Since 1979, Ken Snelling has designed custom buildings and homes
throughout the Rogue Valley.
He graduated with a five year professional degree of architecture from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where he met his wife of 35 years, Jennifer, a local first grade teacher. And it doesn't take much persuasion to get him bragging about his grown children: two daughters, son, son-in-law, and one (and a half) grandsons.
Although Ken has since transitioned to focusing fully on design work, he spent the first half of his career designing and building. This hands-on construction experience has added to his appreciation of the entire of the building process. His design portfolio includes custom homes as well as a variety of small commercial buildings, including a golf clubhouse, winery and tasting room, restaurants, and churches.
Each of his designs reflects the meticulous process he uses to create structures that are not only unique and beautiful but also thoughtfully functional. He integrates the desires and needs of each owner while taking advantage of the unique characteristics of a particular site. Perhaps this is what has kept him anchored in the Rogue Valley: he enjoys the challenge of creating an interior atmosphere that incorporates the views and natural sunlight of this region.
During early adulthood, Ken developed an interest and passion for the needs of the mentally and physically disabled community. With the medical skills developed as a Ski Patrol volunteer on Mount Ashland, he was invited to participate in a series of unique events with Special Olympics, including two cross-country cycling trips and climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. In 1995, he co-directed a team of seven core disabled athletes on a 14,000 mile cycling trip around the circumference of the world, with the goal of increasing handicapped awareness, showing the potential of handicapped persons, and promoting handicapped accessibility.
In 2011, the Wounded Warrior construction project with Rush Behnke was a natural blend of Ken's concern for the needs of the disabled and his experience in designing custom functional spaces. With a shared passion for philanthropy, creativity, and craftsman-style work, Rush and Ken have formed a natural friendship and partnership Ark Built Renovations.
- Bachelor of Architectural Design with Honors, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, California -- 5 year professional degree program
- 40+ years experience designing quality homes and award winning projects.
- Rim of the World High School, Lake Arrowhead, California
Ken Snelling Design Associates philosophy comes from years of experience and practical application.
These designs are based on:
- Owner's desires -- derived from completing an architectural program outline.
- Site Characteristics -- taking into consideration views, vegetation, slope, and curb appeal.
- Architectural Style -- developed from owner's ideas and dreams
- Budget & Timeline