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About BKA Architects

An international, full-service architecture and interior design firm, BKA Architects has designed residential and commercial environments since 1974. Founded by Principal Emeritus Barry Koretz, who is a member of American Institute of Architects (AIA), and the team of 40+ designers and administrative staff is now led by President David Seibert, AIA, and Principals Keith Bettencourt, AIA, and Kevin Paton, AIA. With Interior Design Director Mindy Kaplan, member of the International Interior Design Association IIDA, a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP), certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ), the leadership team has steered the firm to complete projects featured in Business Insider, The Boston Globe, and Boston Magazine.

Featured Projects

Sweetgreen tapped BKA Architects for their expansion to Summer Street in the Financial District. The firm combined the existing architecture with the salad chain’s prototypal design features. The corner location is wrapped in broad windows, bathing the interior in natural light. Grooved columns frame the service counter, a clean, white volume set under a bright white overhang. Wood accents, like the stepped entryway, warm the slate-colored floors. At the Sweetgreen School Street outpost, BKA Architects also integrated different original architecture, in deference to the history of Downtown Crossing. Here, sealed concrete floors and exposed brick show patina, while white cladding bridge older elements with the company’s clean aesthetic. For a new frozen yogurt spot, BKA Architects designed a location and a brand that would set the business apart from its crowded category. The result is Discoyo in North Easton, where customers dispense frozen treats from machines built into a multicolor, fluted alcove, then enjoy their dessert concoctions in white, tufted booths or a lounge furnished with LED seating.