Press Release

Leading West Coast Architectural Firm Names New Partner 


(Los Angeles, January 3, 2017) – KAA Design, one of the nation’s leading residential architectural firms dedicated to advancing the California lifestyle through contemporary architecture, is excited to announce the promotion of Duan H.M. Tran, AIA to Partner, effective January 1, 2017. 

Mr. Tran has been a member of KAA Design since 2000, and was previously named Principal at the firm in 2014.  During his tenure as Principal, Duan has been invaluable in his role, providing palpable leadership and a distinctive voice in promoting several key-initiatives related to the firm’s strategic growth within the areas of organizational and business development. 

“As one of two Studio Directors specializing in KAA's "warm modern” design agenda, Duan also offers a complimentary design philosophy to the firm that is inspired by Southern California’s vibrant lifestyle and culture,” commented KAA Design Partner Grant Kirkpatrick. “Through his optimistic approach, Duan's projects have culminated in carefully crafted, distinctive homes for each of his clients and, along with my partner, Erik Evens, AIA, we are thrilled to welcome Duan’s talent, energy, and commitment into the partnership.”

Mr. Tran commented, “For the past 16 years, I have been fortunate and humbled to collaborate alongside several of the industry’s most talented and inspiring professionals at KAA Design.  It’s an honor to have the wonderful opportunity to help guide and extend the firm’s commitment to excellence and legacy into the next generation alongside Grant and Erik.”  

Throughout his tenure at KAA Design, Mr. Tran’s projects have gained recognition with the American Institute of Architects (AIA), as well as with leading national design publications including Architectural Digest. 

With Duan Tran as Partner, the firm seeks to continue its evolution as one of the preeminent residential architecture firms in California, further enabling the company to excel in three important categories: 

  1. Design Excellence - to continue to extend and evolve the firm’s design agenda for a new generation, through thoughtful, responsible, and award-winning design.
  2. Marketing - to continue to partner with the firm’s stakeholders, furthering existing client relationships, and building new ones for the next generation.  
  3. Business Development - To continue to promote the firm’s agenda as a whole, helping to guide and support focused business and design platforms.

A native Ohioan, Mr. 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, D.C. prior to joining KAA Design in 2000. He 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) and is also a member of the University of Southern California's Architectural Guild and the Los Angeles Conservancy.

For more information about KAA Design, please visit kaadesigngroup.com or connect with the firm via Facebook and Houzz

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About KAA Design 

KAA Design is a leading-edge design studio dedicated to advancing the California lifestyle through contemporary architecture. For over 25 years, we have created one-of-a-kind homes that place a premium on comfort and beauty, elevating the rituals of daily life from the mundane to the sublime.

Based in Los Angeles, CA, KAA Design recently launched a boutique studio, Evens Architects, focusing on classical traditions in architecture. 

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