Arch11’s E.J. Meade Featured in Boulder ICON Show
Meade among history makers in Boulder photography exhibit through January 31
A striking photo of Arch11 principal E.J. Meade by National Geographic photographer Cory Richards (right) is featured in the Boulder ICON exhibition. Meade’s Arch11 modernist architecture such as the Dihedral House (left; photo by Raul Garcia) has helped shape Boulder’s built aesthetic.
Architect E.J. Meade, principal and co-founder of award-winning Denver and Boulder, Colorado-based architecture firm Arch11, is currently featured in a photography exhibit, “ICON,” alongside 135 other notable Boulderites. Show organizer Art Movement Colorado created the gallery event, which features “an intimate look at the luminaries, entrepreneurs, and innovators” who have had a hand in shaping the perennially hip enclave – all captured in stunning photographs by National Geographic photographer Cory Richards. Art Movement Colorado selected both Boulder natives and newcomers for the exhibition, noting “selections grew organically as subjects recommended others to be included.”
For architect E.J. Meade, his Boulder connection began when he made his way west for “the open skies and outdoor lifestyle” after years working as a carpenter in New England. In the exhibit vignettes that accompany the photos, Meade recalled, "My first week here, at a dinner in a cabin atop Sunshine Canyon, I was asked what I do. 'Well,' I replied, 'I'm a carpenter.' 'No,' the question was repeated, 'What do you do? Do you climb or ski or what?' I knew I was in the right place, where you were what you loved and not how you earned a living."
L to R: 909 Walnut; Lodgepole Retreat; Blue Island Oyster Bar; Syncline House (photos by Raul Garcia).
Enamored with Boulder, Meade stayed and received a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Colorado, then founded Arch11 with classmate James Trewitt in Boulder in 1993. The firm, which has grown to 20 employees with offices in Boulder and Denver, is known for creating heirloom-quality modernist residences that elegantly answer a variety of challenges – from sustainability (their oeuvre includes a net-zero mountain home at 9,300 feet elevation) to improbable sites to Boulder’s famously stringent building codes.
At its foundation, Arch11 continues to build upon Boulder’s modernist legacy in its artisanal approach to design that includes crafting enduring form, authentic use of materials and design solutions that provide harmonious equilibrium between interior and exterior spaces. And while residential design has been the mainstay of Arch11’s portfolio, over the years the firm also has designed award-winning restaurants and mixed-use, retail and office buildings that consistently garner awards from local and state AIA chapters along with national media recognition.