KEN YOLMAN’S EXPERIENCE:
Ken studied architecture at the U. Of Miami, U. Of Missouri and New York Institute of Technology.
He opened his first architectural office in 1972 in Deerfield Beach, Florida and later in Boca Raton in 1974. Ken specialized in single family and restaurant projects. In 1972 he earned a State Of Florida General Contractors License becoming the youngest ever GC in the state. In 1973 he became a state licensed Residential Designer. He was a board member with the Florida Residential Designers Association 1973-1979.
Ken’s first design/build was his personal duplex residence in 1973 in Deerfield Beach, Florida. He designed a spec house in Boca Raton for a builder friend and then traded the duplex for it. His first design/build for clients was an Addison Mizner inspired residence on the Intracoastal Waterway in Boca Raton in 1974 which his father and brother built.
He also owned and operated Yollimo Limousine Service and was a partner in Gold Rush East Jewelry store, both in Boca Raton.
After 150 projects in South Florida Ken moved to Sebring, Florida in 1978 where he continued his architectural practice. He founded US Shelter, Inc. with partners. They designed, manufactured and built geodesic domes. He also owned Bucky’s Hub House restaurant at the Sebring Airport.
In 1981 Ken formed Geoshelter Domes to continue the dome business with R. Buckminster Fuller serving as his advisor.
He built his second personal home in 1981 in Avon Park, Florida consisting of two geodesic domes and served as his model. Ken designed 60 projects and manufactured and built 30 geodesic domes from 1978-1990. He also served on the board of The National Dome Builders Association and was Communication Chairman 1979-1983.
In 1987 he returned to Boca Raton and reestablished his architectural practice and specialized in design/build of residential additions. He designed and built along with his dad, John, his third personal residence in Boca Raton, Fl. in 1991.
Ken served on the board of directors for Uplift Assistance, a homeless shelter for women with children 1988-1995 and was the Building Committee Chairman.
Ken left Boca Raton in 1996 and moved to Jost Van Dyke and did nothing.
In 1997 he moved to Coral Bay and worked for Bob Kerr, architect and owner of St John Construction. He became a partner in 1998. They both were selected to redesign Coral World on St Thomas in 1998.
In 1999 Ken established his own architectural practice in Coral Bay. To date he has designed over 150 projects on St John including additions and small West Indian cottages to large custom villas. He designed the Coral Bay School in 2001 and served on the building committee for The Coral Bay School/Gifft Hill School. He also designed Coral Bay Park for The Coral Bay Community.
In 2006 he was joined by his brother and formed Coral Bay Design Build that completed 10 design build projects.
In 2013 Ken regrouped as Yolman Design Build.
Currently he is still pushing his pencil in Coral Bay.