CCA’s Marks the 100th Year Anniversary of Bauhaus

This year, we are thrilled to be sponsoring the 100-year anniversary of the Bauhaus Exhibit. The celebration will be held in Aspen from February to August and features weekly events from workshops and art walk tours to art exhibits and children’s activities, all open to the public.

A modernist art school founded in 1919 in Weimar, Germany, Bauhaus was for emphasizing the integration and equality of all the visual arts. In 1946, Bauhaus artist Herbert Bayer arrived in Aspen, the same year the Aspen Ski corporation opened. The result was a transformation from sleepy mountain town to what we know Aspen to be now.

“Bauhaus was avant-garde experimentation,” says Charles Cunniffe, “and the influence continues today, so we are very excited to be sponsoring it.”

To see the entire calendar of events, click here.

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CCA Invites You to Give this Colorado Gives Day





Tomorrow is ‘Colorado Gives Day,’ a nationwide movement to encourage philanthropy through online giving. Throughout the year, CCA provides donations, sponsorships, and pro-bono services to countless non-profit organizations. Several years ago CCA started supporting charities in lieu of tangible client gifts, and we love seeing those donations at work. Here are just a few of the many non-profits we support, and how you can give this holiday season:

River Bridge Regional CenterNationally accredited nonprofit child advocacy center, utilizing a child-centered, multidisciplinary approach to the prevention, assessment, treatment and investigation of child abuse. CCA supports River Bridge Regional Center annually and has also provided pro-bono design services for the center in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. 

Aspen Education FoundationThis foundation raises money for the schools of Aspen, and invests in the educational experiences including: Outdoor Education, Aeronautics, and Performing Arts.

Mountain Rescue Aspen One of the oldest of its kind, Mountain Rescue deploys search and rescue teams throughout the state. Our team also had the honor of designing their new facility in Aspen. 

The Buddy ProgramThe Buddy Program matches local youth with adults for mentoring and supporting at risk youth with academics and self esteem. Several of our employees have also participated in the Buddy Program. 

Aspen Historical SocietyEnriches the community through preserving and communicating our remarkable history. CCA is also sponsoring the current Bauhaus Exhibit. To learn more, click here.

To read more about our philanthropic work, click here.

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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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CCA Participates in School Mentorship Program

Meet Elsa, a budding design professional, who is working with our very own Karen Woods in the 6th grade mentorship program at Aspen Middle School. Karen, who is a Project Manager with CCA, also fell in love with architecture at a young age, 7th grade, when she was given a chance to spend a day in an architect’s office in Boulder Colorado, as part of a career orientation program.

Each week they meet and go through various parts of the design process. Elsa’s final project will be schematic design of a home on an existing lot in the valley. She is learning about siting the home for views and efficient building systems, gathering imagery of styles that she likes, visiting existing construction sites, and exploring the process of design and documentation. It is so refreshing to have interest from such a bright, thoughtful young lady in the office.


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Aspen Peak Magazine features Hurst Theatre

With one show under their belt, Theatre Aspen’s new tent in Rio Grande Park is praised in Aspen Peak Magazine. Charles Cunniffe Architects has worked for over 10 years on designing a new home for the Theatre and now with shows scheduled throughout the summer, we are so thrilled to see the tent full of theatre-goers and performers alike. Bob and Soledad Hurst’s generous gift combined with John Silich Construction, CCA and the Parks Department – proved that the show must go on!

A Theatre Aspen production of Same Time, Next Year. Courtesy of AspenPeak

To read the article in its entirety please visit

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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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Childhelp River Bridge Center

In 2007 the Childhelp River Bridge Center opened in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. Charles Cunniffe Architects was  proud to be involved and donate our services for this essential community center, to provide hope and healing to neglected and abused children.

The cottage-style center with walls painted in bright colors, and a playroom full of toys are designed to enhance each child’s sense of safety and well being. For more on how you can help their efforts please visit Childhelp Colorado River Bridge Center.

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Theatre Aspen

As big believers and supports of the work of Theatre Aspen, we’re looking forward to their summer season.

This summer the line-up will feature Sandy Duncan in Becky’s New Car opening June 24th, followed by the musical Annie, and to wrap up the summer a new musical Vices: A Love Story.

For more information on this great local organization, visit Theatre Aspen.

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Challenge Aspen Wilderness Ranch

Our team at Charles Cunniffe Architects has had the great opportunity to work with Challenge Aspen to design their 40-acre Wilderness Ranch outside Aspen, Colorado. The vision for Wilderness Ranch from concept to reality is to design and develop a state-of-the-art wilderness experience for those with disabilities and their families. The Wilderness Ranch will accommodate year round cultural and recreational life experiences for individuals who have physical or mental disabilities. Life-experiences will take place through utilizing advanced technologies, barrier-free accommodations and unlimited access to the wilderness.

Our vision begins with those who are dedicated to the task of accepting nothing but the best for themselves and others. We see the purpose of the Wilderness Ranch’s birth and growth is to insure that those with disabilities, young and old from all walks of life, have an experience that will enhance their well being. This will be accomplished through the many activities provided at the Wilderness Ranch. From the most taxing for those with strong athletic abilities wishing to push their limits, to those that will enjoy the tranquil wilderness and wish to be alone with their thoughts, Wilderness Ranch will have something for everyone. The facility will be on the cutting edge of technology, accommodating all facets of individual disabilities in a setting that is among the most beautiful in the world: the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado.

To see more of our projects, please visit Charles Cunniffe Architects.

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Colorado Mountain College: Rifle Campus

We believe providing educational opportunities is a vital function to any community and Colorado Mountain College in Rifle is a testament to that. Throughout the past year, our team at Charles Cunniffe Architects has been working on a design for the Rifle campus expansion. By partnering with CMC’s board as well as the educators and stakeholders, we look forward to continuing our efforts. We appreciate the opportunity to be involved in such a community and regional asset.

Take a look at some of the conceptual art for this exciting project, and visit the gallery to see other projects by our firm.

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