It’s the Place to Be on July 4th!

If you haven’t been to Aspen for July 4th, we really hope you can celebrate here someday. It truly is the best place to be for the fourth. From the old fashion parade, seeing George Hamilton’s incredible tan, the sea of Harley Davidson motorcycles parked outside Mezzaluna, The Art Museum picnic, the Aspen Rugby Finals, the community concert and of course, the amazing fireworks show – it’s the perfect place to celebrate our nation.

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Aspen’s New Theatre

The show must go on! Its been a labor of love for all those involved and we’re proud to announce that Theatre Aspen’s summer season is underway in the new tent! As one of our favorite pro-bono projects, Charles Cunniffe Architects has been proud to work with the Theatre’s great staff, the City of Aspen, John Silich and countless others to pull it off.

For photos of the tent and the summer lineup, visit

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The Best of Art Basel

Wondering what the hottest booths at Art Basel were? So were we, so we turned to ARTINFO which highlights the booths that stood out. Art Basel, which took place June 15-19th along the banks of the Rhine at the border between Switzerland, France and Germany, is one of the world’s premier international art shows. Featuring Modern and Contemporary artwork from nearly 300 galleries and 2,500 artists from around the world, Art Basel represents “the great masters of Modern art to the latest generation of emerging stars.”
The fair included the below “light-patterned dye-transfer photograph” by Harry Callahan at Bruce Silverstein as well as a $80 million Warhol at Galerie Bruno Bischofberger.

Courtesy Bruce Silverstein Gallery, New York Harry Callahan's "Light Patterns, Detroit" is at Bruce Silverstein's booth at Art Basel.

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A Magically Eclectic Home at Aspen Highlands

We had the great opportunity to work with a wonderful family with eclectic taste and a true zest for life. Their stunning mountain home in Aspen, Colorado has ski-in/ski-out access to Aspen Highlands and is adjacent to the Ritz-Carlton Club. After much collaboration the resulting design is a true mix of the family’s aesthetic and contemporary mountain architecture.

This beautiful mountain contemporary estate features some extraordinary stonework, music studio and home theater, wine cellar, numerous decks with panoramic views and more.

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Taking Imagination Seriously – a report from the TED Conference

Gather the world’s leading thinkers and doers, offer them four days of rapid-fire stimulation and what is the result? Unexpected connections, extraordinary insights and powerful inspiration. We found Janet Echelman’s presentation on Taking Imagination Seriously, to be incredibly inspiring and hope you will too!

“Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.”

Some of Janet’s more recent work includes “Her Secret is Patience” in downtown Phoenix, “Water Sky Garden”, which she created for the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics, and “She Changes” in Porto, Portugal.

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Get to Know Charles Cunniffe Architects

Charles Cunniffe Architects is an award-winning architecture firm based in Aspen and Telluride, Colorado, with numerous projects throughout the country and abroad. Our innovative, contemporary style and dedication to excellence have earned CCA a number of awards from the American Institute of Architects, Gold Nugget Architecture Awards, Qualified Remodeler, and many more respected organizations.

Our work has been featured extensively in print publications such as Architectural Digest, Mountain Living Magazine, Luxe Magazine, Aspen Sojourner, Robb Report, Mountain Homestyle, Colorado Homes, Milli0naire Magazine, and many more. Check out the Press page to see our featured covers.

CCA works in a wide variety of sectors, including residential, commercial, historic renovations, municipal and resort design. In addition our firm places a high priority on our pro bono projects, like the Childhelp River Bridge Center. Visit our Projects page to see some examples of our work.

If you are looking for an architecture firm in Colorado or beyond, please contact Charles Cunniffe Architects today!

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Oscar Carlson Joins Charles Cunniffe Architects

With a Masters Degree in Architecture, a former intern of Robert A.M. Stern Architects and a plethora of awards under his belt, we’re excited to welcome Oscar Carlson to the CCA team. Oscar’s creativity, attention to detail, outstanding ethics and experience make him the perfect fit for our firm. Oscar brings exceptional CADD and Revit skills as well as a varied background in architecture, manufacturing, furniture design, and model making. A once junior ski patroller, the mountains were calling him back from Miami, and we’re delighted to have him onboard.

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CCA Wins TWO Architecture Awards!

We are thrilled to share that two of our favorite projects won Gold Nugget Awards for excellence in architecture. The 48th Annual Gold Nugget Awards recognizes design “excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues” for builders, developers, architects and land planners across the world. Our Little Nell Residence won an award in the Custom Home over 6,500 square ft. category and our design for the Fullerton Residence won in the Renovated or Restored Single House or Project category. The awards will be presented to Charles Cunniffe Architects at the Gold Nugget Luncheon on June 23rd in San Fransisco.

The Fullerton Residence was recently published in Luxe Magazine and you might recall that the Little Nell Residence was recently named one of CNBC’s Most Impressive Ski Homes.

For more on these projects and our portfolio please visit

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Historic Renovation in Aspen’s West End

We’ve been talking a lot this month about historic renovations and preservation. A few years ago, our team at Charles Cunniffe Architects, completed an impressive historic remodel of a house in Aspen’s West End. Originally built in 1889, this beautifully restored ‘Miner’s Victorian’ has undergone several additions over time.

To bring this home back to its historic context, the somewhat mismatched additions were demolished as part of an overall property redesign. The original structure, as well as the garage and affordable dwelling unit above, were temporarily relocated to the adjacent lot, the basement was built-out, and the structures were placed back onto a new foundation. The detailing and materials are of more traditional style, contrasted by a more contemporary design in the newly added spaces. To maintain the visual integrity of the existing structures, vertical siding and copper panels were selected on the contemporary addition as a purposeful contrast to the older, wood siding. As you enter the home off of Lake Avenue, the original structure has been updated, though maintains it’s old world charm. The powder room reflects the styling of that era, juxtaposed by the more contemporary interior finishes of the rest of the home.

The living spaces on the upper floor take advantage of the all-day sunshine and surrounding views; integrating hardwoods, granite and grey quartzite stone and metal. The basement rooms were designed with gracious lightwells incorporating raised planters to bring a sense of landscape design to commonly overlooked spaces. Through careful historic preservation and thoughtful architectural design, this home has been restored to its original character and charm, while not overwhelmed by the new contemporary addition. For more on this home please visit

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