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Kevin Daly

Adjunct Professor

Daly, F.A.I.A., is the founder of Kevin Daly Architects, an internationally recognized architectural practice focused on craft, construction and material systems, and high performance buildings. His systematic design process engages material and technical research, employing traditional and digital design and representation processes at multiple scales. Intervention and experimentation with normative construction systems is a hallmark of the firm’s work: a belief in the creative potential at the low end of available technology has been a guiding premise in the improvisational urbanism that characterize many of the firm’s Los Angeles projects.

His work has been published widely and has received numerous awards beginning with is earliest experimental designs for the Valley Center House, the Camino Nuevo Charter Academy and the Art Center College of Design South Campus. He continues to explore urban housing issues and density, both in collaboration with UCLA’s cityLAB and via his own firm. Broadway Affordable Housing and Bi(h)OME received National AIA Honor awards and are transforming the model for contemporary social housing design.

Current and recent projects include offices for a major technology company in Los Angeles, New York and Silicon Valley, the new Houston Endowment Headquarters in Texas, the San Joaquin Housing at UCSB, and the UCLA Basketball Practice Facility. In addition to over forty state and local AIA design awards, Kevin Daly’s work has been recognized with three National AIA Honor Awards, a Gold Medal from the Bruner Foundation, a Millennium Award from Global Green, and his firm received the inaugural AIA/LA Firm of the Year Award in 2009.

Related topics
Urban Strategy, Landscape, Material Assembly
Related Links
  • Kevin Daly Architects (KDA)
  • Education
    M.Arch., Rice University
    B.Arch., University of California, Berkeley
    2022 AIA | LA Design Awards: Affordable Housing Merit Award, "Gramercy Senior Housing"
    2022 Award winner, ARCHITECT magazine's 69th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, "Houston Endowment Headquarters"
    2022 Citation winner, ARCHITECT magazine's 69th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, for "Low Rise Housing"
    2019 Award winner, ARCHITECT magazine's 66th annual Progressive Architecture Awards, for "Little Berkeley"
    2019 National AIA Housing Award: UCSB San Joaquin Village Housing
    2018 National AIA Small Project Award: BI(h)OME
    2018 American Architecture Award: UCLA Ostin Basketball Center
    2015 National AIA Honor Award: Broadway Affordable Housing
    2014 Architect’s Newspaper Building of the Year: Broadway Affordable Housing
    2010 National AIA Honor Award: Camino Nuevo High School
    2009 ALA | LA: Firm of the Year Award
    2009 National AIA Honor Award for Education: Camino Nuevo High School
    2003 Gold Medal, Bruner Foundation for Urban Excellence: Camino Nuevo Charter Academy
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