John Friedman & Alice Kimm

John Friedman FAIA was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and holds two degrees in Architecture - the first, a Bachelor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he graduated first in his class; and the second, a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University, where he was awarded the AIA Silver Medal. In between those studies, he was California’s Newton Tatum Scholar at Oxford University, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Philosophy and Political Theory.


John has been an invited professor at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc) and at the University of Southern California (USC), where he was the 2006 Jon Jerde Visiting Professor. He and his partner, Alice Kimm, were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of NY in 2004. From 2008 to 2010, John served on the Board of Directors of the LA Chapter of the AIA, where he was Co-Chair of the Design Committee. He was elevated to Fellowship of the American Institute of Architects  in 2007.


Alice Kimm FAIA was born in Chicago, but spent her high school years in Seoul, Korea. She received a B.A. in Economics from Cornell University in 1986 and a Master of Architecture degree in Architecture from Harvard University with Commendation in 1990. In 1997, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study contemporary housing strategies in Korea. She is the current Director of Undergraduate Architecture at USC, where she is an Associate Professor of Practice. Alice was elevated to Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects in 2010.


John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) was formed in 1996, when John and Alice recognized a shared aesthetic and social vision for the power of architecture. Since then, the firm has become renowned for an innovative design process dedicated to creating vibrant architectural spaces that catalyze creative interaction and redefine both social and individual realms.