Kohler Architects, About Us

KOHLER ARCHITECTS INC. has a strong, highly capable, and very creative professional staff, led by founder Roger Kohler, and his son, Matthew. Kohler Architects is firmly established as one of the leading architectural firms in the Mid-Peninsula. The Kohler team of dedicated architectural professionals combines a wide variety of experience and training with a strong commitment to the highest standards of customer service. Kohler Architects' expertise and creativity is enhanced by founder Roger Kohler's community leadership and knowledge and understanding of community standards and values. Our multi-lingual staff is fluent in Chinese, German, and Farsi.

Kohler Architects Founder ROGER KELLEY KOHLER, AIA
Architect, Licensed California C-7334, Oregon O-2326, Hawaii AR-14093

Building on experience gained from working with recognized local architects, Roger Kohler opened his own office in 1981 specializing in residential architecture. As his reputation grew, the firm's practice expanded to encompass both single and multi-family residential and commercial architecture with a number of signature projects in the area. Kohler Architects has designed hundreds of new homes, including more than 300 just in Palo Alto; the firm has also provided designs for countless, wide-ranging remodeling projects. The Kohler Architects portfolio also includes multi-family, commercial, and historic projects.

Roger is a local success story. A Palo Altan since his youth, and graduate of Palo Alto schools, he attended the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is licensed to practice in both California and Oregon, and Hawaii and active in his profession - he is a Member of the American Institute of Architects and certified by the National Council of Architects Registration Board (NCARB).

Kohler Architects is a family business with strong community ties. Roger's son, Matthew, is a licensed architect and a partner in the firm; his wife Debbie assists with office business management and operates her own antique business, and his daughter, Heather, a Chico State graduate, has assisted in the office. Roger is an active member of the community, with long service on the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board and work on key City committees. A former Eagle Scout, he has been a mentor for Scouting programs both as a high school student and as an adult. He is a strong supporter of both junior and senior high school sports programs, and has been a youth coach for basketball and football. Roger's creativity goes beyond architecture - he is also a photographer and artist.

Kohler Architects, Inc. 2017 - Present
Kohler Associates Architects 1989 - 2016
Roger Kelley Kohler Architect 1985 - 1989
Heflin Corporation Chief Architect, 1982 - 1985
Various architectural offices 1968 - 1980

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Member
City of Palo Alto Development Center Focus Group 2010
National Council of Architects Registration Boards (NCARB) Registered Architect, 1993 - Present

Historic Resources Board, City of Palo Alto Member since 1994
Chairman (1998, 1999, and 2004)
Building Permit Streamlining Committee, City of Palo Alto Past Member

State of California Licensed Architect, 1973 - Present
State of Oregon Licensed Architect, 1995 - Present
State of Hawaii Licensed Architect, 2010 - Present
University of Oregon Bachelor of Architecture 1968
Cubberley High School, Palo Alto 1963

Group Photo of Kohler Team

...Partner, with Kohler Architects since 2001 Matthew Kohler, AIA
Architect, Licensed California C-38100

Matthew began apprenticing at his father’s side, where he learned the profession and developed his passion and talent for architecture. His journey to licensure is now complete with the recent achievement of his architect’s license. A strong designer and project manager, he has a lead role in working with clients in design, development, and project management from start to finish. Matthew's many years of experience include work on custom new homes, additions/remodels, multi-family projects, and restaurant renovation and expansion. As a partner he has a key role in business management for the firm. He is married with a young son and daughter.

California Architectural Licensing Program
State of CaliforniaLicensed Architect, 2019 - Present
...with Kohler Architects since 1990 Jeff Kuo
Architect, Licensed California C-27349

Jeff Kuo is a licensed architect and a creative and talented designer with wide experience designing for both individual clients and builders and supervising projects for the firm. Jeff has long taken a lead role on and been a major contributor to a wide range of Kohler projects, from concept through final construction drawings. He is highly regarded by our clients, with a well-earned reputation for quality design and professional service. Jeff is married with two children.

Washington University, St. Louis Master of Architecture, 1990
State of CaliforniaLicensed Architect, 1997
...with Kohler Architects since 1997 Uli Dueregger

Uli Dueregger is an experienced designer who produces high quality assembly and production drawings, and especially enjoys doing elevations. She is very proficient in computer-aided design using Autocad which helps our office reduce production time of digital drawings. Her carefully prepared permit packages are a great aid to clients in getting timely approvals for their projects. She is married and an avid horsewoman. Uli became a Certified Green Building Professional in 2008; she provides valuable 'Green' product information for implementation on our various projects.

University of FrankfurtMaster of Science in Architecture, 1994
... with Kohler Architects since 2014 HALEH ABOOFAZEU
Project Manager

Haleh is a skilled and creative architectural drawing professional with a unique combination of technical capability and varied professional experience. She has two children.

University of TehranBachelor of Computer Science, 1998
West Valley CollegeComputer-Aided Drafting and Design, 2014
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