Yan Krymsky

Principal, Design Director, Los Angeles

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Yan has lived in Los Angeles since the age of three. Growing up in an immigrant household left Yan with a multicultural experience that he shares with many Angelinos and an outsider perspective that informs his work.

Yan Krymsky’s passion for art guides his approach to architecture. As the Design Director of Perkins&Will’s LA studio, he promotes the idea that design is a process by which meaning is discovered through geometric and material exploration. Combining research with imagination is imperative, Krymsky believes, because it leads to unconventional and surprising design solutions. As a result, his work is characterized by its expressive form and bold use of color. These elements come together to create functional, multilayered architectural expressions that represent the values and cultures of the people they serve.

Designer Spotlight
The Process of Placemaking

Our Designer Spotlight series highlights the work of Yan Krymsky, Design Director of our Los Angeles studio. The first-generation designer shares his justice, equity, diversity and inclusion (J.E.D.I.)-motivated process, and offers a glimpse into the storytelling behind some of his studio’s most moving projects, from creative social housing initiatives to parks and public spaces.

“Computation is reshaping the creative process and the way we as designers think about solving problems,” Yan says. “Our sustained commitment to research, innovation, and design excellence creates a platform for architecture of the highest caliber."

Yan's Featured Work

Destination Crenshaw
Los Angeles, California
American University of Beirut Medical Center, New Medical Center Expansion
Beirut, Lebanon
XJTLU Taicang Campus Master Plan Competition
Taicang, China
University of California, Riverside Plant Research 1
Riverside, California
Hangzhou School
Hangzhou, China
Girl Scout Camp Lakota
Frazier Park, California