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Architecture, Not Architecture: A reception, lecture, and discussion with Alice Kimm and John Friedman, JFAK

April 14, 2022 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Join us on Thursday, April 14th, 6:30-8:30 pm, for a reception, lecture, and discussion with Alice Kimm and John Friedman, JFAK

Architecture, Not Architecture

In collaboration with the Helms Bakery District and the Cal Poly SLO LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design

8745 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232

Free Parking is available at the corner of Helms Ave. and Venice Blvd.

Lecture is Free and Open to the Public


Alice Kimm and John Friedman

John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK) was founded in 1996 and is based in Boyle Heights.

With the belief that architecture has the power to uplift people’s lives, John and Alice have spent the past two and a half decades creating buildings and environments that celebrate identity and joyful places that inspire. The firm’s work spans residential, commercial and creative offices, public spaces, K-12 and higher education, athletics and recreation, and science / innovation centers. JFAK recently commenced work on two public middle/high school projects focused on providing equal access to cutting-edge education – the Iovine and Young Center in Leimert Park, and the Russell Westbrook Why Not? Academy Middle and High Schools in South Gate.

In 2020 with like-minded collaborators, John and Alice founded Open Source Homelessness Initiative (OSHI), a nonprofit that mines open data to accelerate innovations to eradicate homelessness. OSHI was recently named a winner of Metropolis’s Responsible Disruptors awards program.

JFAK’s first book will be published by Actar. It will highlight a range of the firm’s projects along with the inspirations and passions that shaped them. John and Alice were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of New York and are elected Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. They live in Silverlake and have three children.

Introduced and moderated by Stephen Phillips, AIA, PhD, Principal of Stephen Phillips Architects (SPARCHS) and professor, director, Cal Poly LA Metro Program in Architecture and Urban Design (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo).

Photos (Left to Right): Alice Kimm, John Friedman, Claremont McKenna College Roberts Pavilion


April 14, 2022
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
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Helms Design Center
8745 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
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