Jaya Kader MArch '88

Jaya Kader MArch ’88 is a registered architect in Florida and the founder and principal of KZ architecture, a Miami-based practice founded in 2003. The firm is committed to design excellence and sustainable building practices, with a focus on custom home residential design and a philosophy rooted in context, and purpose.

Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Jaya spent 15 years in Boston before moving to Miami, Florida. Prior to KZA, Jaya worked for Moshe Safdie  and Graham Gund. Upon moving to Miami, she led a team headed by Robert A M Stern of New York to win the competition for the Miami Beach Library, for which she was the project architect through its completion.

Jaya is involved with local and national AIA. She is a member of the AIA Committee on Design Advisory Group and chairs its sponsorship committee. Jaya is also involved with Women in Design initiatives, including Women in Architecture and Equity by Design, an AIA San Francisco initiative committed to fostering diversity in architectural leadership.

Jaya is a member of the USGBC and a LEED accredited professional. One of KZA’s projects, West Broadview residence in Bay Harbor Islands, was the first home to get LEED certification in South Florida in 2009.

A single mother of four, Jaya is passionate about education and has contributed to several not-for profit educational initiatives serving both as a board member and volunteer. Jaya has also been involved with her community by serving in the Bay Harbor and Bal Harbor Design Review Boards.