ASPEN, CO—MARCH 24, 2016—Rowland+Broughton Architecture/Urban Design/Interior Design has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects Denver Section (AIA Colorado) with a 2015 Architect Choice Award for the studio’s McLain Flats Residence project in Aspen. The award was presented in partnership with luxe interiors + design magazine during a reception at the AIA Colorado Office.

Improvements to the 6,800 square foot home included refining the architecture to its original elements by highlighting the distinctive roof beacons with curved glulam beams, redesigning interior spaces and fenestration to have a stronger indoor/outdoor living experience, applying a restrained interior palette to every surface and accentuating the prominence of the architecture within the sweeping landscape.

About the award, Rowland+Broughton Principal, Sarah Broughton, AIA, comments: “We are particularly pleased to receive this award as it acknowledges the passion Rowland+Broughton has for our work and our dedication to providing inspired solutions to meet both architectural and interior design needs. By recognizing the architectural uniqueness of this 1969 modern gem, our team was able to restore its character while contemporizing it to fit our client’s lifestyle.”

Rowland+Broughton’s Delvon Nemechek, AIA, teamed with Broughton on the project. General Contractor was Regan Construction and KL&A was Structural Engineer. 

The Architects Choice Awards recognize excellence in residential design and construction of all scopes and budgets, from new construction to remodels and renovations. Entries were judged by a jury of architects and design experts, including Jury Chair Erik Okland, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C, Associate Principal of Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc.


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