Kohler Architects, Inc. is as a strong, highly capable, and very creative professional staff, led by founder Roger Kohler and his son, Matt.  KA is firmly established as one of the leading architectural firms in the Mid-Peninsula.  The Kohler team of dedicated architectural professionals combines a wide variety of experience and training with a strong commitment to the highest standards of customer service. KA’s expertise and creativity is enhanced by founder Roger Kohler’s community leadership and knowledge and understanding of community standards and values.  Our multi-lingual staff is fluent in Chinese, German, and Farsi.


Kohler Architects Founder
Architect, California
License C-7334, Oregon
O-2326 Hawaii AR-14093

Roger, building on experience gained from working with recognized local architects,  opened his own office in 1981 specializing in residential architecture.  As his reputation grew, the firm’s practice expanded to encompass both single and multi-family residential and commercial architecture with a number of signature projects in the area.  Kohler Architects has designed hundreds of new homes, including many in Palo Alto;  the firm has also provided designs for countless, wide-ranging remodeling projects.  The Kohler Architects portfolio also includes multi-family, commercial, and historic projects.

University of Oregon
Bachelor of Architecture,1968
Licensed Architect, 1973


Partner, Joined KA 2001
Architect, California
License C-38100

Matt apprenticed at his father’s side, where he developed his passion and talent for architecture.  His journey to licensure was completed with achievement of his architect’s license. A strong designer and project manager, he has a lead role in working with clients in design, development, and project management from start to finish. Matthew’s many years of experience includes work on custom new homes, additions/remodels, multi-family projects, and restaurant renovation and expansion. As a partner, he also has a key role in business management for the firm. He is married with a young son and daughter.

California Architectural
Licensing Program
Licensed Architect, 2019


Joined KA 1990
Architect, California
License C-27349

Jeff is a licensed architect and a creative and talented designer with extensive experience designing for both individual clients and builders, and supervising projects for the firm. Jeff has long taken a lead role on and been a major contributor to a wide range of Kohler projects, from concept through final construction drawings.  He is highly regarded by our clients, with a well-earned reputation for quality design and professional service.  Jeff is married with two children.

Washington University, St. Louis
Master of Architecture,
Licensed Architect, 1997


Joined KA 1997
Designer / Project Manager


Uli is an experienced designer who produces high quality assembly and production drawings, and especially enjoys doing elevations. She is very proficient in computer-aided design using Autocad which helps our office reduce production time of digitial drawings. Her carefully prepared permit packages are a great aid to clients in getting timely approvals for their projects. She is married and an avid horsewoman.  Uli became a Certified Green Building Professional in 2008; she provides valuable ‘Green’ product information for implementation on our various projects.

University of Franfurt
Master of Science


Joined KA 2014
Project Maanger


Haleh is a skilled and creative architectural drawing professional with a unique combination of technical capability and varied professional experience.  Haleh is proficient in 3D modeling software (REVIT) which is a great tool for client visualization.  She has two children.

University of Tehran
Bachelor of Computer
West Valley College, Computer-Aided
Drafting and Design, 2014


KA Staff 2002 – 2006
Re-joined KA 2016
Architect, California
License C-31490

Laurence is a multi-talented and creative architect with wide-ranging experience that includes residential, resorts/hotels, condominiums, and hospitals/clinics. She is very detail-oriented and organized in putting permit plan packages together. Laurence is bi-lingual in French and Spanish languages.

University of Oregon Bachelor of Architecture 2001
Stanford University Master of Science,
Civil and Environmental Engineering 2010

Roger Kohler, Founder

Roger Kohler is a local success story.  A Palo Altan since his youth, and graduate of Palo Alto schools, he attended the University of Oregon where he received a Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is licensed to practice in California. Oregon, and Hawaii, and active in his profession — he is a Member of the American Institute of Architects and certified by the National Council of Architects Registration Board (NCARB).

Kohler Architects is a family business with strong community ties. Roger’s son, Matthew, is a licensed architect and a partner in firm; his wife Debbie assists with office business management and operates her own antique business, and his daughter, Heather, a Chico State graduate, has assisted in the office. Roger is an active member of the community, with long service on the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board and work on key City committees. A former Eagle Scout, he has been a mentor for Scouting programs both as a high school student and as an adult.  He is a strong supporter of both junior and senior high school sports programs, and has been a youth coach for basketball and football. Roger’s creativity goes beyond architecture — he is also a photographer and artist.



Kohler Architects Inc.

2017 – Present

Kohler Associates Architects

1989 – 2016

Roger Kelley Kohler Architect

1973 – 1989

Heflin Corporation

Chief Architect, 1982 – 1985

Various architectural offices

1968 – 1980


American Institute of Architects (AIA)


City of Palo Alto Development Center Focus Group        


National Council of Architects Registration Boards (NCARB)

Registered Architect,
1993 – Present

Community Service

Historic Resources Board, City of Palo Alto

Member, 1994 – 2020
Chairman, 1998, 1999, 2004, 2015

Building Permit Streamlining Committee, City of Palo Alto


Concept Planning Committee, Landscape Planning, 


Palo Alto Clinic site

Licenses / Education

State of California

Licensed Architect, 1973 – Present

State of Oregon

Licensed Architect, 1995 – Present

State of Hawaii

Licensed Architect, 2010 – Present

University of Oregon Bachelor of Architecture


Cubberley High School, Palo Alto