Get to Know: Challenge Aspen

Get to Know: Challenge Aspen

Challenge Aspen gives the disabled a fun chance to reconnect with nature. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Back in 2011, Charles Cunniffe Architects had the honor of working with this Challenge Aspen to design their 40-acre Wilderness Ranch, created to provide a state-of-the-art wilderness experience for individuals with disabilities, as well as their families.

Challenge Aspen is, as they describe themselves, “dedicated to impacting lives by presenting meaningful recreational, educational and cultural experiences to individuals faced with cognitive or physical challenges.”

The group got their start in the early-1990s through the shared vision of co-founders Houston Cowan and Amanda Boxtel. Cowan’s goal was to teach blind people how to ski. Boxtel, who became paralyzed from the waist down after a tragic Snowmass Mountain skiing accident, was committed to teaching and working with children.

Together, with the help of countless investors and volunteers, they have built Challenge Aspen into the internationally recognized organization it is today. Hosting a variety of camps, in both summer and winter, the highly trained and certified employees and volunteers at Challenge Aspen broaden the horizons of individuals with disabilities of all ages. We are proud to support this outstanding non-profit organization!

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Get to Know: Aspen Institute

Get to Know: Aspen Institute

The Aspen Institute brings together the top minds to find new solutions for age-old issues.

The Aspen Institute is an international non-profit organization dedicated to providing non-partisan solutions to modern day problems. It was founded in 1950 and uses the The Aspen Method, which gathers leaders together in small groups to participate in moderated dialogues. One of the Aspen Institute campuses is located right here, in our own Aspen, Colorado.

There are four ways the Aspen Institute works to resolve critical issues:

  • Seminars: Their seminars focus on what a model society looks like, helping participants create strategies for creating that type of society through their relevant work.
  • Young-leader Fellows: This is a unique, multi-year commitment that brings leaders together from around the globe, helping them use their skills in a way that improves their communities.
  • Policy programs: These serve as non-partisan analysis groups designed to problem solve using the model of consensus.
  • Public events: Public events and conferences help to bring the work of the Aspen Institute to the public’s attention, providing a place for the general public to share their ideas.

The Aspen Institute focuses their primary efforts in the areas of environment, education and healthcare. We, at Charles Cunniffe Architects are proud to support similar values and goals and enjoy participating in many of their local events.

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A Look Back at Our Work on Jigsaw Ranch

We at Charles Cunniffe Architects believe in tirelessly working side by side with our clients to help them realize their dream home, no matter how long it takes.

One such example is Jigsaw Ranch nestled on the hillside of Aspen Mountain. We put in numerous years of collaborative effort to achieve the majestic vision of the then-owners, George and Mark Rosenthal.  They wanted an eclectic perched village, and we used that idea as inspiration. As a result, the ranch captured the natural beauty and essence of Castle Creek Valley. It’s surrounded by an outstanding Aspen tree grove, nourishing greenery, and beautiful views.

This is just one of our many projects in our years of experience. To know more about our other clients and services, please contact us right away. We’d be happy to hear from you.

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Supporting Our Non-Profits

This summer we would like to introduce you to the various non-profit organizations we support. Over the next couple of months, we’re going to spotlight a few of them, introducing you to their basic premise, what they offer and how you can learn  more. Each one of us, at Charles Cunniffe Architects is involved in our community. As a company we support numerous non-profits by way of pro-bono design work, donations, and event sponsorships. We believe in supporting our community and hope you do to. To learn more about our studio and organizations we support, please visit our website.


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