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.

    • The Desert Sun: Swan House shines after foreclosure, remodel
      The Desert Sun: Swan House shines after foreclosure, remodel

      On Sunday night, Modernism Week will take center stage in Rancho Mirage for the Swan House — a roomy, newly remodeled Thunderbird Heights estate with mysterious provenance. The estate features clean lines and clerestory windows in the international style, and inside, it’s riddled with accent wallpaper and tile.

      Just three years ago, however, appraisers suggested tearing it down.

      “I really think we saved this house,” said Howard Hawkes, one of the co-owners of H3K Design, which bought the house out of foreclosure in 2012 and started restoring it this spring. “When we were getting our financing, one of the appraisers who came here told us that the house wasn’t worth saving... But we saw its potential.”

      Written on Wednesday, 14 October 2015 23:12
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