KAUTTER & KELLEY ARCHITECTS is a very skilled, highly qualified architectural design firm with diverse project experience. Established in 1994, the award winning studio designs and oversees construction on a wide range of building types demanding advanced knowledge in building technologies and design specialization. Our portfolio of professional experience is defined by a history of creating spaces to live, work, learn, worship, and entertain.

We build client relationships one at a time; consequently, our approach to new projects tends to be patient and engaging. We believe the thoughtful execution of well-designed building projects can be a catalyst for positive social change. We also believe being in regular contact with beautiful environments changes us.

Architecture should celebrate human existence. As architects, we are engaged in a constant effort to define our notions of utopia and transform the built environments in which we interact every day. Architects and planners are the lead custodians of our natural resources because of the ways in which buildings impact the global environment. Our designs for urban planning and architecture are “green” and sustainable.

K&KA provides cohesive design solutions expressing rational and timeless aesthetic qualities. Our firm helps people plan, design, and construct quality environments for living and working, whether that involves short term problem solving or strategies for long-term investment.

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KAUTTER & KELLEY ARCHITECTS, a full service small private practice, is committed to delivering responsive architectural services. The firm is represented by a diverse portfolio with extensive experience in design for new construction, renovation, restoration, and interiors.

Incorporated in 1994, the architectural practice is managed by its principals, Michael Kautter, AIA, President; Steven Kelley, AIA, Vice President; and Amy Laughlin, Secretary/Treasurer. Both principal architects began their professional experience in 1981 in major urban markets; New York City and Columbus, Ohio. Due to their depth of experience, the firm is often called upon to provide many varied professional architectural services for which it is uniquely qualified.

Approximately one-third of our projects address design for institutional, civic, and public architecture; one-third comprise design for corporate, commercial, and private clientele; the balance of our portfolio encompasses different forms of multi-unit residential, single family residential, and urban design and planning projects.

K&KA incorporates conscious effort toward sustainability and high performance design, implementing green construction practices on all projects. The firm’s interior design services include furnishings selection and procurement, and the coordinated execution of custom installations. Our Predesign services exceed typical feasibility study; incorporating programming, master planning, comparative evaluation, phased construction, and detailed construction cost estimating.

K&KA is frequently engaged to address buildings and sites with historical contexts, involving sensitivity to traditional precedent and an accrued knowledge of vernacular detail and architectural craft processes.

The firm has been responsible for planning and construction projects valued at over $200 million. We design solutions for programs that include spaces accommodating academic instruction, public gatherings, living, entertainment, the arts, recreation, conservation, manufacturing, maintenance, and transportation.


Agere Systems
Albany Township Historical Society
All Star Distributing
Armstrong World Industries
Borough of Sinking Spring
Borough of Wyomissing
Bryn Mawr College
Canal Street Restaurant & Pub
City of Lancaster
City of Reading
Coldwell Banker Landis Homesale Services
Cumberland Valley School District
Earl Industries, LLC
Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc.
Fromuth Tennis
Fulton Opera House
Gettysburg Area School District
Heat & Control, Inc.
The Highlands at Wyomissing
Larken Associates, Developers
Manheim Township School District
Millersville University
Reading Area Community College
National Properties Inc.
Reading Housing Authority
Reading Redevelopment Authority
Reading School District
Schwenkfelder Library and Heritage Center
State System of Higher Education
Textile Chemical Co.
Tidewater Outfitters
U-GRO Learning Centres

* Bold text denotes multiple projects

"Few people realize how complicated it is to build – that is until they find themselves lost in the maze of design options, building codes, zoning laws, contractors, and so on. No two building projects are exactly alike, so there is no single, clear-cut path to follow.”

– AIA Guide to Architectural Services

In understanding what is involved in design and construction projects, it is imperative to recognize that the enterprise of building is a collaborative effort. The architect, contractor, and owner ultimately share in the responsibility for a project’s success. The design professional is called upon to bring vision to a project and provide the skill necessary to assemble groups of craftsmen, tradesmen, and specialists to make that vision a reality.

Architectural Design combines: artistic sensibility, creative and logistical problem solving skills, an awareness of technological advancements, knowledge of historical precedent, and an understanding of construction industry capabilities and skill sets. Architecture of substance lifts the spirit of both the occupant and casual observer, while responding to the economic and physical constraints associated with each distinct project.

KAUTTER & KELLEY ARCHITECTS provides design services that thoughtfully integrate current construction practices with creative aesthetic and functional concepts, maintaining a sensitive awareness of cultural traditions, and recognizing client’s desires and objectives as critical to the success of the completed work. K&KA‘s energetic and indefatigable approach to project representation, research, design, documentation, and construction administration is undoubtedly one of the firm’s most noteworthy and recognizable character traits. Principal architects accept oversight and management responsibilities for all projects ensuring professional accountability.

Prospective clients will find that we make every effort to lead them through the multitude of design options in order to realize the successful execution of their desired architectural environments. The best of these projects maximize investment impact by concentrating funds where they are most effective and best appreciated.

Key Personnel

Aaron Booth, AIA Architect
Registered Architect in Pennsylvania (RA404853);
Harvard University, Masters Degree of Architecture, 2003
Univ. of Virginia, Bachelor of Science in Architecture, 2000
Entered architectural profession in 2001; employed by K&KA since 2003
Responsibilities include: design, documentation, presentation,
programming/research, specifications, project representation and coordination
Robert Libutti, Intern Architect I
LEED Accredited Professional
Univ. of Pennsylvania, Masters Degree of Architecture, 2007
Lafayette College, Bachelor of Science in Geology, 2002
Entered architectural profession in 2007; employed by K&KA since 2010
Responsibilities include: design, documentation, presentation,
programming/research, graphic design
Pablo Gallo, Intern Architect II
Graduate of Reading High School, 2009
Currently attending Drexel University
Employed by K&KA since 2009
Responsibilities include: design, documentation, presentation,
programming/research, graphic design


Amanda Stout Elementary School & Benners Court,
Reading School District, Reading, PA
Historic Preservation Awards, Public & Institutional Properties –
2014 Preservation Pennsylvania
2014 Urban Land Institute/Philadelphia
Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III – Inaugural Award for Excellence
2014 USGBC Central PA Chapter Forever Green Award
Urban Renewable School of the Year
2013 AIA Eastern Pennsylvania Design Awards
Special Citation
5 Belmont Ave,
Private Office, Wyomissing, PA
2007 AIA Pennsylvania/Architectural Excellence Awards
Citation of Merit
Earl Industries,
Corporate Office, Portsmouth, VA
2007 Elizabeth River Project
3-star/’Model Level’ River Stars Award for Sustainable Design and Planning
Wickersham Construction & Engineering, Inc.
Administrative Offices, Lancaster, PA
2002 Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders & Contractors
Award of Honor
Heat & Control, Inc,
Corporate Office, Lititz, PA
2000 Manheim Township Board of Commissioners
Gold Star Design Award
Private Residence,
Manheim Twp, PA
1995 Manheim Township Office of Code Compliance
Gold Star Design Award
Private Residence,
Palmyra, PA
March ’98, Lancaster County Magazine
Feature Article – Residential Design


U-GRO Learning Centre, Inc.,
Child Care, Lancaster, PA
2009 Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders & Contractors
Excellence in Construction Award
Tidewater Marina,
Retail/Office, Havre De Grace, MD
2006 Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders & Contractors
Award of Merit
World Electronics,
Corporate Office, Reading, PA
2003 Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders & Contractors
Excellence in Construction Award
Sports N’ Turf,
Retail/Office, Ephrata, PA
1999 Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders & Contractors
Award of Merit


Kyper Luck Residence,
Bainbridge, PA
2005 Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster
C. Emlen Urban Award for Preservation
Schwenkfelder Library & Heritage Center,
Pennsburg, PA
May 2001 New York Times
Featured in the Arts Section, “Art of the Schwenkfelders”
Fulton Opera House,
Lancaster, PA
1997 U.S. Institute for Theatre Technology
Merit Award (One of two U.S. projects in a total field of six internationally recognized)
1996 PA Historical & Museum Commission/BHP Historic Preservation Awards
Commendation for Public/Institution Rehabilitation
1998 Phoenix Award Society of National Travel Writers
Published in Mar/April 1999 Traditional Building (One of four projects in North America to receive this award)
Lancaster Bar Association,
Lancaster, PA
1994 Historic Preservation Trust of Lancaster County
C. Emlen Urban
Award for Preservation
Standard Caramel Factory, City Crossings,
Office Condominiums, Lancaster, PA
1993 PA Historical & Museum Commission/BHP
Certificate of Merit


Reading Pagoda Renovation and Master Plan,
Reading, PA
2010 Preservation Pennsylvania
Historic Preservation Awards, Special Historic Properties
2010 Keystone Chapter, Assoc. Builders & Contractors
Excellence in Construction Award
2009 AIA Eastern Pennsylvania Design Awards,
Award of Merit/Preservation
Jan/Feb ’94 Historic Preservation Magazine
Pagoda featured article
Tower Belvedere,
City Hall, Lancaster, PA
1996 Penn. Historical & Museum Commission/BHP
Historic Preservation Awards, Commendation for Public/ Institutional Rehabilitation


Sinking Spring Revitalization Project
Sinking Spring, PA
Smart Growth Alliance of Berks Co.
2012 Smart Growth Awardnew

5 Belmont Avenue
Wyomissing, PA 19610
tel 610.372.9960


K&KA provides professional architectural services for:

  • New Construction
  • Renovations & Additions
  • Historic Restoration & Adaptive Reuse
  • Interior Design
  • Predesign, Feasibility Studies, & Master Planning
  • Design-Build Relationships
  • Consulting Engineering Coordination
  • Urban Design
  • Landscape Architecture Coordination
  • Graphics & Signage Coordination

Design and construction services often include:

  • Sustainable Design
  • Professional Cost Estimating
  • Zoning Variance Requests | Building Code Appeals
  • Phased Construction and Partial Occupancy
  • Integration of Advanced M/E Technologies
  • National Register & Federal Tax Credits
  • Procurement of Furniture and Furnishings
  • Heightened Security
  • Coordination of Owner Separate Contracts
  • Critical Path & Fast-Track Construction Schedules


  • Daycare | Pre-K
  • K-12 Public Schools
  • Colleges | Universities
  • Small Businesses
  • Corporate Offices
  • Public Housing
  • Manufacturing Facilities | Warehouse
  • Retail
  • Entertainment
  • Recreation | Fitness
  • Hospitality | Restaurants
  • Libraries | Museums
  • Single Family | Multi-Family Residential
  • Streetscape Enhancement | Public Spaces

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K&KA has completed approximately 50 construction projects totaling more than $75M in construction cost in the past five years. During that time, the firm also completed in excess of 35 additional design study and planning projects. K&KA is currently involved with design and construction relating to approximately 25 different projects worth a combined construction value of $100M.

Quality Standards

K&KA maintains a strict adherence to the established professional guidelines and standards set forth by the American Institute of Architects. These quality standards are designed to assure the equitable treatment of all parties involved in the realization of a design and construction project. Utilization of AIA MasterSpec® specification software as the standard through all project specification writing helps ensure bid precision; specification software is updated quarterly. K&KA is proficient in the most currently available AutoCAD platform with expertise in three-dimensional modeling and animation. The firm’s in-house quality assurance protocol includes monthly participation in AIA Continuing Education Programs.

Professional Affiliations

  • AIA – American Institute of Architects
  • ICC – International Code Council
  • USGBC – US Green Building Council
  • NCARB – National Council of Architectural Review Boards
  • GREP – Greater Reading Economic Partnership
  • Greater Reading Chamber of Commerce
  • Pennsylvania Preservation Trust
  • Historical Society of Berks County
  • Reading Area Community College & Reading School District “Upward Bound Student Mentoring Program”