Kevin Kemper

Raised in Hawaii, Kevin’s exposure and early interest in design and architecture was greatly influenced by the traditional Hawaiian style of indoor-outdoor living. His familial roots in architecture extend far beyond the Aloha State, however. Kevin’s great grandfather, Edward C. Kemper, devoted nearly 35 years of his life to the American Institute of Architects (A.I.A.) as executive director from 1914 to 1948. In fact, each year the AIA presents the Edward C. Kemper Award to an architect member who has contributed significantly to the profession through service to the A.I.A.

After earning his degree in Television and Film Production from the University of Southern California, Kevin worked in the entertainment industry for talent agents and production companies. When he and his partner Howard moved to Santa Barbara, he became involved with Howard’s family business of renovating Victorian houses. This is where Kevin’s passion for renovation and architecture took flight.

Creating H3K Design with Howard in 2006 was the culmination of his intrinsic passion. Kevin’s ability to re-interpret the Hawaiian aesthetic of indoor-outdoor living and blend it with the modernizing of mid-century homes while paying homage to their 1950’s roots is the crux of H3K Design’s spirit.

Kevin is a member of the Palm Springs Preservation Foundation, the Palm Springs Modern Committee, and the Palm Springs Art Museum.

    • Desert Sun: "Former Don the Beachcomber home being re-envisioned"
      Desert Sun: "Former Don the Beachcomber home being re-envisioned"

      The sprawling, mid-century modern complex at 140 Via Lola in Palm Springs is in the throes of a renaissance.

      The property includes a long, rectangular, glass-facade building that faces Palm Canyon Drive and houses four — soon to be five — businesses and a handful of vacation rental apartments on the second floor, above the retail/restaurant level.

      Behind the building, extending west on Via Lola, is a sparkling swimming pool and more apartment units — 38 in all.

      The street-facing building — former home of Don the Beachcomber, one of the many Polynesian-style dining establishments opened by Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, known as the founding father of tiki restaurants, bars and nightclubs — is being re-imagined by the owners of Palm Springs-based H3K Design.

      Written on Monday, 29 September 2014 22:23
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