Keat C. Tan, FAIA
My explorative design process emphasizes communication, coordination and sustainability as well as a commitment to design excellence in our global context. Experience and creativity leads to innovative and rational solutions that articulate the ‘big idea’ as a starting point to create architecture that bridges form and functionality, and inform the project with meaning and purpose.
Born in Malaysia, educated in London and New York, and having visited more than 30 countries, Keat Tan brings a global perspective to every project he designs. Keat has more than 37 years of national and international design experience, and has worked with Michael Graves and Associates in Princeton, The Hillier Group in New York and Hsin Yieh Architects in Hong Kong.
As our Denver design leader, Keat has guided the design of many of the firm’s most notable projects in the region, including the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center, The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, the XJet FBO Aviation Club, the Denver School of Science & Technology, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science Morgridge Family Exploration Center. The Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse, in particular, exemplifies Keat’s design methodology and philosophy. The notion of weaving a sense of place, user vision, sustainability, and functionality to establish a unifying “Big Idea” to inform the project with meaning and purpose that explain the project’s design solution.
In 2012, Keat was awarded the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Denver Lifetime Achievement Award, and in 2015, he was elected to the AIA’s prestigious College of Fellows — recognizing his significant contributions to the design profession. Keat is currently a nominating member on the AIA Colorado Fellows Nominating Committee.