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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.
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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...
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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.
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People's Choice Award winner of the 2017 Boulder Green Home Tour!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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?”
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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.
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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.
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One would think that as architects who are passionate about design we would only advocate new construction, so why do we recommend the addition and renovation solution? A carefully planned and executed ‘reimagining’ of an existing detached home can often be created more affordably and more quickly, than brand new ground-up construction.
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We are a full-service architecture firm. While this has a great deal of meaning to us, it's surprising that there isn't a commonly recognized definition among architects. An essence of shared meaning can be easily deduced, but we gravitate toward a definition that illustrates the qualities of our design process more than the stages of design.
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Working with an architect for the first time can be an exciting adventure. You've been dreaming about a home built especially for you, and now you're in the enviable position of making it happen. Poised for greatness, right? If only there were no fears rolling around in your head, disturbing your sleep!
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As the New Year approaches, Our Favorite Things Vol. 20 is having a rubberneck moment. Normally we look outward at what the world has to offer in cool architectural products, materials, and smartly designed projects. But what about us?!! Over here!!! We have something to show you: Five reasons why people light up when they walk into our Studio for the first time.
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I've taken both the high road and the low road in these musings on modernism. For a bit of humor, watch this 5-minute video that is my somewhat tongue-in-cheek late night rant at the Month of Modern Wrap Party. Depending on your political orientation, it’ll give you a chuckle. On a more serious note, I have done quite a bit of thinking recently about what modernism is and isn’t and it comes down to this: