Alice Kimm, FAIA, LEED AP B+C
MArch (Harvard) | BA Economics (Cornell) |
Born in Chicago, Alice spent her high school years in Seoul. Returning to the US after high school and moving to LA for what she thought would be one year (but has now been over twenty), she is JFAK's co-founder.
Both partners were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural Leave of NY in 2004. Alice is currently an Adjunct Professor at USC, and was elevated to the Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects in 2010. She spends the little free time she has reading fiction, playing squash, and roaming the city looking for the best Korean food.
JOHN FRIEDMAN, FAIA
MArch (Harvard) | MA Philosophy, Politics, Economics (Oxford)| BS Architecture (MIT) |
With over 30 years of experience in the field of architecture, John co-founded JFAK in 1996. John was raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he studied hard, played water polo harder (3-time NCAA D3 All-American), and observed the social upheavals of the 60’s and 70’s. He’s since traded in his Speedo for a road bike, his text books for a sketch book, and the Beatles for Radiohead, but he still does his best to marry his love of work with a never-ending quest for the perfect taco and the perfect beach. He was elevated to the Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects in 2007.
How We Work
John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) believes that architecture can dramatically affect people’s lives. JFAK exploits this potential to create new types of social spaces that encourage creative interaction, sustain the environment, and catalyze positive change for their users and surrounding communities.
JFAK’s distinct and joyful formal landscapes are the result of an inquisitive design process that mines the possibilities and complexities of our contemporary, heterogeneous society.
Each project is therefore committed to expressing the aspirations and identity of the entity it represents through productive dialogue with its physical and cultural surroundings. Sculptural exterior volumes work with light-filled interior spaces to create meaningful adjacencies and unexpected views, as well as to encourage a range of activities – from individual contemplation to communal interaction and creative teamwork.
The size, type, or budget of a project is not important to JFAK. Rather, the firm takes on projects that involve a meaningful design challenge and the promise of developing an innovative solution. This endeavor often involves the utilization of new types of performative materials in concert with the most current design software and fabrication technologies. For JFAK, new digital techniques are not an end in themselves, but tools to explore new types of efficiencies, forms, spaces, and branding possibilities.
As a matter of ethical and environmental urgency, JFAK applies the full range of sustainable strategies, whether they involve the most sophisticated engineering systems, simple passive techniques, or the choice of the most responsible materials. Casting its net as wide as possible, JFAK engages in collaborations with an ever-expanding list of artists, engineers, scientists, builders, and other specialists. Whether these individuals are JFAK clients, consultants, or advisers, they become partners in a shared vision, one of creating integrated and sustainable environments that inspire their users and better their lives.