Architect, Kyle Moss, AIA, LEED AP, is accredited by the US Green Building Council as a green building professional, and as principal of Levitt + Moss Architects, leads the firm’s effort to be ever more conscious of our environmental impact. Kyle was chosen as a designer for the pilot program of the expansion of the LEED rating system into single-family homes. He has since completed more LEED Certified and Green residents than any other architect in Santa Monica.
Kyle was born in New York City in 1967. He received an undergraduate degree in English Literature from Vassar College and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to establishing his own practice in 2001, Mr. Moss worked for the architectural firms of Gruen, Frank O. Gehry and Associates, and Harold W. Levitt and Associates.
History / Harold W. Levitt
Levitt + Moss Architects was established in 2001 by Kyle Moss, upon the closure of Harold W. Levitt and Associates, where Kyle worked alongside Harold to design and supervise residential and commercial projects.
Harold Levitt is perhaps best remembered for the homes he designed for Hollywood’s elite, including Walter Mirish, Steven Spielberg, and Lew Wasserman. Mr. Levitt started his practice in the early 1950’s after working for the famous residential designers Roland Coate and Burton Schutt.
Mr. Levitt’s work reflects the best modern design philosophies of mid-century Los Angeles. The interpenetration of the indoors and outdoors was used extensively throughout his projects. Large glass surfaces, interior courtyards, and surprising entry sequences were used throughout his residential work in efforts to blur the boundary between the interior and exterior. In many of the homes he designed a solid large-scale door appears from the street as the entrance, but the door will lead instead to a protected courtyard.
Mr. Levitt’s natural graciousness combined with his artistic vision made the ideal combination for a residential designer, and over his half-century career Mr. Levitt built long lasting relationships with many of his clients. Mr. Levitt also designed many notable commercial projects such as the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas and the Academy of Motion Pictures, Arts and Sciences Building in Los Angeles.
Harold Levitt was born in San Francisco on July 26, 1921. He earned a bachelor’s degree in graphic arts at Stanford University and an architecture degree at University of Southern California. He retired from his own practice to Reno, Nevada at age 79, and died from natural causes two years later.