Who can forget a name like Almarine Kitchens? Our former intern is back and we couldn’t be happier about it!

Almarine rejoined our team in July as an Architectural Associate where she has jumped into a number of projects helping with everything from developing design options to construction site walks. She enjoys taking a project from schematic ideas to concrete realities. We like the sound of that!

We must have an attraction to the talent graduating from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo because Almarine, a recent graduate with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, adds to our firm’s Mustang pride. Founding partner Rocky Rockefeller and RKA design associate Alex Alvarez are Cal Poly Architecture grads, too.

Read on to find out more about Almarine. And if you have a minute, check out her favorite Instagrammer @gandyworks for a little inspiration!

Name: Almarine Kitchens

RKA Title: Architectural Associate

Degree(s) & From Where: Bachelor of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Professional Affiliations: AIA

Where do you find your creative inspiration? I enjoy storytelling and writing. The story is the background and motivation of every idea; finding and telling the story helps to make things real and give reason to every move that follows.

What keeps you inspired? I stay inspired through curiosity and a desire to learn. I am always questioning how things work, how I could make them better or how I can use this new knowledge to solve a different problem. Always looking for new things to learn ensures that I am always growing and inspired to pursue new ideas.

What's your favorite building in L.A.?  I favor The Getty Center for its clean details and exquisitely executed craftsmanship. The entire place is cohesive and everything from the connection of the handrails to the shape of the trees has been thought out and maintained with the greatest of care.

What do you love most about working at RKA? Working at RKA is a continual learning experience. It’s encouraged to take on new tasks and gain new knowledge whenever there is a need or opportunity. I have always felt like a valued member of the team and that everyone is here to help.