Sami Kirkdil, FAIA

Founder and President

Sami Kirkdil advances urban housing in the Nation’s Capital and beyond. His inventive mixed-use residential designs demonstrate architecture’s power to revitalize neighborhoods and transform the way we live in the 21st-century city.

Leading some 100 large-scale urban projects, Sami is a nationally recognized housing expert who has designed and built more than 25,000 residential units in the National Capital Region. His architecture has earned widespread recognition and received praise by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.

Sami has launched many of the area’s most successful urban communities. For 30 years, he has led the design of buildings that create an urban edge and balance density and a dynamic mix of uses with innovation and tradition. Sami’s designs draw on his deep and personal experiences growing up in a small apartment in Turkey where he says the “living room was a piazza.” That is, housing is connected to and enhanced by the city. With his management, concepts move beyond paper architecture and talking points: more than 95% of Sami’s designed projects are built.

Sami is a leader in urban residential architecture who shares his expertise with architects both inside and outside of SK+I. Serving organizations ranging from the AIA National Committee for Housing to the City of Alexandria’s Department of Planning and Zoning, he plays a critical role in developing best-in-class design standards. He has strengthened relationships between architects and builders and created platforms for architectural excellence both locally and nationally.


Bachelor of Architecture – Istanbul State Academy of Fine Arts

Master of Architecture – The Catholic University of America

Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, FAIA

National Council of Architectural Registration Board Certified, NCARB