Artistic Design with Kevin Bryan

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An eye for detail comes easier to some than to others, but for Kevin Bryan, this seems to be a gift he’s been blessed with. those who have been lucky enough to work with this Montego Bay based designer say that his talent seems effortless. this native ‘Kingstonian’, is head of KdB designs and has carved out a niche for himself within the marketplace, successfully integrating himself into the tapestry of Jamaica’s design rolodex.

in 1983, Kevin started to chase his design dreams by enrolling at the College of Arts, science and technology (CAst), now the university of technology. Kevin continued on to the new york institute of technology, where in 1987, he completed his Bachelor’s of science in Architectural technology. His first taste of corporate design came in the form of a three-year position working with one of his role models, architect and now proprietor of the Kingston restaurant red Bones, evan Williams, at design Collaborative.

the next chapter in Bryan’s design history, was a successful two year engagement with another one of Jamaica’s highly acclaimed architects, Clifton yap in 1993, honing his craft while learning about proportion, function and flow of spaces. A lengthy stint with Plexus Architects in 1995 followed before Kevin got the itch to start his own firm. His goal since then has been to build his own independent design firm primarily focused on the residential side of the market.

Bryan’s commercial experience started in 2005, after Hurricane ivan, when he was approached by the executive management team of Margaritaville to assist with the reconstruction of the restaurant and the creation of the brand new Blue Beat lounge. thereafter, Kevin was integral in the design of the rainforest seafoods head office in Montego Bay and the Margaritaville restaurant in turks and Caicos.

Montego Bay businessman Brian Jardim summed up working with Bryan in one word, “awesome.” He went on to explain that he worked with him on several projects in Jamaica and overseas and “cannot say enough about his ego-less, understated talent as an architect and conceptualizer.” Jardim added, “Kevin’s sense of perspective and space is unique and his ability to accommodate a client’s feedback without resistance is so refreshing…nothing is too much or too challenging for him.”

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