Kobi Karp, renowned Miami Architect, received two prestigious awards honoring his Firm Kobi Karp Architecture & Interior Design (KKAID) at the 30th annual Latin Builders Association (LBA) Gala held in Downtown Miami.
Karp’s Firm was honored as “Architecture Firm of the Year” and “Interior Design Firm of the Year,” further establishing its reputation as the most successful and established firm in Miami and reaffirming its affiliation with LBA, the largest Hispanic construction association in the United States, enacted as the vehicle for representation at local and state level for business leaders in the community.
Karp’s Firm’s success was honored for its specialization in creative and innovative design solutions to governments, historical preservation boards, private sector and communities, while emphasizing an ecological mindset and leading in the implementation of green initiatives.
Karp founded KKAID in 1996 and in its operations to date the Firm has been linked to $10 billion dollars in construction projects globally.
Locally, KKAID Projects have gracefully highlighted the city landscapes as iconic structures. Karp’s design of Absolut Lofts in Miami Beach won the 2006 Pillars of the Industry Award and an award from the Historical Preservation society for its use as an urban-infill project. The inclusion of green design in the condominium project was far ahead of today’s trend.?
Moreover, the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recognized the Karp designed Baylights Condominium in North Bay Village as one of the first green residential building in South Florida in 2007.
In the same year Kobi was further honored as “Architect of the Year” by the Developers & Builders Alliance (DBA), specifically for two large scale Miami projects currently in the works designed by Karp include Miami’s Empire World Towers and the 1101 Brickell Building; both projects have the potential of being added to the list of the world’s tallest buildings.
The 1101 Brickell Building is a planned hi-rise recently approved by the City of Miami and the Federal Aviation Administration to be built in downtown Miami. When completed in early 2013 the building will be the second tallest building in Miami at a height of 849 ft. The building slated to be constructed in the southern part of Miami’s Brickell Financial District Miami Financial District was home to the former Banco Industrial de Venezuela building. Karp preserved the building and will build the new tower adjacent to it. The building was highly desired by city lawmakers for its ability to connect Brickell Miami Financial District to Bayshore Dr. by a pedestrian walkway joining the buildings and the two major thoroughfares.
The Empire World Towers, the Miami complex consists of 2 proposed super duper tall skyscrapers joined by three glass walkways connecting the two towers. Both towers to stand at 1,200 ft, with 106 stories each and be pedestrian friendly with commercial, retail and condo-hotel residential ambiance. If built, the Empire World Towers would surpass the Four Seasons Hotel and Tower as the tallest buildings in Florida and may, become the two tallest all-residential buildings in the world.
Additionally the towers would also boast being the tallest concrete structures in the world and be among the tallest buildings in the United States.
Kobi Karp also services hospitality corporations such as Hyatt, Hilton Starwood, and Club Med; Development Corporations such as The Related Group, Fortune International, Cornerstone Group, Aldar Properties, and Nakheel employ KKAID to design new properties, renovate existing ones, create interiors and plan sites for pending development.
Karp is also a licensed contractor and interior designer based in Miami. He is also an active member of the American Institute of Architects, The American Society of Interior Design, National Trust for Historic Preservation League, and several other professional associations.
“Do I think green architecture is the future? Absolutely,” says Karp. “We utilize the green building process consistently and continuously in our projects.”
He goes on to say, “What may be new to you may not be new to humanity. Preserving the environment and our history helps us be more civilized and cohesive in a rapidly expanding global community.”