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Since founding her firm in 1993, Kenne Shepherd, AIA, LEED AP ID+C, WELL AP, has established a reputation as a highly skilled architect and interior designer. She is known for creating compelling spaces notable for their refined use of color and materials, custom detailing, and innovative technology and lighting. Kenne Shepherd has demonstrated her ability time and again by designing projects of the highest quality and integrity, showing sensitivity and respect for her clients’ budgets. Ms. Shepherd’s commitment to sustainable design and wellness is at the heart of creating environments that protect the planet while enhancing how we live, work, and play.

Kenne Shepherd’s deep understanding of the impact of design on our daily lives has led to numerous speaking engagements, and her articles on design have appeared in multiple publications. She was recognized by the Mann Charitable Foundation as one of their “Leading Ladies Honorees” in 2019. She was the recipient of CREW New York’s 2018 Impact Award for Career Advancement for Women and was inducted into the Real Estate Forum’s 2018 Women of Influence Hall of Fame. Sokol Media honored her as one of the Top Women in Real Estate in 2016.

Ms. Shepherd is a registered architect licensed in New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, a LEED AP ID+C, and a WELL AP. Her firm is a woman-owned business and a certified WBE. She is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and Commercial Real Estate Women of New York (CREW New York.) She served on Crew New York’s Board for eight years as a Committee Chair and was the Co-Chair of their 40th Anniversary Gala Committee. 





We had a combination interior decoration and infrastructure project; furniture, carpets, wall treatments and window treatments; custom closets, book cases and radiator covers; and total renovation of kitchen and bath rooms. Because Firm owner is also an architect, she designed construction work and found and supervised the general contractor. Project came in on time and on budget. All work was of top quality. Not only impressed all of our friends; but as we live in a co-op also received positive reviews from building staff on Firm’s professionalism.
Residential Client


As architects and interior designers, we believe in the power of design to affect and improve the daily lives of our clients and the health of the planet. Every project significantly and profoundly impacts the quality of their lives and the environment at large.

Whether designing a new retail store or private residence, we immerse ourselves in all aspects of the challenge – responding to our clients’ stated needs and objectives, the existing space, and how they will use that space – to create an integrated system of design. We think holistically to embrace our clients’ identity and lifestyle and embody it in a sophisticated environment that is healthy, sustainable, distinct in its character, cost-effective, and of the highest integrity and quality.



Founded in 1993, Kenne Shepherd Interior Design Architecture PLLC (KSI) is a New York City-based woman-owned interior architectural design firm and a certified Woman Business Enterprise (WBE). KSI focuses on design for the luxury lifestyle, whether a residence, retail store, art gallery, or spa. We are known for creating customized interiors that refine and express the client’s unique vision, values, and mission into sophisticated, contemporary environments.

Combining a passion for design, extensive experience in the construction process, and an in-depth understanding of sustainability, we take the client from the initial concept to the completion of an efficient, memorable interior. We orchestrate a seamless integration of architecture and interior design. Our full-service firm responds to the unique character and needs of our clients, designing spaces that express their essence.

KSI’s projects have appeared extensively in publications, including Interior Design’s Best in Design, VM+SD, Display & Design Ideas, Shops & Boutiques, and Stores of the Year.






Design – good design –
has the power to change
our lives for the better.

I am as passionate
about exploring the
power of design,
its methods & technologies,
to improve our daily experience
as when I started my firm
29 years ago.

Kenne Shepherd, AIA


Modern, clean, and sophisticated, Kenne Shepherd’s aesthetic employs all the tools of contemporary design to memorable effect. They range from rich colors, sophisticated materials, and custom furniture and fixtures to the latest communications technology, lighting innovations, and construction methods. The luxurious spaces that result are complex in their imagery, layered with meaning, and rich with information. These are highly detailed environments that are the embodiment of style and the satisfaction of the good life.


Our first step in every luxury retail project is to immerse ourselves in our client’s brand. We analyze their merchandise and existing locations and their PR, advertising, corporate information, and coverage in the media. And we get to know their customers’ lifestyles, preferences, and what they look for in a retail/lifestyle experience. We offer their brand as a seamless, three-dimensional space – a dynamic, changing environment where the consumer enters our clients’ world in a dramatic, unmistakable way.

Green Design

We are committed to creating environments that promote the health and well-being of our clients while protecting the planet. Using the principles of green design and wellness design; we provide our clients with environmentally responsible, healthy environments. We understand the importance of the LEED and the WELL Building Standards in creating environments that promote the health and well-being of the occupant while ensuring a sustainable future for the planet.

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