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JFAK tapped to design new performing arts classroom and black box theater building for Crossroads School

JFAK tapped to design new performing arts classroom and black box theater building for Crossroads School

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JFAK has been selected to design a new classroom and theater building for Crossroads School, a progressive private K-12 school located in Santa Monica. The building will house classrooms, studios, back-of-house support spaces, offices, and rehearsal rooms to support the school’s drama, dance, film, and music departments. Construction is slated for Fall 2020.  

For more information, see Crossroads’ press release here.

Koreatown Gateway Moving Forward

Koreatown Gateway Moving Forward

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JFAK is pleased and privileged to announce that Koreatown Gateway has been given funding and the green light by the City of Los Angeles and the local Council District to move forward into construction.

This cultural marker will span over the busy intersection of Normandie Avenue and Olympic Blvd. in Los Angeles’ Koreatown neighborhood, and is comprised of steel columns, cantilevering steel beams, and a dynamic programmable LED array. Managed by the Los Angeles Neighborhood Initiative (LANI), the project has been in the works for a decade, and has received widespread support from local Korean-American business and civic leaders as well as local residents. Designed to embody the unity and strong friendship between South Korea and the City of Los Angeles, and the commonalities evident in their respective innovations in technology, the arts, and culture, the structure celebrates diversity and tradition through the use of symbolic form, color, and bold structural geometry.

For more about the Koreatown Gateway, click here.

La Kretz Innovation Campus Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

La Kretz Innovation Campus Awarded Prestigious LEED Platinum Certification

The La Kretz Innovation Campus achieved LEED Platinum status for implementing practical and measurable strategies and solutions aimed at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 90,000 commercial and institutional projects are currently participating in LEED, comprising more than 2.2 million square feet of construction space in all 50 states.

Alongside our MEP Engineering team at Buro Happold, JFAK transformed the 100-year old warehouse into a state-of-the-art sustainable facility, complete with 150kw photovoltaic panels atop the car park shading structure, a DC microgrid, and a thorough daylight study to ensure optimum placement for solar tubes and roof lighting, among other elements. The project also reduced water waste and usage by selecting drought-tolerant planting, including bioswales, and installing a greywater filtration system.

The La Kretz Innovation Campus serves the City of Los Angeles’ burgeoning clean-technology community. It is an interdisciplinary “innovation hub,” or incubator, where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, community activist, and policymakers collaborate, promote, and support the development of Los Angeles’ green economy, complete with laboratories, office spaces, a prototyping center, and event space.

Alice Kimm Serves on Jury for 2019 Architectural Record's Advertising Excellence Awards

Principal Alice Kimm joined a group of fellow architects and colleagues to determine the winners of Architectural Record’s 2019 Advertising Excellence Awards. The Advertising Excellence Awards recognize the most effective ads in the building and design marketplace, and the companies and agencies that produce them. Click here for a sneak peek into the jury session, or visit Architectural Record for more information on the awards program.

 

JFAK Awarded UCSD's Main Gymnasium + Natatorium

JFAK Awarded UCSD's Main Gymnasium + Natatorium

We’re happy to share that JFAK has been selected as the Executive Architect for University of California, San Diego's Main Gymnasium and Natatorium project renovation and expansion. Originally completed in 1968, the buildings are excellent examples of Mid-century Modern Architecture, and a portion of the buildings’ facade is historically protected. The project will include approximately 64,300 SF of renovation, restoration, and seismic retrofit, and an approximately 10,000 SF addition. It is intended to be certified LEED Silver at minimum. We're excited to work with the UCSD community to breathe new life into this pair of iconic buildings.

JFAK Awarded Alumni Center Project for Cal State Long Beach

JFAK Awarded Alumni Center Project for Cal State Long Beach

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California State University Long Beach awarded a new 7,000 SF alumni center to John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects. The structure will be designed to meet LEED Silver and Net-Zero Energy standards, and project process is expected to start in January 2019.

JFAK is hiring!

JFAK is hiring!

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Do you have what it takes to join our team? Check out the open positions below! If you think you would be a good fit for any of the roles below, please visit the listings on Archinect to see how to apply. 


PROJECT MANAGER

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) is seeking a detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual with excellent technical skills and a deep knowledge of accessibility codes and requirements for immediate full-time employment.  

The ideal candidate has:

  • 5-8 years of professional experience
  • Knowledge of code, ADA, and accessibility requirements is absolutely necessary
  • Ability to produce working drawings for accessibility site work
  • Proficiency with AutoCAD is required for this position
  • Ability to work on/manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Extensive experience in Construction Documentation, Construction Administration, and Project Management  
  • Experience with DSA is highly preferred
  • Experience with LAUSD or other public entities is highly preferred
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture

See Project Manager post on Archinect.


JUNIOR DRAFTSPERSON

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) is seeking motivated individuals with strong architectural drafting skills for immediate employment.  Qualified candidates will work both independently and on teams, on documentation, and construction administration.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • Minimum of 2 years of professional experience drafting architectural drawings
  • Degree in Architecture or Drafting Technology
  • Strong proficiency in AutoCAD and Microsoft Office Suite

See Junior Draftsperson post on Archinect.


JUNIOR/INTERMEDIATE DESIGNER

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) is seeking motivated individuals with strong design skills for immediate employment.  Qualified candidates will work both independently and on teams, on all phases of design, documentation, and construction administration.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • 3 - 5 years of professional experience
  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Architecture
  • Construction Document experience preferred
  • Proficiency or at least a working familiarity with Revit preferred
  • Strong proficiency in AutoCAD, Illustrator, InDesign, Photoshop, Rhino, and Microsoft Office Suite

See Junior/Intermediate Designer post on Archinect.


JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

JFAK Associate Derek Greene will be featured for the fourth year running in the annual Unfrozen Music, a free concert that explores the intersection between music and architecture through classical piano, indie rock, blues and jazz. Five talented musicians and architects from firms across Los Angeles will showcase their musical talents at the event, whose theme is "Home". Donations from the concert will benefit Habitat for Humanity Los Angeles. 

Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"I've been playing piano since I was 9 years old. I look forward to Unfrozen each year, since it is a good way to motivate myself to continue honing in my craft and a way to share a part of me that a lot of people don't always have a chance to see. At this year's Unfrozen, I'm excited to share three pieces that, in some way or another, remind me of either a time or someone special from back home in Chicago," shares Derek.

Saturday October 7th, 7:30pm
Santa Monica Public Library, MLK Auditorium
601 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA 90401

2017 Unfrozen Musicians

  • Derek Greene - Classical Piano
  • Craig Jameson, AIA - Acoustic Guitar
  • Sergio Valentini - Electric Guitar w/ Friends
  • Jordan Levin, AIA - Ukulele/Harmonica
  • Terence Young, AIA - Electric Cello w/ Matthaeus Szumanski (bass) and Rob Allen (guitar)

Read more about this concert series, created by Craig Shimahara of Shimahara Illustration on www.unfrozenmusic.com

Alice Kimm on the 2017 Monterey Design Conference Committee

Alice Kimm on the 2017 Monterey Design Conference Committee

JFAK Principal Alice Kimm was on the 2017 Monterey Design Conference (MDC) Committee, which took place October 13-15, 2017. Entering its fourth decade, the Monterey Design Conference (MDC) brings together the country’s—and the world’s—leading architects and design thinkers for an intellectually vibrant weekend at Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, California. Designed by designers for designers, the now biennial MDC brings together a virtual Who’s Who of the design world. 

AIA Executive Vice President Robert Ivy, former editor-in-chief of Architectural Record and long-time MDC master of ceremonies, sums up the remarkable fellowship that is the Monterey Design Conference: “Asilomar’s unique location—adjacent to the Pacific in a grove of trees, where wood smoke mingles with the salt spray—invites casual conversation, relaxation, and stimulation in a natural setting that encourages friendship and expansive thought.”

Learn more about the Monterey Design Conference here

Alice Kimm to be a Featured Speaker at Ebell Fifty Under Fifty Lunch

Join us for a luncheon showcasing the new book Fifty Under Fifty: Young Architecture Innovators of the 21st Century. The luncheon features a discussion and Q&A with JFAK's Alice Kimm and Minarc's Erla Dögg Ingjaldsdottir. 

The luncheon will take place Tuesday, January 17th at the Ebell in Los Angeles, at 11:30am. 

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

Announcing the Interior Design Best of Year Award Winners: JFAK's Roberts Pavilion Wins, La Kretz Innovation Campus an Honoree

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects(JFAK) was honored to be recognized at the 11th Annual Interior Design Best of Year Awards. JFAK's Roberts Pavilion, at Claremont McKenna College, won in the Fitness Category, and the La Kretz Innovation Campus was an honoree in the Office: Large Creative/Tech Category. This year, the Best of Year Awards had 2,016 entries, from 38 different countries, in 130 product and project categories! 

On December 1, 2016 over 900 people from the design community (designers, architects, manufacturers and friends) gathered at the state-of-the-art Frank Gehry design, IAC Building at 555 West 18th Street in NYC. The auditorium was standing room only, as the winners were announced live by hosts Cindy Allen, Editor in Chief, and Carol Cisco, Publisher of Interior Design.

Completed in September 2016, Roberts Pavilion is a state-of-the art athletics, fitness and events center for Claremont McKenna College and the athletic center for the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps intercollegiate, intramural, and physical education programs. Anticipated to be LEED Gold-certified, the Pavilion features a state-of-the-art fitness center and a generous venue area with a seating capacity of approximately 2,200, which provides hosting opportunities for important college and community events. It recently earned an AIA|LA Design Award.

La Kretz Innovation Campus (LKIC), Los Angeles’ new cleantech innovation hub, is a place where entrepreneurs, engineers, scientists, and policymakers can collaborate, promote and support the development of clean technologies and LA’s green economy. The fully renovated 60,000 square foot facility is located in the dynamic Arts & Innovation District of Downtown Los Angeles. Anticipated to be LEED Platinum-certified, the Campus utilizes state-of-the-art green technology including a 175 kilowatt photovoltaic solar canopy, fast charger EV stations, bioswales, and LA’s first public greywater filtration and microgrid systems. It was recently honored as part of AIA|LA's first ever COTE LA awards. 

To see the full list of winners and finalists, click here. 

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

JFAK Architects Associate Derek Greene featured in annual 'Unfrozen Music, Architects in Concert'

Music is liquid architecture; Architecture is frozen music
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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JFAK Associate Derek Greene was featured for the third year running in the annual Unfrozen Music, a free concert performed by an eclectic mix of Los Angeles area architects. Musicians/architects from firms across Los Angeles explored the intersection between music and architecture through classical piano, indie rock, blues and jazz.

"Structure, form, movement, cadence, light. The overlapping language often used to discuss work in the fields of both music and architecture represents only a prelude to the profoundly intimate duet shared by these two great art forms. Goethe’s assertion that architecture is frozen music goes the farthest by suggesting that in their essence the two are ultimately variations of the same thing," shared Craig Shimahara, of Shimahara Illustration, producer of the event. 

Now in its eighth year, the event took place on the MLK Auditorium stage at the main branch of the Santa Monica Public Library.  

2016 Unfrozen Musicians

  • Derek Greene - Classical Piano
  • Craig Jameson, AIA - Acoustic Guitar
  • Sergio Valentini - Electric Guitar w/ Friends
  • Jordan Levin, AIA - Ukulele/Harmonica
  • Terence Young, AIA - Electric Cello w/ Matthaeus Szumanski (bass) and Rob Allen (guitar)

Read more about this concert series, created by Craig Shimahara of Shimahara Illustration, on ArchDaily