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Principal Architect/Owner

Ken Small, Jr.
AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED, AP, REFP
Principal Architect

Mr. Small lives in Las Vegas. Ken is the majority owner in SSA. Ken personally leads the project team on some projects as a LEED accredited professional on all LEED projects and other selected architectural projects. He has over twenty five years of experience in the practice of architecture, planning, interior design, and specifications.

Nineteen years ago, Small arrived in Las Vegas after owning his own practice in Texas since 1985. In 1993, Ken established the precursor of SSA practicing under the assumed name of ABKS - Architecture By Ken Small.

Ken has over 26 years experience in computer aided drafting. He was an early adopter of AutoCAD and an AutoLISP programmer and trainer of almost every mainstream software from 1987 to 2006 when his primary focus extended primarily to firm leadership. Ken uses computer modeling (software) of building performance including daylighting and energy efficiency. He mandates staff performance, and productivity goals.

Ken is the principal in charge of design and sets the philosophical basis for the conceptual design. Ken has won multiple design awards. Ken has a diverse architectural background having worked extensively in almost all construction technologies, building codes and building types since entering the profession over 25 years ago. Currently much of the work that Ken is involved in is retail, office, hospitality, educational and medical. Ken is the principal in charge of design, marketing and IT at SSA.

The projects shown on this website are the personal work of Ken Small, current SSA staff members, the firm of SSA Architecture and its predecessor firms.

ARCHITECT - Nevada, Arizona, Indiana, California – NCARB Certified 1987

LEED ACCREDITED PROFESSIONAL - LEED 2.0 ACCREDITATION

NEVADA LICENSED CONTRACTOR - License Number 0056302 (Company Sold April 2005)

INTERNATIONAL CODE COUNCIL - Accessibility Inspector, Plan Reviewer - Certified 2010

INTERIOR DESIGNER (Nevada will not license architects as interior designers also) - Texas(Inactive) – 1992

RECOGNIZED EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNER 2004 - Council Of Educational Facilities Planners International (CEFPI)

EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF ARCHITECTURE - Texas Tech University 1981, Lubbock, Texas

EXPERIENCE

A B K S ARCHITECTURE BY KEN SMALL, Principal 1993 – Las Vegas, Nevada

KGA Architecture, Paul Steelman LTD & G. C. Wallace prior to 1993

COMPUTER LITERACY

Trainer and Programmer in all major PC based software since 1982, including AutoCAD, Revit, Microsoft Office, Novel, Windows OS, Spectext, Ecotect, AutoDesk-Architectural Desktop, Accurender, Corel, Canvass, Illustrator, MS Server, Chief Architect, Exchange Server, Palm OS, QuickBooks, MS Publisher, Photoshop, Frontpage, Expression 2.

CONSTRUCTION SPECIFICATIONS INSTITUTE (CSI) - Professional Director, Chapter President (2001-2002), Las Vegas Chapter

AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTS (AIA) - Member, Las Vegas Chapter

UNITED STATES GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL (USGBC) - Member, Las Vegas Chapter

COUNCIL OF EDUCATIONAL FACILITIES PLANNERS INTERNATIONAL (CEFPI) - President Elect until 10/2005, Las Vegas Chapter

Accreditations