Winner of the 2019 Florida ICAA Chapter's Mizner Award for a residence over 10,000 square feet, the ICAA's 2008 Shutze Award, the 2018 Pinnacle Award, the 2018 Luxe Reader’s Choice RED Award for Best Classical House and three-time winner of Southern Progress Corporation’s Southern Home Award, architect Ken Tate received his Bachelor of Architecture from Auburn University in 1975. His thesis, Architecture in Search of a Soul, revealed an early interest in ancient and pre-Industrial forms, pluralism, and intuitional fascinations that still inform his work. Upon completing his degree, Tate worked with architectural visionaries Bruce Goff in Texas and Sam Mockbee in Mississippi. After practicing briefly with Colonial Revival-inspired architect Richard Davis in Dallas, Tate started his own firm in 1984 in Mississippi. Since that time, he has designed more than 60 houses, including a 12,000 s.f. Federal-style compound in the Kentucky horse country, an 11,000 s.f. French Colonial compound in Houston, a 13,000 s.f. Italian Renaissance villa on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, an 11,000 s.f. Norman-influenced estate in Mississippi, and a 13,000 s.f. French Colonial-inspired compound in New Orleans. He has also designed estates in 16 states: California, Florida, Colorado, North Carolina and Tennessee to name a few, and in The Bahamas. Tate’s work has been published in many magazines including Architectural Digest, Luxe, Veranda, Milieu, Robb Report, Forbes, Southern Accents, and The Classicist, as well as books including the artist’s four monographs, The New Old House, and The Southern Cosmopolitan. In 2010, he was an AD 100 architect in Architecture Digest. He has two offices, one on the northshore of New Orleans, Louisiana and the second in West Palm Beach, Florida where he is expanding his coastal and Caribbean work.
At Ken Tate Architect, our goal is to create beautiful houses with soul. We capture the essence of our clients' dreams and transmit it into their houses.
Ken Tate has always had an intuitive approach to design. He does as much investigating of things that aren’t said, written or photographed as with information such as: site visits, topographic and logical data. Much of the information Tate gathers when starting a project is more subconscious whereby he perceives data that isn't obvious. This ability has developed empirically through trial and error from years of experience.
He always starts on the intuitive level first, while keeping in mind that different styles have different typologies. This way he isn’t influenced by the first photograph he sees from a client, Afterwards, he looks at images and then, edits them. Soon after that, he does hours and hours of historical research on the style itself. Copying a particular building in a given style is never in his mind and is, in fact, unheard of by him or his firm.
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