Alice Kimm, FAIA
Master of Architecture, Harvard University, 1990
Bachelor of Arts, Economics, Cornell University, 1986
Alice Kimm, FAIA is a partner in the Los Angeles firm John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK). She held the position of USC SoA’s Director of Undergraduate Architecture from 2010-2014, and has served as a member of the faculty (discontinuously) since 1994. She was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship in 1997-98. Alice has taught design studios at Otis and SCI-Arc and was, with her partner John Friedman, the Fall 2014 Eugene McDermott Centennial Professor at University of Texas, Austin. She co-Chaired the 2014 ACSA International Conference and was an invited participant at USC’s 2013 Global Conference.
Designed for urban and cultural literacy, JFAK’s work spans public schools, university research and activity centers, commercial ventures, houses, and housing. It has been recognized for its technological, material, and sustainable intelligence, as well as for its spatial fluidity, quality of light, and social significance. The firm’s L.A. Design Center, an adaptive reuse project located in South Los Angeles that was a catalyst for urban revitalization, received an AIA Institute Honor Award and the Rudy Bruner Silver Medal for Urban Excellence. The firm recently completed its second project for the California Institute of Technology—the LEED-Platinum Resnick Sustainability Institute and Joint Center for Artificial Photosynthesis—and is nearing completion on the La Kretz Innovation Campus for the City of Los Angeles and The Roberts Pavilion for Claremont McKenna College. With these projects, both slated for LEED-Platinum certification, JFAK continues to incorporate developing technologies, drawing upon the expertise of its clients and collaborators to realize a fully integrated, performative, and artful design intelligence. JFAK’s Koreatown Gateway and Grand Avenue Housing are two other significant projects on the boards that contribute to a growing body of urbanistically relevant work for Los Angeles.
Alice and her partner were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York in 2004. In 2010, Alice was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects.