The Berlage

Keynote Orange Room

Some Los Angeles Buildings

Part Office

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Fairfax Garage, Los Angeles, 2017. (Photography by Anna Beeke) 

Jeff Kaplon is an architectural designer, founder, and principal of Los Angeles-based studio Subtila. He was previously a co-founder of Part Office, an award winning architectural and interior design practice. He helped start the Cactus Store, a multi-disciplinary design and botanically-minded collective working in publishing, architecture, and landscapes. Kaplon is also the founder of Subtilitas, an architectural website started in 2009, focusing on the craft of contemporary built work. Kaplon studied in New Orleans, Vienna, and Basel, and previously worked in New Orleans and New York prior to moving to Los Angeles. His work has been featured in a number of exhibitions, and he has contributed to a variety of editorial projects and publications. He has also lectured and participated in workshops domestically and abroad, including the AA in London and the Politecnico di Milano.

Subtila website
Part Office website
Subtilitas website

The Berlage Keynotes is an ongoing lecture series featuring internationally prominent architects, designers, and thinkers who are at the forefront of design discourse and innovation. A selection of speakers working from different disciplinary perspectives and in different geographic, cultural, and political contexts present how their work engages with contemporary issues and debates. This fall semester, speakers include Bovenbouw, Arquitectura-G, Sophie Delhay Architecte, John Wood and Paul Harrison, Part Office, Lina Ghotmeh — Architecture, DnA_Design and Architecture, and Dorte Mandrup A/S.

All lectures are viewable online at and are open to the public at the Orange Room, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft.