We attribute our success to our consistent attention to the quality of our service, which we provide in a timely fashion, and for a fair price.  Our value comes in many forms including respect to deadlines, schedules and budgets, but never at the sacrifice of quality or project integrity.  We have a synergist approach to problem solving which merges the needs and desires of the client with our creative design interpretation, all combined with respect to realities of site, structure, budget and codes.

We have assembled a staff of individuals with unique skill sets, ideas and backgrounds, with one common goal; to create a long-term professional relationship with each of our clients.  The firm does not just sign a contract and complete a project, we agree on a vision with the client and strive to exceed expectations to make that vision a reality.  Like a trusted family doctor, lawyer or accountant, the firm works to become our clients’ first choice for a lifetime of architectural services.

Key Personnel

Gary Kliesch, AIA, NCARB, CID


Founder and owner of the firm since 1995, Gary is a registered architect licensed in 18 states and also a licensed Interior Designer in NJ and a member of National Council of Architectural Review Board (NCARB). He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from  New Jersey Institute of Technology. 




Oliver Young, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP


Oliver joined gk+a in 1999 after obtaining his Architecture and Building Sciences degrees from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a registered architect in NJ and LEED Accredited Professional. He currently serves on the Recycling Committee and the Environmental Commission in Bloomfield, NJ.  Oliver enjoys numerous outdoor activities when not working.


Cynthia Falls, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP


After serving in the in the Air Force, Cynthia decided to go in a whole new direction and obtained a Masters of Architecture from the University of Texas in Arlington. After graduating in 1996, she worked in firms specializing in office and healthcare architecture. She became a registered architect in 2001. Cynthia joined gk+a in 2007 and has worked on projects including retail, quick service restaurants, and office space. When not working to create the built environment, Cynthia is outdoors on the hiking trail. She also currently serves as the Vice Chair for the New York -North Jersey Chapter of the Appalachian Mountain Club.