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Sitting at the Eastern foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Colorado Springs is known for outdoor lifestyles, historic landmarks, and magnificent mountain views. The city is ranked the second-largest in Colorado, but it still provides residents a rural feel with its proximity to breathtaking mountains, parks, and natural attractions. Many homes in the area are designed to complement the picturesque views and majestic mountain backdrop.
On this list you’ll find the best residential architects in Colorado Springs. These architects have designed many of the city’s stunning homes and received a number of awards for their excellent work. Many have demonstrated their skill and expertise in designing homes to connect with the surroundings as well as maximizing each design element to create one-of-a-kind spaces. These architects were evaluated based on the overall quality of their projects, awards and recognition they’ve received, customer reviews, industry affiliations, and years in business, among other criteria.
This list includes both licensed architects and residential designers who can both design stunning homes but differ in other services offered. Architects are trained in design, engineering, and project management and have passed a licensing exam. Residential designers typically don’t manage projects and plans will need to be approved by a structural engineer. Whether you choose to hire an architect or a residential designer will depend on your project needs and complexity.
2121 Academy Cir. Suite #200, Colorado Springs, CO
Headquartered in Colorado Springs, AE Leuken has a team of licensed architects and provides full-service architecture and engineering services for residential and commercial clients throughout Colorado Springs and Denver. The company specializes in designing high-end homes costing $500,000 and above. In business since 2008, the company is a member of a number of organizations: the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Architectural Engineering Institute, and the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), among many others.
The AE Leuken team is proficient in a wide array of designs, from mountain cabin and Tuscan Mediterranean to contemporary modern styles. A great example of the firm’s impressive work is the Mountain Private Residence. The contemporary home features unique stone accents on its exterior and minimalist windows that provide ample light indoors.
1253 N Meade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80909
Owned by Bernie Kern, BBKern Designs is a licensed architectural design and drafting firm that serves clients throughout the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kern is a member of the American Institute of Building Design (AIBD) and founder of the AIBD Central Colorado Chapter. Under his leadership, the company has amassed numerous awards and recognition such as the AIBD Designer of the Year, awarded in 2018. A specialist in residential design, he currently serves as the internal vice president of AIBD.
In one of the company’s projects, BBKern Designs designed a Craftsman home featuring a beige exterior with stone accents and a red front door. Other timeless and elegant features of the home are the stone fireplace and floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room.
Bucher Design Studio
12325 Oracle Blvd. Suite #111, Colorado Springs, CO 80921
Providing exceptional architectural design for strict budgets has been Bucher Design Studio’s mission since its inception in 2002. Brian Bucher, the company founder, has been in the industry for over three decades. He holds a degree in Architecture from the California Polytechnic State University and is a licensed architect in Colorado, California, Utah, and Oklahoma. He is also affiliated with the AIA, NCARB, and the International Code Council. His extensive experience in the design industry enables the firm to provide clients excellent design solutions for their budget.
In Colorado, Bucher Design Studio designed this contemporary Mediterranean villa. The home’s exterior is a mix of contemporary architecture, with its clean lines and Colorado finishes of stucco, stone, and heavy timber. The varied angles of the home are carefully designed to address the garage space and provide views of the Colorado Front Range. Another unique feature of the home is that its entire rear is a series of exterior living spaces built on separate levels.
1430 N Franklin St., Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Conforti Architects is a licensed, LEED-accredited, and fully-insured architecture firm based in Colorado Springs. Since 1996, the company has provided residential and commercial architectural design services and completed over 150 custom projects throughout Colorado and Arizona. Company owner Greg Conforti has been a licensed architect since 1990 and is a LEED-accredited professional dedicated to sustainable building practices. Throughout the years, Conforti has worked on a wide range of architectural styles and concepts of varying sizes; some of these projects have earned Major Achievements in Marketing Excellence or MAME Awards.
Located near the foothills of Colorado Springs, this mountain home features a well-planned architectural design that takes advantage of the gorgeous mountain views. The owner wanted some curves in the home. Conforti constructed a dining room with a rotunda at the front of the house and put the central spiral staircase in the middle of the home. To complete the effect, the great room offers a sweeping curve at the ceiling.
Design Edge, P.C.
711 N. Cascade Ave. Suite #100, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Design Edge, P.C. is one of Colorado’s reputable full-service architectural and interior design firms. Based in Colorado Springs, the firm specializes in professional design, planning, and construction administration to various market sectors. The company is led by founder and co-managing partner Swagata Guha, who holds a Masters in Architecture from Sir JJ School of Architecture and a Master of Science degree in Civil and Construction Engineering from Iowa State University. Together with co-managing partner Andy C. Olree, Guha and the Design Edge architecture team have delivered an impressive list of projects in the residential, commercial, multifamily, retail, state, and federal government sectors.
One of the firm’s notable projects is the Harrison Residence in Central Denver. The home features a transitional style that combines traditional elements with contemporary materials. It also features an open concept floor plan that maximizes the home’s entertainment and functional spaces. Wood beams, stone accents, and bricks have been employed in the home’s exterior and interior.
3125 N El Paso St. Suite B, Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Founded in 1989, DesignWorks Development was originally established in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Today, the Colorado Springs-headquartered company provides complete design services throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, and Arizona. Company founder Rodney S. Stephens established DesignWorks Development with a mission to provide optimal design solutions for every design challenge and create designs that would reflect, respect, and enhance their client’s surroundings.
Among the company’s impressive works is the Neill Residence. The contemporary home’s exterior features stone accents and king post truss details. Other features of the home include numerous windows, beautiful hardwood flooring, and a spacious kitchen. The home also touts a massive accordion glass door that opens up to a cozy outdoor seating area with stunning views of the mountains.
Echo Architecture + Interiors
4 South Wahsatch Ave. Suite #120, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
With a team of highly-skilled architects and designers, Echo Architecture + Interiors provides clients with personalized and elegant design solutions. The company’s work strikes a playful balance between timeless and modern architecture, blending materiality, texture, and light while incorporating local craft and art in each design. Throughout the years, the firm has worked on numerous residential and commercial projects, earning various awards. These include: the AIA Colorado Honor Award for Young Firm of the Year in 2017; the City of Manitou Springs Historic Preservation Commission 2017 Honor Award; awards from American Society of Interior Designers, International Interior Design Association, and the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region.
In 2017, the company renovated this 5,760-square-foot residence located in the gated resort community of Kissing Camels. The home was transformed into a Scandinavian-inspired space, with an abundance of natural light coming in from the massive windows and glass doors. The result of the renovation was a bright and airy home, with beautiful light-colored maple flooring, white cabinets, and a massive kitchen island.
201 E Las Animas St. Suite #113, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
LGA Studios is an award-winning licensed architectural design firm based in Colorado Springs. Led by Larry Gilland, the company specializes in custom, luxury, and production home design as well as commercial architecture and sustainability solutions. With the team’s century-plus of experience in the design industry, LGA Studios has completed an impressive list of projects, from tiny houses, luxury homes, and minor renovations to full-scale neighborhood developments. Many of these projects have caught the eye of award-giving bodies and publications; the company has earned multiple Grand MAME and Parade of Homes awards and has been featured in a number of home and lifestyle magazines.
Among its collection of stunning projects is this Kissing Camels Contemporary Home. Sitting on the edge of a ridge looking out onto the Front Rage, the home is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The home’s exterior features clean lines and a minimalist design, backdropped by the magnificent mountain views. Divided into three sections, the home features a wing for the master suite and a bunk room for grandkids, while the second wing consists of guest suites.
Colorado Springs, CO 80919
RanDesign Homes is a locally-owned and operated custom home designer that has been serving Colorado Springs since 1987. As one of the area’s recognized residential designers, the company provides clients with comprehensive designs and plans with on-site consultations and free estimates. In its many years in business, the firm has provided an extensive range of design services: preliminary design studies, structural design, architectural models, as well as exterior remodeling and renovations.
Clients commend the company for its expertise in both home and structural design. The company has also partnered with home builders and engineers, who all vouch for the firm’s solid knowledge of structural design and keen attention to detail.
Tremmel Design Group, LLC d.b.a. TDG Architecture
201 E Las Animas St. Suite #113, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
With nearly seven decades of experience in architectural design, licensed architecture firm Tremmel Design Group, LLC d.b.a. TDG Architecture has earned the trust of many clients for its design excellence. The company was founded in 2008 by Mark Tremmel and serves residential and commercial clients throughout Colorado Springs and the surrounding region. Throughout the years, TDG has earned numerous awards and recognition, including the 2014 Tommie Gold Winner for Excellence in Residential Renovations Over $300,000 which they won for a project in partnership with Rich Schell Interiors.
One of the firm’s projects was the renovation of the Broadmoor Residence. The project consisted of an extensive remodel of the property, including the complete transformation of the interiors. The result is a beautiful modern home with a spacious outdoor seating area and a fire pit overlooking the city and mountains.
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