Ken Tate employs the language of architecture with intuition, invention, and versatility to create dwellings that exist easily within their surroundings while surrounding their inhabitants with ease. His understanding of Classical architecture is enhanced by his love of vernacular styles, including Louisiana Creole, French West Indies, Norman, and Spanish Colonial. While some of Tate's houses are purely Federal or Greek Revival, most involve subtle shifts in style from one fade to the next, or from the exterior to the interior. Often projects combine high-style and vernacular elements to create deeply textured and engaging experiences. Not surprisingly, Tate draws inspiration from the Mediterranean- and Colonial Revival architects of the late 19th- and early 20th century, who created unapologetically eclectic dwellings resonating with romance and comfort. Like these architects who created the first American suburbs, Tate is committed to designing houses that reflect, respect, and enhance their surroundings.

More about Ken Tate’s architectural philosophy can be found in the essay An Intuitive Classicist.