Evens Architects and Kirkpatrick Architects (KAA Design Group) are pleased to announce the recent promotion of six members of their senior leadership team. These talented individuals have, and continue to play a vital role in the firm's commitment to design excellence and project and firm management. Congratulations to you all!

Patti Baker, Principal

Throughout her 13 years with KAA Design, Patti has played an integral role in the completion of many custom residential projects. Her passion for design, attention to detail, and comprehensive architectural process has resulted in her work being recognized by numerous award programs and extensively published in both local and national publications. 
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Duan Tran, Principal
A native Ohioan, Duan Tran worked for several distinguished firms in both Ohio and Washington DC prior to joining KAA. Over his 14 years with the firm, Duan has overseen several high-profile custom residential projects for many notable clients. His projects have been have been featured in several national shelter publications, as well as recognized for design by the AIA. 
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Steve Straughan, Senior Associate
Steve approaches architectural design with passion, patience and inter-disciplinary rigor. As the firm’s Design Coordinator, his design expertise and 25-year history with the firm's custom residential projects make him uniquely suited for direct involvement in all of the firm’s work, overseeing design and construction documentation on a diverse portfolio of projects. 
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Barbara Alfors, Senior Associate
Over her 17-year tenure with KAA Design, Barbara has managed innumerable projects from large residential estates to modest beach homes. She finds working with a team of clients, architects, consultants, contractors and governing agencies while executing a custom home to be uniquely challenging and rewarding. 
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Lisa Lefevre, Associate
Now in her sixth year with the firm, Lisa joined KAA Design with over 15 years of experience as a CFO providing strategy, leadership and financial risk management. She oversees the firm’s operational and financial reporting and processes, provides long and short term financial planning and budgeting, develops the firm’s financial strategies, and provides risk management for all of the KAA Design’s entities. 
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Todd Paolillo, Associate
After residential architectural pursuits in Boston and the Northeast, Todd joined KAA in 2001 and his 13-year tenure has afforded him extensive experience with a wide range of projects and design teams. Todd is passionate about thoughtful, well-executed design, and in addition to project responsibilities, he oversees firm initiatives related to growth and staff development. 
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Our design philosophy is predicated on deep, meaningful connections between the house and the land. Southern California is blessed with a nurturing environment that provides extraordinary opportunities for true indoor-outdoor living. The homes we design fulfill that promise with beauty and joy.


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The Mediterranean in Southern California

Architecture inspired by great traditions of the Mediterranean region has a long, rich history in California. The fruits of this long lineage flavor the character of our cities and dot the surrounding hillsides. At KAA Design, we have often found the Mediterranean architectures to be a perfect fit for our clients wishing to build here.

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