Alice Kimm

Alice Kimm

Los Angeles, CA, US



Co-founder of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects (JFAK), Alice Kimm was born and raised in Chicago. She spent her high school years in Seoul, and attended Cornell University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.  In 1990, Alice received a Master of Architecture degree from Harvard University.

After co-founding JFAK in 1997, Alice was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to research housing types in Korea.  She served on the Board of Directors of the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Institute of Architects from 2002-2003, and was a peer reviewer for the Design Excellence program of the Government Services Administration.  She also serves on the Advisory Boards of both the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urbanism and Woodbury University’s School of Architecture.

Alice and her partner John Friedman were named Emerging Voices by The Architectural League of NY in 2004. In 2010, Alice was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA). Alice held the position of Chair, and later Director, of Undergraduate Architecture at the University of Southern California (USC) and was recently appointed Adjunct Professor.  Prior to becoming active at USC, Alice taught at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the Otis College of Art and Design.  

She lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.   



Jan 1996 - current

University of Southern California (USC), Associate/Adjunct Professor in Practice of Architecture

Jan 2008 - Jan 2018

University of Southern California (USC), Chair of Undergraduate Architecture

Jan 2010 - Jan 2014


Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, US, MArch, Graduate School of Design

Sep 1986 - May 1990

Cornell University, Bachelors, Economics

Sep 1982 - May 1986


TEDxFulbright Speaker, Other


Architectural League of New York: Emerging Voices, Award


Fulbright Scholarship, Scholarship


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