President and Director of Design
David C. Kuhlman, AIA, ALA, NCARB

Mr. Kuhlman has worked professionally in the architectural field since 1992. Prior to joining JNKA in 2005, he worked for award winning architecture firms in Washington, D.C. and in Chicago where he was an Associate Principal at Nagle Hartray Architecture and worked for 7 years on award winning senior housing and religious projects. David’s desire to specialize in religious architecture originated in his year of study in Rome while a student at the University of Notre Dame, and his respect for traditional architecture and contextualism are integral to his design process. Mr. Kuhlman has spoken about JNKA’s work and sacred architecture at the Traditional Building Conference, The Catholic University of America, and on Relevant Radio. He has also authored a number of articles about JNKA’s work and religious architecture including Adaptive Reuse: The Quigley Story; A Case for Diversity in the Design of Catholic Churches; Visibility, Security and Beauty in the Renewal of Eucharistic Devotion; and The Altars We Build: An Architect’s Perspective. David has served on design juries at the University of Notre Dame and Judson University.



Bachelor of Architecture
University of Notre Dame, 1992


Licensed Architect (IL, IN, MI, WI, DC)
Certificate Holder, National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)


Founders Board, Quiroga College, Chicago
St. Paul of the Cross Parish, Facilities Cmte.
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
AIA Design for Aging Knowledge Community
University of Notre Dame Monogram Club (Tennis)


“Master Planning: A Collaborative Approach”, Webinar for the Conference for Catholic Facility Management (CCFM), 2017
“Where Faith Meets Work,” St. Paul of the Cross Parish Seminar Series, 2014
“The Profession of Architecture,” The Launch Seminar, 2014
“Sacred Art & Architecture,” Relevant Radio’s Morning Air Program, 2013
“Five Must See Catholic Churches ,” Relevant Radio’s Drew Mariani Show, 2013
“Reserve Studies & Facility Assessments,” CCFM Convention, Covington, KY, 2012
“Historic Church Renovations & Planning – Archbishop Quigley Center St. James Chapel,” Traditional Building Conf., 2010
“A Case for Diversity in the Design of Catholic Churches,” A Living Presence Symposium, Catholic University of America, 2010
“Building Assessments for Churches,” Partners for Sacred Places New Dollars/New Partners Training Program, 2009-2012


Design Juror, ALA Design Awards, 2015
Design Juror, Brick Industry Association, Brick in Architecture Awards, 2015
Conference for Catholic Facility Management Convention, 2014 (New Orleans), 2013 (Seattle), 2012 (Covington), 2011 (St. Louis)
The Glory of Catholic Architecture Conference, The Liturgical Institute, University of St. Mary of the Lake, 2012
A Living Presence Symposium: Extending and Transforming the Tradition of Catholic Church Architecture, Catholic University, 2010
Traditional Building Conference, 2010
The Lost Language of Vatican II Conference, The Liturgical Institute, 2005