Jon Sparer is an architect in Las Vegas, Nevada who has worked on numerous hotels and casinos. He moved to Las Vegas in July 1981 and worked for the architecture firm Rissman and Rissman before joining Marnell Corrao. After briefly retiring in 1999, Sparer opened his own architecture firm and was contacted by Congregation Ner Tamid (of which he was a casual member) to design their new temple in Green Valley. Jon is married to another successful architect, John Klai. Both were very instrumental in the opening of The Center. Established for the LGBTQ communities’ needs, The Center is located in the Robert L. Forbuss Building. This is just one of many ways that the couple have been philanthropic in Las Vegas over the years. They have one daughter, Alison. He was also the architect for the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada (“The Center”) in Las Vegas. He serves on the boards of the Center, the Jewish Family Service Agency, and the Las Vegas chapter of the American Institute of Architects. In 2016, Jon retired as the principal of YWS Architects. In 2017, he became the President of AIA Las Vegas Board of Directors.
Sparer, Jon. Interview, 2015 March 4. OH-02160. Transcript. Oral History Research Center, Special Collections, University Libraries, University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Las Vegas, Nevada.