John Friedman MArch '90
John Friedman co-founded John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) in Los Angeles in 1996 with Alice Kimm, his graduate school classmate. Committed to a collaborative process, JFAK works closely with passionate teams of specialized consultants to create joyful environments that encourage social interaction and both clarify and reinforce the identities and missions of its clients. The firm’s portfolio encompasses private residences and multi-family housing, civic spaces, education buildings, cultural gateways, creative workspaces, and wellness facilities for Caltech, Claremont McKenna College, the City of Los Angeles, UCLA, the National Endowment for the Arts, and many other entities.
Over the past 20+ years, JFAK has received numerous design honors from the AIA and other organizations, and its work has been published extensively in US as well as international journals and books. John has taught design studios at SCI-Arc, USC, and UT Austin, in addition to lecturing and serving on design juries across the country. He received a BS in Art and Design from MIT, a BA/MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from Oxford University, and an MArch from the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. A Fellow of the AIA, he has served on the Los Angeles Chapter’s Board of Directors and is currently the Vice President of Heidi Duckler Dance, a Los Angeles-based dance troupe that specializes in site specific dance and educational outreach to LA’s underprivileged communities.