KAA Design is proud to announce the promotion of Duan Tran, AIA to Associate. We would like to recognize and thank Duan for his exemplary talent, leadership, and commitment the firm. Congratulations!

Read our interview with Duan...

What inspired you to become an Architect?

DT: Growing up, I've always had a natural inclination towards being creative and building models. Like many other Architects, it all started when I got my first Lego set, the rest - as they say - was history.

What was the first thing you ever designed?
DT: My first realized design involved the reconstruction and restoration of a veranda on a historic structure. Although the overall scale was modest in comparison to what I do today, I developed a strong appreciation and future foundation for thoughtful architectural details and how things actually come together.

Where do you look for inspiration?
DT: My architectural inspiration and personal aesthetic can be attributed to the many iconic mid-century modern architects that have come to define the Southern California landscape. Fashion, interior design, photography, and Los Angeles' dynamic cultural scene have also influenced my design perspective significantly.

Which accomplishments are you most proud of?
DT: My greatest professional accomplishment would have to be my getting licensed as an Architect. Receiving my Architect's License was a worthwhile culmination of a long, but rewarding professional education path.

What are your personal design don’ts? 
DT: My personal don'ts include, "architecture doesn't always have to be serious, levity in design is a good thing".

How would you describe your style?
DT: Warm and modern, clean lines, structured, and an element of fun.

What is your dream project?
DT: My dream project would involve designing a home for my family on an amazing view property.

If you weren't an Architect, what would you be?
DT: If I weren't an Architect, I'd be a sports agent like Jerry Maguire, without a doubt.

In your opinion, what is the best-designed place or item of all time?
DT: Le Corbusier's Chapel in Ronchamp stands as the most impressive built work I have ever visited.  It has an honest, timeless quality that resonates in me.

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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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