AIA Colorado Names Design + Honor Award Winners

Roth Sheppard Architects was named AIA Colorado’s 2021 Firm of the Year.

On September 14, AIA Colorado announced the recipients of its 2021 Design + Honor Awards, recognizing Colorado architecture firms, projects, and architects for outstanding design. The award recipients were honored during a virtual presentation.

“Our world is changing, and design has never been more important,” said AIA Colorado CEO Mike Waldinger, Hon. AIA. “These awards are an important way to show how architects are helping clients and communities navigate challenging times.”

Through jury selection, design awards were given to a selection of projects designed by Colorado architects that exemplified innovative use of materials, space, and design, as well as creatively addressed the design challenge.

In addition to the design awards, local architects and firms were recognized with Honor Awards for their breadth of work, leadership in the profession, and contributions to their communities and to Colorado. New this year, Legislative Awards were given to Colorado legislators as part of the Honor Awards.

Roth Sheppard Architects was named AIA Colorado’s 2021 Firm of the Year. The award recognizes a firm that has demonstrated excellence in design and leadership within the architectural community in Colorado. Roth Sheppard Architects’ submission detailed how the founding partner’s legacy has been continued and advanced since Adam Harding and Brian Berryhill took over in 2018. Awarded by a jury of AIA Colorado Leaders, the firm is celebrated for its company culture, commitment to mentorship, and community and client engagement. Roth Sheppard Architects previously received the Firm of the Year accolade from AIA Colorado in 2010 and AIA Western Mountain Region in 2012.

The Colorado award winners are as follows:


Award of Excellence

Goatbarn Lane
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: Renée del Gaudio Architecture
Location: Boulder

United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
Architect of Record: Anderson Mason Dale Architects
Design Architect: Diller Scofidio + Renfro
Exhibition Designer: Gallagher & Associates
Client: United States Olympic & Paralympic Museum
Location: Colorado Springs

Award of Merit

Aimco Headquarters
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: Tryba Architects
Location: Denver

Auraria Bike Pavilions at Curtis and Larimer Streets
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: University of Colorado Denver BuildingWorkshop
Owner/Developer/Client: Auraria Higher Education Center, Auraria
Sustainable Campus Program
Location: Denver

Clayton Members Club and Hotel
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: 4240 Architecture
Location: Denver

The Link
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: Gensler
Owner/Developer/Client: SteelWave and Rialto Capital
Project Location: Denver

The Victor
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: Dynia Architects
Owner/Developer/Client: GS Victor LP
Project Location: Denver

University of Denver Burwell Center for Career Achievement
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: Lake|Flato
Local Architect: Shears Adkins Rockmore (SAR+)
Owner/Developer/Client: University of Denver
Location: Denver

Award of Merit in Sustainability

L’Avenir Townhomes
Architect-of-Record and Design Architect: Davis Davis Architects
Project Location: Fort Collins


Firm of the Year: Roth Sheppard Architects

Architect of the Year: Brit K. Probst, AIA

Young Architect of the Year: Alexandre W. Garrison, AIA

Twenty-Five Year Award: Mercantile Square,Denver

Outstanding New Legislator: Representative Tracey Bernett

Legislator of the Year: Representative Kevin Van Winkle

President’s Award: Steve Turner, AIA



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