ADAM HARDING AWARDED AIA WESTERN MOUNTAIN REGION 2015 YOUNG ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR by Joe Black

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 AWARDED AIA DENVER'S 2014 YOUNG ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR by Joe Black

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.

ROTH SHEPPARD HOLDS SEMINAR FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS by Joe Black

SO YOU WANT TO BE AN ARCHITECT - AN INTRODUCTORY SEMINAR FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

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 FEAT. IN SUNDAY'S DENVER POST by Joe Black

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.'

 

AIA COLORADO NAMES JEFF SHEPPARD ARCHITECT OF THE YEAR 2014 by Joe Black

AIA Colorado names Jeff Sheppard Architect of the Year for 2014.  The award recognizes one of the following fields of achievement: outstanding service to the profession of architecture in Colorado, outstanding service in the field of architectural education, outstanding achievement in the field of design or allied arts to the benefit of the profession of architecture, outstanding public service to the people of Colorado or outstanding service to the building industry of Colorado.  

Click the link below to read the article in Confluence Denver

http://www.confluence-denver.com/devnews/sheppard_121914.aspx

ROTH SHEPPARD ARCHITECTS WINS FIVE AIA AWARDS FOR 2014 by Joe Black

Roth Sheppard Architects is excited to share more good news for 2014! 
 
The firm was recently awarded three AIA Colorado Awards and two Western Mountain Region Awards. The Denver Art Museum Administration Building received Merit Awards from both AIA Colorado and AIA Western Mountain Region. Izakaya Den received an AIA Colorado Merit Award and an AIA Western Mountain Region Citation Award. In the celebrated Honor Awards category, Jeff Sheppard was given the prestigious Architect of the Year Award by AIA Colorado.
 
Roth Sheppard Architects is thrilled by these achievements and always thankful to our clients for making our projects possible. We hope you enjoy the following videos as a testament to each accomplishment.

Denver Art Museum Administration Building - AIA Colorado Merit Award for Built Architecture

Izakaya Den - AIA Colorado Merit Award for Built Architecture
 
Jeff Sheppard, AIA - Architect of the Year

ROTH SHEPPARD ARCHITECTS' DENVER ART MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION BUILDING FEATURED IN MODERN IN DENVER by Joe Black

We’re excited to share another review of Roth Sheppard Architects’ most recently completed project with you—the Denver Art Museum’s new Administration Building lands the cover story for the Fall 2014 issue of Modern In Denver (click here to read the article). 


 
The building was recently featured in the Denver Post (click here to read the article) and was just awarded the 2014 AIA Colorado Merit Award for Built Architecture. (click here to see the 2014 AIA Awards). If you’d like to hear more about the project, come into Roth Sheppard Architects’ office, meet the designers and take home a free copy of the Modern in Denver magazine. 

Izakaya Den, winner of Denver Eater's 2013 'Stone Cold Stunner' design award, also took home the 2014 AIA Colorado Merit Award for Built Architecture.

ROTH SHEPPARD ARCHITECTS FEATURED IN HOSPITALITY DESIGN by Joe Black

Roth Sheppard Architects most recent restaurant, Izakaya Den, is featured in the January 2014 issue of Hospitality Design magazine. Izakaya Den, one of the most popular restaurant in Colorado, is Denver’s answer to a Japanese gastro pub. Molded after the lively after-hours establishments found throughout Japan, this restaurant serves traditional Japanese small plates along with dishes infused with international flavors and textures. Roth Sheppard’s design, based on the concept of “wabi-sabi,” (a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic often described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete), seamlessly fuses classic Japanese design elements with modern décor accents. This truly unique atmosphere explores asymmetry, roughness or irregularity, simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.

See the full article here:

http://www.hospitalitydesign.com/hospitalitydesign/projects/Online-Exclusive-Iz-9912.shtml

JEFF SHEPPARD ACCEPTS INVITATION TO SERVE ON GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY'S EXECUTIVE ADVISORY BOARD by Joe Black

On January 3, 2013, Jeffrey Sheppard accepted an invitation from the Georgia Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture to serve on the College’s Executive Advisory Board. Dean Steven P. French, who personally selected Sheppard, noted that his experience and expertise will be a very valuable resource as Georgia Tech works to position the College of Architecture at the forefront of design.

OTH SHEPPARD ARCHITECTS RECEIVES 2013 AIA COLORADO AND AIA DENVER AWARDS by Joe Black

Roth Sheppard Architects of Denver, CO recently took home two 2013 AIA Colorado Awards and an 2013 AIA Denver Award.

AIA Colorado Awards

Honor Award in the Built Archtitecture category for the Cherry Hills Village/South Metro Fire Rescue Joint Public Safety Facility

Citation Award in the Built Architecture category for the Houston Police Department, South Gessner Division  

AIA Denver Award

Award of Merit, the highest achievement in design excellence for the Houston Police Department, South Gessner Division

DENVER ART MUSEUM'S NEW ADMIN BUILDING, DESIGNED BY ROTH SHEPPARD ARCHITECTS, TO COMPLEMENT MUSEUM COMPLEX by Joe Black

New building's elegant design honors museum's iconic Gio Ponti-designed North Building and Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building while respecting the adjacent Clyfford Still Museum designed by Allied Works Architecture

DENVER, Colorado—May 15, 2013—Roth Sheppard Architects, the Denver-based American Institute of Architects' 2012 Architectural Firm of the Year, known for its restaurant, retail, civic and law enforcement design throughout the west, today announced that the Denver Art Museum's new administration building, which has been thoughtfully designed to honor the three iconic museum buildings surrounding it, broke ground at the end of April and is projected to be completed in Spring 2014.
 
The three-story, 50,000-square-foot structure is to be located on Denver Art Museum property (formally used for staff parking) directly west of the Daniel Libeskind-designed Hamilton Building, and just south of the Allied Works Architecture-designed Clyfford Still Museum. The new building, which will complete this iconic cultural site, will more efficiently house the museum's 100-plus employees, including administration, curators and others currently located elsewhere, and allow for closer collaboration. In addition to staff offices, the privately funded $11.5 million project will also contain a research library for scholars and 9,000-square-feet of collection storage. 
 
"Roth Sheppard Architects created a gorgeous Museum Shop that fits beautifully with the Hamilton Building’s Libeskind design. With this continuation of our relationship with Roth Sheppard, we desired to be sensitive to the unique design of Hamilton Building, the Ponti Building and Clyfford Still Museum with an elegant approach that adds to the Golden Triangle and the Civic Center Complex,” said Cathey M. Finlon, a member of the Denver Art Museum’s board of trustees and a leader on the project. “Our staff will be enthusiastic participants in the life of the neighborhood and will work in a very collaborative environment near to the museum and its collections.”   
 
From an architectural perspective, the new building will establish a horizontal foreground that visually extends the base of the Clyfford Still Museum and abstractly references the geographic plains of Colorado. The underlying elegance of the office building's exterior will also allow the verticality of the Hamilton and North Buildings to "read" without visual competition. 
 
While the museum's existing buildings were designed as "protectors of art"—solid in their massing and sculptural in form—the new, centrally located administration building will be more open and transparent. This will allow the alley that runs within the DAM Complex to the east (to be renamed Still Way) to serve as a connector between the museum's vibrant inner culture and the surrounding community. On the street side, a strong sense of connection between the inner workings of the DAM and passersby, guests and volunteers will be reinforced by a transparent colored glass wall modulated based on a non-repetitive Fibonacci sequence derivative of the arbitrary ripples formed when a sheer curtain billows in a breeze. 
 
"Although deceptively simple in appearance, this building is richly layered in meaning," said Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA, design principal at Roth Sheppard Architects. "For one, we have designed the structure's exterior to 'front' on the alley to the east as opposed to the street side, which will activate 'Still Way' as the new cultural avenue where staff and the public can comingle while moving between the three gallery buildings. On the street side, where the entryway is a bit more protective and discreet, patrons and visitors will be invited into the museum's invigorating art world in a more private, yet elegant manner."
 
Functionally, the museum's new administration building has been designed to help museum staff serve the public by performing more efficiently and creatively. Visitors who enter the main floor off the street or alleyway will immediately encounter the high-energy curatorial and education work of the museum within a collaborative environment. On the more discreet stone-wrapped second floor, where patrons are invited into the "culture" of the art world, private spaces for the director and other administrative departments connect staff to the museum's broader vision via views of the Hamilton and North Buildings to the east. 
A clerestory-raised roof and vertical three-story lightwell positioned above the exposed main stair bring daylight into the full depth of the interior encouraging more productive interaction during the day. The research library on the lower level is also positioned within the lightwell with nodes for informal and formal research. The two upper floors feature flexible, impromptu meeting areas and workstations around the perimeter to stimulate communication and allow museum staff to function more effectively across departments.

WINNERS OF MICRO HOUSING IDEAS COMPETITION ANNOUNCED by Joe Black

DENVER ARCHITECTURAL LEAGUE ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF INTERNATIONAL "MICRO HOUSING IDEAS COMPETITION"

A six-person Denver-based jury selects 1st, 2nd and Honorable Mention awards to catalyze new ideas, and elevate the conversation about urban housing solutions in the west and beyond

DENVER, Colorado—May 17, 2013—The Denver Architectural League, today announced the winners of their Micro Housing Ideas Competition as well as seven formal "recognitions" at a public reception held at Humphries Poli Architects. Inspired by a concern about the lack of innovation in Denver's existing multi-family housing market where many banal apartment, townhome and condo complexes continue to be built, this competition offered designers an opportunity to engage in reinventing the notion of "responsible affordable housing" with an emphasis on regenerative design.

The Micro Housing Ideas Competition was hypothetically based on an actual site located across from the TAXI development [www.taxibyzeppelin.com] in Denver's up and coming River North District. Parameters included the design of an eight-unit micro-housing complex that provides an entry identity for the TAXI Community; public access to the river; an affordable housing design; modularity and prefabrication; "thriveability" as it relates to natural ecologies and human modes of life; and the appropriate use of technology, materials and building systems. As part of the Denver Architectural League's continuing effort to engage the profession, public and students in a dialogue that raises the level of design expectation locally, regionally and internationally, the following award-winning entries, all four submitted from outside the United States, were acknowledged at the reception. A certificate and cash award will be sent to the winners next week.

"In evaluating entries for the Micro Housing Ideas Competition, the jury looked for approaches that reconsidered the potential for multi-family affordable housing to improve not only the lives of the people it might shelter, but also the life of the community around it, the life of the city of Denver, and the life of the biosphere of which humanity is not a separate entity but an integral part," shared Jury Chair George Hoover, FAIA, architect and professor emeritus of architecture, University of Colorado Denver. "In our biosphere, thriveability seeks a more holistic view of the world—these winning entries succeed in setting thoughtful parameters for a rich dialogue about new possibilities for the way we live, starting with a conversation in Denver that we hope will expand nationally and beyond."

Submittals were juried by a distinguished panel of respected authorities in architecture, development, engineering and media, including Chair George Hoover, FAIA; Ray Mark Rinaldi, the Denver Post's Fine Arts Critic; urban pioneer Mickey Zeppelin, founder of Zeppelin Development and the creator of TAXI; Scott Lindenau, FAIA, founder and design principal of Studio B Architects, one of Aspen's top modernist design firms; Charles Keyes, P.E., principal of Martin/Martin Structural Engineers; and William Logan, the founder and publisher of Modern in Denver magazine. An exhibition of all 70 submittals [including 25 from outside the United States], opened on May 10th at the Temenos Gallery inside Roth Sheppard Architects' design studio [1900 Wazee Street, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80202] and will continue to welcome media, the design profession, and the public from 9am to 5pm every weekday through Friday, June 21st. For submittal requirements, judging criteria and other information about selection of winners, please see the jury's attached Final Report [or feel free to request a copy].

ROOM & BOARD WORKING WITH ROTH SHEPPARD ON CHERRY CREEK EXPANSION by Joe Black

Room & Board, Cherry Creek's popular classic, contemporary American-made home furnishings retailer, purchases adjacent building in preparation for future expansion

DENVER, Colorado—April 11, 2013—Roth Sheppard Architects, a leading Denver-based architectural firm known for its retail, restaurant and law enforcement design throughout the West—together with Minneapolis-based Room & Board—today announced that the privately-owned classic contemporary home furnishings company has hired Roth Sheppard to design the expansion of their Cherry Creek store.

Room & Board first partnered with Roth Sheppard on the renovation and redesign of the retailer’s showroom at 222 Detroit Street in 2001. Then, beginning late last year, the company tapped the respected American Institute of Architects' Western Mountain Region '2012 Architectural Firm of the Year' to assist them with acquisition of the adjacent property to the south. The purchase of the building at 2nd and Detroit was finalized on December 28, 2012.
 
“The acquisition of additional retail space will enable us to display more of our furniture and accessories in a larger inspirational environment,” said Mark Miller, Room & Board’s chief financial officer. "This will help us meet more of our customers’ needs in the Denver market.” 
 
Initially, the newly acquired building will be used to showcase Room & Board’s 2013 collection of handcrafted, American-made outdoor furniture. Minor cosmetic changes will be made for the temporary use of the ground level only. The company’s long-term plan includes the design and construction of a new addition, which will be accessed directly through their existing showroom. 
 
"We're excited about designing a beautiful addition for Room & Board and working closely with Cherry Creek North and the City of Denver to assure a smooth process," said Jeffrey Sheppard, AIA, design principal of Roth Sheppard Architects. "We're already working closely together to further enhance one of the great retail experiences in Denver." 
 
Timing of the expansion has yet to be determined.

MICRO HOUSING IDEAS COMPETITION - PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED by Joe Black

The winner of the Micro Housing Ideas Competition's People's Choice Award was announced at Friday's exhibition reception at Roth Sheppard's Temenos Gallery. Votes were cast from 5:00-8:00 PM, and tallied soon after. The voting was extremely close and only one vote separated first, second, and third place; however, Entry #58 was chosen as the People's Choice Award winner.

CONGRATULATIONS TO JOHN CARRUTH (DALLAS, TX)!

$500 WILL BE AWARDED TO JOHN FOR THE PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD PRIZE!

See Entry #58, "Granola", below.

 

FIRST RUNNER-UP: 
#39 - RYAN DAWSON (HIGHLANDS RANCH, CO)

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SECOND RUNNER-UP: 
#64 - BEATA CHUDOBINSKA (LITTLETON, CO)

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THIRD RUNNERS-UP (TIE): 

 #45 - QIAN DONG (BOULDER, CO)

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#5 - ALFONSO GONZALEZ (AURORA, CO) 

 

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF YOU - GOOD WORK!