KFA Architects is an award-winning architecture firm, known for its stunning work on numerous Los Angeles-based projects. Their portfolio includes a wide range of projects including mixed-use, market-rate and affordable housing, hotels, creative office spaces, and mixed-use campus projects. Some of their notable designs have proven to become local favorites, such as the Ace Hotel in DTLA, the Bel Air Bar and Grill and the newly opened M Lofts along the Expo Line. Over the past 40 years KFA has successfully completed 151 housing projects in Los Angeles with over 15,205 residential units. KFA was at the forefront of the adaptive reuse movement in DTLA and converted over 30 abandoned buildings into modern lofts and boutique hotels. This past year alone, KFA has won 12 awards for various housing projects, including Transformative Community of the Year for the reconstructed New Pershing Apartments—one of the last Victorian era buildings in Downtown.


Downtown ACE Hotel (KFA website)

Lise Bornstein and Jesse Ottinger are the lead architects on the Junction Gateway project. Both Lise and Jesse’s enthusiasm for the eclectic Silver Lake neighborhood have shaped the designs for this truly unique project. The community feel of Sunset Junction was an inspiration to create a more pedestrian-centric, friendly atmosphere fitting for the neighborhood and its inhabitants.

Lise Bornstein is a Principal at KFA, and has been with the firm since 2001. She holds a BA in Environmental Design in Architecture from North Carolina State University and an MArch from Southern California Institute of Architecture. Lise is a board member of the Association for Women in Architecture Foundation, leading collegiate scholarship and professional development fellowship efforts, and is also a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Her devotion for urban design and cityscapes are a driving force behind the vibrant plans for the active Junction Gateway community.


Jesse Ottinger has been a Project Manager with KFA since 2006. He holds a Bachelor’s in Architecture from UC Berkeley, and an Master’s in Architecture from USC. Jesse is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), and brings his deep passion for architecture and design into the Junction Gateway project.


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