Overview

Denver is home to a diverse array of professionals, from nonprofits and startups to large, global firms. Office design in the Mile-High city has to take care not narrow in on upward expansion at the expense of view appreciation. There is a trending desire in the workplace for spaces that encourage collaborative, interconnected flow; sustainability; and an active lifestyle even when you’re on the clock. The firms listed below all implement creative strategies to craft ample communal spaces; vibrant, inviting atmospheres; and innovative professional aesthetics. Because of their ability to push the envelope, they are leaders in their field, amassing awards and getting noticed by industry magazines.

Top Architects

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ArcWest Architects

Architects:
Todd L. Heirls
Kevin H. Anderson

Address:
2406 W 32nd Avenue, Suite A, Denver, CO 80211

Contact:
303-455-7741
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About ArcWest Architects

ArcWest Architects values a design process that is cutting edge and forward thinking. Founded in 2006, they are a newer addition to the Denver scene and have been generating a noteworthy portfolio that includes corporate, residential, commercial, and restaurant design. Founding partner Todd L. Heirls likes to collaborate directly with senior management. He has a background in welding and is known to use his welding skills in order to execute custom steel details in ArcWest’s work. ArcWest’s other founding partner, Kevin H. Anderson, has over 25 years of experience as a licensed Colorado architect and works on a versatile scope of projects that truly represent the diversity of his field. ArcWest was recognized as one of the top 19 best architects in Denver on Expertise.

Featured Projects

The office building remodel on Quebec Street involved a total renovation of the restrooms, showers and break room, as well as the construction of new spaces, including an elegant conference room and an exercise zone. The design integrated improved ADA accessibility and new conference room doors that open onto a courtyard. The total square footage is 3,500 square feet. The stunning addition of a rooftop patio on the historic Ballpark building in downtown Denver created a vibrant, inviting space for office employees to enjoy Denver’s cherished views and meet with clients in an alternative atmosphere. The projects use three-inch-thick, heavy timber decking and heavy black steel railing details. A round fire pit on top of a water tower platform cultivates a natural meeting point for collaboration and connection.

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Venture Architecture

Architects:
Martin Goldstein

Address:
535 East Mexico Avenue, Denver, CO 80210

Contact:
303-722-9988
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About Venture Architecture

Venture Architecture might be made up of a modest team, but they know how to use their small numbers effectively to achieve big results. Their office even includes a canine intern named Burley. LEED-certified Principal Architect Martin Goldstein earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado. Venture’s aim and goal are to uncover each space’s inherent beauty regardless of the potential challenges. Although this company is smaller than other firms with a larger reach or a bigger footprint, their work is diverse, bright, contemporary and creative. With their precise insight and innovative eye, they’ve crafted and renovated business headquarters and multi-family homes. As their work continues to evolve, they will likely become a bigger presence among Denver’s trusted go-to design firms.

Featured Projects

The KSL Capital building was a perfect challenge for Venture. They were tasked to cultivate a highly original concept that mirrored the company’s unique and exclusive approach. The space was intended to speak to both flair and refinement, be highly functional, and be team conducive and relaxing. Circular conference rooms with window walls, various modules with sliding glass doors, and a kitchen and lounge area with window-facing countertops accomplished the job nicely.

Applied Control is a headquarters facility for the local representative of a large national business based in South Metro Denver, and it fuses the clients’ practical needs with a functional and bright design. The work kept in mind future expansion, so the facility can adequately serve the growth of the company.

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Pickard Chilton

Architects:
Jon Pickard
William D. Chilton
Anthony J. Markese

Awards:
IDP Outstanding Firm Award,
IDP Emerging Architects Award

Address:
980 Chapel Street, New Haven, CT 06510

Contact:
203-786-8600
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About Pickard Chilton

Pickard Chilton, although based in New Haven, Connecticut, has successfully created professional spaces in Denver that meet the professional trends of today, while honoring the unique character of a Colorado metropolis. Their reach is international, yet their personal touch is intimate. Their blend of pragmatism and creativity reflects an appreciation for research-driven design, and their quality work has not gone unappreciated. Pickard Chilton received the IDP Outstanding Firm Award and the Emerging Architects Award and was nominated Innovator of the Year in Business New Haven Magazine. John Pickard, William D. Chilton, and Anthony J. Markese make up Pickard Chilton’s impressive trio of principals. All hold the distinguished honor of being AIA Fellows and remain deeply involved with every project, which ranges from high profile international work to corporate buildings and campuses. Pickard and Chilton both received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Iowa State University.

Featured Projects

1144 15th is Denver’s 40-story-high performance LEED Gold-certified office tower, which includes an 880-space parking garage. This sleek emblem of Denver’s burgeoning metropolis showcases a natural stone, daylit lobby with wood and stainless steel accents. Floor-to-ceiling glass in the tower’s office floors will allow for a sweeping view of the Rockies to become the backdrop of one’s daily routine.
4600 South Syracuse was the first of a two-building complex within the Denver Technology Center, designed to be the corporate headquarters for a leading software developer. Also privy to well-designed gazing stations on the Rocky Mountains, this building includes floor-to-ceiling clear glass windows, natural sun protection created by deep horizontal mullions, and premium office and conference space.

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Humphries Poli Architects

Architects:
Dennis Humphries
Joseph Poli

Awards:
AIA Colorado Merit Award,
AIA Architect’s Choice Award,
Colorado Construction Gold Hard Hat Award,
Historic Denver Community Preservation Award

Address:
1655 Grant Street, Denver, CO 80203

Contact:
303-607-0040

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About Humphries Poli Architects

In the early 1970s, Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli cemented a friendship at the University of Illinois that evolved into the successful Humphries Poli Architects, a Denver design firm that believes friendship and community are at the heart of a great business. Humphries Poli Architects has won nearly 100 awards for design, including the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado Merit Award and the AIA Architect’s Choice Award. Dennis Humphries and Joseph Poli both hold a Master of Architecture, and they aim to create a vibrant energy in their workplace and an innovative edge in their diverse national work. Their influence in office architecture is characterized by equal parts function and innovation. They comfortably tackle both restoration and new construction and always keep the driving principles of their clients in mind when cultivating the most optimal working environment.

Featured Projects

When Humphries Poli renovated the single-story warehouse near Denver’s Coors field, their vision was to craft a unique and inspiring office space for creative thinkers in the advertising business. Original bow-string trusses from the warehouse were highlighted, and a partial second floor was placed into the building for conferences and meetings. Constructed as a permeable cloud, the upper level can compress or open lower level volumes. The lighting scheme, situated in slashed diagonals, illuminates the high-ceilinged wood above. Humphries Poli truly designed this space to complement the needs and energy of the people working within it, a signature component of the design firm’s personal touch. Recognized with the Historic Denver Community Preservation Award and LEED Gold certified, the American Woodmen Insurance Building’s new headquarters is modern, elegant and sleek. Humphries Poli worked hard to restore the first level and recreate the second floor as a state-of-the-art design studio. With the idea of construction that encourages communication, the upper floor is structured as a star, and open loft studio spaces provide the backdrop.

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RNL Design

Architects:
Carl Hole
AnneMarie Dienstbach
Josh Gould

Awards:
AIA Denver Award of Merit,
AIA Colorado Citation Award,
Institute of America National Design Build Award,
AIA Western Mountain Region Honor Award

Address:
1050 17th Street, Suite A200, Denver, CO 80265

Contact:
303-295-1717
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About RNL Design

RNL Design prides itself on being a tightly knit community of creative thinkers who hold sustainability at the heart of their value system. Their profile includes the 41-story Spire tower and the National Renewable Energy Lab’s Research Support Facility, among other notable accomplishments. RNL’s 134-person team, which is spread between Denver, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, Abu Dhabi, and Phoenix, is now part of the global network of Stantec that encompasses more than 400 locations and 22,000 workers worldwide. Having collaborated in the past, the two firms aren’t strangers, and the new deal will surely serve to expand RNL’s attentive and artistic reach even further.

Featured Projects

1755 Blake is a 125k-square-foot, five-story office building located on a street that links the 16th Street Mall and Coors Field. It is LEED-CS Silver certified and won the 2010 AIA Denver Award of Merit and the 2010 AIA Colorado Citation Award. The exterior envelope of open floor plates and a central core provides high efficiency. The stone detailing, simple rectangular shapes, punched windows, and appealing balconies integrate seamlessly into the surrounding area. The landmark Wellington E. Webb Municipal Building, a collaborative effort between more than one agency that included RNL, is an impressive 920k-square-foot, LEED-EB Gold certified, and the recipient of the Institute of America’s National Design-Build Award and AIA Western Mountain Region’s Honor Award. Having their hand in this gorgeous and functional city structure is a nod to RNL’s prowess and vision.

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Box Studios

Architects:
Jim Graczy
Ferdinand Dimailig
Dan Kraiss

Awards:
IIDA BESTaward Winner,
ASID Design Details Award,
ASID Emerging Designer Awards

Address:
1761 Emerson Street, Denver, CO 80218

Contact:
303-864-1700
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About Box Studios

Box Studios is dedicated to constant exploration and hands-on collaboration. The seeds of the studio were planted more than 20 years ago when Jim Graczyk, Ferdinand Dimailig, and Dan Kraiss met as employees of a Chicago-based national interior design firm. In 2001 Box Studios became a design collaborative, as Graczyk moved to the Denver region and Dimailig and Kraiss stayed in Chicago. Though Graczyk passed away in 2016, their original synergy and vision still influence both the Denver and Chicago areas, and their award-winning projects have included corporate, base-building, renovation, educational, healthcare, government, mixed-use, retail, light industrial, technology, hospitality, and multifamily housing. Dimailig received his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Design from the University of Illinois at Chicago and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and the Graham Foundation. Kraiss received a Bachelor of Fine Arts, Interior Architecture from Northern Illinois University and is a member of the United States Building Green Council and a registered LEED Accredited Professional.

Featured Projects

The Cachematrix building is a wonderful alternative to the classic stereotypes that financial workers reside in lavish Wall Street-esque structures. The project required smart budgeting, as the client had $20 per square foot to spend. Box Studios intelligently identified the zones of the space that merited the most investment and executed inspired design for a cost-effective price. The result is a calm, elegant environment with tasteful uses of glass, circularity, and flowing transitions between rooms. Megastar Financial showcases Box Studio’s ability to transform pre-existing buildings into entirely new experiences. Originally an old dairy in the Golden Triangle area of downtown Denver, the 35k-square-foot structure required careful planning, an exterior facelift, a more efficient layout, and a creative approach to introducing more light into the interior. The result is a bright, inviting space that feels both youthful and rooted in history.

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Tryba Architects

Architects:
David Tryba

Awards:
ULI Global Award for Excellence,
AIA Western Mountain Firm of the Year

Address:
1620 Logan Street, Denver, CO 80203

Contact:
303-831-4010
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About Tryba Architects

In the last 29 years, Tryba Architects, self-described as civic architects with a passion for sustainable urbanism, has grown from their beginnings in restoration to a knack for developing and crafting progressive urban spaces in Denver and beyond. They received the ULI Global Award for Excellence for Denver’s Union Station and Firm of the Year from AIA Western Mountain. FAIA Fellowship recipient David Tryba has employed his leadership on projects across North America and Mexico. Since he returned to his home state in 1988 after working briefly for Beyer Blinder Belle in New York City, he has put his stamp on many standout structures within the urban profile of Denver.

Featured Projects

Modernizing the original Colonnade Center, which was occupied by seven federal agencies for close to 30 years, required both an innovative new vision and a dedication to expressing the sustainability and public visibility the federal government valued. What is now the Cesar E. Chavez building houses government offices using a security-hardened exterior envelope that’s engineered for a 100-year lifespan, and a new aluminum and glass curtain wall to reduce energy consumption by 32 percent. Tryba even integrated recycled material, including terrazzo made from local beer bottles and steel. The 330k-square-foot Colorado Google headquarters is in the works, and Tryba is at the helm. The campus, which is currently home to 300 employees will be expanded to make space for up to 1,000. The goal is to cultivate a creativity-inspiring and collaboration-inducing environment that interplays with the natural surroundings. Open floor plans and efficient building envelopes are key.

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Semple Brown Design Firm

Architects:
Sarah Semple Brown
Rusty Brown

Awards:
AIA Denver Firm of the Year,
AIA Design Awards,
AIA Merit Awards,
Historic Denver Award of Honor

Address:
1160 Santa Fe Drive, Denver, CO 80204

Contact:
303-571-4137
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About Semple Brown Design Firm

Co-founded by Sarah Semple Brown, whose aesthetic is celebrated for its balance of quality, depth, and warmth, Semple Brown Architectural Firm has been masterfully fusing form and function since 1982. The 21-person staff includes six LEED-accredited professionals, and Semple Brown’s eclectic portfolio has been featured in over 30 publications. Semple Brown Design is dedicated to a team-based approach, as well as an ability to strengthen community through a palpable sense of place. Sarah Brown was made an AIA fellow in 2013, and previously the firm was recognized as Firm of the Year for both AIA Denver and AIA Colorado. From gorgeous cultural icons, such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, to high functioning, modern office spaces, Semple Brown’s wide capacity for tending to important details makes them a strong presence in the overall architecture scene in Denver.

Featured Projects

The Boathouse St. Charles Town Offices were designed to encourage interconnectedness, both visually and physically. Semple Brown Design also wanted to integrate the strong natural connection to the Platte River and the Cherry Creek Trail, which are visible from the communal meeting and lounge spaces via glass walls that offer not only exceptional views but also wonderful, natural light. Professional transparency is also evident in the open layout, which provides ample room for impromptu conversations. The style integrates industrial, professional, and rustic into one innovative and inviting final product. The design of IMA Financial Group’s new headquarters was intended to be structured around the company’s goal of being the “Healthiest Employer in Denver,” and they wanted their active lifestyle to be honored through concept, design, and layout. Collaborative team working spaces, the fitness center, and an enhanced connecting staircase encourage the intent nicely, and an elegant, contemporary interior makes the structure feel both professional and cozy.

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Gensler

Architects:
Jon Gambrill
Brent Mather

Awards:
ENR #1 Green Building Design Firm in Commercial Offices,
Building Design + Construction Giants #1 Office Sector Architecture Firm

Address:
1225 17th Street, Suite 150, Denver, CO 80202

Contact:
303-595-8585
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About Gensler

Gensler is proud to serve more than 3,500 active clients and to have a diverse reach across both large and small, public and private, and for-profit and nonprofit sectors. They are dedicated to a unique relationship with each client, some of whom represent 13 of the 15 highest-grossing law firms globally, and 30 of whom were listed in Fortune Magazine’s top global 50 companies. Co-CEOs Andy Cohen and Diane Hoskins exemplify Gensler’s collaborative leadership model and were featured on Business Insider’s elite “Creators” list, which is a who’s who of the world’s 100 top creative visionaries.

Featured Projects

For the Alliance for Sustainable Colorado, Gensler carefully crafted a design concept for a high performance renovation of their office space in downtown Denver. With this project, Gensler tended to the client’s vision of a space that would specifically attract tenants who wanted to facilitate sustainability through collaboration. The result, a multi-tenant nonprofit center where tenants are spatially connected through an open, flexible design concept, includes a restored original entry, a brand new lobby, and gorgeous, exposed wood wall and ceiling beams. The new construction on Denver’s Global Analytics Design Firm fuses two offices into one, maximizing the open concept effect to create an urban, modern aesthetic. Daylight and windows were made accessible to everyone by positioning the enclosed offices around a central core. Other highlights include a stunning, two-story curtain wall, lively collaboration areas, and a fresh color palette that integrates seamlessly into the urban appeal.

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Anderson Mason Dale Architects

Architects:
Paul S Haack
Andrew G Nielsen
David C. Pfeifer
Joey Carrasquillo
Joey D. Graham

Awards:
AIA Firm Award,
AIA Colorado Firm of the Year,
AIA National Design Awards

Address:
3198 Speer Boulevard, Denver, CO 80211

Contact:
303-294-9448
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About Anderson Mason Dale Architects

Anderson Mason Dale Architects is a 50-person firm that has provided planning, programming, and design for smaller and larger scale commercial builds for the past 40 years. They’ve been awarded the American Institute of Architect’s Firm Award for “A distinguished body of work,” as well as other local and national design awards. They are dedicated to enhancing human well-being and upholding cultural values with their work, and they believe in the importance of highly collaborative atmospheres.

Featured Projects

The Triangle Building at 16 Wewatta Street is eye-catching for several reasons. It’s not just the sleek urban design and stand-out patterns, but the way each side of the structure is enriched by a public space. This single prism of glass is a viewfinder’s focal point, from both the corner of Wewatta Street and the Millennium Bridge. This building engages the surrounding area and brings another sophisticated, professional visual into Denver’s skyline. A LEED Gold Certification was awarded for exceptional quality and innovation in green building practices. It houses Liberty Global and the first WeWork in Colorado. The 350k square feet of the Triangle Building was completed in 2016 for $45M. Adding two new wing buildings to Denver’s historic Union Station required a well thought out strategy that would keep attention on the valued urban centerpiece while cultivating community anchoring space and celebrating the surrounding area. Anderson Mason Dale designed the wing buildings with the intention of striking a balance between the lower downtown red brick warehouses, the gray terra cotta and cleft rhyolite of the station, and modern new developments. They succeeded with a contemporary aesthetic that recreates components of neighboring buildings. Using the basic form of a simple glass box, the wings have a vibrant, inviting, urban glow. The project was completed in 2014 for $37.4M.

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