Meet the Founder &
Principal of KABC
Anna Klingmann, M.Arch. PhD
Anna Klingmann is the founder of KABC, and an internationally recognized visionary on branding and architecture whose BRANDISMTM—an innovative approach to merging architecture and branding—anticipated current global trends.

Anna Klingmann, a registered architect in Germany, with a PhD in architecture & branding, brings 25 years of experience to her profession of architecture, urban design and branding real estate properties. Inspired by the potential of architecture to connect commerce, culture, and community, she founded KABC in 2001 to create integrated communities that people truly enjoy.

Through her extensive professional experience in New York, the Middle East, and China, academic research at internationally renowned institutions, and authorship of her book, Brandscapes, Anna has developed a unique combination of marketing knowledge, urban planning, and architecture along with the ability to design compelling experiences for residential communities, large-scale resorts, retail chains and complex mixed-use developments.

A German native, Anna Klingmann received her Bachelor of Architecture from Pratt Institute in New York with Honors and her Masters Degree in Urban Development from the Architectural Association in London. She received her PhD. summa cum laude in branding and architecture from the University of Arts in Berlin. She began her career in New York where she worked for commercial architectural offices. Later she moved to London, where she worked for the internationally renowned architects Zaha Hadid and Rem Koolhaas.

Today, clients around the world seek out Anna Klingmann’s advice and opinions on architectural branding. She is a frequent, invited speaker at conferences in the United States and abroad, where her talks explore how architecture can be strategically employed to create imaginative places that truly engage customers and create memories in them.

Her book “Brandscapes: Architecture in the Experience Economy”, MIT Press, illustrates cutting-edge ideas on how architecture can effectively brand mixed-use destinations, residential communities, and retail environments.