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August 22, 2023

Kevin Kelly and Gemma Kim Join RAMSA Partnership

Kevin Kelly and Gemma Kim Join RAMSA Partnership

The Partners of Robert A.M. Stern Architects are pleased to announce Kevin J. Kelly and Kyung Sook Gemma Kim have joined the partnership.

With his Bachelor of Architecture degree in hand from Notre Dame, Kevin Kelly joined RAMSA in 2011. Kevin Kelly’s leadership over the past 12+ years on project management and business development has been critical to the firm’s cross-sector success. Having joined RAMSA in 2011, Kevin has played a key role in expanding the firm’s international portfolio, working on projects such as the Kaplankaya Marina Village in Bozbuk, Turkey, the Kowloon Peak apartment complex in Hong Kong, and numerous large-scale planning projects in China. For the last few years, he has helped spearhead RAMSA’s projects with the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations, from conducting in-depth research reports on existing buildings to designing and renovating government facilities on three continents. Most recently, Kevin helped lead RAMSA’s work on the Charles R. Jonas Federal Building and Courthouse in Charlotte, North Carolina, which preserves the existing historic courthouse and introduces a new 8-story annex.

Collegial, professional, and accessible, Kevin plays a vital role in office and studio operations—as a popular mentor in the Mentorship Program and as a key strategist of our campus recruitment efforts. He has consistently shown his dedication to the professional development of junior staff, providing the necessary experience and coaching toward licensure. Kevin himself is a registered architect in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and he is LEED-accredited. He is a member of the AIA.

Gemma Kim first joined us after receiving her Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, then went to Yale for her Master of Architecture and returned to RAMSA in 2008. Gemma Kim has been instrumental in realizing many of the firm’s luxury apartment buildings and mixed-use projects including: 30 Park Place – which includes the Four Seasons hotel and condominium apartments – and 70 Vestry in New York; One Bennett Park in Chicago; and large-scale developments in San Francisco and Santa Ana, California. Playing an active role in our international expansion, Gemma has helped to lead the firm’s entrance into South Korea via a signature corporate showplace project in Seoul for one of that country’s most prominent companies.

Gemma has cultivated 15 years of expertise at RAMSA, developing a keen eye for detail that informs the design process of her projects, from concept through construction. She enjoys the unique challenges presented by each phase and takes particular care to find creative solutions that are both functional and beautiful. Gemma’s commitment to designing spaces and places that are inspiring, contextually appropriate and culturally respectful, as well as her ability to navigate complex projects, have gained her the admiration and respect of her teams, partners and clients.

Gemma is a member of the AIA and is a registered architect in the State of New York.

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