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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
you describe your style?
DT: Warm and modern, clean lines, structured, and an element of fun.
your dream project?
DT: My dream project would involve designing a home for my family on an amazing view property.
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.
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.