KTGY Announces Retirement of Principal Ken Ryan, Industry Leader in Community Planning and Urban Design

March 15, 2023

KTGY, a leading full-service architecture, branding, interior and planning firm focused on residential, retail, hospitality and mixed-use developments, today announced the retirement of principal Ken Ryan. Over his distinguished 40-year career, Ken was known for fostering trusted relationships through his keen leadership skills, strategic insight, and creative thinking. During his 16-year tenure with KTGY, Ken oversaw the firm’s Community Planning and Urban Design Studio where he took pride in educating and inspiring his team members and peers, establishing himself as an innovative and respected professional.

Ken also served on several local, regional, and national boards including former Mayor of the City of Yorba Linda and participated as a speaker at numerous industry events.

“Ken has played an instrumental role in expanding KTGY’s service capabilities and establishing us as an industry leader for community planning and urban design,” said KTGY CEO Tricia Esser. “His dedication to mentor the next generation of planners ensures that KTGY will continue to be a valued partner to cities, developers, and landowners alike.”

At its foundation, KTGY’s community planning and urban design studio is grounded by utilizing timeless planning principles that achieve exceptional design. Whether it is five or 5,000 acres a holistic approach is required to create a place that inspires, transforms, and improves everyday life. The key to this is understanding the physical characteristics of the site, market conditions, client goals and objectives, as well as community considerations. KTGY has delivered countless award-winning solutions that have resulted in resilient, vibrant, and memorable destinations that have made a positive impact on people’s lives.

Notable master and community plans include:

KTGYs dedicated planners across the country will continue the strong legacy created by Ken. A legacy of connecting the land to the people. One that allows the firm’s planning leaders and experts to continue to deliver inspirational community planning that connects people to places and creates spaces of enduring value for our clients and the communities we design.