About Us

Established in 2009, KPN Architects, LLC is a minority-owned, full service architectural design firm offering a wide variety of creative and technical services that range from Master Planning of large complex sites to Space Planning, Interior Architecture and Construction Administration. We are an MDOT MBE / DBE | SBE | WMATA certified firm. Founded by a group of award-winning architects Jacob Panikar, Sotero Nieves and Peter Korb, KPN Architects, LLC takes pride in its dedication to design excellence, and its strong commitment to bringing personal attention to each project from concept design to construction.

With over 70 years of collective design experience, our team members’ respective portfolios include completed projects in K-12 and Higher Education, Student Housing, Retail, Mixed-Use Commercial Developments, Multi-family residential and Senior Living Communities.  In addition, KPN Architects, LLC also provide expert consulting services in allied disciplines such as Existing Building Forensics, Energy Audits, Adoptive Reuse Renovations and Historic Restoration projects.

Our Certifications





Jacob Panikar

Jacob Panikar

President & Principal
Jacob Panikar, AIA, LEED AP
Over the last 26 years, Jacob has served as Principal-In-Charge, Project Manager and Lead Designer on a considerable number of projects. A former Vice President and Principal at CSD Architects, Inc. in Baltimore, his extensive experience in planning and project management is reflected in an impressive history of delivering successful projects on time and within budget goals. Since earning his Master in Architecture Degree from Morgan State University in 1995, Jacob has compiled an exceptional portfolio of work that ranges from residential communities to complex institutional facilities. Along with his duties as President of KPN Architects, Jacob also oversees the design and project management of several of the company’s on-going projects.
Sotero Nieves

Sotero Nieves

Vice President & Principal

Sotero Nieves

Mr. Nieves has served as Architect, Design Principal and Lead Designer on a wide variety of project types located all over the United States and abroad.

With close to 30 years of project experience in planning, design and project management, Mr. Nieves has compiled an impressive portfolio of architectural work that includes Civic, Higher Education and Institutional Campuses, Retail and Commercial Mixed-Use Developments, and Multifamily and Senior Living Communities. After receiving his degree in Architecture in 1983, Mr. Nieves went on to train and work as Architect and Lead Designer for several leading Baltimore architectural studios such as Development Design Group (DDG), CSD Architects, Inc. and Cubellis International. During this time, Mr. Nieves became heavily involved in multiple large scale civic, retail and commercial mixed-use projects located locally and around the world. Through his experience and exposure to complex design challenges and methodologies, Mr. Nieves has learned to master the process of blending the disciplines of architecture, graphics and place-making, thus enabling him to create truly unique and inspiring projects.

In 2009, Mr. Nieves co-founded KPN Architects, LLC and currently serves as its Vice President responsible for all aspects of the company’s operation. In addition, he also plays a key role as Design Principal on several of KPN Architects’ major commissions.

Gordon Ingerson

Gordon Ingerson


Gordon Ingerson, AIA, LEED AP

Gordon’s 29 year portfolio includes award-winning projects for Residential and Student Housing Communities, Research Institutions, Education, and Historic Rehabilitation projects. A former Principal at Grant Architects, Inc. in Baltimore, Gordon has served as President of the American Institute of Architects, Baltimore Chapter and as design expert for numerous local, and regional committees, including as past Chair of the Baltimore Urban Design Committee.

A 1983 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, School of Architecture, Gordon is a multi-awarded architect whose body of work exemplifies KPN Architects’ dedication to design excellence and commitment to high-quality professional service. As Principal for KPN Architects, he manages the process of design and construction administration for several of the firm’s major projects as well as assists in developing and promoting KPN Architects’ various marketing initiatives.

Our Philosophy

Good design should embody history, culture and community.

At KPN Architects, we do not design to showcase our abilities but to highlight and promote our clients’ vision. We are passionate about creativity, about quality and about service.  We define our success by how well we bridge the gap between vision and realization with thoughtful and responsible solutions. We believe in cultivating relationships that go beyond the completion of a project. To us, a hand shake means more than a friendly gesture – it is a symbol of our promise to serve with integrity and diligence.