Kathryn Cogan, LEED AP BD+C

Kathryn Cogan, LEED AP BD+C, Studio Leader, provides both design and thought leadership to the firm in role as Studio Leader of our Portland, Maine office.

Kathy excels at complex, large-scale projects—municipal buildings, housing, and K-12 schools. She served as the project manager for many of the most significant projects in recent CHA Architecture history, including the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, Maine, which received a LEED Gold rating, and Pearl Place II (affordable family housing), which received a LEED Platinum rating. These days she serves as PM for a series of $40 million to $60 million new construction school projects, guiding them from feasibility studies and early concept design to public referendum and finally through design development and construction. These projects have a complex array of stakeholder groups and often require oversight from multiple state agencies, which means that on any given day Kathy could be making a public presentation to a school board or gymnasium full of parents, meeting with the state department of education, directing her team on construction details, or walking a construction site with a group of contractors reviewing project progress.

Kathy is known for the strong relationships she develops with clients and consultants and for shepherding large, complex projects through all phases of the design and construction process. Within the office, she has been an advocate for the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), specifically Revit, in our current projects, and she facilitates the development of best practices among all our design staff. In addition, she serves as a liaison to all our intern designers, mentoring them though their early years in the profession and in architecture firm culture.

Prior to moving to Maine, Kathy spent nine years as an architectural designer in San Francisco, where she cut her teeth on fast-paced, urban projects. In Maine, she developed an interest in public and institutional projects that serve the broader community. Her recent focus on educational projects is particularly important to her as both the child and spouse of an educator. Outside of work, Kathy plays the cello and is raising her two daughters, ages three and five, to follow in her footsteps by learning to play string instruments. She has made several trips to Sydney, Australia, in recent years to visit her sister who lives there, and she once made the trip alone with a five-month-old baby!

  • Cornell University, Bachelor of Architecture

  • LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction (BD+C)
Industry Membership & Involvement
  • Portland Society for Architecture
  • Association for Learning Environments
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC)
Community Involvement
  • Member – Executive Committee, Board of Trinity Day School
Notable Projects