Kenneth E Hobgood, Architects was founded in 1992. Since then, the work of Kenneth E Hobgood architects has received 39 design awards from the American Institute of Architects and has been published and exhibited in the United States, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, England and Germany. In 1997, Kenneth was awarded the Kamphoeffner Prize for "consistent integrity and devotion to the development of modern architecture" in North Carolina. With a $10,000 cash award, the prize is considered the most prestigious architect's award in the state.
Rather than following recent trends, the office has instead based its design approach on timeless tenents of architecture and a creative integration of site, material, structure, and program. Design strategies then follow from a careful understanding of and respect for each particular site, a willingness to value and respond to each client, and the expression of materials. The final development of each project must consist of the input of architect, client, and consultants.
At the Gravely Khachatoorian House the unique marriage of landscape and house was in large part due to the collaboration with landscape architect Michael van Valkenburg. The Villa Al Bahar in Kuwait City (currently under construction) expresses itself as a glass structure in an extremely unforgiving environment. Collaboration with Dewhurst Macfarlane engineers (glass structure and technology) and Atelier 10 mechanical engineers result in a dazzling glass structure that develops new technologies and addresses energy efficiency concurrently.
The work has been produced in an office ranging from 4-8 people. In each project, regardless of size, budget or time the office has endeavored to produce the best possible architecture. The belief is that each project is equal in importance to all others. The work even at its most modest has resulted in recognition through design awards and publication.
Kenneth Hobgood received a Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Kentucky in 1977 and a Masters Degree in Architecture from Yale University in 1980. At UK his education included studies with Julian Fuentes (chief architectural assistant to Le Corbusier), Daniel Liebeskind, Fred Koetter, Clyde Carpenter and Pucci Dallerba. Prior to establishing Kenneth Hobgood Architects he worked under the direction of Mack Scoggin at Heery and Heery in Atlanta and Roger Clark at O’brien Atkins in the Research Triangle. He has been a visiting critic at Auburn University, Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Tech, and the University of Kentucky and an adjunct professor at North Carolina State University since 1988. In 1997 Kenneth Hobgood was the reciepent of the Kamphoeffner Prize for “consistent integrity and devotion to modern architecture.” His office has received 34 design awards from the AIA and has been published and exhibited in Japan, Germany, Italy, England, and the US. The quality of the work of Kenneth Hobgood Architects is in large part a result of the collobaration with a number of young talented architects. These include Bob Thomas, Alan Tin, John Caliendo, Kathleen Mattingly, Mark Reyer, Keith Helmstetler, and Cisco Gomes.