What's their secret? The two met at UWM School of Architecture and Urban Planning (SARUP) and, staying in Milwaukee, have managed to make many good contacts that led to work. They've also made smart business decisions that led to their success. Korb and Tredo decided to "hire up" as they term it -- hiring people with the same or more experience and expertise than they have; not a common practice among architects.
Architects I worked for preferred to mold an employee rather than learn from them. By putting their egos aside, this savvy business move has "paid off in spades," as Korb put it. Beginning with just two of them, they added eight great architects and designers in a mere two years and have maintained a staff of 10.
I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with them. We toured the welcome center at St. John's and HOPE Christian School: Forits, both in Milwaukee. At both locations, we ran into the administrators. The banter was familiar and friendly, and it was clear that KTA made a connection both professionally and personally. The buildings were beautiful and sustainable, and the end users took great pride in KTA's contributions.
At HOPE: Fortis, We Energies provided funding for solar panels and added a computer kiosk that allows students to track electricity generation and consumption. And, the school was cleverly finished to allow HOPE: Fortis to grow and add on in the future.
KTA also works on several projects at Marquette University, their latest being McCabe Hall, a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified re…Read more...