Sustainability

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Applying Future-Oriented Practices

Rowland+Broughton a forward-thinking firm and aims to incorporate sustainability into every project. We believe that the projects we create should positively contribute to each individual environment, therefore we design and build with sustainability and longevity in mind. This is achieved through listening to our clients, researching new sustainable technologies, and testing materials and applications before applying our findings.

Our foundation of sustainable practices is rooted in our experience in the re-use and re-purpose of existing structures, including both residential and commercial buildings. The process of saving the most essential part of a building while adding value to the structure by incorporating energy-efficient components is the essence of our sustainable philosophy. The knowledge we acquire through the renovation process becomes a launching point for ground-up structures, allowing us to apply similar sustainable concepts.

We evaluate the sustainability of a place as a whole, including the shipping of materials, access to public transportation, or the proximity of a place in relation to amenities within walking distance. We assess all aspects of life in order to achieve the highest degree of sustainability. Practicing design in our Aspen LEED certified studio, we educate ourselves through research, and extend this knowledge to our clients, applying the shared goals of a sustainable future one project at a time. Completing multiple LEED certified projects, the R+B team encompasses several LEED accredited designers who consult on sustainable best practices and serve as resources throughout the design process.

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Team Member

Amanda Christianson

Amanda Christianson
Role
Studio Leader
Affiliations
American Institute of Architecture
LEED Accredited Professional
Education
University of Michigan - Master of Architecture
University of Michgan - Bachelor of Science in Architecture
Studio
Denver

Amanda Christianson brings over a decade of experience in architecture and project management to her role as Director of Operations at Rowland+Broughton. Applying her strengths in strategic planning, efficient communication and organization, she ensures that operational procedures are in alignment with the firm’s mission and core values. She is a resource for financial project tracking, risk management and quality assurance on technical production, design and and guiding project teams through all phases of the design process.

Amanda is also a Studio Leader in Rowland+Broughton’s Denver studio. She has been the Project Manager for Matsuhisa Denver and the award-winning residences Black Birch Modern and Game On.  She is also currently Project Manager for the Sky Residences at W Aspen and Art Barn.  Anticipating clients’ needs, organization and rigorous follow-through have been a hallmark to her approach with each project team.

Team Member

Brandt Shwayder

Brandt Shwayder
Role
Project Manager
Affiliations
LEED Accredited Professional
United States Green Build Council
Education
University of Colorado at Boulder - Bachelor of Environmental Design
University of Colorado at Denver - Master of Architecture
Studio
Denver

Brandt Shwayder has over 16 years of experience in the field of architecture, including 13 years with Rowland+Broughton, working in the studio since its early days.  He has extensive computer modeling, rendering, and visualization skills, and an enthusiasm for design, detail and building science.  After studying in Rome, Italy, and completing his Master of Architecture degree at University of Colorado, Brandt started his professional career working in Baden, Switzerland, collaborating with his former professor Philippe Barman.  Their work was featured in numerous publications and was exhibited in the 2004 Swiss Art Awards in Basel, Switzerland, and the Pavillion de l’Arsenal in Paris, France.  This experience afforded Brandt the opportunity to collaborate on several high-profile competition entries for architecture in Europe, including an art museum for Lausanne, Switzerland, and a landmark for Paris’ 2012 Olympic bid.

Brandt is a Project Manager in Rowland+Broughton’s Denver studio. He achieved LEED Accredited Professional status in 2009 and has since designed several LEED projects which have been certified or are seeking certification.  He is working on a wide variety of architectural projects, including single family residential, commercial mixed-use, tenant improvement, and hospitality projects.

Originally from Virginia, Brandt moved to Colorado to study at the University of Denver, focusing on art conservation and art history. More inspired by the design and architecture industry, Brandt moved on to the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he received a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree.  He also earned a Master of Architecture degree, with highest honors, from the University of Colorado, Denver.  Brandt enjoys seeking out design inspiration while traveling and incorporates these rich experiences into his design vocabulary.

Team Member

Dana Ellis

Dana Ellis
Role
Studio Leader
Affiliations
American Institute of Architects
LEED Accredited Professional
Education
Mount Holyoke College - Bachelor of Arts in Spacial Studies
Rhode Island School of Design - Master of Architecture, Alpha Rho Chi Medal of Honor for professional service, leadership and academic merit
Studio
Aspen

Dana Ellis has over a decade of experience in the field of architecture and design. Raised in Connecticut, she spent time studying and designing in Detroit, Michigan, and at the Mezzogiorno in Southern Italy. While earning her Bachelor of Arts, she spent time at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, a semester in Copenhagen, Denmark, studying architecture, and a summer interning with a landscape architecture firm in London, England. Dana continued her education with a semester at the Ecosa Institute in Prescott, Arizona, where she learned about sustainable building materials and ecological design.

While studying at the Rhode Island School of Design, she was editor of an architecture publication titled Works in Progress, and a studio teaching assistant and teacher of Degrees of Freedom, a collegiate course on design and renewable energy. Dana also enjoyed the opportunity of working closely with builders on the adaptive reuse of an old mill building along the Woonsocket River while with Truthbox Architects in Providence, Rhode Island.

Dana was involved with the renovations of prominent Aspen eateries, such as Justice Snow’s, The Little Nell’s Element 47, and White House Tavern. Her passion for design lies in working with inspired clients and specifically with local business owners. Helping clients find a sense of place is a guiding inspiration.

Dana is active in an assortment of volunteer activities, working with Carbondale Arts, and serving on the board of Dance Initiative in Carbondale, Colorado.

Team Member

Mark Bever

Mark Bever
Role
Project Architect
Affiliations
American Institute of Architects
LEED Accredited Professional
Education
University of Colorado at Boulder - Bachelor of Environmental Design
Studio
Denver

Mark Bever is a Project Architect with a decade of architectural experience in Rowland+Broughton’s Denver studio, where he is working on a variety of residential projects. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Previously, Mark worked on high-end residential projects throughout the Roaring Fork Valley with Theodore K. Guy and Associates. Mark is also a licensed real estate broker, specializing in the Denver residential real estate market.

A Colorado native from Ft. Collins, Mark earned his Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a licensed Architect in the state of Colorado, and a LEED Accredited Professional.

Team Member

E. Scott McHale

E. Scott McHale
Role
Studio Leader
Affiliations
LEED Accredited Professional
Education
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, College of Architecture and Urban Studies - Bachelor of Architecture
Studio
Aspen

Scott McHale has over two decades of experience in the field of architecture and design. His ability to listen, understand and interpret complex situations has enabled him to successfully execute designs which respond directly to the distinct programmatic needs and aesthetic goals of a wide variety of projects. His ability to manage project teams from inception to conclusion has produced an impressive collection of completed projects characterized by sustainably aware and integrated architecture. His vast experience allows him to efficiently oversee the entire project process, including establishing and developing conceptual directives, incorporating and implementing design concepts, final oversight and quality control of document production through to contract administration services.

Scott’s range of projects includes luxury and custom single-family homes, multifamily custom condominiums, affordable housing projects, and infrastructure and transportation projects. Notable among his portfolio are Aspen’s Limelight/Monarch Residences, Der Berghof Condominiums, Victorian Square and The Gant Conference Center. Coupled with his previous work at CCY Architects, Scott has designed and managed projects in resort areas throughout Colorado, as well as Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Korea, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Scott also has practical experience as a contractor and builder after personally constructing and successfully completing his own home in Carbondale, Colorado.

Team Member

Will Otte

Will Otte
Role
Architectural Designer
Affiliations
LEED Accredited Professional Building Design + Construction
Education
University of Colorado at Boulder - Bachelor of Environmental Design
University of Colorado at Denver - Master of Architecture
Studio
Denver

Will Otte has nearly a decade of experience in the field of architecture. He has worked on high-end residential, hospitality, and multifamily resort housing.  Additionally, he has participated on winning teams for municipal RFQ and RFP competitions for affordable housing in resort mountain communities. He has been involved in several projects, including high-end residential projects, hotel and restaurant remodels, artist studios and ground up mixed-use proposals.

Will’s personal interest in design lies at the intersection of digital design and the tactile product. While in school, he collaborated on a variety of Digital Fabrication projects and is currently making furniture from recycled materials using these same processes. His design sensibilities have led to the design and production of a wide array of both practical and artistic items. These items are created using computer modeling in conjunction with CNC manufacturing and laser cutting processes. The breadth of the objects will has designed encompass alpine skis, ceiling installations, furniture, and artwork.

A native of Aspen, Colorado, he is currently taking his ARE exams in pursuit of earning his architectural license.

Team Member

Marisol Foreman

Marisol Foreman
Role
Project Architect
Affiliations
2018 American Institute of Architects, Member
2017 NCARB Certificate
2017 LEED AP BD+C
2019 AIA Colorado Design Awards, Committee Member
2019 Women in Design, Member
2019 Denver Architecture Foundation, Member
2016 Toastmasters, 2017 Chapter President
2016 Professional Advisory Council, University of Washington CBE
Education
Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado at Boulder, 2010
Master of Architecture, University of Washington, 2015
Studio
Denver

Marisol has six years of experience working in the field of architecture and is a Project Architect with Rowland+Broughton in our Denver studio. Before coming to Rowland+Broughton, she worked on several transit-oriented projects in Munich for Albrecht und Partner, religious and multi-family housing projects for atelierjones in Seattle, WA, and most recently worked on large commercial, science and tech, sports and recreation, and entertainment projects at Perkins&Will in both their Seattle and Denver offices. Marisol strives to implement sustainable design practices into every project and has experience working on LEED certified buildings.

Marisol received her Bachelor of Environmental Design with an Architecture focus from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her Master of Architecture with a Sustainable Systems and Design Degree Focus and Daylighting Certificate from the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. She is LEED accredited with specialty in Building Design and Construction, received her NCARB Certificate, and is a licensed Architect in the State of Washington. As an active member of AIA Colorado, she is a part of the Design Awards Committee. Marisol grew up in Durango, Colorado and is excited to be back exploring the Colorado outdoors.