Detroit’s Albert Kahn’s Architectural Firm Celebrates 125 Years


Albert Kahn Associates celebrates its 125th anniversary. Pictured is the historic Detroit Creamery Building, an Albert Kahn building that is being renovated by the company. // Photo courtesy of Albert Kahn Associates

The Detroit-based architecture and engineering firm Albert Kahn Associates Inc., named after the world-famous architect and company founder Albert Kahn, is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

Kahn, whose family moved from Germany to Detroit at the age of 11, founded his company in Detroit in 1895. Since then, the company has completed 45,000 projects in Metro Detroit and around the world. Recent projects include Ford Motor Co.’s Driving Dynamics Lab in Dearborn, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center at Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak, and the President’s office and renovation of Wilson Hall at Oakland University in Rochester.

The company has designed industrial and automotive facilities, research and test rooms, educational buildings, health buildings, office grounds, and urban waterfront and development projects.

“Our overriding goal for the future is to offer the highest quality service based on the Kahn values ​​- integrity, professionalism, respect, pride and passion,” says Alan Cobb, President and CEO of the company.

Working with Design Core Detroit and Design Month, the company kicked off its anniversary celebration with an interactive map by Albert Kahn that allows users to create personalized tours of Kahn buildings in Detroit and around the world. It’s available here.

“Our excellent people bring innovation to every project,” says Cobb. “Our legacy is about quality and getting to market faster because our design teams understand that time is money for our customers.”

On-going local projects include work at Henry Ford Health Systems’ sites, the Detroit Riverfront, and ongoing renovations to the Detroit Opera House. Another upcoming project will be the renovation of the historic Detroit Creamery Building for Olympia Development, which is an original Albert Kahn building.


Dusty Kennedy