Ben Kennedy, NCARB
I am inspired by great design – Architecture keeps me up at night, but also motivates me to get up every morning. I value tradition and classic proportions – but also enjoy blending contemporary details and materials within those contexts. I believe architecture is an opportunity to tell a story - some timeless and some new and spirited. After spending the past twelve years designing and delivering custom residential homes and ranches in southwest Montana, I am very pleased to return to Helena and make SMA my new home.
Beyond great design I’m interested in the relationships that develop during the design and construction process. Every project should have a personal touch and the process should be exciting, engaging, and thoughtful. Architecture and construction are invigorating, multi-faceted disciplines; it brings me great joy to see the lines of our drawings evolve into the built environment.
When I’m not in pursuit of great design, my amazing wife and I spend much of our time striving to keep up with our two awesome kids! Being a husband and father is perhaps the most moving and rewarding journey I’ve ever partaken. I also enjoy drawing by hand, cooking a really good meal, and having a home project going at any given time. I’ve been known to play a song or two on my guitar every now and then, and I like to study maps and dream of my next adventure in the wilderness.