Community & Culture

    Studio Life


    At Fentress Architects, we work in collaborative teams with clients, stakeholders and associates.  We cultivate individual leadership within each person, from “front desk to back office,” believing people of all ages and experience have knowledge and skills to share in design, innovation and service.  We value our team, and reward extraordinary effort through internal awards:

    Touchstone Award recognizes exceptional talent and outstanding contributions by a Fentress team member (yearly)

    Fentress Vision Award (FeVA) rewards professional growth by a new member of the architectural and interior design team (yearly)


    Fentress University, our continuing education program, provides opportunities throughout the year to learn and to earn AIA credits in five areas: architectural and interior design, sustainable design, technology and innovation, project management, and leadership. The Fentress Young Interns group (FYI) meets regularly for fun and learning, employing our Mentor Partnership program to support the licensure process, learn the business of architecture, and explore the studio’s design philosophy.  Several other committees also meet regularly to build competency, consistency and camaraderie throughout the studio.


    At Fentress, we believe physical and mental well-being is essential to strong team performance. A fitness room is available 24/7, offering weights, treadmills and stationary bikes to keep us healthy and energized.  Many of us bike to work regularly to trim our carbon footprint, taking advantage of indoor bike storage and shower facilities. We also commit time and resources to philanthropic causes, such as the 1% Pro Bono Design Program (, hiking 14,000 foot peaks to raise money for youth treatment, or building schools in developing countries.

    Community Outreach

    At Fentress we believe community involvement is integral to designing a more inspired environment and living a more inspired life. We are committed to listening to the needs of our global community and giving back by being a positive advocate for design, education, and architecture. Our design philosophy is based on logic, beauty, and humanism, which also serve as the basis for our philanthropic outreach.

    Here is a sampling of the many causes in which we participate:

    • Canstruction: a design and build competition in which large sculptures are  made entirely from canned food that is then donated to local food banks.
    • Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project: a nationally recognized, award-winning educational program that teaches elementary classroom teachers how to better educate their students about design, architecture, and the built environment.
    • Doors Open Denver: an annual event that introduces the public to the built environment through tours of local architectural treasures including civic, educational, historic, and museum buildings.
    • Nathan Yip Foundation: which seeks to provide educational access through building schools in underserved communities in developing countries.
    • We Care, in conjunction with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America: a program that introduces creativity and design to underserved school-aged children through the creation of handmade holiday gifts.

    Fentress is a leader in the use of BIM (Building Information Modeling). We host regular training sessions for staff as well as industry peer groups.