John Margolis has been named to the Los Angeles Regional Cabinet of Washington University in St. Louis. The Regional Cabinets include some of the University’s most distinguished volunteers and supporters outside St. Louis, who meet regularly to discuss their efforts on behalf of the university.  

Mr. Margolis graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts with a major in architecture from Washington University in 1982 and earned a master’s degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He joined Evens Architecture, a KAA Design Company, in 2014 after maintaining his own practice, Margolis, Incorporated, for more than 20 years on the affluent Gold Coast north of Boston. There he designed many varied residential designs, predominantly in the traditional vernacular typical of the grand estates built over a century earlier. His passion for classical and traditional architecture led him to the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art (ICAA) where he served as president of the New England Chapter for five consecutive years. He is a member if the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is licensed in Massachusetts. His projects have been published in periodicals in the U.S. and in Europe.

Mr. Margolis serves on numerous boards, including the National Council for Architecture at Washington University. For 10 years, he has served on the Board of Agassiz Village in Poland, Maine, a camp founded by his ancestor Maximilian Agassiz, which continues to provide camping experiences for underprivileged inner-city children and children with physical challenges. Mr. Margolis also served on the board of Trustees at the Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts for five years.

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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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