Alice Kimm MArch '90
Alice Kimm is co-founder of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK). With the belief that architecture has the power to transform people’s lives, JFAK creates environments and buildings that encourage creative and social interaction, sustain the environment, and catalyze positive change for their users and surrounding communities. The firm’s widely-recognized work spans university hubs, commercial ventures, houses and housing, and public spaces. While embracing technology and sustainable principles, each project is approached as an opportunity to artfully enhance the cultural context in which it is located. Recently completed works include Roberts Pavilion at Claremont McKenna College and La Kretz Innovation Campus in Downtown Los Angeles. Currently, JFAK is designing a homeless service center in South Los Angeles, a public park in the city’s Koreatown neighborhood, and an animation campus for a major entertainment network.
Alice was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research housing types in Korea in 1997, was named (with John Friedman) an Emerging Voice by The Architectural League of NY in 2004, and was elected to the AIA’s College of Fellows in 2010. An active educator, she served as Chair/Director of Undergraduate Architecture at USC from 2010-2014. Alice has lectured widely, juried many design awards programs, delivered a TEDx talk in 2015, and lent her voice and opinions to Take Two on KPCC 89.3 as well as to BBC Radio 4. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children.