Ken Smith, Architect
Managing Partner

“Always do what’s needed to accomplish great things as a team.”

Ken Smith grew up in a family of builders and became interested in architecture at a very early age. Luckily for him, his passion for design also fit his skill set. From the beginning, he has enjoyed looking at – and stretching thinking – on everything from big picture-design down to the most minute, functional details.

With more than three decades of national and international architectural experience, Ken’s dynamic approach to the design process has earned him a reputation for delivering innovative, trend-setting plans in Mixed-Use, Retail and Entertainment spaces. He enjoys helping clients create “something that’s never been seen before.” Ken’s international work includes projects in China, UAE, Philippines, and British Columbia.

A sampling of his work includes the following:

  • IBN Battuta Mall, Dubai, UAE *
  • Dragon Mart, Dubai, UAE *
  • Pearl Museum, Dubai, UAE *
  • International City Master Plan, Dubai, UAE *
  • Great Place, Beijing, China *
  • Motor City, Dubai, UAE *
  • Great Mall, Dubai, UAE *
  • Chateau on The Lake, Kelowna, BC *
  • Power Plan Rockwell, Philippines *

* Indicates project experience prior to joining AO

Contact: | T 714.639.9860

Ken in three words:

Creative. Committed. Dependable.


Licensed Architect State of California


Bachelor of Architecture, University of Southern California


International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) | Urban Land Institute (ULI) | USC Architectural Guild | Tournament of Roses Association | Friends of Gamble House

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