Cara Kuroda, AIA 

PRINCIPAL

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Cara Kuroda AIA, is a California licensed architect, whose passion is architecture and design. Cara would draw city layouts and house plans as a child and considers herself lucky to have her passion be her career. Cara has over 20 years experience as a designer and has worked for award-winning architectural firms in San Francisco, Palo Alto, Denver and Philadelphia. Her work as a designer has included a variety of project types including residential, corporate campuses and interiors, chapel design, preschool rooms, to the transformation of a warehouse into a progressive nonprofit high school. She believes strongly in community service. Her education, work experience, travels and time spent in Finland studying architecture has influenced how she integrates site and environmental conditions with new buildings and additions, articulates the use of materiality and incorporates light and form. Cara has a Masters degree in Architecture and an undergraduate degree in Interior Design. She was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where she currently resides with her husband and two children. 

OUR FIRM

Cara Kuroda Design does not design within one architectural style. Instead, we articulate the joining of a building to the uniqueness of the landscape in which it is a part.

 

We believe in environmental consciousness and incorporate sustainable building practices when evaluating site issues, building location and form. We select building and interior products that contribute towards healthy living and energy efficiency. 

 

Our firm is interested in the tangibility and aesthetics of building materials and their contribution towards healthy living. Good design is creative problem solving. We listen to our client’s requirements and concerns and create eloquent solutions that exceed dreams and meet budget constraints.

 

Striving to enhance the fabric of neighborhoods and communities through our design work is important to us. Cara Kuroda Design believes in community involvement and dedicates time towards pro bono projects.

ACADEMIC TEACHING:

COMMUNITY:

Architecture Instructor, Leap Arts in Education, 2018 to Present

Virtual Event Provider, Leap Arts in Education:

-Sandcastle Classic, Guidelines for the Classroom, 2021, Zoom

-Sandcastle Classic Event, Featured Building Activity, Carditecture, 2020, Zoom

--Community Mini Challenge Fundraiser, Wishing Tree Project, 2020, Zoom

-Creative ArtBar, Wishing Tree Project, 2020, Gatherly

-Sandcastle Classic, Guidelines for the Classroom, 2020, Zoom

Curriculum Developer, Leap Arts in Education, Sandcastle Classic 2020

Board Member, Medaka no Gakko, 2016 - Present

AWARDS:

PROFESSIONAL
AFFILIATIONS:

American Institute of Architects

Organization for Women Architects and Design Professionals

U.S. Green Building Council, Northern CA Chapter

PREVIOUS EMPLOYMENT:

Fergus Garber Group/HYA, Palo Alto, CA

Stoecker and Northway Architects, Santa Clara, CA

RMW Architecture and Interiors, San Francisco, CA

Ewing/Cole, Philadelphia, PA

Humphries Poli Architecture, Denver, CO