Architect Alice Kimm

A Wannabe Snoop Who Gets Her Best Ideas in the Bathtub

Architect Alice Kimm, of John Friedman Alice Kimm Architects, is Chair of Undergraduate Studies and Associate Professor of Practice at USC’s School of Architecture. Before participating in a panel on whether downtown L.A. will ever work, she explained in the Zócalo green room that she would never want to read minds, but she would love to have X-ray vision—to see what people are hiding in their pockets.

Downtown L.A. Has Arrived, Believe It or Not

A Panel In Grand Park Discusses the Future of One of the City’s Trickiest Neighborhoods

Will downtown L.A. ever work? It’s already working, said a four-person panel of architects, planners, and designers who’ve been closely involved with downtown over the past decade. At an event …

Is Downtown Finally Looking Up?

What Would It Take For Los Angeles To Have a Downtown That’s Considered World-Class?


Los Angeles, a place of constant reinvention, is always reinventing its downtown. For decades, those reinventions, and various big dreams for the city center, have been dashed. But the past …

Downtown Reborn?

Yes, We’ve Been Burned Before, But I Have Grand Hopes For Our New Park

In 2008, after years of living in different parts of Los Angeles, I moved downtown. I work as an attorney for the public defender in the downtown courthouse and had …

Burying the Hatchet With Day Laborers

How I Learned to Love the Men Outside My Starbucks

A couple times a week, I, like 5 million people worldwide, head to my local corporate coffee joint. I love the Starbucks on the corner of Wilshire and Union near …