Colorado Architects & Firms Receive Top Design & Honor Awards

Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects were awarded for their design of the Ponzio Arts Center, Denver (Photo by Marc Piscotty / © 2017)

DENVERThe American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado recognized 21 projects with design awards, as well as five local architects with honor awards, at the AIA Colorado Design & Honor Awards Gala on Friday, September 7.

Peer-reviewed and judged by architects in Portland, Oregon, the winning projects were designed by architecture firms across Colorado that were recognized for innovative uses of materials, space and design, as well as for fostering “livable communities.”

“There are thousands of architects in Colorado and they are all doing great,” said Cathy Rosset, executive vice president & CEO of AIA Colorado. “But our design awards offer a chance to celebrate the best of the best and to honor the architects who are pushing their designs to the next level so that they serve the community and clients, both today and in the future.”

Projects were considered throughout the state based architecture firm location for the following awards: Notable in Denver, Notable in the West, Notable in the South or Notable in the North. Once a project earned a notable award, it automatically advanced for consideration for a 2018 AIA Colorado statewide award: Honorable Mention, Award of Merit, or the top honor—Award of Excellence.

In addition to the design awards, five architects were recognized for their breadth of work, leadership and contributions to the profession, their communities and to the state of Colorado.

• Associate of the year: Elizabeth Held, Associate AIA; Forum Phi in Aspen
• Young Architect of the Year: Ryan Meeks, AIA; Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects in Denver
• Young Firm of the Year: Meridian 105 Architecture in Denver
• Firm of the Year: Semple Brown Design in Denver
• Architect of the Year: Nan Anderson, FAIA; Anderson Hallas Architects in Golden

“The recipients of the 2018 AIA Colorado Honor Awards are talented architects who care about their colleagues, their clients and the community around them. They are committed to continually growing as professionals, creating a strong firm and fortifying both AIA Colorado and the state at large,” said Rosset.


The winning architecture firms and their winning projects are as follows:

4240 Architecture Inc., Aestus, San Francisco, CA

Anderson Hallas Architects, PC, Golden Moose Workshop, Silverthorne, CO

Arch11 Inc., 909 Walnut, Boulder

Tangram Design, Silverpeak, Aspen

bldg seed architects*, Silverpeak, Aspen

CCY Architects, Victorian Music Box, Aspen

CF Studio, Red Owl, Denver

Davis Urban Architecture + Design, Alley House, Denver

The Ramble Hotel

Dynia Architects*, Zeppelin Station, Denver

gkkworks, Zeppelin Station, Denver

Barker Rinker Seacat (Market Hall AoR), Zeppelin Station, Denver

Dynia Architects, Flight, Denver

Gensler, Prologis, Denver

Gensler, The Quad Scottsdale, AZ

JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE, The Ramble Hotel, Denver

Meridian 105 Architecture LLC, Jason Street Multifamily, Denver

Humphries Poli Architects and Roth Sheppard Architects*, Montezuma County Combined Courthouse, Cortez


Rowland+Broughton Architecture, Art Barn, Aspen

Rowland+Broughton Architecture, Victorian Square, Aspen

Semple Brown Design, PC, Union Station Block A Mixed Use Project, Denver

Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects, Ponzio Arts Center, Denver

Studio B Architecture + Interiors, V-Plan, Aspen

Tomecek Studio Architecture, Boulder Underpass, Boulder

*design architect


Photos courtesy of AIA Colorado

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