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Episode 196: Grant Kirkpatrick

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A third generation Californian, Grant Kirkpatrick draws his energy and inspiration from his home state’s progressive ideals and optimistic embrace of the new. He has been the visionary force behind KAA Design, the firm he founded 25 years ago. Now known as Kirkpatrick Architects, Grant and his team continue to enjoy elevating the human spirit through the benefits and authenticity of warm contemporary residential design.

Raised in Palos Verdes, Grant earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree at USC and became a licensed architect at 24. His entrepreneurial spirit and passion for design led him to found Kirkpatrick Associates Architects just a few years later in 1988. Since then, the award-winning firm has completed projects for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Christie’s auction house, Hugo Boss stores across the nation, master plans and renovations for the Jonathan Club, the Santa Monica Beach Club, the Manhattan Country Club, and other award winning commercial and hospitality projects.

The firm now focuses exclusively on custom homes, including residences for Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, Kirk Kerkorian, Matt Damon, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, The Pritzker Family, and numerous other coastal retreats, city-view estates, and vacation properties for a broad range of passionate clients.Community service and academics are a core part of Grant’s practice.

He serves on the Board of Directors for ArtworxLA and the Board of Councilors for the USC School of Architecture.Grant teaches at the annual XED Executive Education Program at USC and frequently lectures on topics surrounding Southern California residential architecture. His community involvement has included numerous industry appointments including two-terms as a planning commissioner for the Cityof Manhattan Beach, membership on the Bel-Air Architecture Review Board, and juror for the Santa Barbara AIA Design Awards.

Over the past 25 years, KAA Design has won numerous AIA awards, the “Good Design is Good Business” award from Architectural Record,the 2009 PDC Stars of Design award for Architecture, Azure Magazine’s Best Product award, as well as several Los Angeles Design Council, LA Business Journal and City of Beverly Hills Architecture awards.

The firm’s work has been extensively published in over 30 design magazines and books including Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, New York Times, LA Times, Coastal Living, Sunset Magazine, and The Robb Report. Outside day-to-day operations of Kirkpatrick Architects, Grant has developed a comprehensive line of outdoor furniture for Design Within Reach and a line of prefab homes.He enjoys spending his time off tending to his vineyard in Central California. Grant and his family are longtime residents of Manhattan Beach.

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