As we continue through our Legacy Film Series it makes me smile as I sit down to write about Kevin deFreitas.
One of the joys of being part of the San Diego Architectural Foundation (SDAF) is being around people that have pushed me in one way or another. And it is across the board – professionally, in design, volunteerism, and attitude – there is something in each of our people that I take as a gift of motivation and encouragement. And through it all, (and it is most important) I am reminded regularly by “KdF” to remember to have a laugh and not take it all too seriously.
Kevin deFreitas, FAIA has been a pillar of SDAF for over 13 years. He won’t like me saying this, but he has done everything! He’s won all the awards, been on most of our committees, has connected students with scholarship funds, and been a generational link between the old guard and the fresh faces of SDAF. And he does so in the most approachable way. Kevin can be counted on to ensure our board meetings are kept light and always has a poignant comment to balance a conversation, but what I appreciate the most about Kevin is that he takes the time to connect.
Throughout my years with SDAF, especially through the challenging times, Kevin has been the guy who will find time to reach out. It might be a quick text message, or it could be an hour-long phone call, but he always takes the time. He is the glue that recognizes when someone needs support, and he is the first to be there and make the call. Kevin is about as genuine as a person can be. I admire his willingness to be open and honest, and not afraid to be vulnerable in sharing his experiences, and to show encouragement.
I appreciate you, my friend, thank you for being a big part of SDAF for so many people. Keep reminding us to enjoy the journey… especially when it’s in flip-flops.