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2016
Academia Moderna Charter School
  • Education
Aragon Avenue Elementary School Addition
  • Education
  • Civic
Beverly Center Competition
  • Commercial
2015
Bruin Fitness Center, UCLA
  • Education
  • Wellness
2018
Casa Namorada
  • Residential
1999
Club Sugar
  • Commercial
Council District 8 Navigation Center
  • Civic
2004
Ehrlich House
  • Residential
2012
Ehrlich Retreat +
  • Residential
2002
Falcon
  • Commercial
2009
GALCIT
  • Education
2008
Green Dot E. 27Th Street Charter High School
  • Education
2009
Guest of Honor Pavilion, FIL
  • Civic
2002
Hale-Morris-Lewis Senior Housing
  • Residential
2011
Holleb House
  • Residential
2002
Irolo Senior Housing
2005
KANM Concept Studies
  • Civic
2008
King House
  • Residential
2017
Kinross Recreation Center, UCLA
  • Education
  • Wellness
2017
Koreatown Gateway
  • Civic
2004
LA Design Center
  • Commercial
2007
LA House
  • Residential
2016
LA Kretz Innovation Campus
  • Civic
2009
LAPD MTD + MSP
  • Civic
2020
Listen In
  • Commercial
2005
Lucky Devils
  • Commercial
2015
Peace Creek Villas
  • Residential
2008
Pinedo Stealth
  • Residential
2007
PS #1 Elementary School Aftercare Building
  • Education
2012
Resnick Institute / JCAP, Caltech
  • Education
  • Wellness
2016
Roberts Pavilion, Claremont McKenna College
  • Education
  • Wellness
2002
Shinsa Shell
  • Commercial
2005
SK Swim Center
  • Wellness
  • Civic
2002
The Brig
  • Commercial
Wonderland Elementary School
  • Education
1999
Yangsan Golf Club
  • Wellness

We believe in architecture that communicates and inspires, expresses identity, and encourages social interaction. Our design process integrates intuition, play, and dialogue with close analysis of each project’s physical, programmatic, and cultural context, as well as the underlying intentions of those who initiate it. Architecture, after all, is for people, and its creation is always collaborative.

We believe in architecture that communicates and inspires, expresses identity, and encourages social interaction. Our design process integrates intuition, play, and dialogue with close analysis of each project’s physical, programmatic, and cultural context, as well as the underlying intentions of those who initiate it. Architecture, after all, is for people, and its creation is always collaborative.

Our History

Recognizing a common desire to create architectural environments that are simultaneously joyful, meaningful, and sustainable, John Friedman and Alice Kimm founded their design practice in 1996 in Los Angeles, where they discovered fertile ground for their ideas and aspirations.

Since then, JFAK has completed a wide range of projects with notable public and private clients. In the process, they have been recognized with numerous distinctions including not one, but two, Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence awards, the only firm to be so honored.

How We Work

Through an inquisitive design process that mines the complexities of our heterogeneous society, John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) creates distinct and joyful formal landscapes that encourage creative interaction, sustain the environment, and catalyze positive change for their communities.

The firm employs a diverse range of tools, including skillful distribution of natural light; experimentation with materiality, color, and texture; celebration of transparency and visual relationships, repurposing of common symbols in new ways; and always, the restless exploration of form and space to create environments that people return to over and over again, even if they don’t quite know what it is that draws them.

A project’s size, type, or budget are not important; rather, JFAK seeks out opportunities to develop innovative solutions to meaningful design challenges. New performative materials in concert with the most current design software and fabrication technologies become means to explore new kinds of efficiencies, forms, spaces, and branding possibilities.

As a matter of ethical urgency, JFAK applies the widest range of sustainable strategies – sophisticated engineering systems, simple passive techniques, recycled and smart materials – to each project. The firm’s collaborators include an ever-expanding group of artists, engineers, scientists, builders, and other specialists who, as clients, consultants, or advisers, are partners in creating integrated and environmentally sensitive environments that better the lives of their users.