About Us


Our Mission

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.

Who Are We?

Our Story

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.


What We Offer

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

Baltimore City Minority + Women’s Business Opportunity Office MBE

Baltimore City Prequalification for Architecture

Baltimore County Prequalification


Howard County EBO MBE | SBE

Maryland Department of Transportation  MBE | SBE | DBE

Prince George’s County MBE

Small, Women and Minority