Aspen City Offices Underway

After the successful completion of the LEED Gold and WELL Building certified Aspen Police Department & Housing, as well as the newly designed Snowmass Fire Station and Remodeled Basalt Fire Station, our team is working hard on the new City Offices. A quick little peek at the 500 ton Crawler Crane (1,000,000 lbs) that took the existing beam out in three sections, last weekend. Quite impressive for our small little mountain town! Thanks to all who are involved!

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PROJECT SPOTLIGHT: Virginia Placer Housing

“It’s important to give back to the community that I’ve gotten so much from over the past 40 years. It makes us better people– and it makes us a better firm,” stated Charles in a recent interview with Modlar. This has been a guiding ethos for our firm, led by Charles himself. It was also the impetus for our newly constructed affordable housing project in Telluride, Colorado.

Called Virginia Placer, the project is a combination of communal living, tiny homes and apartment units; designed for Telluride’s residents who are the backbone and soul of this often unaffordable ski town. Comprised of 18 apartment units, a 46-bed Boarding House and 3 Tiny Homes, the project accommodates a mix of incomes, individuals and families. The design team balanced budget, sustainability and livability by incorporating passive solar and ventilation, ample storage, large windows, and durable and maintenance-free materials.

While we love designing luxury homes, we also find it rewarding to give back to our community by designing community-based projects. “If you have the ability to have a positive effect on your community, I think you have an obligation to do it,” says Charles.

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CCA’s Aspen Glam featured in LUXE Magazine

One of our favorite projects this year is featured in the November/December edition of LUXE Magazine. A collaboration with interior designer (and the homeowners’ daughter) Sterling McDavid, this once dated estate was transformed for Sterling’s father, real estate mogul, David McDavid into a world class retreat, complete with a state-of-art spa, floor to ceiling views, and a stunning collection of pop art. 

Pick up a copy on stands in Colorado now!

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CCA’s ACES project in Aspen Sojourner: Get Lost in the Trees at ACES

We always appreciate support from our local media, so when monthly magazine, Aspen Sojourner, decided to cover Aspen Center Environmental Studies (ACES), our pro-bono sanctuary for local wildlife and classroom for students, we were thrilled.

The feature, called Get Lost in the Trees at ACES: A new viewing platform gives a bird’s eye view of wildlife, highlights the small tree-house like structure, which sits at Hallam Lake on a 25-acre nature preserve. The two-story site allows visitors to watch resident and migrating birds and animals without scaring them away.

ACES isn’t our biggest project, but it is is one of our favorites. And, we could not have done it without the help of our community, like Hansen Construc­tion and Valley Lumber who donated the project’s labor, materials, and wood.  

Thank you again to Aspen Sojourner! To read the whole article, click here.


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CCA Named on “Best Places to Work” in the US

For the fourth year in a row, CCA was named one of a hundred “Best Places to Work in theUS” by Outside magazine. We are excited, of course, and honored to be named alongside a diverse group of companies like Young & Laramore (Indianapolis), GeoEX (San Francisco), and Bluetent (Carbondale, CO), who make a healthy office culture a point of pride.

Open to any business based in the US with over 15 permanent employees, this yearly contest is held in the spring and announced in the November issue. What exactly goes into determining winners? Entries are judged based on company policies, practices, benefits and demographics. In light of this distinction, our Marketing Director, Rebecca Richardson, asked some of our colleagues what makes the office culture special at CCA, beyond the ‘Friday Tech Talks’? Here’s what she got:




“Design comes first, always. With today’s competitive architectural market, good design sometimes gets pushed aside. Budget, schedules and local codes can often limit the design process. CCA emphasizes good design as integral and consistent from beginning to end, which is evidenced in our projects.” Jim Kehoe, Senior Project Architect


“Some companies tout being family-friendly, but CCA really emphasizes the importance of family time as well as time to achieve personal pursuits. CCA fully understands the value if a well-rounded and well-educated employee. I am given the ability to attend my child’s school performances as well as pursue my passion for history and art, all of which make for a better architect at the end of the day. We are all encouraged to prioritize our families and our individual interests, intellectual or out-of-doors.” Marina Skiles, Senior Project Architect


“Between composting, recycling, having a company Subaru and town bike, free bus passes, using recycled paper and soy-based inks, offering stand-up desks, healthy breakfasts, and refreshments, CCA doesn’t just talk-the-talk. As an industry, the architectural profession is very paper dependent, but CCA does its best to have an environmentally responsible and healthy office.” Toni Bradford, Executive Manager






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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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Eye Candy!

After working through a big week of projects (and a couple of powder mornings thrown in), enjoying a little office eye candy this afternoon!

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Third Year Running – CCA makes OUTSIDE Magazine ‘Best Places to Work’

For the third year in a row, CCA has topped OUTSIDE Magazine’s ‘Best Places to Work’ throughout the US. Ranking #14 out of 100 firms, we’re humbled to be amongst some great company.

outside_2016Each year, OUTSIDE recognizes the top 100 companies in the United States that help their employees strike the ideal balance between work and play. These companies encourage employees to lead an active lifestyle, are eco-conscious, and prioritize giving back to the community. Created in conjunction with the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group, the list of winners appears online at

“This year’s list of Best Places to Work highlights employers who go above and beyond for their staff,” said OUTSIDE Online Editor Scott Rosenfield. “Included are organizations that emphasis a healthy work life balance and promote, encourage and reward employees to live active and healthier lives.”

To create the best places to work 2016 list, OUTSIDE started by comparing employers to five core categories, reflecting the magazine’s values and focus: Adventure/Travel, Wellness, Culture, Gear, and Media. OUTSIDE then conducted a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group to assess the policies, practices, and demographics of hundreds of companies.

Powered by employee workplace reviews and taking into account factors like corporate culture, job satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement, the Best Places to Work list represents only the top companies that are not only empowering but also encouraging their employees to live better, healthier and more active lives.

“Making the list three years in a row is a tremendous honor! We strive to create a true work/life balance at CCA, and create a culture that is family-friendly, active in nature, sustainably minded, creatively inspired, and consistently gives back to our community. It has proven instrumental to the happiness of our team and the quality of our work. Congratulations to all of the companies who share this honor.” Charles Cunniffe, Principal

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CCA in Today’s Wall Street Journal

Thrilled to be included in today’s Wall Street Journal. The day after election day paper includes the FIABCI-USA Prix d’ Excellence Award Recipients. Theatre Aspen, which CCA designed took home the Prix d’ Excellence Award. With competition from all over the country we are so pleased. Thank you to the efforts of the whole Theatre Aspen Team for this incredible achievement and highlight in the Wall Street Journal.

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