Kalban Architects, founded in 1982, has captured over fifty awards for unique contributions of architectural design excellence, including the AIA Chapter Firm of the Year 2004, a great honor. This accomplishment is the result of the firm’s dedication to analytical scrutiny and examination, its commitment to melding the aesthetics of art and architecture, art and function, and its constantly evolving expertise and energetic interest in design.

Jeffrey Kalban, Alain Yotnegparian and Tony Labayog, the firm’s Principals, are personally involved throughout the entire course of the design and construction process of each project. Kalban and Associates team of like-minded professionals sees within the practice of architecture a social responsibility. The firm is dedicated to careful consideration of the physical surroundings of each building site, resulting in sensitive design not born of ego.

The firm’s civic-minded design resolutions benefit the client, the user, and the public and do not conflict with social, visual, or community expectations. They are also mindful of every opportunity to conserve resources, use recycled products, and to practice energy conservation.

Inspired at a young age by the beauty and romantic approach in LeCorbusier, Oscar Niemeyer, and other Modernists’ buildings and the manipulation of architectural forms, Jeffrey Michael Kalban resolved to learn all aspects of architecture, becoming the quintessential “renaissance man”. Applying his natural gift of analytical scrutiny and examination, in his commitment to meld the aesthetics of art and architecture, art and function, Jeffrey has worked actively as an illustrator, painter and sculptor to create beauty which prevails over the limitations of constructive logic.

Uniting with those dedicated creative problem solvers who recognized the power of aesthetics, Jeffrey works to create architecture with both an aesthetic and social conscience – one that seeks to revitalize, regenerate and elevate, improving the human experience through aesthetic application of vision, strength, and principle. Jeffrey continues to explore those theories and the legacy and efforts of modernist thought. Remembering the Bauhaus definition, “the building of the future” was to combine all the arts in an ideal unity, art and technology; art into life, uniting purely artistic forms with utilitarian intentions.

With this inclusive approach Jeffrey has assembled a firm of like minded individuals who work to promote aesthetic ideals through the practical efficiency of architecture, and who are committed to creating public works and to changing the visage of institutional buildings.

Tony Labayog is an Associate Partner with Jeffrey M. Kalban & Associates since 1986. Tony is a complete architect having a unique sense of the totality of his projects. This global understanding informs all his decisions in pushing forward the documentation and coordination of the architecture. His organizational skills add efficiency to the smooth progress of each job.

As a Project Architect, Tony has overseen a diversity of projects such as The South Building at the Getty Center, People Assisting the Homeless (PATH) Regional Center and numerous educational campuses including Harvard-Westlake Middle School, Viewpoint School and Curtis School. Other highlights include Airflite Inc., a general aviation and corporate facility at Long Beach Airport, and Toyota Technical Centers.

Tony received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Southern California. His extensive previous work has ranged from the design of a genetics research laboratory to the design of a racing bicycle for the Philippine Olympic Team.

Associate Partner Alain Yotnegparian joined the firm in 1991, approximately a year after receiving his BA in Architecture from USC. He has grown with the firm over the last 20 years and leads many of its institutional and commercial projects. As Project Architect, Alain’s involvement starts in the planning and design stages, working closely with the client and Jeffrey Kalban carrying the design through into the construction document phase and administering the project during construction.

Amongst his notable projects are the three phases of The Master Plan for The Buckley School, the Pan Pacific Park Recreation Projects, Compulaw Office Building, the California State University at Los Angeles Intimate Theatre, and various tenant improvement projects at the Getty Center & Toyota’s Regional Facilities

As an architect, creating meaningful and exciting design that positively responds to the project requirements is an important goal. Over the years Alain has become a highly respected project leader amongst his peers and sought after by the many clients he has served. Alain’s well-rounded experience in all aspects of architecture provides a balanced and realistic perspective to his projects. His ability to work well with other team members and bring out the best in them is a reflection of his strong work ethic and capacity to lead by example.

Beyond his busy schedule, he has managed to serve on the board of The Wesley School and Studio Village HOA during major expansion phases, as well as head several important committees.