courses at Northampton Area Community College, including construction materials and interior design, was a guest speaker at Shippensburg University on utilizing green technologies in building design, and he frequently serves as a guest lecturer at Penn State’s School of Architecture at University Park.
Sean P. O'Brien
AIA, LEED AP
Sean O’Brien is a Senior Architect with Howard Kulp Architects, where he manages all aspects of design, construction and renovation work, including Schematic Design and Planning, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Construction Administration. He also oversees staff management and HR duties for the office. Mr. O’Brien has been with the firm for more than eleven years, and also worked in Indiana for six years as a program director at the University of Notre Dame.
Mr. O’Brien is a registered architect in Pennsylvania and a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). He has served on the board of directors for the Eastern Pennsylvania component of the AIA and previously served as its president in 2010. Actively involved in the local community, Mr. O’Brien currently chairs the Design Committee for the City of Allentown’s Main Street Program, while also serving as a board member for the Allentown Center City Association. He volunteers within his local parish of St. Thomas More as the chair of the newly formed alumni committee. During his six years in Indiana Mr. O’Brien served on the executive board of Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, an advisory board for Catholic Charities and on the governing board for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.
Mr. O’Brien received his Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1986 from the University of Notre Dame. He later served as an officer in the US Army Corps of Engineers, where he became a certified Army Engineer. In 2002 he graduated from the Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka executive leadership program and in 2009 achieved his current LEED accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
B. Eric Nogami
AIA, LEED AP BD+C
B. Eric Nogami is a Project Architect for Howard Kulp Architects where he is responsible for the management of multiple concurrent projects in all aspects of the design, construction and renovation process, including Schematic Design and Planning, Project Budgeting & Scheduling, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Construction Administration.
Mr. Nogami has been a Registered Architect in Pennsylvania since 2000 and is a member of The American Institute of Architects. Prior to joining Howard Kulp Architects, Mr. Nogami was a Project Manager at the internationally recognized, award-winning architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson in Philadelphia, PA. While at BCJ, he worked on a broad range of educational and institutional projects that received numerous AIA Pennsylvania and AIA Philadelphia Design and Merit Awards. Notable projects include work at Princeton University, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Maryland, Lehigh University, Loyola University, The Germantown Friends School and Tredyffrin Public Library. Mr. Nogami is also currently serving as a member of the Hilltown Township Planning Commission.
Mr. Nogami received his Bachelors of Architecture degree in 1995 from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. In 2004 he became a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and in 2010 enhanced his accreditation with a focus on Building Design and Construction (LEED AP BD+C).
Eric Karasek is a Project Architect for Howard Kulp Architects where he is responsible for the management of multiple concurrent projects in all aspects of the design, construction and renovation process, including Schematic Design and Planning, Project Budgeting & Scheduling, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Construction Administration.
Mr. Karasek is a registered architect in Pennsylvania. He is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Prior to joining HKA in 2013, Mr. Karasek was an Architectural Designer at Redstone Run Builders in Hawley, PA where he was responsible for all architectural operations of the company. He was also previously employed by LTS Builders, as the company’s Architectural Production Manager. While employed at LTS, Mr. Karasek supervised a team of six draftsmen in the production of internal price/bid documents, sales & marketing drawings, construction documents and master production sets. He also applied his technical and design expertise in the design and/or production of over 2000 new homes. Mr. Karasek brings a diverse background of experience in multiple project types. He has designed, documented and managed projects ranging from residential additions to large scale commercial developments. He is also an accomplished artist, skilled at conceptual sketching, pencil/ink drawing & watercolor/marker rendering. Mr. Karasek has recently been honored as a Finalist in the AIA Philadelphia Napkin Sketch Competition.
Mr. Karasek received a Bachelor of Architecture from Pennsylvania State University School of Architecture in 2004 and a Minor in Italian Language. During his studies he received honorable mention in the Pennsylvania Concrete and Masonry competition of 2001. Mr. Karasek also studied abroad in Rome, Italy where he completed an in depth investigation and examination of Italian architecture, urban context, culture and language. He is a member of the Pennsylvania State University Alumni Association and Alpha Rho Chi, the only national co-ed professional fraternity for architecture and the allied arts.
Christopher C. Reeve
Christopher C. Reeve is an Architectural Associate at Howard Kulp Architects, (HKA) where he works on all aspects of the design, construction and the renovation process including: Schematic Design and Planning, Design Development, Contract Documentation and Construction Administration. He also provides Level 1 Tech Support & Network Administration for the office.
Mr. Reeve is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and AIA Pennsylvania. And he is currently working toward his Architectural Registration. Prior to joining Howard Kulp Architects in 2005, Mr. Reeve was an Architectural Associate at Gouck Architects in Allentown, Pennsylvania, where he worked on a range of commercial and residential projects.
Mr. Reeve received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 2003 from Norwich University in Northfield Vermont. Upon completion of his B.S. Mr. Reeve applied and was accepted into the Masters of Architecture program at Norwich University. Here he completed and presented his Master of Architecture thesis presentation titled Architecture Is Not a Throw Away Art: The Transformation of Crude Industrial Design, which explored how one could infuse an abandoned industrial area with new life and provide renewed community focus through the exploration of materiality and craft. Mr. Reeve received his Master of Architecture degree in 2005.
During his now 12 years with Howard Kulp Architects Mr. Reeve has worked on some notable HKA projects including: Melt, Level 3, Blue Grillhouse, Torre, Top Cut Steak House, Firepoint Grill, The Sands Bethlehem Event Center, Vision Bar, and Buddy V’s Ristorante.
Kyle DeChristopher is an Architectural Associate at Howard Kulp Architects. He is responsible for schematic design development through 3D modeling, rendering and animation, production of construction documents, construction administration, and site surveying.
Mr. DeChristopher is an Associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and AIA Pennsylvania. And he is currently working toward his Architectural Registration. Prior to joining Howard Kulp Architects in 2008, Mr. DeChristopher was a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician for Palladian Custom Renovations in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Mr. DeChristopher received a B.S. of Architecture from the Knowlton School of Architecture at The Ohio State University in 2007. He spent a semester studying architecture, culture, urban context, and language throughout Rome, parts of southern Italy, and Sicily through International Programs Abroad. In 2011, he traveled to Haiti with Mercy Village Clinic, participating in several construction projects, distribution of food, clothing & supplies to tent camps, orphanages, and a clinic, and observation of construction methods and local culture in Port au Prince.
Caitlin Christman is an Interior Designer for Howard Kulp Architects where she provides design support through all phases of projects for commercial and medical facilities, as well as residential clients. Her design support includes Schematic Design & Development, Material, Finish, Furniture and Fabric selections, Contract Documentation, and Construction Administration.
Ms. Christman is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Pennsylvania AIA. Prior to joining Howard Kulp Architects in March 2015, Ms. Christman was an Account Manager and Designer at a local Commercial Furniture Dealership from 2011-2015. She worked on a range of projects from higher education, to corporate and healthcare.
Ms. Christman received a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design in 2009 from Philadelphia University and earned a NCIDQ Certificate (Certificate No. 33201) from the Council of Interior Design Qualification.
Michael Murray is a Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD) Technician at Howard Kulp Architects.
Mr. Murray is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Pennsylvania AIA. Prior to joining Howard Kulp Architects in 2006, Mr. Murray was a CADD Technician at Buckl Architects in Easton, Pennsylvania. He previously worked at Adams and Associates of Allentown, Pennsylvania and Schlosser Steel of Hatfield, Pennsylvania.
Mr. Murray received an Associates degree in 1999 from Lincoln Technical Institute.
Susan Cottone is the Business Manager for Howard Kulp Architects, PC. Her everyday activities include managing the financial end of the company and providing support for the entire staff.
Susan attended classes at both Kutztown University and Cedar Crest College.
In her free time Susan volunteers at both the Library and St. Ann’s Church in Emmaus. She enjoys life on the golf course, spending time with family, and participating in various activities with her grandson.
Hank joined the team in 2011 and is responsible for greeting clients, employee morale, & security.
Hank also oversees incoming mail, visiting sales reps, and all deliveries must come through Hank. Barking at various squirrel & deer throughout the day is also just part of the job for this energetic employee.
In his free time he likes to go for walks in the park. and often times you can find him out walking around the gardens on the property.
ALLENTOWN October 21, 2013 — Howard Kulp Architects, PC has been selected for the 2013 Best of Allentown Award in the Architects category by the Allentown Award Program.
Each year, the Allentown Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Allentown area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2013 Allentown Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Allentown Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Allentown Award Program
The Allentown Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Allentown area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Allentown Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.