Ron Grammer, AIA/NCARB, LEED-AP joined Kaplan Gaunt DeSantis Architects in 1996, prior to entering college, and, ultimately, becoming principal of kGD Grammer Designs. Ron received a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of Maryland  graduating with a College Park Scholars citation in American Culture, and subsequently, a Master of Architecture from the University of Maryland.

Ron also has a Business Certificate from Temple University and is a registered Safety Assessment Evaluator qualified by the California’s Office of Emergency Services (OES) Safety Assessment Program (SAP). This certification enables him to assist jurisdictions throughout the country in the evaluation of structures in the aftermath of a natural disaster.

Ron is a true professional in the field of architecture working on various projects through all phases of development from conception to completion. His knowledge ranges from the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and fire houses to religious facilities and borough halls; from restaurants and pharmaceuticals to commercial offices and residential.  Regardless of building typology,


Ron actively seeks new and challenging opportunities, making a commitment to owners with an emphasis on sustainability, accessibility and designs with character.


American Institute of Architects (AIA)

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)  under the 

U.S Green Building Council (USGBC)

New Jersey Historic Preservation Firm


Office of Emergency Services (OES)
Safety Assessment Program( SAP)

Rehabilitation,  Reconstruction,  Elevation  and  Mitigation (RREM) Program


Project Manager

Lou joined KGD Architects in 1986 after receiving a five-year Bachelor of Architecture from NJIT and subsequent post-graduate study at the University of Bologna, Italy.


Lou was quickly promoted to project manager for K. Hovnanian projects, while leading the development of KGD’s first computer aided design (CAD) studio. As Lou’s career progressed he was awarded AIA Jersey Shore Intern of the Year. Lou pursued other interests, as well, becoming [past] chairman of the Keyport Historic Preservation Commission followed by [past] chairman of the Keyport Environmental Commission.


Lou  has  over  thirty  years  of  experience working  in  all  aspects  of  the  profession from  design  through  construction- making him an important member of the kgd Grammer Design team.