Ken Tate Biography
Recipient of the Institute of Classical Architecture’s 2008 Shutze Award, the 2018 Pinnacle Award, winner of 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 Florida, Colorado, North Carolina, The Bahamas and Tennessee to name a few. Tate’s work has been published in many magazines including Architectural Digest, Luxe, Veranda, Milieu, Southern Accents, and The Classicist, as well as books including the artist’s 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 Palm Beach, Florida where he is expanding his coastal and Caribbean work.
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