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Founded in 1984, JKAE is a leading-edge firm offering expertise and sophistication in architecture, interior design, and engineering: civil, structural and survey. With 40 years of experience and knowledge in the public and private sectors, JKAE offers an intimate design studio atmosphere and a hands-on approach that is Personal, Energetic, Passionate, and Proven. Located in Auburn, Truckee-Tahoe, Reno and San Jose, we engage clients and projects where we know we can make a difference and deliver beyond expectations. Our success is enriched from our family of clients where we have demonstrated our Vision + Knowledge + Achievement of their goals. 

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Nationally Awarded Architects & Engineers

  • Design-Build Architect of the Year -  USA  |  BUILD Magazine

  • Top 10 Architectural Engineering Firm  Construction Business Review Magazine

  • Top Mountain Architect  |  Mountain Living Magazine

  • 16 Design Build Institute of America Awards 

  • Best Architecture & Planning Business of the Year  |  Global 100 Awards

  • Best of Houzz  |  2018, 2019, 2020, 2022

  • Best New Custom Home  |  Builders Association of Northern Nevada

  • Best New Home Product  |  Builders Association of Northern Nevada

  • High Desert Home Award  |  Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Homes

  • Mountain Comfort Home Award  |  Tahoe Quarterly Mountain Homes

  • Multiple Public Works / Recreation Project of the Year Awards  |  Contractors Association of Truckee Tahoe

  • Excellence in Safety Award  |  Lab Manager Design Excellence

  • Multiple Awards of Excellence  |  CASH/AIACC Leroy F. Greene Design Awards Program

  • Facility Design & Park Planning Award  |  California Park & Recreation Society


Imagine, Design, Build is our process and is rooted in our personal and hands on approach to architecture and engineering. Good design has always been and remains a human desire and endeavor. It begins with a flash of creativity, is refined through a disciplined, interactive process that provides a journey to innovation and progress. We seek to understand what good design can do and how it can enrich the human experience.

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We believe that there is a creative solution for every problem, one that responds to the client, the design, and the site in harmony.


Association for Learning Environments (A4LE)
Builders Association of Northern Nevada (BANN)
California Parks & Recreation Society (CPRS)
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Community College Facility Coalition (CCFC)
Contractors Association of Tahoe Truckee (CATT)
Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)
National Ski Area Association (NSAA)
US Green Building Council (USGBC)
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