Yan Krymsky

Principal, Design Director, Los Angeles

Born in Odessa, Ukraine, Yan has been an Angeleno since 1979, having moved to the City of Angels with his parents at the age of three. Artistic and adventurous by nature, he spent his childhood and teenage years painting, singing, skateboarding, and surfing.

Yan’s innate passion for art guides his approach to architecture. In fact, if he hadn’t become an architect, he surely would have become a painter. As the Design Director of our LA studio, he emphasizes the use of vibrant colors and shapes—defining characteristics of West Coast design—in all of our projects. He also encourages empathy: gaining a deep understanding of, and appreciation for, the unique histories, cultures, and challenges of our clients. Combining research with imagination is imperative, Yan believes, because it leads to unconventional and often surprising design solutions—the hallmark of innovation.

Yan lives in Venice, California with his wife, their two sons, and their dog.

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