Tori MacPherson Passes the ARE Exam – the 10th Licensed Architect at CCA

A hearty congratulations to Tori MacPherson! Tori passed her final exam – the final step to becoming a licensed Architect. Her dedication has been beyond inspiring, as she’s devoted every spare moment, evening and weekend to study for the seven exams.

All the while Tori has been working tirelessly on a number of projects such as a new residence in Aspen, the Basalt Fire Station remodel, a complex residential remodel, and a few pro-bono projects for local non-profits. She does it all with a smile and a professional can-do attitude. For this we are extremely grateful and so proud. Congrats Tori!

Tori makes TEN licensed architects within Charles Cunniffe Architects. This amount of licensed architects within a mid-sized firm like CCA, is quite rare and shows the amount of experience and expertise within the firm.  To achieve licensure, professionals must pass seven exams after a period of practical training, and a Bachelor degree from an accredited university. Continuing education is required to maintained the license, and it’s something CCA offers within the firm.



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Friday TECH Talks

Each Friday, our team gathers for our weekly CCA TECH Talk. With coffee in-hand and breakfast from Whole Foods – we gather to discuss, explore, converse, laugh and learn.

Subjects run the gamut from the latest in technology applications, updates on processes and design, TED Talks on focus & efficiency, to design charrettes on the multitude of projects in the design process. Today’s talk was a team presentation on the Aspen City Hall design. Its a great way to wind up the week, fill our bellies and keep our team learning and engaged. Stop by and join us sometime!

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The American Institute of Architects Elevates Charles Cunniffe to Fellowship

CCA is pleased to announce that Charles Cunniffe was elevated to the prestigious AIA College of Fellows. Charles received this honor as recognition of his exemplary career, which has had a broad impact on the profession. Fewer than 3% of members hold this distinction.

Election to the AIA’s College of Fellows is the highest individual honors the Institute bestows on members. “The Fellowship program acknowledges those architects who have made an extraordinary contribution to the profession and to society,” said AIA Colorado Executive Vice President/CEO Cathy Rosset. “Each of these individuals has helped to transform the practice of architecture through community collaboration, solid management and creative problem solving.”

A proponent of the arts, education and quality affordable housing, Charles helped to found Jazz Aspen Snowmass and Telluride’s Sheridan Arts Foundation, recently completed Telluride’s Town Park Stage, and has designed affordable housing projects in Aspen, Snowmass and Telluride. In addition, he and CCA are designing the new Aspen Police Department and Aspen City Hall, and restoring the historic Ouray County Courthouse. CCA is also working on the new Snowmass Wildcat Fire Station and the Basalt Fire Station, after the successful completion of the Mountain Rescue Aspen facility. He recently finished a 15,000 sf LEED Silver residence in Aspen, and has a long history of designing award-winning luxury homes and remodels throughout the nation.

Charles is currently working pro-bono on a number of community non-profit projects such as River Bridge Regional Center and Theatre Aspen in the Roaring Fork Valley. Always giving back to the profession, Charles was the elected AIA Colorado West President in 2014 and 2016, and sits on numerous non-profit boards including his role as the Elected Trustee of Colorado Mountain College.

CCA has been widely recognized for both design and community service, as recipient of AIA’s Firm of the Year, Community Service by an Architect and Mentor of the Year awards, along with Aspen’s Business of the Year and many AIA awards for design. CCA has also been named on OUTSIDE Magazine’s “100 Best Places to Work” for three years  in a row.

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What’s trending in Aspen home design, you ask?

Charles sits down with Aspen Peak magazine to discuss the latest in Aspen home design. From legacy homes, open floor plans, and sustainability – in his 36 years he has seen a lot. And here is what is hot now!

Aspen Peak Magazine

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