Patrick Killen, AIA
The South Bay lost one of its most admired and prolific home designers in August at a very young 61.
Patrick Killen came to California as a bright, talented architect in 1980 and quickly left his mark on the Beach Cities landscape, experimenting with a modern, progressive design that is now prevalent from The Strand in Manhattan to the hills of Palos Verdes.
Patrick founded his firm, Studio9one2—named after his office address in Manhattan Beach—in a market that at the time didn’t seem to have a taste for his contemporary vision. Yet he stuck to his experimental roots and soon began erecting his steel, wood and glass homes with pride and gusto. His work inspired new architects and designers throughout the South Bay, not to mention the respect of his peers, making him one the original influencers of a broader design movement over the last couple decades.
His work was widely published, in books like his own The Modern California Beach House and California Cool, and magazines including several editions of Southbay and Southbay HOME. His service extended way beyond the drafting table. He served as Kiwanis Club president, Manhattan Beach’s Cultural Arts Commission and other positions. He was also influential in the reshaping efforts of Pier Avenue in Hermosa Beach that finally materialized a few years ago.
While Pat may be gone, his legacy lives on in the buildings and projects he put all his passion behind. He was a friend to us at Moon Tide Media and will be greatly missed. We’ll miss his infectious energy, his wit, his loyalty and his many incredible talents. Godspeed.
Dean Nota and other prolific architects discuss the past, present and future of South Bay home design
A roundtable discussion on the state of South Bay architecture.
Interviewed by Suzanna Cullen Hamilton