• Yale University; Masters of Architecture

  • The Ohio State University; Bachelor of Science in Architecture


  • Architect in California; C23472



Kevin O’Brien is a Los Angeles based architect and educator with over 25 years of experience in the design of wide variety of architectural projects in myriad locations.  Resisting the specialization prevalent in the profession, his work has spanned multiple scales and typologies with the unifying philosophy of site-specific and people-centric design.

Prior to joining LCDG as Principal, Kevin led his own practice specializing in educational architecture. Kevin has also served as a Design Principal for Los Angeles based mid and large sized architectural firms, leading the design of projects for Higher Education, Private & Public  K-12, Fine and Performing Arts, Student Housing & Unions, and Library projects.  

His design work is influenced by his early years working with the groundbreaking Franklin Israel Design Associates and Richard Meier Architects, as well as the early modernist designs of Southern California.  In his design work, he has always sought the integration of landscape, architecture, and craft.

Kevin is an educator as well; he is currently a Visiting Professor at the Cal Poly Pomona School of Architecture, where he teaches an advanced design studio on education architecture. He has routinely served on academic juries throughout Los Angeles and the country, including the Art Center College of Design, Cal Poly Pomona, Washington State University, SCI-Arc, UCLA, USC, Woodbury University, and Yale University. 

He has received numerous awards for his work, including national recognition from the Architectural League of New York.  He has written, lectured, and exhibited widely on architectural issues.  His work has been published in several publications, including Architectural Record, LA Architect, Metropolis, Architecture Magazine, Progressive Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Variety, and GQ magazines. 


  • USGBC LEED Accredited Professional

  • American Institute of Architects

    • Former Board Member Los Angeles Chapter

    • Former Design Committee Chair Pasadena Foothill Chapter

    • Former Design Committee Chair AIA California Council