Under the leadership of the founding principals, George Garlock and Ed Kittrell, Jr., KGA Architecture grew from its initial five employees to more than 80 employees, including the opening of an additional office in Austin, Texas, and is recognized as of one of the leading architectural firms in the Southwest. Their partnership is among the longest-standing in Nevada architectural history.
The firm enjoys a significant and diverse portfolio including healthcare, education, hospitality, government/public safety, and major commercial projects. Garlock, as Founding Principal in Charge of Design for KGA Architecture for over three decades, has been recognized with more than 120 professional design awards at the local, state, regional, and national levels. The firm also earned the coveted American Institute of Architects Nevada Architectural Firm Award in 2000. Most dear to Garlock's heart are those projects that have touched the students and faculty of UNLV, including the Thomas T. Beam Engineering Complex, Rod Lee Bigelow Health Sciences Building, Carol C. Harter Classroom Office Complex, Lied Athletic Complex, and John S. Wright Hall Complex.
As a mentor, Garlock has committed significant time and energy to the development of young architects in an educational setting, and his support of the Intern Development Program has been extensive. As past Nevada State Board liaison to the American Institute of Architects IDP Program and serving on the UNLV Architecture Advisory Committee, he has helped strengthen the bond between the educational environment and the profession. Along with many other individuals, Garlock focused his attention towards a goal of establishing an accredited architectural program at UNLV. That effort includes five years teaching design classes as an adjunct faculty member in the up-and-coming department of architecture prior to the program receiving its NAAB accreditation in 1997.