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Every project with Sipes Architects is rooted in being true — to our ourselves, our surroundings, and to you. We value authenticity and looking at every project with fresh eyes. We work with our clients and take cues from the natural environment to make intentional progress toward refined results. Our sensibilities are modern in that we have a focus on simplicity in design and an emphasis on bringing the outside in. To be modern is to be mindful, and at the forefront of our process is a rich foundation of sustainability. We approach each project with an understanding of its regional and environmental impacts as well as the business, social and personal needs it must meet. We use natural materials to build in a way that is clean, logical and timeless. Our client’s goals are our guiding path and we always strive to provide unsurpassed personal service and delight our clients with design solutions.

S U S T A I N A B I L I T Y

U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL MEMBER

Since 2019 we have been members, following “the nation’s foremost coalition of leaders working to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life.” 

BUILDING STRATEGIES

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PROJECTS  |

Walking Mountains Science Center:

  • Certified LEED Platinum Building

  • Solar Panels

  • Green Roofs

  • Straw Insultation

  • Beetle Kill Wood

COMMUNITY

We recognize that we are a part of a larger system, in which working together a necessity to properly care for our natural resources and our planet.

ACTIVELY GREEN  |  Through Walking Mountains Science Center, we are working to become “Actively Green.” In this process we are holding ourselves accountable, and taking steps to make our business as eco-friendly as we can. (Once we create our Sustainability plan with WMSC, this would be a good place to add detailed information about what we are doing exactly, i.e., recycling, composting, LED lightbulbs, etc.)​

BUYING LOCAL  |  As a local business ourselves, we recognize the importance of supporting fellow community members in order to help our local economy as well as lesson our impact on the environment from shipping products.

GLOBAL

1% FOR THE PLANET  |  As members, we donate 1% of gross sales each year to support the internationally respected brand in their efforts to help fund diverse environmental organizations.

I N V O L V E M E N T

 

As architects, we work side by side in concentrated and engaged dialogue with clients to understand their dreams. Before a project begins, we want you to feel supported by our knowledgeable and competent team, here to help you through every step of the process. 

Together with you we dive into visioning and imagination — into the most exciting part of design. The firm includes 3D visualization into our approach, incorporating renderings to project possibilities and enable the delivery of predictable results. We then work closely with your contractor,  to ensure the project fulfills its true potential. We look forward to that moment when you step into your new space and see the dream alive, smiling at every perfect detail that you helped decide. 

We strive to make design a fun and astonishing process, and we deeply enjoy connecting with and working for our clients on a personal level. It’s our privilege to give form to your hopes and dreams. 

At Sipes Architects, we strive to make good design affordable. We offer a range of delivery methods providing clients with unique and custom design consultation, where full-service documentation and construction monitoring isn’t required. We work with you to discover the range and level of services your unique project requires. 

We approach each project, whether residential or commercial, new build or renov

ation, with a unique understanding of the clients’ visions, lifestyle, story, and budget.

 
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Vail Valley Home

Brian Sipes believes natural environment, architecture, ingrained in him; he learned and Associates in 1995, and then architecture helps shape the human experience. Through Sipes Architects in Minturn, he strives to create a sense of wonder and awe within clients as he accentuates natural surroundings through inspirational building designs.

In general, Sipes views the world as a “design problem,” and for him, design is everything — it’s the thread that weaves the landscaping and interior design together, resulting in a cohesive whole. It’s why, when people step into one of his commercial, sustainable residential or remodel projects, the building feels good.

“Architecture is so much more than the surface aesthetics,” Sipes says. While studying at University of Kansas, one of his professor’s philosophies became deeply...

Vail Valley Home

Design work for this remodel project in aspen began in the fall of 2018. Construction started early in 2019 and the project was complete that June. The Sipes Architects team worked with High Country

Builders, the contractor, and the owners of the property were very instrumental with choosing details and interior selections.

“It was a home built in the 1970s, in a wonderful neighborhood, near the Roaring Fork River, surrounded by trees,” shares Todd Biekkola,

partner of Sipes Architects. “It had served as a rental home for several years and the owners were planning to move back to Aspen and wanted to update the interiors.”

The existing home had dark, heavy and outdated materials, Biekkola explains...

Vail Daily

Brian Sipes believes architecture helps shape the human experience. Through Sipes Architects in Minturn, he strives to create a sense of wonder and awe within clients as he accentuates natural surroundings through inspirational building designs.

In general, Sipes views the world as a “design problem,” and for him, design is everything — it’s the thread that weaves the natural environment, architecture, landscaping and interior design together, resulting in a cohesive whole. It’s why, when people step into one of his commercial, sustainable residential or remodel projects, the building feels good...

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