Firm Profile: Philosophy and History

CKA Philosophy

Design excellence, personal attention and quality service is our fundamental philosophy. We are equally committed to ensure all investments, financial or otherwise, are fully maximized. We treat every project, regardless of size, as our own building, providing the individual care it deserves.

Firm History

Castellaw Kom Architects (CKA) was established in May 1992 as a partnership between Gregory G. Castellaw, AIA and Laurance H. Kom, AIA. Both principals had successfully worked together as project architects for a number of years in the same architectural firm. Both also have spent time as designers in the urban environment, Greg in Portland and Larry in Las Vegas, which strengthened their skills and experience prior to moving back to this area to be near their extended families. Greg was raised in nearby Moscow, ID and Larry is from Orofino, ID. The principals of CKA have a strong design background with projects ranging up to 200,000 sq. ft. Their past performance shows they provide quality design and service regardless of the size of the project.

Client References

". . . CKA in both instances took great care to make the process as painless as possible for me, working smoothly and well with everyone- committees, contractors, suppliers. Through weather delays, material delays, contractor errors, and all the other difficulties attendant in construction they simply made everything go easier."

Gib Myers,

Former Asst. to City Supervisor

City of Moscow

"We have found Greg Castellaw and Larry Kom to be excellent to work with in all areas. They have met all of our challenges including tight time frames, budgets, pleasing designs, contractor concerns, city requirements, and resolving warranty problems. We have selected CKA for each of our housing developments. We look forward to working with them in the future."

Barbara Leachman,

Housing Director

Community Action Agency

"Of particular importance to our district is that they listen to our ideas and concerns and try to find a way to make it happen for us. Aside from their (CKA) professional abilities and knowledge of the hoops to jump through, they are people persons. This is exactly what our school district needed. We have no plans to ever look more for another architectural firm to help us."

Don Armstrong,

Past Superintendent

Potlatch School District No. 285

"Thorough construction documents prepared by CKA resulted in a competitive bidding environment; bids were submitted exactly at the amount CKA estimated. They also held weekly progress meetings that helped keep the project on schedule and budget."

Louise Sweeney,

Project Architect

University of Idaho

Mouse over the names of some of our previous clients to read what they say about our work.