A native of Lake Charles, LA, and graduate of the LSU School of Architecture, Jeff Kudla returned home to begin his career over 20 years ago. He soon established his own firm, and his office at 429 Kirby Street has grown alongside a revitalized downtown Lake Charles since 2005. You have likely noticed one of Kudla’s designs throughout the SWLA area, including the new Port of Lake Charles Administrative Building, The The Phoenix Building at the corner of Kirby and Ryan, The SOWELA School of Nursing Building, The Hackberry Community Center, and the City of Lake Charles Transit Facility, to name a few.
Having also practiced as a licensed general contractor at the beginning of his career, Jeff Kudla’s experience in construction allows invaluable insight into how the contractor’s side of the construction process works, as well as how to most effectively communicate design intentions. He believes in collaboratively working through the process as a team. He has also established positive relationships with local jurisdictions throughout the region and is well versed in the complexities of the development process, as well as how to ease them. His singular goal is delivering the most value to the owner. His design process begins by establishing the goals of the project into a narrative. This narrative is referenced through the design process to confirm that the project maintains its focus on the client’s objectives. With this scalable approach, the design team can carefully organize small and larger projects alike through a directed efficient process where complex problems can be broken down into manageable components.
Jeff Kudla has also served on numerous community boards such as AIA Southwest Louisiana, AIA Louisiana, Clean Bayou, the Lake Charles Board of Plumbing Adjustments, the State of Louisiana Architectural Selection Board, and the Lake Charles Historic Preservation Commission. He is an active member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB).