The Best Architects in Boulder County CO Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Architects in Boulder County CO bearing The Prime Buyer's Report TOP 10 symbol are those architectural firms that have exceeded the minimum Colorado regulatory standard. They are those proven by our independent research to have passed the TOP 10 requirements for competency and value, carry liability insurance for your protection, and for whom our staff has called previous clients to verify high satisfaction with them as architects in Boulder County CO, including residential and commercial architects, and LEED AP architects.
Updated August 31, 2018
Boulder, CO 80301
Boulder, CO 80302
Boulder, CO 80302
Boulder, CO 80302
Longmont, CO 80501
Niwot, CO 80544
The Best Architects in Boulder County CO Are the Ones Proven Safe To Hire
Colorado requires a state license of individual architects in Boulder County CO, but not the architectural firms as companies. The state architects license requires either a degree, passing an exam and a three year minimum amount of experience or no degree but passing an exam with ten years previous experience.
But the Colorado state license for architecture is no guarantee that any particular architect in Boulder County CO is doing business ethically, delivering value, or satisfying customers.
This makes it all the more significant that all architects in Boulder County CO who bear The Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have been cleared by our research staff as passing all the requirements for Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 status such as survey phone calls to previous customers to verify high satisfaction, good complaint record, verified state license, verified liability and workers comp insurance for your protection, only employees legal to work in the U.S., and more.
Architects in Boulder County CO Provide Many Services From Design to Completion
Some architects in Boulder County CO develop new designs and structural plans, but all architects essentially transform concepts into plans and images to be used by construction and building firms. Unlike building designers that hail from the contracting field, architects can read your personality and lifestyle to create the perfect personalized blueprints, regardless of whether or not you can articulate your basic preferences.
But good architects come from different design and functional backgrounds, so finding the right type of architect is essential. While conducting your search for the best architects or architecture firms in Boulder County CO, consider that some local architects focus on pre-design or planning while others are more skilled at architectural design. Details are very important, and some architects will design specific systems as part of your home's architectural design.
Part of the function of an architect is to consider the indirect effects of a building project. During the pre-design process, architects usually consider urban environmental concerns, historic preservation, public policy, ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance, natural environment integration, optimum building materials, sustainability, livability, interdisciplinary concerns and resource allocation. Architectural firms in Boulder County CO may stay involved with the entire process, providing initial architectural research, land use studies, T24 calculations, drafting, planning submission, permitting, and construction management for the design of many types of properties.
Architects in Boulder County CO Design and Develop a Variety of Projects
While some architects in Boulder County specialize in large commercial, industrial or public projects, some prefer to stick to custom home projects or outdoor planning. As mentioned above, finding the right architect for your design is crucial.
Architects work with a variety of structural designs, including recreational use facilities, research facilities, heavy industrial use facilities, real estate design and development, tenant improvement projects, sustainable or green buildings and highway design.
Some architectural firms in Boulder County design small homes, additions, factories, or retail buildings. Remember that building design is an art and a science; many architects have a distinct style. Specialized architects will be able to design a broad range of buildings, including apartment and office buildings, public buildings, schools, libraries, churches, hospitals and other health care facilities, or industrial complexes.
But these projects don't just involve the simple erection of a building. Architects have to consider zoning approvals, building permits and town planning. Architects might consult on several issues, such as urban design, conditions surveys, contract documentation, historic structure reports, master plans and specifications and environmental planning. There are some local architects in Boulder County who specialize in certain styles of architectural design such as traditional versus modern or contemporary architecture.
Skilled architects can integrate into their projects facets such as so-called green architecture or sustainable architecture. Many of those who specialize in green architecture are LEED AP Architects in Boulder County, meaning they have passed the U.S. government agency course on green architecture design.
Some Architects in Boulder County CO Are Better Than Others
The Prime Buyer's Report lists these architects in Boulder County CO: Rodwin Architecture Boulder CO, Gettliffe Architecture PC Boulder CO, Barrett Studio Architects Boulder CO, Fletemeyer & Lee Associates Inc Boulder CO, Stephen Sparn Architects Boulder CO, Moore & Bishton Architects Longmont CO, Olson Architecture Inc Niwot CO. Other architects in Boulder County CO that might still be in business include Arcadea Architecture Boulder CO, Mosaic Architects Boulder CO, PEH Architects Boulder CO.
Questions to Ask Architects in Boulder County CO
Ask these questions of architects in Boulder County CO about their abilities, specialties, fee structure, and background:
• How long have they been architects in Boulder County specifically? (Different regions have their own unique soil conditions, weather, sunlight exposure, etc that should effect design choices. The length of experience doing projects in your location specifically shows familiarity with these aspects.)
• How many projects have they done in your city specifically? (Different cities have different codes that must be met, and different processes for plan approval. Previous experience getting plans approved by your local city shows their familiarity with these aspects.)
• How many other projects have they done that are like yours? (Custom homes versus commercial, traditional versus modern architecture, green architecture, etc.)
• What is their educational background?
• Do they have a specialty that makes them especially unique or valuable?
• Can the architects give you names and numbers of clients that you can call as references? (All architects bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had client references called by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• How is their fee structured?
• How long would you have to wait long before they can complete your design plans?
• Do they carry professional liability insurance that can reimburse you in the event of an error? (All architects in Boulder County bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had proof of insurance verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
• Who at their firm will actually be doing your design work? (The principal architect might have impressive credentials but will they be passing your project to less experienced junior staff or draftsmen?)
• What permits will be needed? If so, will the architects be responsible for getting those permits? (Unpermitted work can prevent you from selling the property and even subject you to hefty fines and repair fees to get it to code.)
• Do they only provide the design plans or do they offer to oversee the project from start to finish?
When you've chosen the best architects in Boulder County COfor your specific needs and priorities, make sure they are licensed by the state since that's required by law. (All architects in Boulder County CO bearing the Prime Buyer's Report-TOP 10 symbol have already had their state license verified by our research staff so you don't have to.)
Glossary of Terms Relevant to Architects in Boulder County CO
LEED AP architects - Architects who have voluntarily undergone to demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of green design, via a national program are able to use the designation LEED AP where AP stands for "Accredited Professionals". LEED stands for "Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design".
LEED Certified architects - A misnomer. A project completed to LEED requirements may be known as LEED Certified but in reference to a professional the proper terminology is LEED AP (see above).
Green architects - Architects practicing green architecture, sometimes also referred to as sustainable architecture / sustainable design. There is no one standard for what defines green architecture in Boulder County and the U.S. but it's generally understood as a design philosophy of increasing the efficiency of energy, building materials, and water (often resulting in cost savings), but also that reduces the negative impact on human health and the environment. Energy efficient architectural design is not necessarily green architecture since energy efficiency alone does not qualify an architectural design as "green". Thus green architects in Boulder County often design with an emphasis on minimizing environmental harm including consideration of everything from materials used, building footprint and orientation, run-off and more.
AIA architects - Architects who have joined as members of the AIA (American Institute of Architects), a national trade association that sponsors continuing education for architects and provides other resources for architects in Boulder County and nationally.
Traditional architects - Architects versed in traditional architecture, which is loosely defined as having a look and feel of familiar styles, often with an emphasis on comfort. Is generally used to denote the opposite of 'modern' or 'contemporary' architecture. There are many good examples of existing traditional architecture in Boulder County.
Modern architects - Architects who design in the style of modern architecture or contemporary architecture. Contemporary architects may design with less regard for symmetry or traditional looks or building materials, while placing an emphasis on artistic expression and uniqueness. A hallmark of modern architecture are clean lines and a lack of decorative ornamentation in favor of function. Some examples of existing modern architecture can be found around Boulder County.
Contemporary architects - Architects who practice contemporary architectural design, also known as modern architecture. See "Modern architects" above.
Residential architects - Architects who design for homes in Boulder County, whether new or for remodeling. As opposed to 'commercial architects'.
Commercial architects - Architects who design for everything from hotels, shopping malls, office buildings, and other commercial structures.
Blueprint - A paper reproduction of an architectural design. The name comes from a particular process that produced a special blue paper with the lines rendered in white. These days, such paper drawings are usually on white paper with blue lines and so are sometimes called a 'whiteprint', but the term blueprint has come to be a generic term for any detailed plan. These days paper is often avoided altogether with a Computer-Aided Design known as "CAD" being sent directly to a digital display.
Resources About Architects in Boulder County CO
Architects Associations & Licensing Relevant to Architects in Boulder County CO
ACSA Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture www.acsa-arch.org
ADDA American Design Drafting Association www.adda.org
AIA American Institute of Architects www.aia.org
AIA-CO American Institute of Architects of Colorado www.iacolorado.org
AIA New England American Institute of Architects New England www.aianewengland.org
AIAS American Institute of Architecture Students www.aias.org
AIBD American Institute of Building Design www.aibd.org
APA American Planning Association www.planning.org
BBB Better Business Bureau www.bbb.com
Colorado State Board of Licensure for Architects www.colorado.gov/pacific/dora/AES
FFDI Foundation for Design Integrity www.ffdi.org
NAAB National Architectural Accrediting Board www.naab.org
NIST National Institute of Standards and Technology www.nist.gov
Royal Institute of Architects-USA http://www.riba-usa.org/
SARA Society of America Registered Architects www.sara-national.org
ULI Urban Land Institute www.uli.org
USGBC United States Green Building Council www.usgbc.org
Media & Web Resources for Architects in Boulder County CO
Building Design and Construction
California Home & Design
Environmental Design and Construction Magazine
Home & Design
New Old House
The Prime Buyer's Report provides information for the TOP 10 Architects in Boulder County CO within the following zip codes:
80503, 80502, 80501, 80544, 80481, 80540, 80466, 80533, 80516, 80510, 80504-2, 80307, 80306, 80305, 80304, 80303, 80302, 80455, 80301, 80309, 80308, 80026, 80025 and 80027
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Boulder, Eldorado Springs, Erie, Gunbarrel, Lafayette, Lazy Acres, Longmont, Louisville, Lyons, Nederland, Niwot, Paragon Estates, Pine Brook Hill and Superior