Our Studio

Studio BKA is a local New Orleans architecture and design firm that combines the unique talents of husband-and-wife team Ben Allen and Kim Payne Allen, bringing their experience with award winning firms on projects of all sizes to a single architectural practice.

The architectural practice focuses on the intersection of creativity and technology by means of virtual exploration of designs.  This approach leads to imaginative, purposeful problem solving with technical building experience.  By developing a unique design ethos for every project, and using it as a guide to edit and refine, Studio BKA strives to provide a service that moves beyond the notion that architecture is a luxury. Rather, they maintain that it is a financial net add to any size or type project's value, both during construction and in the value of the finished product.

Husband-and-Wife partners, Ben Allen, AIA, and Kim Payne Allen, AIA

Husband-and-Wife partners, Ben Allen, AIA, and Kim Payne Allen, AIA

Licensed in Louisiana, Texas & New York

Licensed in Louisiana, Texas & New York

Our Services


  • construction plans and specifications

  • renderings for marketing and presentations

  • full services scope including design, documentation, bidding and construction assistance

  • limited services scope including basic plans

Interior Selections

  • renderings conveying design intent

  • finish and fixture plans, keyed elevations

  • coordination finish and fixture selections


Urban Zoning Studies

  • commercial and residential properties

  • lot test fits

  • zoning analysis and feasibility studies

  • historic tax credit projects

  • phasing strategies

Client Testimonials

Kim and Ben took our dream project and designed something that was so much more than we could ever imagine. From our dream to completion, they were there with advice, support and solutions to the problems that came with construction. We highly recommend their company for your architectural needs.
— Jimmy & Gale M., Kenner, LA
Working with Kim and Ben of Studio BKA on our home renovation/addition was an enlightening and delightful experience. They made, what could normally be a nerve-wracking and stressful situation, into an interesting, thought-provoking learning experience that was enjoyable and low-maintenance. Kim and Ben make a great team with complementary skill sets and came to us with great design options and innovative construction solutions. They also are mindful of staying on budget all while trying to incorporate the latest industry trends and techniques. Never shying away from offering their honest, professional opinions and always looking out for the best interest of their clients first and foremost. I would highly recommend Studio BKA for any commercial or residential project.
— Gen D., New Orleans
In addition to creating exceptionally beautiful architectural drawings, Kim and Ben Allen guided me through the renovation process with great care and kindness. What was initially scary and complicated turns out to be quite fun!
— Jo Ann M., New Orleans, LA