Architect Kirk O’Brien Returns to Xpera Group

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Kirk Obrien 2019We are pleased to announce that Kirk O’Brien, an award-winning architect and past president of the AIA San Diego Chapter, has rejoined the Xpera team, focusing on building envelope consulting services as well as new business development for us in the Los Angeles region.

O’Brien had previously worked with Xpera from 2012 to 2017, before relocating north to Los Angeles. While he no longer calls San Diego home, he found he missed the Xpera family and work environment, and the timing was right for him to return to the firm in a new, expanded capacity from L.A.

“Kirk is a straight-shooter, has great communication skills and always puts in 110% with everything he does,” said Steve Easton, who heads up Xpera’s Building Envelope group. “He excels at bringing people together to solve project issues, without grandstanding.

Our clients always enjoy working with him, and we appreciate his ability to maintain a positive attitude even when we are working in an adversarial role on a project. We’re thrilled to have him back on the team.”

As a licensed architect and senior building envelope consultant, O’Brien provides plan/peer review services to architects, developers and builders, and also specializes in waterproofing detailing and inspections.

He recently began work on a new project for the Los Angeles County Juvenile Hall Complex.

In private practice for 30 years as principal of Ideas Inc. (previously Aedifice Ideas>Architecture) in San Diego, O’Brien has designed nearly every building type over the years, including institutional, educational and commercial projects, as well as single- and multifamily residential work. He has drafted and overseen production of construction documents for hundreds of projects as well as provided construction and project management services. His work has earned him recognition from the AIA, San Diego Housing Federation and National Association of Home Builders.

O’Brien also has substantial experience as an architectural forensic expert, quality control and peer review consultant, and is a State Certified disaster services/building safety evaluator.

Here’s a fun fact: While O’Brien has a long and accomplished history in San Diego’s building industry, he first met Xpera founder Ted Bumgardner through his side-gig—as a musician in a local Irish rock band called The Fooks, which played at an Xpera event several years ago.

O’Brien resides in the Hollywood Hills with his wife, Vicky Jenson, who has directed many animated and live action films, including the popular movie Shrek, and is currently working on a new animated feature for Skydance Animation.

Welcome back, Kirk!


To learn more about Xpera's Building Envelope Consulting capabilities in California, email Steve Grimes at

Topics: Building Envelope, Waterproofing Systems, Architecture, Los Angeles, Kirk O'Brien, Water Intrusion Investigation, Architecture Design Defect Analysis


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