The American Institute of Architects Colorado West Chapter held the annual Design and Honor Awards on Friday night at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado. And we are proud to announce that Charles Cunniffe was awarded the Community Service by An Architect Award. This award recognizes a licensed architect member of AIA Colorado West for exemplary contribution of service to the community. CCA also won a People’s Choice Award for the Fullerton Residence. The People’s Choice Award recognizes design excellence and is awarded by fellow members of the AIA Colorado West Chapter at the annual gala.

Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Charles Cunniffe Architects works on several pro-bono projects each year. The firm has completed recent pro-bono work with Theatre Aspen, Rocky Mountain Institute, Colorado Mountain College, Challenge Aspen and the Childhelp River Bridge Center. In addition the firm donates to a number of non-profit organizations and Charles himself sits on several boards and committees.

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Looking to the AIA Colorado West Gala

Friday night is the annual American Institute of Architects Colorado West 2011 Design and Honor Awards Gala. This year’s event is being held at the Viceroy Hotel in Snowmass, Colorado. With submissions in for review, we’re hoping to again walk away with an award. Last year Charles Cunniffe Architects was awarded the 2010 Firm of the Year as well as a People’s Choice Award for the Little Nell Residence. This year the winners will be presented by Jury Chair Miguel Rivera, AIA, of Miró Rivera Architects (Austin, Texas). The gala will also include the presentation of the AIA Colorado West 2011 Honor Awards.

In addition to the gala, AIA Colorado West invites all of its members to attend a special continuing education program on green building strategies at the Pitkin County Library from 1:00pm to 4:30pm.

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Turning Staircases Into Sculpture

An easily overlooked design opportunity in any home, our team at Charles Cunniffe Architects takes pride in turning pedestrian elements in the home in to pure sculpture. And the staircase is a perfect place to start. Whether it’s at the entry of the home or tucked away, the stairs are traveled heavily by the home’s occupants.

It’s where children sit and watch the adults when they should be tucked in bed, it’s where girls descend to meet their first date, and where brides start their journey to the alter. They say that the kitchen is where the heart is, but we think it might just be the staircase. Combining elements such as walnut, steel, bamboo, glass, stainless, exotic woods, and lighting … the results are fittingly lifting.

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USA Pro Cycling Challenge comes to Aspen on August 24th

Aspen is gearing up to host Stage 2, the Queen Stage, of the inaugural USA Pro Cycling Challenge on August 24th. Our leg of the race is considered by many to be the most difficult for it consists of two 12,000-foot peaks in just one day.

The race, which begins in Colorado Springs on August 22nd, is a 7-day cycling event which will cover over 600 miles through 11 cities in Colorado. The top professional bicyclists from around the world will be descending on Colorado to try their luck competing on our tough Rocky Mountain terrain.

The USA Pro Cycling Challenge Events in Aspen:

  • 11am – 4:30PM Lifestyle Expo in Wagner Park – includes entertainment stage, vendors, beer garden, Kid’s corner and street fair
  • 11am – Noon  The Aspen Silver Queen Stage Citizen & Kids Criterium*
  • 1:05pm – 2:05pm Women’s Pro Cycling Challenge Finish*
  • 3-4:30PM USA Pro Cycling Challenge Finish on Main Street
  • 4pm – 7pm Official After Party at the Sky Hotel – $10 Cover benefitting AVSC
  • 4:30 – 6:30 Block Party on Hopkins between Mill and Monarch Street

For local Aspen information on the race, Patron tickets, transportation, event details and more, go to

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Transforming American Nation Bank’s corporate identity into architecture

Resulting from the bank’s wish to integrate their corporate identity and company colors of copper and black into the interior space, special attention was given to the materials and color scheme of the historic structure.

To achieve this copper, black granite, brushed aluminum and glass were seamlessly blended throughout the project. To maintain the warmth of the interior design, Charles Cunniffe Architects selected cherry wood and heated slate flooring in the lobby. A stainless steal reveal, trims the custom designed bankers’ desks, juxtaposing black granite ledges. Custom designed stainless details support the glass walls throughout the lobby, lending
to the modernistic approach.

This historically designated structure was originally comprised of two retail facilities located on a prominent corner in downtown Aspen, Colorado. When the owners of the building leased the space to a regional bank, they engaged Charles Cunniffe Architects to design and renovate the building. In order to comply with Aspen’s Historical Preservation Committee guidelines, the pre-existing structure was partially demolished, maintaining the façade of the building. With strict guidelines, the architects were challenged to create a sleek and contemporary space within a historic exterior.

We were able to meet the owner’s objective and create a sleek and modern bank interior while respecting the historic exterior.

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Saturday’s Anderson Ranch Auction

Don’t miss the 31st Annual Art Auction tomorrow, August 13th at Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village! Each summer art lovers and community members support Anderson Ranch by bidding on a wide range of artwork created by artists from throughout the valley and across the country.

More than 200 artworks will be auctioned off in live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit the plethora of educations offered by the Ranch. Anderson Ranch’s mission is to “provide transformative experiences that celebrate artists, art-making, creative dialogue, community, experimentation and growth in a supportive and inspiring

For more information on Andersen Ranch visit their website at: To view some of the artwork being auctioned at this year’s event visit

Courtesy of Anderson Ranch

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Charles Cunniffe Architects Summer ‘In the News’

We have had much to celebrate this summer, Charles Cunniffe Architects turned 30 and our fearless leader, Charles Cunniffe, turned 60. We were also recognized by our peers for our work on the Fullerton Residence and the Little Nell Residence. Both of these were awarded the Merit Award at the 48th Annual Gold Nugget Awards that are open to builders, developers, architects and land planners.

Our Fullerton Residence also received the Grand Award and was recognized for its exceptional design and planning. The judges state “This is quite possibly the most amazing make-over ever. Due to restrictive city codes and the proximity of a river, the foundation could not be altered, yet the architects managed to transform a specimen of terribly bad 1980’s architecture into a work of art. The new design uses reverse shed dormers to capture mountain views, opens up the interior spaces to sunlight and breezes, and re-faces an existing ugly fireplace with a patina steel surround that commands attention but in a good way. Concrete and bamboo form a running vocabulary inside and outside the home, giving it a quiet, organic sensibility”.

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ArtCrush 2011

It’s finally here – ArtCrush 2011! Over 350 of the world’s top art collectors, wine connoisseurs, artists, gallery owners, curators, and global business leaders are coming together in Aspen to celebrate the Aspen Art Museum’s annual ArtCrush summer benefit gala.

ArtCrush has evolved into a week long social event aimed at engaging the art community in Aspen and around the globe. An eagerly anticipated event that quickly sells out, the benefit features a remarkable wine tasting and auction, seated dinner and both a live and silent auction of major works of contemporary art.

The live auction will once again be conducted by Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s Europe Deputy Chairman, Worldwide Head of Contemporary Art and Principal Auctioneer. In addition to the gala and auction, each year the AAM presents the Aspen Award for Art to an important contemporary artist. This year’s celebration culminates with the tonight’s presentation of the 2011 Aspen Award for Art to renowned artist Roni Horn. Distinguished artists such as Richard Tuttle, Tony Feher, Jim Hodges, Ed Ruscha, Fred Tomaselli, and Marilyn Minter have been honored in the past.

Courtesy of ArtCrush

Courtesy of ArtCrush

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Residence at Crystal Lake

Recipient of several architectural awards including Mountain Living’s 2007 Home of the Year, this timeless family retreat in Aspen defined contemporary mountain architecture. It is still one of our favorite projects! By utilizing warm materials such as walnut, douglas fir, steel and dry-stacked sandstone, and by designing an open floor plan, Charles Cunniffe Architects created a seamless transition from traditional mountain architecture to contemporary.

Photo Credit: David O. Marlow

Photo Credit: David O. Marlow

Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

Photo Credit: David O. Marlow

Photo Credit: David O. Marlow

Photo Credit: James Ray Spahn

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