Architecture and Fragrance • March 24th, 2014

What would Mies van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House smell like? How about Corbusier’s Villa Savoye?

If the work of Architects Bjarke Ingels or Richard Meier were a fragrance what would they smell like?

A recent exhibition at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco entitled “An Olfactory Archive: 1738-1969” explored these questions.

The exhibit brought together several Architects, Historians and Perfumers to “recreate” smells specific to particular eras and buildings in history. One of the most intriguing was by a New York Architect Jorge Otero-Pailos who created an “Olfactory Reproduction of the Phillip Johnson House.” Otero-Pailos created three scents which encapsulated an olfactory history of the house from its initial completion in 1949 smelling of new leather, wood lacquer, cement and fresh plaster to the late 1960’s when its porous ceiling had become impregnated with the smell of cigarettes, tobacco aged leather and burnt logs.

It’s a powerful idea that we can recreate a space through scent… or that the scent provides us with some missing dimension of experience that a photograph could never reproduce. Scent is one of the essential experiential senses and one that is not overtly designed for Architectural space.

Can you remember the smell of your first primary school… your grandparents’ house? What does the work of Arch11 smell like? How should it smell?

- Jeremy Ehly

Arch11 Receives AIA and Builder’s Choice Awards • December 16th, 2013

Denver, Colorado – November 20, 2013 –Boulder/Denver architecture firm Arch11 has won a pair of 2013 awards from the Denver chapter of AIA Colorado. Arch11 received a Merit Award for its 6th Street Residence in Boulder and a Citation Award for its 303 Canyon project in a recent awards ceremony at the History Colorado Center. Additional honors for the 303 Canyon project – a low-maintenance, energy-efficient townhome design that makes the most of space and views on a 9,800-square-foot Boulder lot – include a 2013 Citation Award from the AIA Colorado North Chapter and a 2013 Builder’s Choice Award from Custom Home and Builder magazines.

“We are grateful for the multiple honors from AIA Colorado Denver and AIA Colorado North, as well as the Builder’s Choice Awards, especially for the attention to 303 Canyon, which works with Boulder zoning, low-maintenance materials and green-build efforts to provide a successful and comfortable home for its multi-family residents,” says Arch11 Principal E.J. Meade. “We also want to congratulate our team member Ken Andrews for once more receiving special AIA recognition for his commitment to educating the next generation of architects.”

Ken Andrews, an Arch11 principal, received the prestigious 2013 Mentor of the Year Award, also at the AIA Colorado North Design Awards ceremony, which was held at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in November. The Mentor of the Year award recognizes an architect’s “exceptional efforts to promote the professional growth of emerging design professionals.” Andrews is an instructor in the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado and was nominated for the award by the award jury, his students and Arch11 colleagues. In 2011, Andrews received the Young Architect of the Year award from AIA Western Mountain Region.

Arch11’s 303 Canyon townhomes, dubbed “Tres Casitas,” received the highly prized 2013 Builder’s Choice “Grand” award from Hanley Woods’ Custom Home and Builder magazines. The townhome project, a design/build collaboration between Arch11 and Boulder construction firm Hammerwell Inc., was a demonstration in artfully maximizing a diminutive site. Three townhomes gracefully occupy land formerly zoned for light industrial use near downtown Boulder. The Builder’s Choice jury praised the project for its “super-dramatic interiors,” open corners, and indoor-outdoor flow. The 2013 Builder’s Choice award winners are showcased in Builder Magazine’s October issue and the story runs online with slideshows of the winning projects.

Arch11 Semester Internship Program • November 20th, 2013

Award winning firm with offices in Boulder and Denver, CO seeks highly motivated intern(s) to join our firm for the semester. Arch11 is a small practice with offices in Denver and Boulder that values collaboration and the ability to realize a strong idea. The studio seeks provocative, innovative solutions to a wide range of scales and building types.

We are looking for exceptional candidate(s) with strong design skills who are well organized, detail-oriented, and relentlessly critical. Applicants must possess articulate technical, graphic and oral communication skills, be self-motivated and play well with others. The office size demands that candidates must be as enthusiastic about the small everyday tasks as they would be about the more nuanced and challenging design duties that they will be assigned. The position is paid and 18-24 hours per week. Fluency in Revit, Adobe Creative Suite and Rhino with rendering skills are required, capability to build flawless models a plus.

Interns accepted into our program will be exposed to the workings of the office, engaged in a wide array of activities that support the operation of the firm ranging from new business development, design, construction documentation, construction administration and office administration as needed throughout the semester. It is highly preferable that interns be capable of working in either the Boulder or Denver office as required based on projects and work load of the firm. It is expected that intern(s) share their academic work and engage in a dialogue within office. Interns that are still enrolled in the university will have regular access to the three principals of the firm and staff for critique of their academic work and at least twice during the semester an office pinup of work for Arch11 studio review will be coordinated.

Application requirements for this internship program are a PDF organized as follows:
• Articulate, one page introduction letter addressing why you want to intern with Arch11 and how you see the experience benefiting you,
• Concise, well-organized resume,
• Portfolio of clear images showing evidence of production, design and graphic skills. Images should be annotated to accurately describe your role in the projects shown,
• Three letters of recommendation. (1) of personal reference, (1) of academic reference, and (1) of professional reference. If a professional reference is unavailable, then (2) academic references may be used in lieu.

Application deadline is January 3, 2014 and shortlisted applicants will be notified for interviews by January 10, 2014 with the position starting on January 20, 2014 and going through the end of May 2014.

Submit completed applications to no later than 6:00 PM on January 3, 2014.

Download the pdf

Arch11 is Seeking Applicants for a Summer Intern Position • April 1st, 2013

Arch11 is currently accepting applications for a summer intern position. Candidates should be students or recent graduates in a professional architecture program (B.Arch or M.Arch). We are seeking a highly motivated individual at the top of their program. Candidates should have exceptional graphic, communication and modeling skills with fluency in Rhino, Revit and Adobe suite. This paid position runs from June 1 through Sept 1. Please send a resume and pdf portfolio or web link to

2290 Wins AIA Colorado Citation Award • November 27th, 2012

November 8, 2012 – Arch11 received a Citation Award in the Built Architecture Category from the American Institute of Archiects Colorado for its “2290” Boulder residential project.

The awards were presented at the AIA Colorado 2012 Design Awards Gala, on Saturday, November 3, as part of the AIA Colorado Design Conference in Keystone, Colo. A panel of jurors was chaired by J. Windom Kimsey, FAIA, in selecting the top Colorado projects for honors. “We were drawn immediately to the bold exterior,” the jury wrote of Arch11’s 2290 residence. “It sits lurking in the landscape, dark walls and clean lines merging into the shadows.”

The 2,000-square-foot 2290 house was built by a Boulder couple as a guesthouse to accommodate both of their mothers as they age. Sited in a park-like setting next to the main home, 2290 includes a central public living space book ended by two master suites, and incorporates age-in-place features like curbless showers and modularized cabinetry to allow wheelchair access while suggesting nothing more to the eye than clean modern design.

“We are honored to receive this design recognition from our AIA peers, especially for the 2290 project, which combines great efficiency and age-in-place features,” says Meade. “No home we’ve ever done has gotten as many comments as this one. We’re getting queries from that leading edge of baby boomers telling us they want to downsize into a home like this one – compact enough that every square inch was thought through and that will be accessible as they age, even if they need care later in life.”

Arch11 Honored by AIA Colorado North • September 12th, 2012

Arch11 received five out of eight awards given by the American Institute of Architects Colorado North Chapter recognizing 2012 Achievements in Architecture. The awards, for projects ranging from entire designs of residences to a commercial interior to a single residential sink, were given as follows:
• Honor Award for Residential: Large – Project: 2290
• Honor Award for Residential: Large – Project: Dihedral House
• Citation Award for Interiors – Project: Ignite!
• Citation Award for Residential: Large – Project: Lake House
• Citation Award for Single Architectural Detail – Project: Syncline House Sink

The awards were presented at the 2012 Design Awards Gala, September 7 at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. Honor awards represent the highest achievement followed by merit and then citation awards. A total of eight architectural design awards were selected from among 30 entries submitted by members of AIA Colorado North. The jury was chaired by Stephen Dynia, AIA, of Stephen Dynia Architects (Jackson Hole, Wyo.).

With nearly 300 state and local chapters, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has been the leading professional membership association for licensed architects, emerging professionals and allied partners since 1857. The AIA Colorado North Chapter is one of four chapters within the AIA Colorado Component and represents members from nine counties in northeastern Colorado, including Boulder, Larimer, Weld, Morgan, Logan, Washington, Yuma, Phillips and Sedgwick.

Other recent awards bestowed to Arch11 include 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA and four 2011 Builder’s Magazine Watermark Awards, including Project of the Year. Arch 11’s Ken Andrews also was named 2011 Young Architect of the Year by both the AIA Colorado Chapter and AIA Western Mountain Region.

John Clarey Joins Arch11 as Project Architect • February 23rd, 2012

Colorado architecture firm expands Boulder office

John Clarey has joined Arch11 as a project architect in its Boulder office, announced Arch11 Principal E.J. Meade. Clarey has worked in custom residential architecture at small distinguished firms in Boulder since 2004, acquiring a diverse set of architectural skills. A native of the Twin Cities, Clarey is a graduate of the University of Minnesota’s College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.

“John is a good fit for Arch11,” says Meade. “He excels at managing complex projects with a high level of detail.”

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design. Recent awards include 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA and four 2011 Builder’s Magazine Watermark Awards, including Project of the Year. Arch 11’s Ken Andrews also was named 2011 Young Architect of the Year by Colorado AIA.

With offices in Boulder and Denver, Colo., Arch11 has 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity. For additional information visit

Ken Andrews Receives WMR AIA Young Architect Award • October 18th, 2011

Ken Andrews, partner and architect at Arch 11 and instructor at the University of Colorado’s College of Architecture received the AIA Western Mountain Region (WMR) Young Architect Award at a ceremony in Las Vegas.

“We are impressed with quality of design work for someone near the beginning of their career,” says Randy Levine, AIA, WMR Executive Director. “Ken’s ability to engage and create a chemistry with his students is very evident. And even better, he is practicing the same techniques he is educating. Students cheer for him.  Clients thank him.  Contractors respect him.”

The WMR Young Architect Award recognizes those individuals, who, at an early stage of their architectural career, have shown exceptional leadership in design, education and service to the profession.

Andrews came to architecture with a decade of experience in the construction industry, working extensively in residential and commercial markets as a carpenter and project manager. Upon completion of his Bachelor of Environmental Design at the University of Colorado he received his Master of Architecture from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His graduate research focused on developing innovative building systems and project delivery methods.  At Rice, he had the opportunity to work as a project designer with Interloop Architecture, whose projects include the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas Texas, for several years before returning to Colorado.

Ken Andrews is a registered architect in the State of Colorado, a certificate holder with the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards and an active member of the American Institute of Architects.

Arch11 Featured in August Magazines for Mod Local Homes • August 14th, 2011

Two Boulder homes designed by Arch11 and built by Hammerwell, Inc., both Boulder-based firms, are featured in the August 2011 issues of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and Mountain Living magazines. Though distinctly different, the homes, a sleek indoor-outdoor foothills residence and a modern in-town Craftsman makeover, illustrate the sophisticated aesthetic and green-build savvy the design-build team is known for.

“We are excited to have two of our Boulder residences – both done in conjunction with Hammerwell—in print at the same time,” says E.J. Meade, an Arch11 principal. “It is rewarding to see popular regional shelter publications like Mountain Living and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles embracing the type of sustainable and site-sensitive modern Colorado design projects we love to do.”

Arch11 overcame a variety of challenges including an odd-shaped lot, strict height and solar shadow restrictions and a wetlands buffer zone in designing the Syncline residence, which appears in the August 2011 Mountain Living feature “Open House.” The award-winning residence received its LEED Gold certification for numerous green attributes including a green roof planted with native grasses and wildflowers atop the garage; renewable-based Icynene spray-foam insulation throughout the home; windows glazed with the highest-performing glass coatings on the market; and a ground-loop heat-exchange system with seven 300-foot wells.

Colorado Homes & Lifestyles story “Art and Craft” features the transformation of a 1914 bungalow with a newly streamlined interior. The owner hired architect-builder team Arch11 and Hammerwell to “create a dialogue between modern living and historic roots” in the vintage Craftsman home. “A blend of clean lines and comfortable materials,” the redo includes a second-floor addition that replaces a small attic, creating a treehouse effect that captures panoramic views of the Flatirons and Boulder.

Founded in 1993, Arch11 has gained recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed-use development and product design. Recent awards include 2009 Firm of the Year Award from the Colorado AIA and four 2011 Builder’s Magazine Watermark Awards, including Project of the Year. Arch 11’s Ken Andrews also was named 2011 Young Architect of the Year by Colorado AIA. Based in Boulder, Colo., Arch11 has 30 combined years of green building technology leadership. The staff’s unusual level of hands-on experience ranges from boat building to furniture making, contributing to its reputation for commitment to craft, detailing and design integrity. For additional information visit

Arch11 Featured in Three International Publications • May 23rd, 2011

First featured on the, Arch11’s Syncline house has gone viral on the internet and featured in print publications on three continents:

April 2011 Issue of Architecture256,  a Ugandan Journal (link to article)
May 2011 Issue of deZine, an Athenian Journal
Luxurious Villas, by Shenzhen publisher CCDC.

We are honored that we have received such praise for the project.  Have some fun, perform a Google search for “Syncline House” and see how many websites have it posted; truly amazing to read the posts as they have been passed around the world and translated to numerous languages and back to English.

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