Kiyohara & Moffitt's designs are transitional blends of the best of the past and the best of the present, resulting in a "stunningly becoming work that speaks to both worlds." While traditional materials, such as clapboard or Craftsman millwork, may be employed, they are used in a clean, modern, fresh manner. California contemporary and Spanish Mediterranean are also successfully executed. The firm is further distinguished by its "incredibly accommodating" nature and its "excellent execution" of highly detailed designs—right down to the insides of the drawers. Moreover, the firm is committed to providing good value to the client.
Ko Kiyohara, AIA and Gina Moffitt, AIA LEED AP are said to be masterful communicators who "get involved with the clients' emotions to create the perfect house." The principals started their practice in 1987. Kiyohara received his BA in architecture from USC and Moffitt graduated Phi Beta Kappa from UC Berkeley.
The firm divides its focus between ground-up designs and extensive renovations mostly in the Beverly Hills, Malibu, Pasadena and Manhattan Beach areas. Homes average 3,000 to 6,000 square feet, but the firm recently completed a single-room remodel and a 13,000-square-foot ground up in Bel Air. Most projects are done at a budget-conscious cost of from $250 per square foot, delivering "a lot of house for the money."