Solar Church Scrape Off

Video: Solar Church Scrape-Off

This is sad, the scrape-off of a solar church we designed 32 years ago in Lafayette, CO.
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Transformation Part 2: Design

After 20 years as Barrett Studio's office, the decision to evolve the building into two side-by-side residences was inspired by my family's recent trips to Morocco and southern Spain.
An Impulse to Connect
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Video: An Impulse to Connect

If you missed David's presentation at the Colorado Regional Cohousing Conference on April 21, you can see it here. "An Impulse to Connect" is the theme, including references to Hafiz, Saarinen, a drive-in theater, and yes, burning bodies.
Barrett Studio Architects Creative Triangle

Achieving Greatness: The Creative Triangle

To us, the key to achieving greatness is a strong and solid team of Client-Architect-Builder. That’s the Creative Triangle that has the client singing for joy in the end.
Cohousing Feature
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Cohousing: Designing for Connection

As a speaker at the upcoming Colorado Regional Cohousing Conference (April 20-22), David was asked to spark discussion and invite participation in a blog post. His contribution...An Impulse to Connect.
Barrett Studio Architects-Solstice

Solstice Window Success

David's blue man interpretive dance! Wish it were true, but this brilliant blue glow is visible evidence of a carefully crafted solstice window at First Universalist Church of Denver.
Roaming Rainbows

Roaming Rainbows

Glass awards in our upper windows create the most amazing rainbows! From pale and sultry to rich and vibrant, they travel across surfaces, surprising us with their beauty. A few of our favorite sightings...
Barrett Studio Architects-Transformation

Transformation Part 1: Another Way

It's good to have this vision right in front of me, because now we are faced with downsizing the 2,200 square foot Studio into our new temporary office space. For the next year we will run the business from 600 square feet. That's a 73% reduction in space.
Barrett Studio Peoples Choice Winner
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Green Home Tour Win for Mother Tree Home

People's Choice Award winner of the 2017 Boulder Green Home Tour!
SABIT featured

SABIT: New Friends in Russia, Ukraine and Tajikistan

David loves to share his passion for design, so when we got a call from the U.S. Department of Commerce, we were intrigued to say the least.
Boulder Housing
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Video: Diverse and Vital Boulder Housing

What an honor to be the headline speaker for the Goose Creek Community Land Trust fundraising event on June 21, 2017. Enjoy this compilation video and learn about this exciting housing opportunity.
Eagle Rock School
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Eagle Rock School: A Critical Look in the Rear View Mirror

It's a rare of opportunity for an architect to be invited back to review a completed project 28 years after it was conceived and built. In this case we are talking about the Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center in Estes Park, Colorado.
architectural models

Architectural Models: Indispensable in our Craft

During my second year in architecture school at Kent State University (1990) a dorm friend asked me “where do you buy those cool model kits you use in studio?”
Earth Day Architecture

Earth Day Architecture: Real and Imagined

As we approach Earth Day 2017, are these good examples of Earth Day architecture from around the world? Every building has the potential to be more "green" and sustainable, but these buildings take it a step further, or at first glance they seem to. We asked our staff for their off-the-cuff reactions and share them for your interest and amusement.
LED Light Palapa
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LED Light For An Off-The-Grid Palapa

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This winter, David offered me a bonus trip to his off-the-grid palapa on the Pacific Ocean in Mexico with one string attached. In between snorkeling, fishing, laying in the sun, and drinking tequila, my task was to upgrade the palapa lighting “system,” if you could call it that. My appropriate technology instincts kicked in immediately.