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R+B Projects Receive Back-to-Back AIA Design & Honor and Colorado CARE Awards



Aspen Times Building and Suites at the Hotel Jerome – AIA Colorado 2019 Award of Distinction for the West and an AIA Colorado 2019 Honorable Mention

Ridge House – AIA Colorado 2019 Editor’s Choice Award, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles

Mesa Building – 2019 Colorado Custom and Remodeling Excellence (CARE) Award for Commercial Remodel

Art Barn – 2019 Colorado Custom and Remodeling Excellence (CARE) Award for Custom Home 5,000 to 7,500 SF



ASPEN, CO — September 26, 2018 — Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is excited to share that the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado and the Custom Builder and Remodeler Council (CBRC) of the Denver Metro Home Builders Association have presented prestigious awards to several of our projects.


Aspen Times Building and Suites at the Hotel Jerome received an AIA Colorado 2019 Award of Distinction West award and an AIA Colorado 2019 Honorable Mention. Ridge House received an AIA Colorado 2019 Editors Choice, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles. Awards were presented at the 2019 AIA Colorado Design & Honor Awards Celebration, which took place Friday, September 13, at The Cable Center in Denver.


2019 AIA Colorado Design Awards jury included Thomas Fisher, Associate AIA, James Garrett Jr., AIA, Ginny Lackovic, AIA, Jody McGuire, AIA, Jennifer Newsom, AIA, and Jennifer Yoos, FAIA. Regarding awards presented to Aspen Times Building and Suites at the Hotel Jerome, the jury noted: “This project was both compelling and showed great restraint. They tied it all together through the restoration and used a material besides brick, which effectively knit the entire site together in a beautiful way.”


The Editors Choice, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles award was presented to Ridge House by Editor-in-Chief Kate Meyers, who notes: “It was a long selection process, going through some 20 submission folders. The R+B team made something very complex look easy. There’s an effortlessness to that home’s beauty and that’s probably the hardest trick of all. It has a seamless flow that has not one iota of a heavy hand. To me, it is a celebration of its surroundings and the lives within it. I can’t think of a higher compliment.”


Mesa Building received a 2019 Colorado Custom and Remodeling Excellence (CARE) Award in the Commercial Remodel category, and Art Barn received a 2019 Colorado Custom and Remodeling Excellence (CARE) Award in the Custom Home 5,000 to 7,500 sq. ft. category. The CARE Awards, Colorado’s largest and longest-running award competition, honoring the best architects, custom builders, interiors designers, landscape designers, remodelers and industry partners, were presented at the Colorado CARE Awards Gala, which took place on Thursday, September 19 at The Ritz-Carlton, Denver.


About receiving the collection of awards, R+B Principal Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ, shares, “Receiving these important awards from AIA Colorado and CBRC, which placed us in the company of some amazing projects and firms throughout Colorado, is both gratifying and humbling. Being recognized for our work in both residential and hospitality categories is a testament to our professional capabilities and range. Building to last and elevating design are principles that are vital to the integrity and culture of our firm, and we greatly appreciate the recognition of our efforts from such professional and influential peers. Bravo to our amazing teams for the hard work and dedication that contributed to the success of these projects.”



About Aspen Times Building and Suites at the Hotel Jerome – In line with R+B’s fundamental belief in historic preservation and the creation of timeless architecture, the design team embraced the task of addressing two visually opposed historic buildings, the Hotel Jerome and the Aspen Times Building, for this singular addition and restoration project. A true Aspen landmark built in 1889, Hotel Jerome’s stately brick façade set the challenge of designing a multiple-suite and gathering place addition that responded to and highlighted the existing structure in style and demeanor. The restoration and repurposing of the adjacent and historic 1904 Aspen Times building as a speakeasy and entertainment venue meant respecting and enhancing its informal, historic wood façade. In addition, redesigning a central courtyard encompassing a pool and providing outdoor restaurant seating, presented additional challenges.





Ridge House-ExteriorAbout Ridge House – Set along a ridgeline amidst dramatic mountain views, 8,259 square foot Ridge House thoughtfully blends the old and new through the renovation of an existing 1960s structure. The home’s original architect, Ellie Brickham, was the first female architect in Aspen, and the legacy of the building was worthy of thoughtful modernization. To accomplish this, the R+B team maintained a delicate balance throughout the design process by cleaning up unsystematic renovations and additions that had been implemented over the years, while ensuring the home become thoroughly enjoyable for the contemporary client family.





About Mesa Building – The historic Mesa Store is the new home of R+B’s Aspen studio and our national headquarters. Designated and registered with the City of Aspen Historic Preservation Commission, the 1888 Mesa Store has long enjoyed a distinct vantage point at the top of Aspen’s Main Street, the mesa. Restoration efforts included removing all non-historic proportioned windows and replacing them with replicas as researched in historic photos. The non-historic, covered entry roof fascia was removed and the historic detailing that had been covered up was restored and preserved. The non-historic exterior covered stair and deck was restored per the historic photos. All new plumbing, electrical, data, security, and fire protection prepared the property for the next century, further preserving Aspen’s authenticity and historical heritage.




About Art Barn – Art Barn is a home designed for the sole purpose of philanthropy and displaying various forms of mixed media contemporary art. Sited at the edge of a steeply sloped mountainside, the home is positioned so that the entry façade addresses a pastoral ranch meadow and the rear façade frames panoramic views of Aspen below. The design was predicated upon the vision of allowing the ranch meadow and rural vernacular to feature their way onto the site. The simplicity of the singular gable form, along with the minimalist detailing of the “shou-sugi-ban” wood siding and fenestration pattern, begins to suggest a clarity and vigor, which is carried through to the inside.