fuentesdesign is a small architecture firm committed to transitioning the built environment from the use of fossil fuels to all electric, solar powered buildings. We believe that form follows this function and through this, we seek to create a warmer brand of modernism that results in a genuine feeling of home.
We believe that architecture is a fundamental part of the climate change solution.
With over 100 architecture projects completed in and around Boulder since 1999, fuentesdesign has worked with the most progressive green building methods and systems since its inception. Our work has taken us from Boulder to Denver to Moab, Durango, Carbondale, Leadville and the high San Juan Mountains. Our design philosophy is based on translating our client’s vision, resulting in stylistically diverse projects that represent the tastes of individual clients as far as layout and aesthetic. However, the unwavering factor in our work is the commitment to the quality of the building structure, indoor air quality, energy performance and personal comfort. We believe architecture must leave a legacy of true value for the owner, inhabitant and society at large in terms of health, ecological repair and energy generation.
We believe that the best architecture is not mere aesthetics, it’s an ethical belief that design can make the world better for all.
“I don’t think we cared about sustainability but that’s one thing that’s remarkable about Brian; he’s very passionate about this and very infectious. He told us from the get-go that was what he was going to incorporate in his designs….the fact that this home produces more energy than it consumes, is amazing….it’s just simply thinking about the way things are constructed differently.”
In over 20 years of designing homes and public spaces we have realized environmental performance does not limit design but rather informs and adds depth and meaning to architectural form. Perhaps the greatest challenge of our civilization will be the reckoning of architecture and human design with laws of physics. Just as the arch represents a triumph of masonry over gravity physically and visually, so does the solar panel integrated with the highly efficient building envelope, heat pump technology and thermal bridge free construction represent the new understanding of global physics and how to keep the world safe from a climate perspective with intelligent architecture.
Brian Andrew Fuentes, AIA
Brian is a registered architect in the State of Colorado, a member of the AIA and has been a Certified Passive House Consultant with the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Germany as well as the Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS). Brian graduated from the University of Oregon and Robert D. Clark Honors College with distinction in Architecture with his thesis “A Pattern Language for the Front Range”, where he also worked as volunteer on the first straw bale house in Eugene in 1998. He was the recipient of the UO’s Rosenberg Traveling Fellowship in 1999 from the University of Oregon’s Architecture program and traveled to Curitiba, Brazil to see the latest in sustainable urban planning. In his early career, Brian worked for both a structural engineering company and a commercial architecture firm that focused on governmental buildings, schools and public spaces; he’s taught architecture at the University of Colorado as honorary faculty and has lectured for the Department of Energy as well as at the International Straw Bale Conference, the Colorado/Boulder Green Building Guild, Colorado Renewable Energy Society and DasHaus Tour. Brian is passionate about reducing the built environments energy use and is constantly looking for ways to innovate. As a Colorado native, Brian feels most at home in the mountains exploring (ideally by mountain bike) with his wife Megan and their two children.
Steven joined fuentesdesign in 2012. With an undergraduate degree from University Colorado at Boulder in Environmental Design, a Masters of Architecture from University Colorado at Denver, and years of construction experience under a master carpenter, Steven brings a wealth of experience in design as well as construction management to the team. As a client said best that, if you want someone to get a mind boggling amount of stuff done with ease and stress-free grace, this is the man. Originally from Massachusetts, Steven has now resided in Colorado for over 20 years, he’s an accomplished ultimate frisbee player, competing in multiple National and World competitions, and an avid rock climber. Most recently, Steven took a year long sabbatical with his wife and two children to explore the Andes and South American culture.
Megan joined fuentesdesign in 2011 after earning her Masters of Science in Environmental Science and Engineering at Colorado School of Mines. Prior to that, Megan completed her Bachelors of Science at University of Wisconsin-Madison and worked for both governmental and private environmental organizations. Megan’s primary role with fuentesdesign is assistance with business and project management. Originally from Wisconsin, Megan brings her Midwest work ethic and genuine compassion for people and planet to the design process. Megan moved to Colorado in 2005 to attend graduate school and to race cyclocross and mountain bikes after winning two national championships in collegiate and U23 cyclocross. Whenever possible, Megan enjoys being outdoors- gardening, hiking, cycling and paddleboarding with her husband (Brian Fuentes) and their two children.