Studio History

Kevin Daly Architects is an architectural practice with a focus on craft, construction systems, and material research. Our work interweaves innovation in technology and fabrication, sustainability and urbanism, livability and economy.

Since establishing the firm in 1991  Kevin Daly has guided a design process that upholds the practical magic of architecture –an alchemy of craft, materials, and form. Buttressed by project-directed research, the work of Kevin Daly Architects pursues design excellence in the public realm creating communities for educa­tion, the arts and dwelling, often by giving a second life to existing buildings through reclamation and reconsideration.. The firm’s award-winning portfolio includes environmentally and socially responsive educational, residential, and institutional projects ranging in scale from single-room artist workspaces to campus master planning. Kevin Daly Architects is particularly recognized for reclaiming and transforming sites characteristic of the urban fabric, turning generic background buildings into models of community identity. The practice has been recognized with over thirty AIA awards, the Rudy Bruner Foundation’s Gold Medal for Urban Excellence, and the AIA/ LA’s Firm of the Year Award. The practice’s body of work has been featured in numerous publications and web sites including The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Domus, A + U, Newsweek, Time, Metropolis, Architect, Architectural Record, Fast Company, T Magazine, and Azure.

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Kevin Daly FAIA
Kevin Daly, FAIA, is the founder of Kevin Daly Architects. For over twenty years he has pursued an architecture that delves into the paradoxes of the urban condition and the consequences of intervention. Projects by Kevin Daly express his belief in an architecture that is performative on every level: environmentally, structurally, economically, and aesthetically. Bolstered by abundant research, he has demonstrated the benefits of advanced, unconventional building technology in works that are consistently recognized in publications and awards, and range from public schools, custom residences, and university buildings to affordable housing. He is on the design faculty at UCLA and has served on juries or lectured at institutions internationally, including Stanford University, Cornell University, Rice University, SCI arc, the Architectural League of New York, the University of Texas at Austin, and RISD.
Gretchen Stoecker Associate Architect
Gretchen Stoecker joined Kevin Daly Ar­chi­tects in 2005. Ms. Stoecker was the pro­ject ar­chi­tect for the UCLA School of Mu­sic, a $25 mil­lion ad­di­tion and ren­o­va­tion on UCLA’s his­toric cam­pus. Prior to this she was the pro­ject ar­chi­tect for the W Hol­ly­wood Res­i­dences, which was the re­cip­i­ent of a Mil­len­nium Award by Global Green, and the Palms Res­i­dence, which has been fea­tured in T: The New York Times Mag­a­zine and Azure.
Jared Ward Associate Architect
Jared Ward has been with Kevin Daly Ar­chi­tects for over thir­teen years and has col­lab­o­rated with prin­ci­pal Kevin Daly on most of the award-win­ning pro­jects in the of­fice. Cur­rently Mr. Ward is the pro­ject man­ager for the UCSB San Joaquin Hous­ing pro­ject in Santa Bar­bara. He was a pro­ject de­signer for the Edi­son Lan­guage Acad­emy, BMW/De­sign­work­sUSA of­fices fea­tured in Azure, the AIA/LA and AIA/CC award win­ning Art Cen­ter Col­lege of De­sign South Cam­pus and Hous­ing Com­plex, and Har­vard Uni­ver­sity Art Mu­seum.
Rachel Lee
Rachel received her Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies at UCLA in 2010 and her Master in Architecture I at UCLA in 2013. She joined KDA in 2015 and is on the design team for the Bay Street duplex, the Mandeville Canyon house addition, the Palms house II, and the Washington Helms towers. She was the design coordinator for the Oscar de la Renta exhibit design at the DeYoung Museum in San Francisco.
Philip Gleason
Lindsey Widener McLaughlin
Lindsey received her studio Art BFA, cum laude from Denison University in 2010 and her Master of Architecture, from Ohio State University in 2013. She joined KDA in 2016 and is working on the Manzanita Housing Project.
Casey Worrell
Amy Cordero