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R+B Principal Sarah Broughton Receives the 2020 Environmental Design Alumni Award from the University of Colorado Boulder



ASPEN, CO — March 4, 2021 — Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is pleased to announce that Principal Sarah Broughton has received The 2020 Environmental Design Award (ENVD) from the University of Colorado Boulder Program in Environmental Design.


Only the second year it has been presented, the ENVD award honors individuals who have demonstrated leadership and made significant contributions to the design and architecture professions. The 2020 Young Designer Award, also in its second year, was presented to Mike Blea, co-owner of Raw Creative in Denver.


“Sarah Broughton is a great example of the progressive and broad thinking that is leading the architecture profession forward,” shares Paul Chinowsky, director, Program in Environmental Design, about the selection of Broughton for the award. “The design work that she leads at Rowland+Broughton combines the awareness of user needs with the elegance of a design philosophy that captures the natural beauty of Colorado and the progressiveness of the West. I believe Sarah is great example for the next generation of designers who are looking at bringing the natural environment into a central role in their design solutions. It is an honor for CU Boulder to have played a part in Sarah’s successful career.”


About receiving the award, Broughton shares, “It is extraordinarily rewarding and humbling to have been singled out for this honor, especially from among the many talented and worthy design professionals who are graduates of the UC Boulder Program in Environmental Design.  I value my time at CU and attribute the professional foundation that I received through ENVD as critical to my career. Thank you to last year’s award recipient, Boulder Architect Harvey Hine, for putting my name forward as a nominee, and to ENVD Program Director Paul Chinowsky and the Environmental Design Alumni Relations Team for their efforts in establishing the award. It is so meaningful that they  are recognizing the community of graduates as a whole.”


About Sarah Broughton – Principal of Rowland+Broughton, Sarah Broughton, AIA, NCIDQ, brings over two decades of experience in the architecture and interior design industry. She is the champion of R+B’s design philosophy and rigorous quality control standard, as well as a leader to her design staff. In addition, she is a highly respected colleague in the design community and among clients.


Sarah leads R+B’s Aspen and Denver studios in participation and management of all phases of the design process, including client relations and proposals, project programming, conceptual design, design development architecture and interior design, project budgeting, construction documentation and contract administration. Sarah is very active in her community. She served as Chair of the City of Aspen’s Historic Preservation Commission, is involved with multiple non-profits and is serving her second year as the West Director of the AIA Colorado Board of Directors. Sarah helped rewrite the Aspen Historic Preservation Commission guidelines and the Aspen Commercial Design Guidelines. R+B frequently provides feedback to the City of Aspen on land use regulation.


R+B has been the recipient of multiple City of Aspen Preservation Commission Awards for their preservation work. Both Aspen and Denver studios are located in historic buildings that have been lovingly preserved by the firm. With Sarah’s leadership, the firm has received numerous AIA, ASID and IIDA awards for excellence in design. The team is especially proud to have been named AIA Colorado’s 2020 Firm of the Year last August. Sarah was awarded the Defy Ordinary award from the City of Aspen Chamber and the Aspen community, and was named and an Outstanding Woman in Business by the Denver Business Journal. Both of these awards recognize Sarah as a champion of the community and a leader to her colleagues.


Originally from Portland, Oregon, Sarah attended the College of Architecture and Planning in the University of Colorado, Boulder, where she earned a Bachelor of Environmental Design degree in Architecture with honors in 1996. Sarah is a licensed architect and a member of the American Institute of Architects. A licensed interior designer, she is a member of the American Society of Interior Designers and certified by the Council for Interior Design Qualification.


About Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design – Rowland+Broughton Architecture / Urban Design / Interior Design is a progressive, high-design firm with studios in Aspen and Denver, Colorado. Our combined mountain and urban sensibilities inform and enhance a wide spectrum of projects, including custom residential, commercial, hospitality, urban design, interior design, and master planning.