Inspired to design and develop his own work, Kevin established his practice with the credo:
Architecture is the art of listening and the craft of solving problems elegantly.
By designing and self-developing projects, Kevin is free to explore holistic solutions that integrate sustainable strategies and emerging building technologies typically perceived as too experimental by clients. This broader perspective profoundly influences how all of KdA’s projects are conceived, designed and executed. The practice relies on deep collaborations with highly creative and empathetic practitioners to elevate the work above its individual parts.
These innovative projects have been widely published and recognized. In 2010, Kevin was honored with the national Young Architect Award by the American Institute of Architects and as a Fellow in 2015.
Taking his work seriously, but not himself, Kevin doesn’t own a black turtleneck. Through his amiable, personal working style, Kevin has built his practice by word of mouth, finally ordering his first business cards 15 years after launching KdA. He serves onnonprofit boards and can’t refuse worthy pro bono projects for local church and youth-related organizations.
A native of San Diego, Kevin graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona. Along the way, he studied architecture at UC Berkeley and at Syracuse University’s program in Florence, Italy, where he learned about urban design.
Kevin enjoys music, sharing a meal with just about anybody, laughing out loud and coaching any of the youth sports his four children happen to be playing.
University of Arizona | Bachelor of Architecture | Cum Laude
University of California, Berkeley
Syracuse University | Study Abroad | Florence, Italy
University of San Diego
Kevin deFreitas Architects, AIA
Studio E Architects
Bowlus, Edinger, & Starck Architects
Richar Yen & Associates
Rob Wellington Quigley Architects, FAIA | Summer Intern
New School of Architecture + Design | Adjunct Faculty
City of San Diego Public Arts Commission
American Institute of Architects Board of Directors | San Diego Chapter
San Diego Architectural Foundation | Board of Directors
LEAD San Diego | Graduate Class of 2005
Centre City Community Plan Update | Subcommittee Chair
East Village Association | Past President | Board of Directors
Centre City Advisory Committee (CCAC) | Four elected terms
Licensed Architect California | C-29341
AIA American Institute of Architects | Registered Member