About Architect’s Security Group. Inc.,

formerly Steve Keller and Associates

Architect’s Security Group, Inc. formerly Steve Keller and Associates is the leading security consulting and system design firm in the U.S. working exclusively on projects involving museums and other cultural properties. Located in Ormond Beach, Florida, we serve a worldwide clientele and have over 800 past cultural property clients. The company employs an architect, an engineer, and a consultant at its design and engineering office in Ormond Beach, Fl. In addition to a support staff

Past clients include the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Smithsonian,

the American Museum of Natural History, the Los Angeles Museum of

Contemporary Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Fine Arts

Museums of San Francisco, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Art Institute of

Chicago, Harvard University Art Museums, The American Museum of Natural

History, New York, and dozens of other museums and galleries. A complete list

of past clients can be found on our website here or below.

In 2009 the company became a fully employee owned enterprise. Alicia Ricci,

our staff architect, and Stephen Swen, our engineer, joined Steve Keller as

partners. As part of that process the decision was made to re-name the company

Architect’s Security Group, Inc. but to continue to also do business under the

Steve Keller and Associates name because of the worldwide name recognition

and reputation of the company. Architect’s Security Group/Steve Keller and

Associates maintains professional liability insurance in the maximum amount

available for security projects and is the only firm with this specialized insurance

covering strategy of design for museum projects. Keller is a Certified Protection


The re-naming of the company was also undertaken as a way of developing a

second area of specialization. Prior to 2009 the company engaged only in

projects involving cultural institutions. Much of this work was for architects

including some of the most prominent in the world. Over the past 20 years the

firm became recognized by architects as a security system design firm that

understands the design and construction process and one that can meet the

unique needs of architects on complex projects of all types. During 2009 the firm

is developing a separate team to work for architects on projects involving a

variety of institutional and commercial building projects including “green”

buildings while the original team continues to serve the needs of cultural


As independent, non-product affiliated consultants, they are not affiliated with any

alarm system, security hardware or equipment manufacturer or dealer. Virginia

clients should know that they are licensed in Virginia as an electronic security

business and are the only cultural property specialists so licensed.

Some Previous Clients

National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Smithsonian Institution, National

Museum of the American Indian; National Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C.;

Boston Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Anchorage Museum of Art; Gemological

Institute of America, Carlsbad, CA; Contemporary Jewish Museum of San

Francisco; Annenberg Library project, Palm Springs; San Francisco Museum of

Modern Art, San Francisco; Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; The

Temporary Contemporary, Los Angeles; Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit; Art

Institute of Chicago, Chicago; Armand Hammer Museum & Cultural Center, Los

Angeles; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle; Bishop Museum, Honolulu; Jewish

Museum, New York, N.Y.; Albermerle Carriage Museum, Charlottesville, Va.;

Winterthur Museum and Gardens, Winterthur, DE; Peabody Museum, Salem,

MA; Western Heritage Museum, Omaha; Children’s Museum of Indianapolis;

Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston; Andy Warhol Museum, The

Carnegie, Pittsburgh; Riverfront Museum Park, Rockford, Illinois; Heard

Museum, Phoenix, AZ; Heard Annex, Surprise, AZ; Arizona State Archives,

Pheonix; Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando, Florida; Honolulu Academy of Fine

Arts, Honolulu; Musee de Art de Ponce, Ponce, Puerto Rico; Albright Knox Art

Gallery, Buffalo; Ft. Lauderdale Discovery Center; Museum of Fine Arts,

Houston; P. T. Barnum Museum, Bridgeport, CT; St. Petersburg Museum

of Art, St. Petersburg, FL; Philadelphia Museum of Art; Ringling Museum of Art,

Sarasota, FL (Fl. State Art Museum); Tennessee State Museum, Nashville, TN;

Lannen Museum, Lake Worth, FL; Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.; Montgomery

Museum of Art, Montgomery, AL; Houston Museum of Contemporary Art;

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art; Milwaukee Public Museum; Deland

Museum, Deland, Florida; Danish Immigrant Museum, Elk Horn, Iowa; Barnes

Foundation Museum, Philadelphia; Denver Art Museum, Denver; Whitney

Museum of American Art, Cody, WY; Buffalo Bill Historical Museum, Cody, WY;

Plaines Indian Museum, Cody, WY; Winchester Museum, Cody, WY; Brevard

Museum, Cocoa, Florida; Corpus Christi Museum, Corpus Christi, TX; Ft. Wayne

Museum, Ft. Wayne, IN; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Jay

County Arts Center, Indiana; Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, Ohio; The Museum

of the Aleutians, Unalaska, Alaska; The Mississippi State Museum, Jackson;

Montpelier, Home of James Monroe, Orange, VA; The Huntsville Museum of Art,

Huntsville, Al.; Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago; Virginia Museum of

Fine Art, Richmond, Va.; Munson-Proctor Institute, Utica, NY; McNay Art

Museum, San Antonio, TX; The Heinz Center for Architecture, The Carnegie,

Pittsburgh; Museum of Southern Decorative Arts, Old Salem, Winston-Salem,

S.C.; Washington State Historical Museum, Tacoma, WA; Fernbank Museum,

Atlanta, GA; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, CA; Montclair Museum of Art,

Montclair, N.J.; Department of the Interior Museum, Washington, D.C.; Morris

Museum, Augusta, GA; Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, Santa FE; Dayton Art

Institute; Columbia Museum of Art; Cincinnati Museum Center (Cincinnati History

Museum/Cincinnati Museum of Natural History); Museum of Jewish

Heritage/Holocaust Memorial, NY; Frye Museum of Art, Seattle; Wadsworth

Athenaeum, Hartford; Morse Museum, Winter Park, FL; J. Paul Getty Museum,

Los Angeles; Santa Barbara Museum of Art; USS Constitution Museum, Boston;

Tampa Museum of Art; D-Day Museum, Springfield Museum of Art, Springfield,

OH; San Jose Museum of Art; Palm Springs Desert Museum; Norton Simon

Museum, Pasadena; Headley-Whitney Museum, Louisville; Mexican Museum,

San Francisco; American Museum of Natural History, NY; Buffalo Science

Center; DuSable Museum, Chicago; SFMOMA Garage and Sculpture Court;

National Sculpture Garden, Mall, Washington, D.C.; Frist Visual Arts Center,

Nashville; Jamestown-Yorktown Museum, Virginia; Mobile Museum of Art,

Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia; Academy of Fine Arts,

Philadelphia; Orange County History Center, Orlando; Brooklyn Historical

Society; Ohr-O’Keeffe Museum, Biloxi, International Glass Museum, Tacoma, New York State Museum, Albany ; the Museums of Walt Disney World, Orlando; The Disney Family Museum, San Francisco; Crocker Museum, Sacramento; National World War II Museum, New Orleans, and others.

Libraries and Archives: 

Library of Congress (Main Reading Room, Manuscript Reading Room,

LaFolette Reading Room; Science Reading Room; Prints and Photographs

Reading Room & Stacks; Serials and Government Publications Reading Room;

Law Library Reading Room; Law Rare Books; Colonnade Reading Room and

Offices); Walpole Library, Yale University; The Huntington Library, Art Gallery

and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, CA.; The Art Institute of Chicago Libraries;

The Alabama State Archives, Montgomery, AL; The Boston Athenaeum, Boston;

The Wilson Library, U. of N.C., Chapel Hill; Baseball Hall of Fame Library and

Archive; The Carnegie, Pittsburgh, Duke University Special Collections library;

Columbia University Avery Rare Book Library; New York Society Library; New York State Library and Archive, Albany., and others.

Historic Sites

The Statue of Liberty and Liberty Island; Ellis Island National Historic Site; Mount

Vernon National Historic Site, Va; Hanford Mills, N.Y.; Sagamore Hill, Oyster

Bay, N.Y.; Theodore Roosevelt’s Birthplace, Manhattan; Graue Mill, Illinois;

Shelburne Museum, Vt. (42 buildings and a ship); Mary Moody Northen House,

Galveston; Miles Brewton House, Charleston, S.C.; Hearst Castle, San Simeon,

CA; Ogden Museum of Southern Art Telfair Academy, Savannah; Owens

Thomas House, Savannah; Rochelle Plantation, Georgetown, S.C.;The

Hermitage, Nashville; Church of the Advent, Boston; Olana, Albany, N.Y.; Musee

Toulouse Lautrec, Albi, France; Private Residence Restoration, Charleston, S.C.;

The Breakers; The Hunter House; Kingscote; Chateau-Sur-Mer; Marble House;

The Elms; Rosecliff; Green Animals Topiary; The Warren House all of Newport,

Rhode Island; The Confederate Museum, Richmond; The White House of the

Confederacy, Richmond; Ca d’Zan (Ringling Home), Sarasota; Baltimore City

Life Museum, Penneman House, Cape Cod; Fullerton House, Charleston, S.C.;

Bayou Bend Historic Site, Houston; Springfield Arsenal, MA; Longfellow Home,

Cambridge; John Quincy Adams Home, Quincy, MA; FDR Home and Vanderbilt

Mansion National Historic Site, Hyde Park, NY; Geo. Washington Headquarters,

Morristown, NY; Customs House Restoration, Key West, FL; San Francisco Old

Mint Restoration; Fruitlands Museum, Harvard, MA; Rienzi, Houston; Doris Duke

Residence, Newport; Bayou Bend, Houston; Iolani Palace, Honolulu and others.

College Galleries 

Loeb Art Center; Vassar College; Yale University Art Museum; Yale Center for British Art; Harvard University (numerous projects); Snite Museum at the University of Notre Dame; Ackland Museum, University of North Carolina; Harn Museum, University of Florida; Oberlin College; University of Chicago; School of the Art Institute of Chicago; College of DuPage; Miami of Ohio; Smith College; Dickinson College; State University College of Buffalo; Indiana University; Bard College Art Center; Fowler Museum, UCLA; LSU Art Museum; Auburn University Art Museum; Ohio University Art Museum; University of Georgia Art Museum; Rhode Island School of Design Art Museum; Grinnell College Art Museum; Meadows Museum at Southern Methodist University; Loeb Art Museum at Stanford University; Cornell University Art Museum, Wolfsonian Museum, Miami,University of Oregon Museum of Art, Tibbals Learning Center, Sarasota; Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive, Berkeley; Chazen Museum, University of Wisconsin; Yale University Campus Central Station, and others.

Other Cultural Institutions: 

Baseball Hall of Fame Museum and Library, Cooperstown, NY; U.S. Golf Association Museum, Far Hills, NJ; The National Cowboy Hall of Fame Museum, Oklahoma City, Symphony Hall, Chicago Symphony Orchestra; Catherine the Great U.S. Tour 1991-92; The French Impressionists on Tour in Japan ; American Impressionists on Tour in Europe; Vatican Art Collection onTour in the U.S.; Ramesses II (part of tour); The Search for Alexander; The French Impressionists: A Day in the Country ; Edward Hopper, Treasures of Tod’ai Ji, The Works of Toulouse Lautrec; 5000 Years of Korean Art ; The National Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C; Baltimore Museum of Art Sculpture Garden; Houston Museum of Art Sculpture Garden;, Columbus Museum of Art Sculpture Garden; Steamship Ticonderoga; Statue of Liberty; T-Rex (Sue) Restoration Project; U.S. Ambassador's Residence (art collection); Gated Community, Palm Coast, Florida; Gated Community, Orlando; Gated Community, Bahamas; corporate art collection, Lexington, MA; corporate headquarters, Heathrow, FL; numerous collections in transit; numerous private residences with art collections.

About Steve Keller

Steve Keller is President and Managing partner of Architect’s Security Group, Inc./Steve Keller and Associates. He has served in this capacity since formation of the company in 1986. Prior to that time he has held a variety of positions in the security field including Executive Director of Protection Services and Construction Projects Advisor for the Art Institute of Chicago. Before working in security, he was with the Washington, D.C.Metropolitan Police Department as a Detective and later with the Federal Reserve Board in Washington (the central bank of the U.S.) as Special Agent then Assistant Director of Security for the agency.

Steve holds a B.A. from American University in Washington, D.C. and has

attended a large number of professional development programs in technology.

He has taught museum burglar and fire alarm design at New York University and

was a regular member of the faculty at the Smithsonian Institution’s National

Conference on Cultural Property Protection since 1980.

Steve’s articles have been published 22 times to date in national and

international publications such as “Security Management” “Construction

Specifier”, “Building Design and Construction”, “Security”, “Security Technology”,

and others. He has contributed to several books and wrote security sections of

the Encarta Encyclopedia for Microsoft and the Encyclopedia of Security. He

wrote a widely used software program for managing a museum’s security

operation and a policy manual template used by hundreds of museums and

galleries. His video training programs, nearly 40 in all, are used by more

museums to train security officers than all other packaged training programs

combined. He has been interviewed by “60 Minutes”, National Public Radio, all

major networks, and many local TV stations and newspapers on the subject of

museum protection. He recently turned down an invitation to appear on “Good

Morning America” and “Nightline” after a major art theft because he will not

discuss specific museum thefts with the press. He is the recipient of the ASIS

“President’s Award of Merit”, the ASIS “Distinguished Achievement Award”,

Security Magazine’s “Executive Achievement Award”, and awards from

Smithsonian Institute and the IAPSC.

In May 2006 Steve Keller was honored as an inductee to the Centennial Honor Roll of AAM. The Centennial Honor Roll identified the 100 most influential individuals in the museum profession for the past 100 years.

Steve has served as Chairman of the American Society for Industrial Security’s

Cultural Property Committee and as a member of the AAM’s standing committee

on museum security and has been a continuous member of these committees

since 1979 through 2014. Steve Keller is the primary author of “The Suggested Guidelines for Museum Security” the prevailing standard for security and security systems in North America and he is widely recognized as a leading authority on museum security with a specialty in historic preservation.

Alicia Ramirez-Ricci, Architect

Alicia Ramirez-Ricci, Vice President and Secretary of the company is a native of

Venezuela and practiced architecture for several years before becoming involved

in the construction trade as a building inspector. She is a proficient AutoCAD

operator and serves as our primary liaison with architects. Well versed in all of

the equipment and practices in security, she works closely with architects to

minimize the visual intrusion of detectors, cameras and other equipment in

landmark and historic buildings. Alicia is in charge of the CAD operation and is

also responsible for all of the construction details, elevations, and other drawings

required on a project. She designs consoles and maximizes the use of space in

security closets, a coordination nightmare. Alicia is trained in system design and

checks work of others. She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of

Zulia in Maracaibo. While we do not practice architecture, Alicia’s education and

training is very valuable to the architects we work with and on projects involving

historic restorations, etc.

Steve Swen, Engineer

Steve Swen, Vice president and Treasurer of the company also serves as our

Manager of Advanced Technology who came to us after a career with a number

of engineering firms. His specialty is computer networks and computer security, a

valuable skill in an era when advanced security systems are computer network

based. He is an accomplished CAD drafter and electronics engineer. He teaches

advanced digital CCTV system design for a number of programs and is currently

developing a tech blog for the firm which he will moderate. For his last hobby

project he built his own home computer. He and Steve Keller are computer

security experts and develop countermeasures for client security networks.

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