Decades of Experience Under One Name
Under founding Partner Grant Kirkpatrick, Partner Duan Tran, and Principal Patti Baker, we work closely together to shape the direction of our architectural creations. Our creative vision, combined with the individual talents and experience of our long-term leaders, brings a unique design perspective to our clients - one that seeks to elevate the daily rituals of their lives from the mundane to the sublime.

Partners

Grant Kirkpatrick
Founding Partner

A third generation Californian, Grant Kirkpatrick draws his energy and inspiration from his home state’s progressive ideals and optimistic embrace of the new. He has been...

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Duan Tran
Partner

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...

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Principal

Patti Baker
Principal

Patti was born in Rochester, New York, but spent much of her formative years living in Europe after her family was relocated. It was this early exposure to a variety of...

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Senior Associates

Steve Straughan
Design Coordinator

Originally from South Florida, Steve received his Master of Architecture degree from Tulane University in...

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Lisa Copeland
CFO

Lisa Copeland was made in Korea, imported to the United States and raised as a Nebraskan.  She received her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and...

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Associates

Michael McGowan
Landscape Studio Director

Michael was educated at Salisbury State University in Salisbury, Maryland, where he received his Bachelor’s degree in Geography and Regional Planning. His enthusiasm for...

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Meghan Beckmann
Project Manager

Meghan grew up in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, surrounded and inspired by vernacular, modernist, and historic university architecture all set within beautiful...

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Senior Team

Todd Paolillo
Sr. Project Manager

Todd Paolillo joined KAA in 2001 after unique residential architectural pursuits in Boston and the Northeast. His lengthy tenure at KAA has afforded Todd extensive...

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Team

Bradley Cooper
Sr. Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Architecture,
University of Southern California 

Marc Dobbs
Office Manager

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology,
Morehouse College

Walter Garcia
Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Architecture,
CalPoly State University San Luis Obispo 

Philip Grocher
Project Manager

Master of Architecture,
Bachelor of Science in Architecture,
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Joyce Lopez
Executive Assistant

Bachelor of Fine Arts in Animation,
Woodbury University 

Agnieszka Hopkins
Designer

Master of Architecture,
Cracow University of Technology
Bachelor of Architecture,
Cracow University of Technology

Rebecca Montross
Sr. Landscape Project Coordinator

Master of Landscape Architecture,
Cornell University 
Bachelor of Art,
New York University

Cecilia McLaren
Receptionist

Bachelor of Arts in Communication,
San Francisco State University 

Matthew Paola
Project Manager

Master of Architecture,
Bachelor of Architecture,
Tulane University 

Dan Murphy
Sr. Project Manager

Bachelor of Architecture,
Roger Williams University

Travis Turner
Designer

Master of Architecture,
University of Southern California 
Bachelor of Science in Architecture,
Lawrence Technological University 

Daniel Parenti
Landscape Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture,
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Erick Prins
Designer

Bachelor of Architecture,
University of Southern California 

Jason Straight
Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Architecture,
University of Southern California 

Ryan Tyni
Project Coordinator

Master of Architecture,
University of Oregon 
Bachelor of Art in Economics and Business,
Westmont College

Kyle Wheeler
Project Coordinator

Bachelor of Architecture,
University of Southern California 

Jerry Williams
Landscape Sr. Project Manager

Certificate of Landscape Architecture,
UCLA Extension
Bachelor of Art,
University of California Los Angeles

Kristin Zuro
Designer

Master of Architecture,
University of Colorado Denver
Bachelor of Art in Architecture
University of North Carolina Charlotte 

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About Us

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.

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Our Thinking

Lifestyle, Not Style

Each of us deal in lifestyle design as inventors and consumers. As designers, we are responsible for authoring surroundings that reflect and nurture our clients' lifestyle.

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