Kobi Karp is the Founder and Principal of Kobi Karp Architecture and Interior Design, Inc (KKAID). Kobi Karp founded the firm in 1996 and has been the Principal-in-Charge of design since that time. KKAID is a full-service architectural and interior design firm providing a vast array of services, ranging from the design of large-scale, high-rise condominium and hospitality projects to intimate, small-scale low-rise residential and commercial structures.
Educated at the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology, Kobi Karp earned degrees in both Architecture and Environmental Design. Subsequently, Kobi Karp began his career working on major hospitality and all- inclusive resort projects throughout the United States and the Caribbean. His restoration design techniques have contributed to a renaissance in one of this country’s most cherished areas, Miami Beach’s Art Deco District which is internationally recognized around the world.
Mr. Picard joined KKIAD in June 2004 and currently holds the position of Senior Project Designer. His extensive experience over the past 11 years has lead him to be involved in a number of hotel, resort, residential, commercial and mixed-use projects.
Other design work includes the Maya Terra Island project located in the Mayan Islands of Belize. The master plan proposes a community of minimal urban impact where unique contemporary dwellings, boutique low density hotels and resorts as well as beach club facilities, focus on the preservation of the natural resources. The buildings projected in this urban development follow standards of sustainable design and construction while implementing passive and active design strategies to minimize the use of non-renewable sources of energy. Mr. Picard’s experience includes leading the development team for the One Phoenix project, a three building 35-story high-end residential urban in fill project. The project also included commercial/retail space that played a crucial role in complimenting the other businesses along the area’s major thorough fare McDowell Road. The project is slated to be environmentally responsible by incorporating LEED practices into the design and construction of the development.
Mr. Picard is a Northeastern University graduate and holds a Bachelor degree in Science and a Masters degree in Architecture.
Mr. Aguayo joined KKAID in February 2005 and is the Director of Construction Documents and Administration. In his thirty years in the industry, he has conveyed designers’ visions for buildings and urban planning. He’s been a highly recruited industry professional known for developing the ideas designers have formulated and seeing them through the permitting process with governmental approval boards and then guiding contractors through the project completion, within budget, schedule and to the client’s satisfaction.
Mr. Aguayo’s recent project work includes the Miami Marriott Airport Complex, a new construction of a 10-story 124 guest room Courtyard Hotel, a 6-story 160 guest room Residence Inn located near the Miami International Airport, and TAO, a landmark luxury resort-style 26-story twin-tower residences located in Sunrise, Florida. His eye for details and foresight to solve problems before they become apparent during construction have placed him on some of the firm’s biggest projects and sought afterby some of the country’s biggest developers, pharmaceutical companies, and municipalities.
Mr. Aguayo is a Florida International University graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management
Mr. Rusu joined KKAID in November 2010 and is the Director of the Architectural Visualization Department and lead designer for many projects.
Mr. Rusu specializes in conceptual and schematic design. He understands the Client’s idea and through the use of visualization tools brings their concepts to life. His design ability to oversee different concepts at the same time allows Mr. Rusu to be involved in the schematic phase for many projects at KKAID.
Mr. Rusu recent design work includes projects ranging from institutional, mixed-use, hospitality, residential and single family homes.