Kenneth D. Levien

Kenneth D. Levien, FAIA, BA74/MArch76

Kenneth D. Levien has become an industry leader in the field of real estate project management and owner’s representation. The founder of Levien & Company has three decades of experience in project management, construction monitoring, property assessment, architecture, and business management.

Levien earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Architecture (with honors) in 1974 and a Master of Architecture in 1976, both from Washington University. He practiced architecture with HOK and Davis Brody before joining the construction loan monitoring firm Levien, Rich & Co., where he spent nearly a decade. He went on to serve as co-director of the development arm of Jones Lang Wootton Project Management Services before founding his own firm, Levien & Company, in 1992.

Early on, Levien recognized that many non-profit organizations and institutions lacked the experience and the resources to successfully manage capital projects, striking a balance between program, design, and budget. He has dedicated his firm to working with such clients, managing the work of the design and construction team to maintain scope, budget, and schedule for projects. Levien & Company has shepherded more than 350 projects to successful completion, garnering numerous honors from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Landmarks Conservancy, among other organizations. Notable clients include Carnegie Hall, Columbia University, Central Synagogue, Park Avenue Armory, New York City Center, and Union Square.

In recognition of his significant contributions to architecture and society, Levien was elected to the AIA's College of Fellows in 2013. He currently serves as treasurer of the New York City chapter of the AIA and a trustee of the New Building Congress Foundation. He also remains actively involved with Washington University as a member of the Eliot Society, Sam Fox School National Council, and New York Regional Cabinet.

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