About 2017-10-22T20:59:25+00:00

Kalin Associates provides architectural specification writing services for architects, corporations and building product manufacturers. Since 1984, Kalin Associates has provided construction specifications for more than 3,000 projects with a total construction value of over $40 billion. Our services range from preparing specifications for private, public bid, and LEED projects, to master specifications for design offices and corporate owners, guide specifications for building product manufacturers, and specification management and education.

We seek to work with architects and designers who are focused on design and who can appreciate the value of specifications in their design process.

Mark Kalin, FAIA FCSI LEED
Mark Kalin, FAIA FCSI LEEDPresident
Mark Kalin (FAIA, FCSI, LEED) is a highly experienced specification writer, author, speaker, registered architect, and the President of Kalin Associates. Mark is a CSI certified construction specifier, USGBC LEED accredited professional, and one of only 27 individuals advanced to fellowship in both the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute. Mark has been involved in over 4,000 specification projects since 1984, including 250 LEED projects. He is the author of the original GreenSpec Database of Sustainable Products (1996), and has written chapters for both Green Building, RS Means and Construction Specifications (Wiley & Sons). Mark has authored numerous publications on specifications, product selection, and greespecs, presenting on these topics in over 100 sessions at both regional and national conventions. He has taught Architectural Specifications at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University and is currently Chair of the Masterformat Maintenance Task Team of the Construction Specifications Institute. Long active in the American Institute of Architects, he has been Chairman of the AIA Masterspec Review Committee, the AIA Specifications and Building Technology Professional Interest Area and the AIA Library and Archives Committee.
Lisa Goodwin Robbins, RA CCS LEED
Lisa Goodwin Robbins, RA CCS LEEDAssociate Principal
Lisa is a registered architect, CSI-certified construction specifier, and LEED-accredited professional with more than 20 years experience in specification writing, with a focus on projects seeking LBC, LEED, and WELL certifications. She helps other Architects, both designer types and project managers, be green, solve problems, and get their projects built.
Jay Ford, CSI CCS LEED
Jay Ford, CSI CCS LEEDAssociate
Jay joined the Kalin Associates team in 2008 with over 12 years of professional design, project management, construction administration, and specification writing experience. Jay has written specifications for both privately and publicly bid projects of varying complexities and in various regions around the world. Jay has managed the specification process for large and complex projects such as the United States Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan; as well as small local projects like the MIT Lincoln Lab renovation project in Lincoln, MA. In addition to writing specifications for architectural project teams, Jay also works with owners and developers creating and maintaining standard specifications for multi-family and health club projects in regions around the country. Jay has been a member of CSI since 2005 and a member of SCIP since 2008. Jay is a Certified Construction Specifier, LEED Accredited Professional, and has served as President of the Boston Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute for a 2 year term, 2011-2013. As a member of the CSI Boston Chapter, Jay served on the Board of Directors as Chairperson for the Committee of Certification, Professional Development, and Programs. He is also editor for the CSI Boston Chapter award winning monthly newsletter, The Parameter.
Cynie Linton
Cynie LintonSr. Specification Writer
Cynie Linton, Senior Specification Writer. Formerly Head of Specifications for Symmes, Maini & McKee, current CSI Boston Chapter President. Cynie specializes in specifications for public bid schools.
Ken Chappell
Ken ChappellSr. Specification Writer
Ken Chappell, Senior Specification Writer, BIM Specialist. Formerly Director of Specifications and Product Development for Building Systems Design, Assistant Director of Engineering with ARCOM, Senior Specification Writer for HDR-CUH2A.