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.




Roth Sheppard Architects (RSA) is seeking a Senior Project Manager to join our practice.

Serving as a leader and mentor, the Senior Project Manager must inspire, develop and refine the existing skills of studio personnel from the conceptual design phase through project completion, providing technical and design input, and monitoring progress throughout the development of each project.

The main responsibility of the Senior Project Manager is to make certain that the technical and design excellence of each project is properly delineated in the form of design and construction documents; and to work to realize this level of technical and design excellence in its built form with minimal supervision. This will include ongoing technical, detail and constructability review of all projects.

Key Skills

  • 10 years minimum experience
  • Must communicate effectively
  • Expert technical, detail and constructability skills
  • Must be detail-oriented, highly organized, and work well with a variety of staff
  • Demonstrate experience working on all phases of a project
  • Attain the firm’s goals relative to design, technical and management excellence
  • Required to prioritize tasks and meet deadlines
  • Able to work independently as well as interact with the team
  • Ability to efficiently operate Revit

This is a full-time, salaried position with a comprehensive benefits package.

Please submit a cover letter and concise portfolio to:

RSA is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from female and minority candidates.

RSA is dedicated to equal employment opportunities.  We provide equal employment opportunities to all individuals based on job-related qualifications and ability to perform a job, without regard to age, sex, race, color, religion, national origin, or disability.  It is our policy to maintain a non-discriminatory environment free from intimidation, harassment, or bias based upon these grounds.



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

Here is an excerpt from the iLight Technologies website, Click here to read the full article.  

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.

Click here to read more. 


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

Click Here to read more. 



Adam Harding, AIA and Brian Berryhill, AIA step into leadership roles alongside cofounders Herbert B. Roth, FAIA and Jeffrey L. Sheppard, AIA, as partners in one of Denver's most notable design firms

DENVER, Colorado—February 3, 2016—Roth Sheppard Architects, the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) 2012 Western Mountain Region Architectural Firm of the Year, known for its award-winning restaurant, retail and law enforcement design throughout the West, today announced that architects Adam Harding, AIA, LEED AP and Brian Berryhill, AIA, have been elevated to partner.

Harding, a Colorado native, received his degree in Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. He joined Roth Sheppard in 2004, and was recognized by both the American Institute of Architects' Colorado Chapter and the six state Western Mountain Region with their 2015 Young Architect of the Year honor award for exceptional leadership. Harding also became licensed as an architect in 2011 at the age of 29, an extraordinary accomplishment at such a young age.

Berryhill, who previously worked for the award-winning Oklahoma City-based design firm, Elliott + Associates Architects, moved to Denver to join Roth Sheppard in October 2013. He received his Bachelors of Architecture from the University of Oklahoma and became a licensed architect in January 2016.

"Brian and Adam are a critical part of our effort to continue building a diverse, talented team of architects, designers and support personnel into an exceptional studio comprised of individuals that enjoy working and playing together—all with the goal of bringing exceptional value to our clients," said Sheppard, AIA, cofounder and design principal of Roth Sheppard Architects.

"Their presence and overall contribution has already been impactful beyond the confines of a specific project. They have influenced the entire office and our desire to raise the level of design expectation throughout the region," he continues. "It is rare that young architects have the level of passion, skills and dedication capable of elevating the culture of a studio as they have demonstrated over the last few years. It is clear that Adam and Brian are the right people to help usher our firm into the future. "

The selection of these two architects, in particular [or, This decision], has been in process for some time. After observing their elevated understanding of design, their tremendous leadership and mentoring skills, and their desire to continue to pursue the highest level of design excellence and service Roth Sheppard is known for, Sheppard and Roth began to prepare Harding and Berryhill for this pivotal shift within the firm. The cofounders' quest to "create value through exceptional, thought provoking design rooted in a deep understanding of context and clients' goals, culture and program," is behind their decision, they explained. 

Herb Roth, FAIA, Sheppard's partner and cofounder of Roth Sheppard Architects added, "I have known Adam personally and professionally for more than 15 years. His design work is impactful beyond the confines of a specific project; it influences the entire office in so many positive ways. And Brian's commitment to producing a quality product, passion to take on anything, and patience, mentoring and technical skills have impressed us all since he joined our firm in 2013. Both are exceptional individuals and leaders, and are wonderful role models for today's young architects. Jeff and I are confident that they will form a fantastic, collaborative leadership team for Roth Sheppard in time."

"Adam and I will make a really great team. Our areas of focus are quite different, but that makes us the perfect partners in terms of setting the tone, and taking the firm forward into the future," added Berryhill. "As we strive to deliver even better work for our clients, let us be reminded that architecture, more than anything, is about asking the right questions and being good listeners. I believe the quality of our relationships with clients, contractors, consultants, is a critical aspect of elevating our firm's services and look forward to leading the way in that regard."

 "Having worked under Jeff and Herb for the last 12 years as my mentors, I've had the extraordinary opportunity to understand their commitment to high standards of design excellence and to grow with them," said Harding. “This is the next natural step for me. I've poured my heart and soul into this studio over the last decade and look forward to taking it to the next level in partnership with Brian. Roth Sheppard's legacy will be in good hands as we grow into our new roles over the next few years."


Mayor’s prepared remarks:
Our first “Neighborhood Gem” is Izakaya Den, a Japanese gastro pub at 1487A South Pearl Street. The South Pearl Business District has been the heart of the Platt Park neighborhood for a long, long time. And Izakaya Den is a beautiful addition to this row of well-established neighborhood hangouts. Owner Toshi Kizaki and Hiro and Company wanted a companion piece to their already wildly successful Sushi Den next door. The design by Roth Sheppard Architects and Another One Architects blends inspiration from Japanese culture and the open, community atmosphere that we see all along Pearl Street.  The result, built by Jordy Construction, is a new, visually striking building that’s as unique as the food and culture it serves. It complements its sibling restaurant perfectly and feels right at home in one of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods.  


Adam Harding, an architect at Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects, has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects' six-state region for exceptional leadership

Architect Adam Harding, AIA, LEED AP was recognized on October 17th by the American Institute of Architects' Western Mountain Region with their 2015 Young Architect of the Year honor award.

During a gala awards ceremony at the organization's 2015 Practice+Design Conference in Keystone, Colorado, Harding, an architect in the state since 2011, received this prestigious award designed to "recognize those individuals, who at an early stage in their architectural career, have shown exceptional leadership in design, education and/or service to the profession."

Harding, who was also recognized as the AIA-Denver Young Architect of the Year in 2014, believes that "a great architect is a great communicator and a leader who evolves into his or her authentic self by defining one's values and leadership principles." He has aspired to fulfill these goals since beginning his studies in Environmental Design at the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2000. Since graduating in 2004, he has taken a holistic approach to the practice of architecture by taking on various leadership roles within the profession and community organizations. He also became licensed as an architect at the age of 29, an extraordinary accomplishment at such a young age.

"Adam's work is impactful beyond the confines of a specific project. It influences the entire office and our desire to raise the level of design expectation throughout the region," said Jeffery Sheppard, AIA, co-founder and design principal of Roth Sheppard Architects. "It is rare that a young architect has the ability, passion and conviction to influence the culture of an office and the environment that surrounds us. Adam has done this, not only with his design and management skills but also with his dedication to improvement."

Herb Roth, FAIA, Sheppard's partner and cofounder of Roth Sheppard Architects added, "I have known Adam personally and professionally for over 15 years. He is an exceptional individual and leader, and a perceptive architect with boundless energy, discipline, dedication and passion for his work and the profession of architecture. He is a wonderful role model for today's young architects and embodies the leadership, accomplishment and professional traits inherent in this award."

"It is a huge honor to have been presented this award by my Western Mountain Regional peers," said Harding. "[…something about how this will impact what you do moving forward, etc.]."

Over the last 11 years, Harding has overseen a number of award-winning public and private sector projects as a designer and project architect at Roth Sheppard. His exceptional design and quality solutions are demonstrated through projects like: Izakaya Den restaurant (Denver, CO), MillerCoors Blue Moon Brewer (Denver, CO), Modmarket restaurant (Boulder, CO), multiple Tokyo Joe’s restaurants [Denver, CO), Breckenridge Brewery’s Ale House at Amato’s restaurant, Riverside Library and Cultural Center (Evans, CO), and the Houston Police Department’s Fondren Station (Houston, TX).


Adam Harding, AIA, LEED® AP has managed the design and development of award-winning private sector projects for the last 8 years as a designer and project architect at Roth Sheppard.  Adam works with clients and user groups to synthesize and distill programs into clear parti diagrams and solutions that are innovative, functional and cost effective. Whether Mr. Harding is building relationships with clients, engineers or contractors, his focus remains on making the client’s vision a reality.  Mr. Harding utilizes his experience and skills to maintain exceptional design and quality solutions throughout each project.

Mr. Harding’s recent work includes the Boulder Modmarket restaurant, multiple Tokyo Joe’s restaurants, Breckenridge Brewery’s Ale House at Amato’s restaurant, Zi South restaurant, Denver Art Museum Shop and the Houston Police Department’s Fondren Station.  His portfolio also includes private sector work on retail and residential projects, both locally and regionally.

 Adam received his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2004, is a LEED Accredited Professional, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.



On May 9, Roth Sheppard Architects held its second educational event for Colorado high school students and their parents, So You Want to Be an Architect?

On Saturday May 9th, 17 high school students and their parents descended on the Roth Sheppard Architecture studio.  They came to learn what it takes to be an architect.  The students rotated between four stations that covered:

-The design process [drawing and design] from the initial hand drawn sketch to a completed project.
-The creation of 3D computer models [computer visualization and imaging] using Google Sketchup and PhotoShop software. 
-The creation of a physical model [model building] including a review of the different types and the tools used. 
-What else an architect does (project management, construction administration and marketing), including an overview of what it takes to oversee and manage the construction of a building with a demonstration of Autodesk’s Revit© software, understanding how projects are won, proposals created, schedules and hours tracked and the best way to land a position with a top design firm.  

The four sessions were followed by a presentation from Mark Gerlenter, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado, Denver.  The students and their parents were then treated to a pizza lunch and had the opportunity to talk with Roth Sheppard staff and Mr. Gerlenter and get their questions answered.


Jeff Sheppard's opinion piece on Denver's recent housing design was featured in the Denver Post on Sunday, April 5th, 2015.

Read the full article here.

Jeff is encouraging comments and responses to the article and has received many thus far. He would like to express the following:

'First of all, I want to thank all of you for reading and responding to my
editorial regarding the questionable design direction our multifamily
housing market has succumb  to. I've received over 200 emails in the last
24 hours so this is obviously an issue that is both relevant and important
to many individuals as well as neighborhood groups. An individual running
for city council and a state senator have also responded and requested
further discussions regarding this matter so the dialogue will definitely
continue. To keep the discussion moving and generate a synergy that cannot
be ignored, I would like to suggest that you take every opportunity you
have to discuss this issue when in any type of social situation. Bring it
up at dinner tonight, at a restaurant, when you are with friends one
evening , or at home with your kids. Mention it at work, in conference
meetings and most certainly at your neighborhood meetings. The dialogue
needs to spread beyond the hundreds who have responded. E mail the article
to everyone on your contact list. It's really amazing how something like
this can spread so quickly.

Yet dialogue does not always lead to action. We have taken the first steps
by recognizing the lack of creativity , compatibility, quality and choice
as a problem inherent to most of what is now being constructed. Getting
others to recognize the problem is step 1. The discourse needs to grow to
engage council members, planning offices, developers, architects  and even
financial institutions. Action is the next step and that is something I
will be working on over the next several weeks, so your continued support
and suggestions will be appreciated.

I hope to respond to each of your e mails individually over the next
several days so please bare with me. In the mean time you might want to
take a look at an interesting book that was published a few decades ago
but certainly relevant today: A Pattern Language, by Christopher Alexander
. It does not digress into style discussions instead it remains focused on
the patterns / design principles that have led to good design over many
centuries. It is written in a direct and cohesive way by discussing the
macro conditions of urban planning all the way down to the interior design
of a single room in a dwelling unit. Most libraries have it on hand and it
is also still available in print.

Again, thank you all for your feedback and support.'