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Blitch Knevel Architects was founded in 1958 by J. Buchanan Blitch, Sr. in a small office on Metairie Road in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana.  The focus of the firm then, as now, was to provide client experiences focused on listening to their needs and goals of a project while exceeding their expectations.  The firm has grown successfully and consistently over the last 60 years with long standing repeat clients and winning numerous awards from our peers in the architectural profession.

Understanding the “purpose” of a project is critical to its success.  Putting the designer in the frame of mind of the student or patient or resident of a project allows our team to “become” the user and develop a solution that meets the client’s needs for function, budgetary goals, and architectural beauty.

Blitch Knevel Architects moved to its St. Charles Avenue location in the early 1980’s and renovated an historic structure from 1910, receiving numerous design awards for the project.  The firm remains at the center of New Orleans’ historic and vibrant Arts District, surrounded now by art galleries and fine restaurants, and new residential conversions of warehouse structures.

Ron Blitch, FAIA, FACHA, and Ken Knevel, AIA, led the firm from the late 1990’s to the completion of the firm’s Katrina era and its leadership in redeveloping the region with schools, hospitals, and senior living facilities reconstruction and replacement. Now led by Ron and Kay St. Amant, AIA, the firm is moving forward focusing on senior living environments, healthcare facilities and educational facilities in the region and nationally.

The firm believes in “giving back” to the local community and profession at large, with volunteer commitments from most of our team members, and service nationally by heading national architectural organizations.

Our primary focus is always to serve our clients and help guide the way to a successful project – We Listen, we Design, and we Delight.