Our Studio

Studio BKA was founded by husband-and-wife architect duo, Ben and Kim Allen. The pair represents the full spectrum of the architectural practice, from creativity to technology, using their individual skill sets to create a full-service company that focuses on functional, beautiful architecture from the inside-out.

Ben and Kim Allen have a combined 30 years of experience, leveraging the latest in design and modeling technology to coordinate and build projects virtually to better communicate with clients and contractors. The couple began their practice in New York City where they worked for national award-winning firms for over a decade. Returning to New Orleans in 2014, Ben and Kim Allen created Studio BKA with a variety of project types as a foundation for a unique approach to their projects. Studio BKA has extensive experience designing new construction projects as well as renovations, historic tax-credit projects, with building types ranging from mixed-use buildings to residential to religious. Putting user experience and client satisfaction at the forefront of every design, Studio BKA seeks to deliver timeless, contextual projects for their clients.

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

  • 3D modeling

  • 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

  • coordinated finish and fixture selections


Consulting & Planning

  • mixed-use and multi-family projects

  • lot test fits

  • zoning analysis and feasibility studies

  • historic tax credit projects

  • phasing strategies , planning & design

  • virtual walk-through for marketing

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