Roth Sheppard and Humphries Poli Wins National Justice Design Award

Denver, Colo. (June 12, 2019) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Justice Facilities Review (AAJ) is recognizing Roth Sheppard and Humphries Poli for their exceptional design of the Montezuma County Combined Courthouse. The JFR documents best practices in planning and design for justice architecture nationwide.

“The overall wedge-like form of the main building is symbolic of the overhanging crevice in the Mesa Verde mountainside while also referencing the simple shed-like structures found within this agricultural community,” said Brian Berryhill, a Principal at Roth Sheppard.

Completed in July of 2017, the project is a newly constructed, 33,000 sq. ft. building with a linear public corridor and an opposing linear staff corridor frame the interior providing for a clear articulation between secure and non-secure spaces. A Kiva element near the main public entry defines the entry plaza and functions as a public community room when not in use as a jury assembly room.

"Simple program and design with rich spatial elaboration within limited budget.” said the Jury, which included Frank J. Greene, FAIA (Chair), RicciGreene Associates; Tedd Howard, Tedd Howard Strategic Project Leaders, British Columbia, Canada; Mehrdad Yazdani, Assoc. AIA, Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design; Barbara Marcille, Multnomah County Circuit Court; Mark Cavagnero, FAIA, Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects; Melanie Bevan, Ed.D., Bradenton Police Department; andElizabeth McDonald, AIA, Bjarke Ingels Group.

The project will be showcased with selected imagery and narratives on and will be displayed at various conferences, such as the National Association of Court Management conferences, and AAJ fall conference. The Justice Facilities Review awards program is administered by the Academy of Architecture for Justice, an AIA Knowledge Community.

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Tradecraft Industries Recognized by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies


Denver, Colo. (August 12, 2019) – The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies is recognizing Roth Sheppard for their exceptional design of Tradecraft Industries.

“Conceptually Tradecraft Industries was designed around the idea of multi-use. By selecting multiple-use building components, systems, and materials the concept allows for cost and labor efficiencies while offering flexibility and streamlined construction,” said Adam Harding, a Principal at Roth Sheppard and the architect responsible for the design.  

Completed in February of 2017, the project consists of a 19,000 SF industrial space with 20 private offices and over 200 flexible co-working memberships for small and start-up construction companies and design firms. This collaborative environment provides a place where contractors and designers can organically grow and support one another.

“This year, the Museum received a record number of projects for new buildings, landscape architecture, and urban planning from the most important firms practicing in the U.S. and globally,” said Ioannis Karalias,

Architect Museum Vice President. “From a shortlist of 400 projects, the 2019 Jury for Awards was held in Miami, and over 100 projects were selected by a distinguished group of Miami architects, educators, and developers.”

On Thursday, October 10, 2019, The Chicago Athenaeum, together with The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, will host an Awards Gala Dinner Ceremony at the newly completed Arquitectonica Hotel, Mr. C Coconut Grove in Miami, honoring the winning architects, clients, and developers who have received The American Architectural Awards.



From the Times Call: New Firestone Police Station expected to open in September

After roughly a year of construction work, the new Firestone Police Station is on track to be completed in mid-September.

On Tuesday afternoon, Firestone Lt. Alan Yoder donned a hard hat to walk through the building’s halls. As power tools whirred, he described how the up-to-date facility has been long overdue. The police department’s 28 officers are currently crammed into a shared space at town hall. Some officers also operate out of a modular.

“The one room that we use at the town hall is our board room, courtroom, training room, meeting room — it’s like four or five things all together,” Yoder said. “Here, we have the space that we need to spread out and have room.”



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From the Denverite: Urban Putt in the old Old Spaghetti Factory will feature smaller Red Rocks, li’l Blucifer and, yes, the streetcar

The historic building that once housed the Old Spaghetti Factory downtown will soon host an elaborate mini golf course, the second Urban Putt location in the nation. Founder Steve Fox says it will be just about perfect.

He was once the editor-in-chief of tech publications like PC World and CNET. He loved that work, but his enthusiasm began to wane as the business of journalism trudged through hard times. But he’d grown a passion for putt-putt over the years as he and his wife threw mini golf-themed parties. They’d ask people to bring custom holes, potluck style, into his house. They went so far as to cut holes in the walls and floors so balls could drop between rooms.

Fox said he never dreamed of making a business out of it until, one day, he just did.

“My staff thought I was insane,” he recalled. “Who just quits a job cold turkey to open a mini golf course?”

He wasn’t sure if the year-and-a-half his team spent constructing it or the million-dollar-or-so investment was worth it until his first Urban Putt opened in an old San Francisco mortuary in 2014.

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From the Westword: Here's What's Taking Over the Old Spaghetti Factory: Miniature Golf!

The Old Spaghetti Factory closed on September 16 at 1215 18th Street, leaving a massive vacancy in the downtown restaurant scene — and an empty spot in our hearts and bellies. What, we wondered, would become of the imposing Denver City Cable Railway building that had been restored by Old Spaghetti Factory founders Guss and Sally Dussin before they opened their Portland, Oregon-based restaurant in 1973? What boring chain eatery could afford to take over the 12,000-square-foot space?

The answer is that it won't be just another boring chain eatery. Instead, San Francisco entrepreneur Steve Fox will open a Denver outpost of Urban Putt, the miniature-golf-themed bar and restaurant he founded in his home town in 2014. Space was a necessity for Urban Putt, which will boast two nine-hole putting courses inside the building, along with a full kitchen and a craft-beer and cocktail bar. This will be only the second location of Fox's entertainment complex, and it will also feature the same kind of unique and clever putting greens that have drawn customers to the San Francisco original.

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Roth Sheppard and Humphries Poli Receive Top Design Award

Montezuma County Courthouse Recognized by the American Institute of Architects, Colorado Chapter


Denver, Colo. (Sept. 7, 2019) – The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Colorado presented Roth Sheppard Architects and Humphries Poli Architecture with a 2018 “Notable in Denver” Award for The Montezuma County Courthouse during the 2018 AIA Colorado Awards Gala on Friday, Sept. 7, 2017 in Denver, Colo. A total of 21 project received Design Awards this year to deserving members of the Colorado architecture community each recognizing build, materials, aesthetics, space and design.

 At this year’s annual AIA Colorado - Denver Awards Gala, Dennis Humphries, Jeff Sheppard and Herb Roth accepted the award. The project centralizes court functions for the County and includes a design that was derived from Pueblo structures recessed in the nearby Mesa Verde cliffs.

 Completed in July of 2017, the project is a newly constructed, 33,000 sq. ft. building with a linear public corridor and an opposing linear staff corridor frame the interior providing for a clear articulation between secure and non-secure spaces.  A Kiva element near the main public entry defines the entry plaza and functions as a public community room when not in use as a jury assembly room.

 “Slot windows within the Kiva element are placed to frame views of the significant mountain peaks from the center point of the Kiva,” said Sheppard, a partner at Roth Sheppard.  “The ceiling inside the kiva includes an array of LED can lights that recall the Orion constellation, which was significant to the Pueblo people.”

 The material palette, fenestration, building orientation, shaded walkways and on-site water collection and natural filtration systems respond to the harsh climatic conditions in this arid region where exterior temperatures can exceed 100 Degrees in the summer and dip well below freezing in the winter.

 “The overall wedge-like form of the main building is symbolic of the overhanging crevice in the Mesa Verde mountainside while also referencing the simple shed-like structures found within this agricultural community,” said Jeff Sheppard, who led the design of the project.

 “Montezuma County Combined Courthouse was well-deserving of a 2018 design award. The design awards jury was especially impressed with the kiva element as the building’s entrance,” said Cathy Rosset, executive vice president & CEO of AIA Colorado.

 The 2018 AIA Colorado Design Awards Jury was comprised of five individuals: Roderick Ashley, FAIA, Founding Principal of Roderick Ashley Architects; Heidi Beebe, AIA LEED AP, Founding Partner of Beebe Skidmore Architects; Amy Donahue, AIA, Principal at Bora Architects; David Keltner, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Hacker Architects; Miles Woofter, AIA, LEED AP, Principal at Woofter Architecture.



About Roth Sheppard Architects

Founded in 1983, Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects is nationally recognized for its elegant, yet functional public safety architecture and highly innovative restaurant, retail and entertainment spaces. With more than 105 awards from the AIA, ASID, IIDA and other design associations, over the past 35 years Roth Sheppard has contributed to the planning and design of more than 60 law enforcement facilities, as well as 80 restaurants and high-end retail stores. In 2010 Roth Sheppard won the prestigious AIA Architecture Firm of the Year awards for both Denver and the State of Colorado, acknowledging the firms leadership role in design, mentoring, teaching and professional practice.

About Humphries Poli Architects

Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) is a professional corporation founded in 1994 with a commitment to leadership in architectural design excellence. Expertise in architecture, urban design, interiors, and preservation complements a balanced project approach and results in fresh and thoughtful solutions. The firm is directed by principals Joseph J. Poli, AIA and Dennis Humphries, AIA. Perhaps most notable among these achievements is the AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Award. This distinction follows our past selection as AIA Colorado Firm of the Year and the AIA Denver Firm of the Year. These acknowledgments are among nearly 60 awards we have received for our leadership and work now in our 23rd year of practice.

About AIA Colorado

AIA Colorado is the voice of the architecture profession in Colorado. Through advocacy, leadership development, education and resources for architects, the organization is supporting architecture professionals in designing a better world. Our statewide network of nearly 2,500 members includes architects, those working towards licensure and allied industry professionals.



Jeff provides insight on the growing backlash against developers and the rise of bad architecture. 

In a conversation with the Andrew Kenney, Jeff says that people getting upset because of the fact that there’s a lot of the architecture that’s getting squeezed into neighborhoods that had a different sense, scale, feel.

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Prominent Denver architect awarded the American Institute of Architects Western Mountain Region's highest honor for significant contributions to the Institute, profession and citizens of the Western Mountain Region

DENVER, Colorado—October 26, 2017—Roth Sheppard Architects, the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Western Mountain Region 2012 Architectural Firm of the Year, known for its award-winning restaurant, retail and law enforcement design throughout the West, today announced that Architect Jeffrey (Jeff) Sheppard, AIA, was recognized on October 14th by the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Western Mountain Region with the organization's highest honor, the 2017 Silver Medal.

During an awards ceremony at the World Market Center in Las Vegas, Sheppard was presented with the prestigious award, which "recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to the Institute, the profession and the citizens of the Western Mountain Region, their community, and who transcended local boundaries in making these contributions." The Silver Medal is the highest level of recognition an architect can receive from the American Institute of Architects' Western Mountain Region.

“Jeffrey Sheppard has presented well-recognized design work, a robust portfolio, and his presentation is well-made," said Jury Chair Robin Shambach, AIA, LEED AP, principal of BWS Architects. "The body of work evidences that he speaks about architecture in the community, is in the media promoting good design, (and) encouraging others to do the same. Being named a 'top thinker' serves the profession well."

"This award represents a milestone in my 38 year career as it not only recognizes our firm's work, it honors our larger vision of raising the level of design expectation in Denver, Colorado, and across the Western Mountain Region," said Sheppard, who was the AIA-Colorado Architect of the Year in 2014 and is widely known as one of the top designers in Colorado. "My hope is that we will never be satisfied with the status quo. Design, for me, is a thoughtful layering of context, culture, history, precedent and our emotional response to the physical environment, to achieve the best, most appropriate solution. Achieving great design isn't easy, but it is critical for the future of our cities and communities."

Sheppard's current focus is on multi-family housing typologies and how design quality can be improved to enhance neighborhoods rather than destroy the authenticity and sense of place that makes them special and diverse. As well, his presentations and meetings across the Western Mountain Region continue to explore the impact of reimagining design standards and engaging communities, developers and architects in a more collaborative approach to creating "place-based" design solutions.



Blue Moon: 2017 AIA Honor Award Winner

At this year’s annual AIA Colorado - Denver Awards Gala, Adam Harding, Brian Berryhill and Avik Guha accepted the Interior Architecture award for the Blue Moon Brewing Company. The project is Blue Moon’s flagship brewery and restaurant is located on a 1.22 acre site in the River North District (RiNo) of Denver, Colorado.  

“The diversity and beautiful work of all of the firms who put their heart and soul into creating magnificent works of architecture are truly spectacular to see. We are honored to recognize these Colorado architecture firms for exemplifying the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and design,” said Cathy Rosset, Executive Vice President/CEO of AIA Colorado.

Completed in July of 2016, the project is an adaptive reuse of an existing 26,000 SF bow truss building built in 1951 that was formerly used for distributing plumbing supplies. Local and authentic materials such as concrete, stone, tile, steel and wood were used throughout the space to craft a timeless architecture that complements the original structure.

“The project goal was to deepen the emotional connection consumers have with Blue Moon via the brand’s face, place and story by creating a new brewery, restaurant/hospitality center,” said Harding, who was the project manager and lead designer for the brewery.  

The bar and the brew house needed to be visually connected to give the patron the sense that the beer is coming directly from the process. A self-guided tour hall, shop and a private meeting space along with the kitchen, administration and shipping / receiving spaces were required. The building connects to the past, but has created a modern space which speaks to the artfully crafted beers that are brewed with imagination and a spark of creativity. 

The 2017 AIA Colorado Design Awards Jury was comprised of four individuals: Manoj Dalaya, AIA of KGD Architecture (2017 Jury Chair), J. Paul Lewis, AIA of WKL Architecture (2017 Jury Co-Chair), Elizabeth Reader, FAIA of Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C., and Kevin Sneed, FAIA of OTJ Architects.

Click here to see a full list of the 2017 AIA award winners.

Click here to learn more about the Blue Moon Brewing Company, RiNo District.


Good Design: Always Modern, Ever Traditional

This July, Jeff Sheppard will be delivering the keynote address for Denver Design Week 2017. Accompanied by Christine G. H. Franck, the address will feature a discussion of good design and the principles that guide it: Proportion, scale, number, differentiation, symmetry, tectonic logic, character, place, and clarity of building purpose and type. Jeff will discuss several Roth Sheppard projects, including Room and Board and Cherry Hills Village. Design guidelines operating at a comprehensive level will be presented, such as Jeff Sheppard’s new design guidelines for the town of Dillon. Finally, they will examine one of Denver’s most pressing design issues: new residential buildings. Some of Denver’s best new single family and multi-family residential projects that enhance their neighborhoods will be contrasted with those that do not.


DENVER, CO 80206


JULY 20,2017
5:30 PM

About Denver Design Week

With a focus on elevating the creative industry, Denver Design Week is a locally organized, seven-day celebration of our city’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands and technology. Panels and tours kick off at the Launch Party on Saturday, July 15 and tickets are only $10-15 for each event that week. Check out: for more information and to register.



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We are excited to announce the collaboration of Roth Sheppard Architects with the University of Colorado Denver, Laurence Keith Loftin III’s Studio IV. We invite you to come in, explore the students work and engage in the pressing issue of the Investigation and Re-visioning of Denver’s “Slot House” The students have developed a range of solutions that will help us begin the dialogue on the Slot House typology. We hope this conversation will help our city rephrase the issue at hand and progress toward more thoughtful and integrated designs. Guests will be welcome to come by our office between 9:00am and 4:00pm for a two week period, to view and discuss around our “Temenos Table”. We welcome developers, professionals in the field, along with any and all students within the University of Colorado Denver - College of Architecture and Planning. This is your chance to network and get involved on the subject. We hope to see you here

We hope to see you there!


-- A “slot home” is a multi-unit residential structure consisting of attached dwelling units arranged side-by-side and primarily perpendicular to the street. Most dwelling units have an individual, direct entrance to the exterior facing a side lot line or center pedestrian court. Individual vehicular garages are generally located beneath each unit. Slot homes are also sometimes called “sideways-facing town homes” or “fraux homes.” -- City and County of Denver


Monday , May 15th - Friday, May 26th
9:00am to 4:00pm



Image courtesy of iLight Technologies

Image courtesy of iLight Technologies

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Plexineon provides glow inside new Blue Moon Brewing Company restaurant

In 1995, Denver-based Blue Moon Brewing Company got its start in the basement of Coors Field. More than 20 years later, the brand is a subsidiary of MillerCoors, but in a nod to its local, craft brewer roots, Blue Moon has opened its own brewery and restaurant in Denver’s River North neighborhood.

From a functional standpoint, the 30,000-square-foot standalone structure now provides what the space in the ballpark could not — dining and event space that also serves as a laboratory for research and development.

Aesthetically speaking, the design team literally looked to the moon for inspiration — conceiving large-scale circular elements to help fill the wide-open interior space.

The result are two 16-foot circles and 12 6-foot diameter rings made out of iLight Plexineon LED fixtures. Suspended from the high ceilings, they create warm haloes of light.

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Roth Sheppard Architects is proud to announce that we have been selected for three AIA awards.  

Ajoya Marijuana Dispensary; Award of Merit for Interior Architecture 2016 AIA Colorado

Denver Botanic Gardens, Center for Science, Art and Education; Award of Merit for Unbuilt Architecture / Non-Commissioned Project 2016 AIA Colorado

Dickinson Public Safety Center; Honorable Mention for Commercial/Institutional 2016 AIA Colorado

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