Denver, CO Architects


  • October 17, 2012

Denver design firm accepts AIA-Western Mountain Region (WMR) 2012 "Architectural Firm of the Year" Award at gala in Tucson, Arizona


DENVER, Colorado—October 31, 2012—Roth Sheppard Architects, a leading Denver-based architecture firm known for its law enforcement, restaurant, retail and entertainment design throughout the West, today announced their acceptance of the AIA-Western Mountain Region 2012 "Architectural Firm of the Year" Award at the organization’s annual awards gala in conjunction with the 2012 AIA-WMR Mega-Conference in Tucson, Arizona.

This prestigious award, presented annually to a single architectural firm located in the Western Mountain Region—which consists of more than 3,000 members in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Wyoming, Utah and Colorado—recognizes the "continuing collaboration among individuals in a firm who have produced distinguished architecture over a period of at least 10 years, and have made significant contributions to the Institute (AIA), the profession and their community, and have transcended their local boundaries in making these contributions."

A panel of peers and design experts—led by AIA-WMR Honor Awards Jury Chair Victor Johnson, AIA, principal of Santa Fe, New Mexico-based Victor Johnson Architect LLC—selected Roth Sheppard Architects for its exemplary role within the profession.

The award was accepted by Jeffrey L. Sheppard, AIA, co-founder and design principal of Roth Sheppard Architects on Friday, October 12th in Tucson, Arizona where the following statement from the jury was shared:

"During the past three decades Roth Sheppard Architects has quietly had a profound influence on the quality of the built environment and the importance of the profession of architecture. Numerous design awards are testimony to the exemplary design capabilities of the firm. Perhaps even more important is the location of many of these great buildings. In the firm’s design of law enforcement facilities, small communities and fringe neighborhoods have benefited from exposure to architecture that is simple, bold, and highly functional. Citizens of these places have learned through experience that design matters, even if they may not be able to articulate why. Roth Sheppard’s retail and restaurant design is typically innovative, functional, and fun. They have successfully reinvented the experience of dining and shopping many times, from a perfect spot for drinks and conversation to the highly successful shop at the Denver Art Museum. In practice, Roth Sheppard is preparing the next generation of architects to continue the firm’s tradition of design excellence and professional integrity. Their strong research-based process that delves deep into the meaning behind architecture and design is being continued through several initiatives including mentoring within the firm, teaching, and significant national AIA involvement through the Academy of Architecture for Justice."

 "This award is a milestone for our firm," states Sheppard, who was also a featured presenter at the 2012 AIA-WMR Mega-Conference. "My partner Herb Roth, our talented staff and I are incredibly grateful to our regional peers for recognizing our firm's dedication to elevating the design quality of our built environment since our founding in 1983. The significance of this award confirms that our passion for raising the bar is indeed valued by our clients and peers."


About Roth Sheppard Architects:

Denver-based Roth Sheppard Architects, the 2010 AIA-Denver and AIA-Colorado 'Firm of the Year,' and the 2012 AIA-Western Mountain Region 'Architectural Firm of the Year' was founded in 1983. Known for its highly innovative restaurant, retail and entertainment spaces, and elegant, yet functional national public safety architecture, the firm consistently transcends client expectations while delivering truly memorable experiences. With more than 75 AIA design awards and 24 awards from the ASID, IIDA, Architectural Record and other design associations over the last two decades, Roth Sheppard is best known for its ground-breaking design of more than 50 restaurants and high-end retail stores as well as 52 law enforcement facilities across the nation. The firm's Boulder-based Modmarket restaurant was also selected by a distinguished panel of jurors—representing AIA-Los Angeles and DWELL magazine—as the 2010 national winner of both the Jury [Café Category] and People's Choice Awards at the 6th Annual Restaurant Design Awards event. Recognized for creating architecture that speaks to its time and place yet remains respectful of its history and precedence, Roth Sheppard’s design work layers art, technology and functional considerations. The firm’s expanding portfolio of national buildings and interiors transcend conventional expectations by evoking memorable experiences rooted in the fundamental clarity of modernism. Recently completed projects include Ale House at Amato's, Denver Art Museum’s new Museum Shop, the Boulder Regional Fire Training Facility, the Los Angeles Police Department's [LAPD] Headquarters Facility, the Windsor Police Facility, multiple Colorado-based Tokyo Joe’s restaurants, Modmarket in Boulder, Goodwill Industries' new Déjà Blue high-end retail boutique in Cherry Creek, CO, and several contemporary custom homes and interiors throughout the Denver metro area. For further information please see:

About AIA-Western Mountain region