A native Ohioan, Duan Tran earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Miami Ohio and a master's degree from the University of Southern California. He has worked for several distinguished firms in both Ohio and Washington DC prior to joining KAA in 2000. Since then, Duan has overseen several high profile custom residential projects for many notable clients. His projects have been recognized for design by the AIA, as well as have been featured in several national shelter publications, including Architectural Digest.

Drawn to and fundamentally inspired by Southern California's vibrant lifestyle and culture, Duan's design approach seeks to infuse this influence with an inherent optimism through fun, warm, and contextually relevant design.  

Duan is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and is a licensed Architect in the states of Nevada and Hawaii. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).  He is also a member of the University of Southern California's Architectural Guild and the Los Angeles Conservancy.

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Historic Preservation Today

Ken Breisch, former Director of USC's Graduate Program in Historic Preservation, speaks on the history and philosophy of the preservation movement as it has evolved during the past century and its relevance to Southern California's treasures.

About Us

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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