About Us


Founded in 2001, Argonaut Company was originally created to provide planning and design services to master planned communities. Since that time, Argonaut Company’s number and range of clients and their projects has broadened substantially. These include public municipalities and transportation agencies, civil engineers, architects, Indian tribes, landowners and gaming and hospitality companies.

Despite this growth, our guiding philosophy has never changed: to fully integrate into each project team, identify the needs of the key stakeholders and forge creative solutions meeting core project needs. This is what has fueled our success – and the many referrals we've gotten from our clients. With every project we build, we're also building a reputation. One of Commitment, Vision, Creativity, Integrity. The ability to articulate a shared vision. And the tenacity to see projects through to completion.

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Over the course of a distinguished career spanning more than 30 years, Mr. Rhoads has helped build notable developments in the West. He has a reputation for being fully committed to his clients' objectives. Prior to forming Argonaut Company in 2001, Mr. Rhoads was the Director of Advance Planning of Howard Hughes Corporation's Summerlin master planned community in Las Vegas, Nevada. He served as director of planning and design for the community’s master plan, town center district, mixed-use villages, freeways and roads, trails, and design review. Mr Rhoads had a pivotal role in securing 1,200 acres for a new county park. Before Hughes, he was the company architect for Newhall Land, builders of the new town of Valencia, California.

Mr. Rhoads partnered with Charles Reppas to plan, entitle and develop Artisan Park, a mixed-use master planned community in Helena, Montana. With extensive experience in project management, community engagement, planning, design, land stewardship and development, resiliency and climate adaptation, Mr. Rhoads brings well-rounded expertise to Argonaut Company. He holds two architecture degrees, a Masters from MIT and a Bachelors from Berkeley. Mr. Rhoads is a California registered architect. He serves on the board of Friends of SMART and San Rafael Heritage and is a member of SPUR, the Bay Planning Coalition, Sustainable San Rafael and the Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods. A Bay Area native, he is the Executive Director of Resilient Shore, a San Rafael based nonprofit project focused on mitigation and adaptation associated with sea level rise and flood risk reduction.

Our Clients


It has been Argonaut's Company's privilege to partner with these fine organizations:

  • Astoria Homes, Las Vegas, NV
  • Coast Resorts
  • CH2M Hill Engineering
  • City of North Las Vegas Department of Public Works
  • Clark County Department of Comprehensive Planning
  • General Growth Properties
  • Helena, Montana Downtown Business Improvement District
  • Jacobs Engineering
  • VTN, Inc.
  • Municipality of Anchorage, Alaska
  • Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, Rohnert Park, CA
  • Huffman Broadway Group, San Rafael, CA
  • Louis Berger/ABAM
  • Marnell Corrao Development
  • Nevada Department of Transportation
  • Page & Turnbull, Inc. San Francisco, CA
  • Parsons Transportation Group
  • RNL Design, Denver, CO
  • Station Casinos Inc.
  • Tate Snyder Kimsey, Las Vegas, NV
  • The Howard Hughes Corporation



Argonaut Company is a real estate and placemaking consultancy that works with developers, landowners, public agencies, and design firms to create sustainable and engaging human and natural environments.
Project Management
As project and program managers, Argonaut Company is adept at capturing your vision
Planning and Design
Argonaut Company provides a breadth of planning and design services to help your project start off right and keep it on track.
Expert Witness
Despite this growth, our guiding philosophy has never changed: to fully integrate into each project team, identify the needs of the key stakeholders


  • San Francisco Bay Resilient by Design Challenge: Elevate San Rafael Team
  • Resilient Shore, a nonprofit project, San Rafael, CA
  • San Rafael General Plan 2040 Steering Committee
  • San Rafael Precise Plan, advisory role and update of the Downtown Historic Resource Inventory
  • Redwood City Historic Resources Advisory Committee 2014
  • City of Novato North Redwood Boulevard Charette 2014
  • Friends of SMART (Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit) Board of Directors 2014
  • Sustainable San Rafael 2014
  • A Metropolitan Park for Las Vegas at Arden Ridge: Pro Bono Project 2012
  • Las Vegas Valley Open Space Advisory Committee 2008
  • City of Las Vegas Moccasin Lands Charette 2007
  • Clark County Environmentally Sensitive Lands Advisory Committee 2006
  • City of Henderson College Area Plan Steering Committee 2005
  • Summerlin Centre Charette (Director)
  • City of Las Vegas UMC/Valley Hospital Medical District Charette
  • City of Las Vegas 2020 General Plan Steering Committee
  • Valencia Town Center Charette (Director)
  • Adjunct Professor UNLV Department of Architecture, Las Vegas, NV


  • Bay Planning Coalition
  • Sustainable San Rafael
  • Friends of SMART (Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit) Board of Directors
  • Greenbelt Alliance
  • SPUR (San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association)
  • Resilient Shore, a nonprofit project, San Rafael, CA Executive Director, Director Planning and Design
  • San Rafael Federation of Neighborhoods
  • Point San Pedro Road Coalition, San Rafael, CA
  • San Rafael Heritage, Board of Directors
  • Coalition for a Livable Marin
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