Kim was born in 1956 and was raised in a suburb of Los Angeles. He left the LA area at 19 years old and moved to Seattle to study philosophy and mathematics at the University of Washington. He later moved to San Francisco to complete his education and graduated cum laude with a bachelor's degree in physics from San Francisco State University.
Kim worked as a carpenter during his school years to pay his educational expenses. After graduation, Kim worked for 5 years in Silicon Valley as a microwave engineer engaged in the design of high power radar and telecommunications equipment. He shares patents with Varian Associates for the design of high power broad bandwidth microwave circulators. He returned to the construction field and teamed up with Bruce Burman in late 1987.
He loves architecture and site design along with weekend carpentry projects from furniture to greenhouses. Kim and his wife Jeanne have traveled extensively around the world to explore not only the cultures of other people but also to enjoy those countries natural beauty, and not the least their culinary delights. Kim, Jeanne and their son Jared (just graduated Cornell University) recently spent a few weeks in Egypt traveling up and down the Nile experiencing not only the remarkable Egyptology but also the warmth and hospitality of the people.
Kim enjoys snow and water skiing along with scuba diving not to mention college sports and major league baseball.
Kim resides in Marin County with his wife Jeanne and their son Jared in their handcrafted home.
(at Falling Water, PA)
Bruce was born in Saint Louis, Missouri and was raised in Los Angeles California. Bruce attended Humboldt State University in Arcata Ca. majoring in Psychology. Before moving to the Bay Area in 1984 while living in Santa Monica California, Bruce owned and operated a construction company specializing in residential and commercial renovations.
Along with running a construction company during this time Bruce studied Japanese Woodworking. He became a principal in the firm known today as Jazz Builders, Inc. in 1985.