Jaya Kader, AIA, Founding Principal

Born and raised In San Jose Costa Rica, Jaya Kader spent 15 years in Boston before moving to Miami. She earned a Master of Architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1988 and is currently a member of its Alumni Council. Throughout her professional tenure, and under the tutelage of world renown mentors, Jaya has worked on numerous projects including public libraries, schools, municipal centers, houses of worship, residences and resorts.

Jaya has been an advocate for sustainable design since the inception of her practice in 2003. She is a member of the International Living Future Institute and the US Green Building Council as well as a LEED accredited professional (One of her projects was the first LEED certified residence in Miami). Recently, her firm won a Resilient Housing Competition organized by Build Academy and sponsored by the World Bank and the United Nations Habitat for a better Urban Future. The vision of the project highlights the power of design to help manifest sustainable practices that address environmental, social and economic concerns. Jaya weaves many of her core interests and values into her work, including nature, yoga, diverse cultural perspectives, mindfulness, art, healing and spiritual yearning.

Angela Johnson, LEEP AP, Studio Director

Angela spent most of her childhood in Germany and after moving to the US, completed high-school to then attend the University of Texas at Arlington where she received her Bachelors Degree in Architecture in 1990.

Angela has extensive experience integrating the design and planning disciplines for programmatically complex and highly specialized building types. Her project experience includes custom residential and multi-unit projects, educational and medical institutional buildings, and mixed-use private-parcel redevelopment. Throughout her career in various small and large scale firms in Boston, MA, her flexible skill set enabled her to work on a variety of tasks. After moving to Miami in 2013, she found her way to KZ Architecture in 2017 as the Studio Director and is continually inspired by the amazing team and vision that we get to share.

Jordanna Ebanks, Job Captain

Jordanna grew up in Savannah, GA where she attended SCAD for her BA in Architecture and received her Masters in Architecture from the Georgia Institute of Technology

During her 2016 Study abroad term in Ghana she helped design and construct building quarters for the Midwives in Have Etoe, a small area in the Volta region of Ghana. Teams from Georgia Institute of Technology and Peter Behrens School of Arts developed a design project in support of the Have Health Clinic in Ghana. The Midwives Quarters Have provide housing for midwives and international aid workers to enable their work at the Health Clinic in Have. Working with the NGO Meeting Bismarck, the community of Have, the Have Technical School and the department for Health of the Volta region, the project aims to revive vernacular construction techniques such as bamboo through digital design methodology and craft 

A desire to design architecture that addresses social issues and mends social injustices is one of the main priorities that Jordanna persues while contributing the inspiration and vision of KZ Architecture.

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