BKV Group Announces New Partners and 2024 Staff Promotions

We are proud to honor these individuals who have advanced our level of client service, project expertise, and innovative design thinking. As part of our next class of firm leadership, these individuals will spur BKV forward in the industry, our marketplaces, and beyond. Congratulations!

Our newest partners

KOBITA MUKHERJEE – Director of Interior Design and Partner (Washington, DC)

Kobita is a creative designer with over 20 years of experience leading the design team to achieve award-winning residential, hospitality, and workplace projects nationally. By interpreting client aspirations and turning them into creative solutions, Kobita delivers high-quality products while adhering to tight deadlines and budget constraints. In overseeing a team of design professionals, Kobita is responsible for the management and implementation of design concepts through completion, seamlessly balancing multiple concurrent projects. Kobita is adept at all phases of design, documentation, and construction processes, and has in-depth knowledge of detailing, materials, methods, and codes, project schedules, and budget. Kobita provides inspiration and mentorship to her design teams, and creates a strong design culture that encourages professional growth, collaboration, and design exploration.

“Kobita’s passion for creating inspiring, relaxing, and luxurious designs is unmatched. Her contagious design leadership makes her such a fun teammate. As she steps into her role as Partner, her vision will undoubtedly continue to elevate our work.”  

“Kobita is an enthusiastic and passionate designer; this can be seen in how she leads teams, works with clients, and the architecture in which she touches. She makes a positive impact in BKV across all practice sites and is a dedicated leader.”

Kobita’s passion, energy, and enthusiasm in every aspect of what she does is truly unmatched!  She’s a rockstar!”

– BKV Partners

BENJAMIN YONCE – Vice President of Operations and Partner (Washington, DC)

Benjamin is a dedicated Project Manager with 20+ years of experience on a variety of projects ranging from small tenant fit-outs to large-scale new construction developments. His portfolio includes multi-family housing, hotels, adaptive-reuse, and commercial buildings. Ben’s responsibilities as a Senior Project Manager include coordinating the project team, providing technical leadership, and executing the design vision for the project. He is active in every aspect of the project, from schematic design to construction administration. In addition, Ben brings professionalism, great leadership skills, and creative thinking to the whole team.

“Ben is a natural leader: he sees opportunities to use his strengths and passions, and then follows through by committing himself to the task at hand, whether that is leading people or leading projects. Ben understands that leadership is not just about intellectual expertise, but that it also exists in the understanding and compassion we show one another each day.”

I am particularly grateful to Ben for his perspective and thoughtfulness in engaging our DC employees. His modeling of leadership and authentic relationship-building is setting a valuable precedent and yielding very positive impacts.

“Ben’s project experience is invaluable, guiding our teams through complex challenges with positive and steady leadership. His honest communication style and and calm demeanor are key to our success. As he becomes a Partner, his leadership will drive us to new heights.”

– BKV Partners



Gbenga Ogunbor | Director of Mechanical Engineering and Associate Partner (Washington, DC)

John Donnellon | Marketing Manager and Senior Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

Rosalia Pranger | Marketing Manager and Senior Associate (Chicago, IL)

Joel Springer | Senior Specifications Writer and Senior Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

Brandon Adams | Project Architect and Associate (Washington, DC)

Olivia Arcara | Architectural Designer and Associate (Dallas, TX)

Jennifer Beam | Architectural Designer and Associate (Dallas, TX)

Brita Carlson | Project Architect II and Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

Vince Finney | Senior Structural Designer and Associate (Washington, DC)

Jenna Hegseth | Architectural Designer and Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

Emmett Houlihan | Architectural Designer and Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

Jackie Nelson | Senior Structural Designer and Associate (Minneapolis, MN​​​​​​​)

Marty Tuttle | Senior Construction Administrator and Associate (Minneapolis, MN)



Taylor Chin | Architectural Designer III (Washington, DC)

Sam Clausen | Senior Architectural Designer (Minneapolis, MN)

Jeffrey Ellingson | Senior Project Manager and Associate Partner (Minneapolis, MN)

Tom Erickson | Project Architect II and Senior Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

Ashley Foster | Architectural Designer II (Dallas, TX)

Chris Fullam | Project Architect II and Senior Associate (Washington, DC)

Nicholas Horvath | Architectural Designer III (Chicago, IL)

Gentry Kowall | Project Manager I and Senior Associate (Washington, DC)

David Li | Architectural Designer III and Associate (Chicago, IL)

Christina Pierson | Project Architect II and Senior Associate (Minneapolis, MN)

​Chris Sachse | Vice President of Operations and Partner (Chicago, IL)

Zain Safdar | Electrical Engineer I and Associate (Washington, DC)

Jeremiah Smith | VP of Operations and Partner (Minneapolis, MN)

Fred Stinar | Architectural Designer II (Minneapolis, MN)

Carolyn Wilder | Director of Architecture and Associate Partner (Dallas, TX)

Congratulations to those who have received a promotion this year, and we hope everyone’s New Years begins happy and healthy!

-The Partners of BKV Group