Kanner Architects is an award-winning studio of 30 architects in Santa Monica, California. Design is directed by Stephen H. Kanner, FAIA. The firm celebrated 60 years of continuous design excellence in 2006.
Our goal is to explore, develop and produce designs of warm and timeless modernist architecture. This bright vision fulfills clients needs by creating environments that are uniquely planned: sensitive to site and budget, mindful of conservation, and inventive in use of materials. We draw inspiration from the climate, innovation and diversity of Southern California and our design process takes into account the seasons and the changes of light during the passage of the day.
Kanner Architects is internationally recognized and has worked on a range of projects that includes commercial, institutional, retail, multi-family and single-family homes. The firm has garnered more than three-dozen design awards in recent years, many of which were from local and national chapters of the American Institute of Architects. This year (2008) the firm has won both the AIA National Honor Award and the AIA National Housing Award as well as a Residential Architect Design Award (Grand Award). The firm won the 2006 AIA National Housing Committee Award and has brought home the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design award, the Next LA award, the IDEA award as well as a dozen local LA Business Council Awards.
In addition to being included in several books, Kanner Architects has been featured in articles in the magazines Abitare, Architecture, Architectural Record, Architectural Digest, California Home + Design, GRID, LArca, L.A. Architect, Metropolis, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times. Beyond our local work, Kanner Architects is designing projects in New York, Nashville, Ghana and all over Europe. A monograph on the firms work was published in 1998 and a second book was published in 2007.