Ken Tate: Standing Out Among New Orleans’ Residential Architects
Recipient of the Institute of Classical Architecture’s 2008 Shutze Award, 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 intuition—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. Norman-influenced estate in Mississippi, and a 13,000 s.f. French Colonial-inspired compound in New Orleans. Tate’s work has been published in many magazines including Veranda, Southern Accents, and The Classicist, as well as books including the artist’s monographs, The New Old House, and The Southern Cosmopolitan.
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