Why Hire AKA?

  • Personal attention.
  • Committed to and passionate for good architecture.
  • Can plug into larger organizations
  • Nimble
  • Smarter solutions


  • Architecture
  • Analysis
  • Construction Supervision
  • Interior Architecture
  • Planning
  • Programming
  • Site Selection
  • Space Planning


  • You see AKA as an "investment advisor" who helps you to understand and determine where your money will have the biggest impact on your space, and then work with us from concept to completion.
  • You are interested in the value added by a smart, energetic, creative, motivated, passionate team.
  • References available on request.

Firm Profile

AKA is well organized, good at communication, and we have a great sense of style! We offer a complete suite of services from concept to completion: design visioning, drawings, product selection, filing, and construction supervision. We create projects that emphasize more Light, more Views, more Storage, all with good spatial flow. We are inspired and informed by the context and competing program needs. Our solutions surpass the original requirements: layers of complexity, subtlety, and utility are revealed with use.

  • Our Interiors Associate works with our clients to create new looks and also works with old favorites.
  • AKA works closely with all consultants to ensure that the design intent is integral to the project.

Principal Profile

Allegra is a licensed architect with over 15 years of design and construction experience in and around New York City.

Before starting her own practice Allegra worked at a series of progressively larger firms doing innovative work, including work on a solar home in the Catskills, renovations of rental-to-coop 10-40 unit buildings in Harlem, residential and corporate renovations, and an expansion of JFK airport for Delta.

Through her consulting work Allegra has developed specialties in lighting and inter-disciplinary branding and design. She teaches to stay on the cutting edge of design and technology and continues her education in sustainable design as an active member of the AIA.

Allegra's latest innovations are an emphasis on new apartment renovation typologies, and a focus on her "Light + Views + Storage" design strategy in her firms renovation.

Allegra became a registered architect in the State of New York in 2000.



  • Columbia University GSAPP: M Arch [1996]
  • Dartmouth College: BA Art History cum laude [1992]


  • Building Enclosure Council: Building Science Seminar [2007]
  • LEED/USGBC: Environmental Design Workshop [2002]
  • Columbia University GSAPP: Waseda University Summer Studio [1993]
  • Columbia University GSAPP: Research Assistant to Mary McLeod [1993]
  • Columbia University GSAPP: New York / Paris Studio [1990-91]



  • Licensed Architect: New York State [2000]

  • Registered Architect: New York State [current]

  • WBE Certified: State of New York [current]

  • NCARB Certified: [current]


Allegra Kochman Architecture: Principal [2005-Present]

MFLD Lighting Design: Architectural Consultant [2002-2005]

Skidmore Ownings & Merrill: Senior Designer [2000-2001]

Murphy Burnham + Buttrick: Project Architect [1998-1999]

Kiss + Cathcart Architects: Project Architect [1997-1998]

UCS Contracting: Associate Construction Manager [1995-1996]


New York Institute of Technology: Adjunct Professor, Core Studio III [2014 Fall]

New Jersey Institute of Technology: Adjunct Professor, Core Studio III-IV [2007-2011]

Parsons School of Design: Adjunct Professor, Construction Documents [2006]

Parsons School of Design: Adjunct Professor, Materials + Methods [2003-4]

Parsons School of Design: Lecture, Understanding Light + Lighting [2002]


AIA, New York City Chapter