Kanner Architects is an award-winning studio of 30 architects in Santa Monica, California directed by Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA. The firm, which celebrated 60 years of continuous design excellence in 2006, explores, develops and produces designs of warm and timeless modernist architecture.
Creating environments that are sensitive to site and budget, mindful of the human scale, and inventive in use of materials, Kanner Architects provides responsive solutions to clients’ needs while drawing inspiration from the climate, innovation and diversity of Southern California.
Internationally recognized, Kanner Architects has worked on a range of projects that includes commercial, institutional, retail, multi-family and single-family homes. With more than three dozen design awards, mostly from local and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects, the firm recently won its fifth National AIA Honor award, the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design award and over a dozen local LA Business Council Awards.
In addition to being published in several books, the work of Kanner Architects has been featured in articles in the magazines Abitare, Vanity Fair, Architecture, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, California Home + Design, GRID, LArca, L.A. Architect, Metropolis, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Beyond its extensive local work, Kanner Architects has designed projects in New York,
San Francisco, Nashville, West Africa and all over Europe 1558 10th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 www.kannerarch.com 310.451.5400 and Asia. A monograph of the firm’s work was published in
1998 and a second book was published in 2007.
A member of the City of Los Angeles Mayor’s Design Advisory Panel and the chairman of the Design Advisory Council of the Los Angeles Unified School District, Stephen was a founder of and remains chairman of the A+D Museum in Los Angeles. A fellow of the AIA, he was also 2005 President of the American Institute of Architects/Los Angeles Chapter and has been a guest lecturer and critic at several universities throughout the United States and internationally.
He has also been a key organizer and participant in numerous significant exhibits such as New Blood 101, 100/100 and LA 25. Stephen Kanner received his Masters degree in architecture
in 1980 from the University of California at Berkeley where he was awarded the Bakewell, Brown and Weihe Prize.
The third member of his family to run the firm, Stephen took over in 1998 for his father Charles who led the firm for 24 years. I. Herman Kanner, Stephen’s grandfather, founded the company in 1946.