Design of the Early Childhood Center at Golden's School of Mines is taking shape, check out fly-throughs of potential options:
School of Mines ECE Center (one-story video)
School of Mines ECE Center (two-story video)
Twelve years after its initial publication, Alan Ford's Designing the Sustainable School has been recognized as one of the 10 Best Books on School Design of 2019.
Join us in welcoming Nate Hanks to AFA! Nate holds a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado-Denver. He has over 17 years of experience ranging from recreation centers, healthcare, multi-family housing, libraries and visitor centers. As a proponent of BIM/Revit architecture, Nate strives to push the use of Revit for multi-discipline coordination and has several years of experience with detailing and consultant coordination.
We are happy to welcome Anshu Darbari to AFA! Anshu is enrolled in the Master of Urban Design program at the University of Colorado-Denver and holds an undergraduate degree in architecture. She has four years of professional experience as a registered architect in India and has been involved in various projects from conceptual development to designing and detailing.
Denver Public Schools has awarded two bundles of renovation work to Alan Ford Architects. Scope of the work will take place at numerous schools within the district.
AFA has started work on a master plan and building/site improvements for Brady Exploration School in Lakewood, CO.
AFA has partnered with RDG Architects to design a new ECE Center for Colorado School of Mines in Golden. Work is underway!
Construction is coming along at Stevinson Porsche!
Alan Ford Architects is pleased to announce a $5 million theater project at Lyons Middle/Senior High School to start this fall.
Construction is in full swing at Stevinson Porsche!
We are excited to announce that Gabe Robinson has joined the Alan Ford Architects team! Gabe joins us after receiving his Masters from UCD. Welcome to the team Gabe!
The Montbello High School Cafeteria and Student Commons Remodel is coming along!
CSHQA and Alan Ford Architects are excited to start a master plan and feasibility study for Rocky Mountain SER to convert Spann and Somerlid Elementary Schools to accommodate ECE in Pueblo, Colorado.
Breaking ground on Stevinson Porsche!
AFA is happy to welcome Mercedes Chaparro to our staff! She started in November, moving from Washington DC to Colorado.
AFA is happy to welcome Bryan Sapp to our staff! He started this June helping out with a busy summer. We are also excited to announce a new project with Denver Public Schools, working on Montbello High School. Also in the works, multiple automotive projects...stay tuned!
If you head up to Long's Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park be sure to check out the student projects by one of our own's design-build class (Colorado Building Workshop)! Intan and her classmates designed and fabricated backcountry privies for the park.
Congratulations to Hayden School District, which was awarded a BEST Grant which follows the passing of their local bond measure in the fall of 2017! The district is now poised to move forward with the $61,000,000 project! Alan Ford Architects headed up the Hayden School District master plan which began May 2016 and concluded with the BEST grant application in March of 2018.
Alan Ford Architects has begun work on a preliminary master plan for Trinity Catholic PK-8 school in Tallahassee, Florida to help in shaping a vision for the campus. April 2018 AFA helped to host the Early Childhood Education Design Conference, April 26 - 27th, in Denver, Colorado. Check out the website for more information.
Early Childhood Design Conference
AFA is excited to welcome Heather Morrow to the team! Alan Ford Architects is currently helping to plan the Early Childhood Education Design Conference, taking place April 27th. Check out the website for more info: Early Childhood Design Conference
Alan Ford Architects is excited to welcome Tyler Michieli to the team! Tyler is a Colorado licensed architect with experience in higher education, PK-12 and residential design.
Alan Ford Architects is awarded an AIA 2017 Design Award for Blue Spruce Habitat for Humanity Duplex! The project is Located in Kittredge, Colorado and is the winner of multiple design awards, being included as 1 of 6 projects to receive Best in State. Check out these links for information about our awards and the other winners:
AIA Colorado Design Awards 2017
Mile High Acre News
Alan Ford Architects, along with the architectural firm CSHQA, is awarded the master planning project for Sierra Grande School District.
Alan Ford Architects celebrates its 10 year anniversary on June 1st! Informal gathering at Blue Moon Brewery.
Student Intan Yokelson joins Alan Ford Architects from CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning!
We are excited to welcome Whitney Grant and Jesse Sherr to Alan Ford Architects! Jesse comes to us from Berkeley College of Environmental Design and Whitney is a graduate of Mississippi State University College of Art and Design.
Construction documents for the historic Staunton State Park cabins are completed.
Studiotrope in association with Alan Ford Architects was selected for two projects with school district 27J: Overland Trail Middle School and Northeast Elementary School. OPENair Academy at the Stanley Marketplace is opened for students.
Alan Ford Architects was awarded the campus master plan for the Denver Waldorf School.
Construction has begun on the Stanley OPENair Academy ECE and is expected to be completed in November of this year.
Alan Ford Architects, P.C. has been awarded the Hayden School District Facility Master Planning project. This project will assess the current educational facilities in Hayden, Colorado and help the school district accommodate their future needs.
Alan Ford Architects along with ECE design partners, and A4LE hosted the fourth annual international Early Childhood Design Conference with over 250 attendees from across the USA and Canada.
We are pleased to welcome Amanda Spice and Dennis Brunner to Alan Ford Architects! Amanda recently moved to Denver from Richmond, Virginia where she worked for Gresham, Smith & Partners. Dennis is a graduate student at CU Denver who will be completing his Master of Architecture degree in December.
Colorado State Parks has selected Alan Ford Architects to create the historic structures rehabilitation plan for 7 structures in the Staunton State Park Historic Landscape District.
Alan Ford Architects is currently collaborating with our ECE Design Partners in planning the 2016 Early Childhood Education Design Conference at Auraria Campus. DECEMBER 2015 The recently completed Kim School held their grand opening celebration this month and will begin hosting classes in January.
Alan Ford speaks at the 2015 Green Schools Summit in Arvada.
Alan Ford Architect received from AIA Colorado a 2014 Architects Choice Award for our Habitat for Humanity Blue Spruce Duplex!
Kim Public Schools selected Alan Ford Architects + RTA Architects for a renovation and addition to their historic WPA school building.
Alan Ford travels to Germany to tour the VS factory. VS designs and builds furniture essential for 21st Century Schools.
Congratulations to Alan Ford, who has been elevated to a fellow of the AIA! Election to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of architects as individuals, but also their significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.
Alan Ford sworn in as President of the Rocky Mountain Chapter of the Council of Educational Facility Planners, International (CEFPI).
The BVSD Historic Mapleton Early Childhood Center, located in Boulder, CO, has completed construction and will host a grand opening in mid-August. The school will officially open in late August.
In March, Alan Ford Architects completed a master plan for Kim School District. On May 29, the Capital Construction Assistance Board approved a BEST Grant for the project. It will go before voters for approval in November of 2013.
Alan Ford and Paul Hutton participated in the master plan for Staunton State Park. The first phase of the park opened to the public on May 18, 2013.
The master plan for World Impact Academy was completed in May and is now in the fundraising phase. It includes facilities for early childhood education through 5th grade and a sanctuary.
A Hard Hat Tour for AFA's Habitat Duplex is scheduled for Thursday, May 16th. Contact AIA Colorado for details.
Alan Ford served as the United States representative on an international jury for World Architecture News Sustainability Awards-ECOWAN. Click here for a link to the article
Planning is underway for the second annual Early Childhood Design Conference in Denver this October 25th.
Alan Ford Architects began programming for a new Sanctuary and ECE-5 School for Impacto de Fe to be located in Commerce City, CO.
Alan Ford Architects has been collaborating with Fentress Architects on the design of a new facility for the Laradon School in Denver.
The Inaugural Early Childhood Design Conference took place on the Auraria campus in Denver, CO with attendees from around the united states and Canada.
Alan Ford voted President-Elect of The Rocky Mountain Chapter of CEFPI, the Council of Educational Facility Planners International. He will be assuming his new responsibilities as President in Late 2013. Foundation complete on Blue Spruce Habitat Duplex!
Alan Ford, AIA and ECE Design Partners are planning a fall conference focused on best practices for designing early childhood education facilities. For the latest on our conference, Click here to visit our website.
Construction has begun on Alan Ford Architects winning design for the AIA Denver/Habitat for Humanity Design Build Competition! We are extremely happy and proud to be a part of this local effort by the design and construction communities to increase the energy performance and enhance the livability of of our local Habitat for Humanity Chapters. This project was recently named the 2013 AIA Convention Legacy Project.
Alan Ford, AIA, received a 2010 AIA Colorado Innovative Practices Honor Award.
The Staunton State Park Master Plan received a 2010 Merit Award for Planning from ASLA, Colorado Chapter.
The Staunton State Park Master Plan is now complete and has been approved by the Colorado State Parks Board of Directors! We are awaiting further news.
An update on the Staunton State Park Master Plan project:
The last public open house was held on November 12 and we are now in the concluding stages of completing the final master plan document. ALSO THIS MONTH: Alan Ford and Alan Ford Architects are now on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and MyarchN. Check out our profiles, stay informed by following news updates and tweets, and join our network!
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Alan Ford Architects has officially completed Phase 2 (Preliminary Schematic Design) of the Mapleton School project, which aims to convert the historic school closed in 2003 to an early childhood center. The final report will be presented to the School Board and City Council in the near future. Check out our Schools projects to the left for the latest images. More updates soon.
Alan Ford and Bruce Flynn (Barker Rinker Seacat) are co-chairing this year's Design Conference %26 Practice Management Symposium, presented by the AIA Western Mountain Region and AIA Colorado. The three-day event, which features an impressive list of renowned keynote speakers, runs from October 15-17 and will be held at the Keystone Resort and Conference Center in Keystone, Colorado. One of the biggest regional events in architecture, the annual conference draws architects and industry professionals from all over Colorado, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. See our press release for additional information and a list of featured speakers. For registration and/or sponsorship information, visit www.aiacolorado.org or contact AIA Colorado Programs Manager Nicolle Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 303.446.2266, ext. 111.
Alan Ford Architects was selected to lead the master plan for the historic Kim School in Kim, Colorado! Stay tuned for more info.
See Alan Ford featured in Colorado Public Radio's media kit. Ford has been an underwriter of CPR for nearly 10 years and has received consistent positive feedback from listeners. To find out more about how you can support Colorado Public Radio, visit CPR.org. Back from the archives... listen to Alan's testimonial as a CPR underwriter in these radio spots, which were aired throughout the summer of 2006:
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Alan Ford Architects' office recently became an art gallery for a week, hosting the work of Minnesota-based artist Ginny Herzog. She has been producing her own unique form of "architectural art" through abstract mixed-media paintings for more than 20 years. Her latest installation, which was on display at our office during the week of July 6, features images of Denver and the Taxi development. For more information on Ginny Herzog's artwork, visit www.herzogart.com
Alan Ford Architects was awarded Phase 2 of the Mapleton Early Childhood Center! The project involves conversion of the historic Mapleton School building to a modern early childhood education facility.
Alan Ford served as one of five international jurors, representing the U.S., for the 2009 WAN Education Awards. Some of Alan's comments were as follows:
METI Handmade School, Rudrapur, Bangladesh
I find this project particularly compelling. Without the use of high-performance glazing, displacement ventilation, etc., the architects made an authentic connection to the place and people while creating inspired and humane places to learn.
Druk White Lotus School, Ladakh, India
The architecture and interior spaces have a sense of timelessness, yet are designed in such a way as to accommodate the needs of the specific user and place. The solution is a comprehensive response to the unique program and setting while creating rich, nurturing educational environments.
See the Long List
See the Short List
See the Winner
Alan Ford Architects promoted Michael Halliburton from Marketing Assistant to Assistant Director of Marketing and Business Development. Michael has been with the firm since January 2008.
The Spruce Street Place mixed-use office/retail development at Lowry is scheduled to open its doors in April 2009! See how the project is coming along in its final phase.
Alan Ford's latest book, Designing the Sustainable School, recently resumed the number one spot in World Architecture News' Top Ten Books!
A case study on the LEED NC Gold Aspen Middle School, designed by Studio B Architects and Hutton Ford Architects, was featured in Architectural Record's "Schools of the 21st Century" edition. Additionally, Alexander Dawson Lower School, completed in 1998 while Alan was design principal with Hutton Ford Architects, was featured in John Paul Eberhard's new book, Brain Landscape: The Coexistence of Neuroscience and Architecture. The book cites the school as a prime example of daylight harvesting in classrooms and its ability to enhance the learning process through the way a child's brain responds to natural light. The author refers to a 2001 behavioral study conducted in California schools ("Daylighting and Human Performance," by Lisa Heschong) that found a direct correlation between increased natural daylight and heightened awareness as well as higher test scores for students.
The Longmont High School Commons Area Renovation project, completed in 2004 with Hutton Ford Architects, received an award from the CEFPI Rocky Mountain Chapter.
Alan Ford has been featured in the Summer 2008 issue of Architect Colorado magazine, in the article: "The Green Scene."
The Robert E. Loup Jewish Community Center of Denver has commissioned Alan Ford to head up a five-month master plan that will be an overhaul of the existing campus. The facility master plan will serve as a long range development plan for the JCC site. The comprehensive planning team is being led by Hutton Ford Architects LLC, a joint venture between Alan Ford Architects and Hutton Architecture Studio. Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture is also partnering on the job. Additionally, the team includes urban and land planning firm studioINSITE, structural engineers KL%26A and civil engineers Martin/Martin.
The Spruce Street Place mixed-use office/retail development at Lowry is beginning to take form. Click here to enlarge image.
Alan Ford Architects was featured in the July 4 edition of the Denver Business Journal in the article, "Taxi: Steering business owners together." The article highlights the professional collaboration occurring among the creative community of tenants at the cutting-edge Zeppelin development, TAXI2. The article cites Alan Ford Architects as a prime example of a Taxi-based firm that utilizes its neighboring businesses as a resource for partnerships. So far, Alan Ford Architects has paired up with nine different Taxi firms in various endeavors since establishing its office in June 2007.
Alan did a book signing event Wednesday, July 9, at the Florida Educational Facilities Planners' Association (FEFPA) Summer Conference 2008 in Boca Raton, Florida. An estimated 800 people from throughout the state of Florida registered for the conference. The book signing event was described as a huge success. Alan would like to thank all those who attended the Balfour Beatty Construction booth. Alan Ford Architects also sends a special thanks to Balfour Beatty Construction, which sponsored and hosted the book signing event and gave away 70 signed copies of Designing the Sustainable School. Thank you, Balfour Beatty, for your continued support of sustainable architecture.
Construction is proceeding on the Spruce Street Place project with a scheduled fall opening.
Spruce Street Place is an urban mixed-use development located at the site of the former Lowry Air Force Base.
On Tuesday, May 27, Alan Ford and Heather Jones (Clifton Jones) presented the Mapleton Early Childhood Center Feasibility Study to the Boulder Valley School Board. The report was a collaboration among Alan Ford Architects, Clifton Jones and White Construction Group. The comprehensive team provided architectural development analysis, cost analysis and programatic development for the site of Boulder's former Mapleton Elementary School, which is being considered for conversion to an early childhood care and education center.
Join Alan Ford on Friday, May 16 from 1-2pm in the AIA bookstore at the AIA 2008 National Convention and Design Exposition in Boston, where he will be signing copies of his latest book, Designing the Sustainable School. The convention dates are May 15-17 and will take place at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Consult the AIA convention website for more information.
Alan Ford Architects renews its contract with Colorado Public Radio as an underwriter for 2008. Alan Ford Architects supports CPR in its mission to create and distribute public radio programming for the people of Colorado, to be an educational and cultural resource for its audiences, and to reflect the ideas and concerns of its listeners throughout the state.
Colorado architect Alan Ford, AIA, has been appointed the national content editor for the Design section of the new AIA Soloso website. Soloso is intended to connect the membership to the most current and emerging information on architecture that can serve their practice. There are four subject headings in Soloso: Leadership, Practice, Building Performance and Design. The vehicles for conveying content include e-journals, image banks, posting of research (by both editors and members), third-party site links, access to award-winning projects, etc. Alan's editorial position within the Design heading, among other things, entails writing "white papers," featuring websites, writing reviews of articles on architecture, reviewing design content submitted for posting on Soloso, etc. Alan is interested in hearing from AIA members on what they are most interested in having available on the website: What are the topics or tools related to design that would be useful to have at their fingertips? Please contact him with ideas via email.
Alan was awarded the Mapleton Early Childhood Center Feasibility project this month. The study's purpose is to examine whether the building of Boulder's former Mapleton Elementary School is fit for conversion to an early childhood care and education center. The final report will be presented to the Boulder Valley School Board in May.
Read Alan Ford's article on architecture and the K-12 learning experience at World Architecture News.
Alan Ford Architects moves their operation to the creative community known as TAXI2. The naturally daylit open office is designed with recycled paper countertops and shelving, bamboo divider panels and casework, polished concrete floors and electric lighting which exceeds the energy conservation code.
Designing the Sustainable School is released and becomes the number one bestseller on World Architecture News' London-based website.
Hutton Ford Architects P.C. was founded in 1993 by Paul Hutton and Alan Ford. After 14 years as a principal at Hutton Ford Architects P.C., Alan Ford, AIA has established the new firm, Alan Ford Architects P.C.
The design practice is grounded in finding architectural solutions within the context of the existing environment, culture and climate, with a focus on high quality design, detailing and sustainability. Alan Ford Architects will be located in the cutting-edge TAXI2 development in Denver. As of June 1, 2007, Hutton Ford Architects P.C. became Hutton Architecture Studio. Under the leadership of Paul Hutton, AIA, the firm continues its long-standing commitment to designing environments for learning and promoting sustainability in architecture. In late summer 2007, the firm will move to a dynamic and sustainable new space in the thriving Broadway corridor in Denver.
Meanwhile, Hutton Ford Architects, LLC continues to serve as an entity for Paul and Alan to jointly pursue select opportunities, including the Staunton Park Master Plan for Colorado State Parks (led by LandWorks Design, Inc.). Both Ford and Hutton are committed to applying their unique talents and synergetic skills, which they have honed during more than 15 years of collaboration, to the joint venture, Hutton Ford Architects, LLC. We look forward to working with you in the future. If you have any questions regarding this new development, please call Alan Ford or Paul Hutton.
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Led by LandWorks Design, Inc., Hutton Ford Architects is on the team that will master plan the new sustainable Colorado state park, Staunton Park.