IDEA CRAFT is a collective that explores creative ideas through the avenues of Art, Architecture, Fashion and Product Design.  Our first and foremost goal is to explore ways of thinking at varying scales with the hopes of maintaining an integrity of design.  IDEA CRAFT is guided by the creative energy of James Donaldson and Kristin Byrd and they hope you share their enthusiasm for great design. 

Kristin Byrd

Kristin has a Bachelor's of Architecture from Cal-Poly, San Luis Obispo and received her Masters of Architecture degree from Syracuse University, Florence Program, in Italy in 2006.  The focus of her study was Design in the Urban Condition and in practice she has extended her focus to graphics as well as fashion design. She is a licensed architect in California and devotes time to mentoring young men & women in the field of architecture.   

Architect, 2011. California License Number C-33358

Master of Architecture, Syracuse University.  Florence, Italy 2006

Bachelor of Architecture, Cal-Poly.  San Luis Obispo, CA 2004

  • California NCARB

James E Donaldson

James is a licensed architect in Los Angeles, California.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and a Master of Architecture degree from Virginia Tech in 1999.  James is originally from Virginia and five years prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2004 he was practicing architecture in San Francisco, California.  James has 15 plus years of experience on projects of varying scale and complexity such as Mixed Use Developments, Speculative Office, Creative Office, Cathedrals and Single Family Homes.  He is LEED NC+D certified and is interested in balancing the technical restraints of a project with artistic vision. In addition to practicing architecture James has taught at University of Southern California and Graduate Level studios at Berkeley University, California. James is living in Los Angeles, California, and is Kristin's life partner as well as a creative partner in IDEA CRAFT. 

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Key Qualifications and Experience

Architect, 2007. California License Number C-30593

Master of Architecture, Virginia Tech.  Blacksburg, VA 1999

Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Charlotte, NC 1996

  • California NCARB
  • LEED Building Design and Construction
  • U.S.Green Building Council