KAS Architect is a high-end, custom residential architecture practice located in the coastal town of Santa Barbara.  Kermit A. Seefeld III, a.k.a. Kas is the founder and principal architect.  

Kas spent over a decade contributing to the portfolios of two award-winning firms, Walker Warner Architects in San Francisco and NMA Architects in Carpinteria. He has played a successful role as a team leader on luxury residential, estate, and recreation club projects.  

Kas brings a clear understanding of the design and construction process to his practice.  He is driven by details.  He is patient and understands that one of an architect's most important jobs is listening.  His methodical nature and technical background enable him to quickly and adeptly solve problems from the earliest design phases on through construction administration.  

Being a native of Santa Barbara allows Kas to continue to foster relationships with leading landscape architects, engineers, interior designers and general contractors in the community.

In addition to his practice Kas volunteers for the BEEP (built environment education program) at local elementary schools and is a board member of The Friendship Paddle.

My Life

Kas is a nickname, and also my acronym. My real name is Kermit - the third in my family. I was born and raised in Santa Barbara. I moved to Oregon to attend college, and while there I fought wildland fires, raced my mountain bike and became a fan of Duck Football. Afterwards, I moved to San Francisco, where I lived for just shy of a decade. While there I became fond of the rugged coastline, the fog, the food, and the lively culture of city life. Apart from exploring, I also spent my years in the city working for an architecture firm that specialized in high-end residential projects. One day, while visiting family in Santa Barbara, I met a special lady named Julie and we fell in love. I returned to paradise, where I have enjoyed re-discovering my roots, as well as applying my unique understanding of the local vernacular to my practice as an architect.

My Inspiration

My path has been inspired by both of my grandfathers. My grandpa Kermit was the head of the Industrial Arts Department at University of California at Santa Barbara; my other grandfather was a talented craftsman who enjoyed creating beautiful, functional furniture. I like to think my craft combines a bit of both of their skill sets. Today, I find travel to be the most powerful source of inspiration; whether it is a trip to the Big Sur coast, Buenos Aires, or Istanbul.

Favorite Memory

The births of my sons.


Architect, State of California - License No. C34517

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional, LEED AP


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oregon School of Architecture, 2002

Minor in Business Administration 

Rome Summer Academy, 2000