WHO WE ARE
The Donald Krotee Partnership, Inc.
A Professional Practice of Planning & Architecture
DKP was established in 1974 as a general practice of planning and architecture. Since 1979, our firm has specialized in the design and rehabilitation of public work for commercial, municipal, and educational facilities. We have 10 employees, over half of which are women, and we are as diverse as the communities we serve.
For 44 years we have completed on-time and within budget, rehabilitation work on more than 50 buildings, all of which are members of the National Register of Historic Places, as well as over 300 municipal, commercial and educational projects, whose cost of construction is in excess of $1 Billion.
With over 44 years of combined experience creating Architecture, we are active partners who do everything we can for our clients and have not forgotten how to get our hands dirty.
Our approach allows us to offer creative solutions that permeate across a variety of project types, scales and complexities. We know the tenacity it takes to realize a project and are invested in its success.
We love working together to turn something commonplace into something amazing. We evaluate project challenges and goals with science and design but, more importantly, in terms of “time and money”. You can get existential only so much with someone else’s resources.
We prefer straight honesty to hypocritical politeness as we lead you through a complex process. We are less about sweet talk and more about offering advice and opinions that help move toward project goals.
planners, architects, engineers, and design/production
Don founded the Donald Krotee Partnership in 1975, and currently has more than 45 years of professional experience in the industry of planning and architectural design. Since its inception, his company has provided A/E services on over 600 public and private projects, totaling over $1B in construction.
Don began his undergraduate work at Temple University in Philadelphia and completed his professional degree at the College of Architecture at the University of Arizona. Don completed his internship in Arizona and California and was licensed in 1974. Don received a corporate, AIA (American Institute of Architects), membership in 1975 and is a Member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Matt has been with the DKP since 1988 and he is our senior project manager. Matt designs, produces all documentation, and coordinates all processes for our key public projects. Matt specializes in the rehabilitation of existing structures, government and municipal facilities, major additions, tenant improvements, and accessibility standards.
Matt graduated from California State Polytechnic University at Pomona, receiving his Bachelor of Architecture Degree. Matt is an AIA Associate Member and a Member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Carlos has been with the DKP since 2012. His project management skills focus on public, government and private commercial projects. Carlos designs, produces all documentation, and coordinates all processes on his projects. He specializes in the rehabilitation of buildings, government facilities, major additions, and accessibility standards.
Carlos is a professor in the architectural design and construction education department at Orange Coast Community College. Carlos received his Bachelor of Architecture Degree from Woodbury University and holds several Associates of Arts, and Associates of Science degrees, including Construction Technology.
Griselda joined in 2018 with extensive experience in public education. She has helped a great diversity of non-profit agencies with her background in grant writing by securing funding, preparing proposals, fulfilling program needs, and managing various bodies within educational institutions.
Diana has been with DKP since 2016 and is an executive assistant to DKP’s administrative staff. She received her Associates Degree in Science at Golden West Community College and has a background in planning, design and building. She is continuing her education at CSUF.
Denise has worked at DKP since 2012 and oversees our accounts payable and receivables department. She coordinates statistical analysis for feasibility studies and our interior and exterior audits and tax related work. Her 35 years’ experience in the building industry in accounting and analysis, provides DKP with statistical information on all projects.
Assistant Project Manager
Claudia has been with the DKP since 1990. She is a project manager and designs, produces all documentation and coordinates all planning and architectural design on medium public and private work.
Claudia is an associate member of the AIA and a member of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Claudia did her undergraduate work at CSUF and received her BFA in Interior Design at Chicago’s Harrington Institute of Design. She is a member of the ASID and IBD.
Assistant Project Manager
Gary has been with DKP since 1999 and manages public, government and private commercial projects. Gary designs and produces all documentation and coordinates all processes on his projects. He specializes in the rehabilitation of buildings, government facilities, major additions, and the retrofitting of accessibility standards.
Gary majored in Architecture at the UCB and graduated with honors. While at Berkeley he received the Eisner Prize in Architecture and the Library Prize for undergraduate research.
Perry has been with DKP since 2003. Perry is an expert, and an award winning Autodesk Instructor. Perry’s vast experience has enabled DKP with the ability to perform on-site training for all our CAD operators. Perry assists PM’s and produces all required support documentation. Additionally Perry coordinates all on-site work and oversees building activities. Perry specializes in the rehabilitation of existing structures, government rehab, municipal facilities, major additions, tenant improvements, and accessibility standards.
Perry attended MTI College, Orange CA – AutoCAD Training Center Certificate of Completion, Electro-Mechanical Drafting, Cypress College, Cypress, CA – Associate of Arts Degree, Advertising Design.