Kevin Daley

Kevin Daley


Public Lecture
15  January 2014, Wednesday

This public lecture is the eighth lecture in the Fall Public lecture series 2013-2014 "Staging the Message. The Architecture of Communication", and will be addressed by architect and educator Kevin Daley from Los Angeles, USA.

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Kevin Daley

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.

Kevin received his Master of Architecture degree from Rice University. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of California in Berkeley. He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and is a board member of the AIA/LA Chapter.

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.


Image (above) Venice Residence, California, USA

The on-site two-bed­room rear main house and front pied-a-terre above the garage (a re­ver­sal of the more com­mon re­la­tion­ship be­tween main and guest house found in this neigh­bor­hood) was a dated 1980s re­model in an Amer­i­can South­west­ern style.

The pri­mary de­sign chal­lenges were to re­con­sider the build­ing struc­tures and al­low shared use by an ex­tended fam­ily while main­tain­ing vary­ing lev­els of pri­vacy. The two story façade fac­ing the court­yard be­came en­tirely glazed, which is in turn shaded by a fold­ing, per­fo­rated metal skin that rests on an alu­minum ex­oskele­ton.

This per­fo­rated skin and sup­port­ing alu­minum ar­ma­ture is mir­rored across the court­yard by a fold­ing en­clo­sure sur­round­ing the garage apart­ment. Only these build­ing sur­faces ex­tend into and float above the court­yard. Pri­mar­ily de­signed as sun shades, they pro­vide pri­vacy and fil­tered nat­ural light into the main liv­ing spaces of the house and apart­ment. In ad­di­tion they form the sup­port struc­ture for bal­conies that ex­tend from the mas­ter bed­room of the main house and the apart­ment to al­low fam­ily mem­bers to see each other across the prop­erty.