Kenneth Kao
HNP Architectural Designer, Board Member Emeritus / CEO Kao Design Group

Dr. Kenneth Martin Kao formed the Kao Design Group in 1995. The group specializes in sustainable projects in California, New England, and the Caribbean. Since 2007, Kao has collaborated with Sir Richard Branson to develop an ecological master plan and green technology research framework for Mosquito Island in the British Virgin Islands. KDG led a team of academic experts and professional consultants to formulate sustainable island systems in an environmental impact study and habitat restoration plan, as well as energy, water, waste, material, and resort development design.

From 1985-94 as a Senior Associate at Jung|Brannen Associates, Kao’s design projects included the New ADMA-OPCO Tower and ADNOC headquarter interiors in Abu Dhabi, MIT Lincoln Lab South Campus expansion, Kuwait University Science Center, Boston World Trade Center, Canyon Ranch Health Spa in Lenox, Kuwait University Conference Center, Owens Corning China Pavilion, and Massachusetts Financial Services Headquarters Interiors.

For over 20 years, Kao lectured at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design on innovations in building technology and taught seminars on sustainability. Kao co-authored Digital Design and Manufacturing. Kao served as an advisor to the Harvard Green Campus Sustainability Principle task force and was on the advisory committee for Harvard GSD Executive Education Program. Kao has reviewed architectural conservation grant proposals on historic Frank Lloyd Wright houses for the Getty Grant Program. Kao has also taught at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology ETH-Zurich and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kao received a Doctor of Technical Sciences degree from ETH-Zurich, and an M.Arch. from Harvard with Distinction. He was awarded the AIA Merit Award and the Alpha Rho Chi Medal, and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania with distinction in the Design of the Environment.