Jaya Kader MArch '88

Jaya Kader MArch ’88 is the founder and principal of KZ architecture, a Miami-based full services design studio committed to design excellence and sustainable building practices. Rooted in context and purpose, KZA’s work focuses on residential and institutional projects as well as design services for social impact.

Born and raised in San Jose, Costa Rica, Jaya honed her professional skills in Boston where she worked for Moshe Safdie and Graham Gund. Upon moving to Miami in 1995, she led a team headed by Robert A. M. Stern of New York to win the competition for the Miami Beach Library, for which she was the project architect through its completion.

Jaya has been an advocate for sustainable design since the inception of her practice in 2003. She is a member of the International Living Future Institute and the US Green Building Council as well as a LEED accredited professional. (One of her projects was the first LEED certified residence in Miami in 2009.)

Recently, her team won a resilient housing competition organized by Build Academy and sponsored by the World Bank and the United Nations Habitat for a better urban future. The vision of the project highlights the power of design to help manifest sustainable practices that address environmental, social and economic concerns.

A mother of four grown children, Jaya weaves many of her core interests and values into her work, including nature, yoga, diverse cultural perspectives, mindfulness, art, and healing.