Thank You Charfoos Design

We wanted to thank one of our clients, Lynda Charfoos of Charfoos Design for spreading the good news about our Gold Nugget Awards. Lynda writes in her Charfoos Design Notes that “Charfoos Design and Charles Cuniffe Architects have won two 2012 Gold Nugget Awards for this Aspen Family Retreat. Gold Nugget winners exemplify excellence and innovation in addressing complex design/build issues.”

We were also awarded four Detroit Home Awards for our collaboration on the Aspen Retreat.

Here is what Geoffrey Lester, Senior Project Architect, Charles Cunniffe Architects, had to say about working with Lynda on this project. “Lynda inspired great teamwork working collaboratively with Architect and Builder to fulfill her Client’s vision with the Aspen house renovation and addition. It was a pleasure to work directly with Lynda capitalizing on her professionalism and keen design sense. The end result of our alliance far exceeded our initial project expectation.”

Thanks Lynda!

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Mountain Living features CCA’s New Architects

Thanks to Mountain Living for featuring Charles Cunniffe Architects in their “The Latest” column, where they share what’s hot this month in high-country events, restaurant and shop openings, and design industry news. In this month’s The Latest section, CCA’s new staff additions are highlighted including Scott Smith, Jim Kehoe, Brian West, Ryan Walterscheid and Oscar Carlson. To add to that list, we just brought on Ryan Hoffner as Project Architect.

We are so lucky to have each and every one of these terrific, dedicated and talented individuals. CCA is stronger than ever and producing what we feel is our best work yet!  Read the article online at

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CCA Welcomes Ryan Hoffner, Back on the Team!

We are so pleased to announce that Ryan Hoffner has rejoined the CCA team! With a strong history of architectural excellence, we are so lucky to have him back. A little bit about Ryan…

Ryan moved to the Roaring Fork Valley as a teenager over 25 years ago. With a strong desire to study architecture while skiing as much as possible, Ryan moved to Bozeman, Montana to pursue his architectural degree.  He received his Bachelor of Architecture in 1996 from Montana State University and returned to Aspen to begin his career at Charles Cunniffe Architects.  He received a retroactive Masters of Architecture degree in 2008. Throughout his career in the Valley, Ryan has successfully completed numerous high-end residential projects, several affordable housing, commercial and civic projects.

Ryan enjoys taking a project from concept to completion and watching how people experience and react to the built environment.  He finds design inspiration in his travels; both domestically and throughout Europe, the Caribbean, Scandinavia, North Africa, and the South Pacific where he enjoys immersing himself in the architecture and cultural diversity.

With a keen interest in environmentally conscious design and building, Ryan has attended numerous green building seminars and is passionate about employing sustainable practices in his work.

Ryan has over 16 years of professional experience in the Roaring Fork Valley. As a 25-year resident of Aspen, he is extremely knowledgeable in the challenges and rewards of building in the Roaring Fork Valley. He has designed and worked on several AIA award-winning projects and is known for his wide range of architectural abilities and his dedication to each project.

Ryan is married and has two children and lives in Snowmass Village. He is a licensed Architect in the State of Colorado and is NCARB certified. If you haven’t met Ryan, please stop by and say hello!

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London’s Velodrome

In 8 days all eyes will be on London as it takes center stage for the Games of the XXX Olympiad. One of the five permanent venues on Olympic Park for the London 2012 Olympic Games is the Velodrome, designed London firm Hopkins Architects.

Photo via Architect Magazine.

According to Dezeen, “The Velodrome has been designed with the aim of creating the world’s fastest cycling track by tailoring the track geometry and setting the temperature and environmental conditions within the venue to create record-breaking conditions.” Sounds pretty high-tech.

Photo Dezeen

The Velodrome met and in some instances exceeded the “number of sustainability and material targets” put forth by the Olympic Delivery Authority.

Photo via Hopkins Architects

To read more about this Olympic venue visit

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Check out the Isaacson School for New Media

We are so excited to be a part of the new Isaacson School for New Media. One of the first community college programs in the country providing training in the ever-growing digital media industry. If you haven’t heard about this incredible new educational program in the Roaring Fork Valley, check out or come to the Dedication Day, Wednesday,  July 18th at the Aspen District Theatre.

The Isaacson School for New Media just released their new fall curriculum and their line-up of classes look intriguing. Thank you to Colorado Mountain College for keeping up with this ever changing sector of our economy.

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CCA Featured In Luxury Home Quarterly

Luxury Home Quarterly, a leading publication that features inspiring destinations and vacation homes, recently highlighted Charles Cunniffe Architects in their summer issue.

In the article our very own Charles Cunniffe is asked about how Aspen’s natural landscape influences his design.

“It’s still at the heart of what we do,” he says. “We want our work to be of today with a respect for the past. We want our work to be influenced by the buildings and the surrounding landscape.”

To read the article in its entirety visit

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