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Ricardo Gomez Angel

“WE ARE PEOPLE BEFORE WE ARE ARCHITECTS” KFA Architects

Such a powerful statement. I remember when I first read it on the website of my host company, KFA architects in Santa Monica. It has been one of their pillars on which they have to build their firm and success for over 40 years. I knew immediately that this company is special and I want to be a part of it.

KFA reshapes LA by designing great places where people flourish” or “We know and love Los Angeles like no other place”.  Another two statements that have become very important throughout the years and still resonate not only with the clients but with their employees as well.

Compared to my previous experiences, working on large-scale commercial and mix-use projects, it is very refreshing for me to see that the architecture is not only about modern and fancy design, but the main goal is to design places for people of all backgrounds, where they can live their lives to the fullest.

I’m so proud to be a part of the company who has contributed so much to the fabric of this beautiful city, who’s had such a huge impact on the quality of life in Los Angeles, who’s created opportunities more accessible to its residents. It’s incredibly inspiring to work in this environment and I have learned so much since the beginning of my journey here.

At KFA architects they have already designed over 4.000 units of affordable housing in 57 different buildings and currently they are designing 12 new affordable housing projects, bringing over 600 new units of housing for low-income individuals and families, including seniors, veterans and the homeless.

Their main goal is to help to solve the problems of the city and make it a better place to live in because one of the biggest issues in Los Angeles is the number of homeless people.  According to the latest count, approximately 50.000 people are experiencing homelessness in and around LA.

Since I moved to Los Angeles, I have never seen so many homeless people in my entire life. People sleeping on the streets, talking to themselves, drug or alcohol addicts. It’s really scary and that’s one of the dark sides of living in Los Angeles. Even the very famous Walk of Fame is actually just a street full of homeless and very sketchy people, dirty and not at all what we’ve seen in TV or movies.

I’m lucky that I can be a part of the team helping to fight this homeless crisis. I’ve been working on a project of shelter for those who don’t have homes, people who are dealing with drug addiction, alcoholism or other serious issues.

Matej Strbka

Intern at KFASanta Monica

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