Get to Know James Koster Architect
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As Principal of JKA, James Koster founded his own firm after ten successful years with one of New York City's finest mid-sized architecture firms. In addition to recent large-scale residential renovations in Manhattan and Brooklyn, he has collaborated on a real estate condominium-resort development in Telluride, Colorado and has served as project architect for a variety of residential, commercial and institutional projects.
James earned a Master of Architecture from Princeton University where he also taught construction technology. James also holds a graduate-level Advanced Professional Certificate in Real Estate Development from New York University. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the University of Pennsylvania where he graduated cum laude. James is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered in New York and Illinois. He has appeared frequently before the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
In addition to his architectural practice, James has served as an adjunct professor of architecture at the Parsons School of Design in New York City and appeared as one of the designers on Season I of KidSpace, an HGTV program dedicated to the creation of unique and budget-friendly children's rooms. He also has real, hands-on experience in many aspects of the construction process.
James' awards include the Kelly Grant from the Illuminating Engineers Society for excellence in lighting design and a New York State Preservation League award for Excellence in Historic Preservation for the restoration and revitalization of a Civil War-era newspaper building in Yonkers. Along with three colleagues, he also won the Chase Community Development Competition for a design, marketability and feasibility study for a community renewal project in Harlem.