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Inspired Design for People

More than 55 million constituents are served by Fentress Architects-designed civic buildings each year. When done well, civic design not only achieves a building’s programmatic objectives, it also conveys and reinforces a sense of place, purpose and the hallmarks of civic order: stability, permanence and dignity.

In fact, Fentress continues to rank among the top global Architecture + AE firms for government sector architecture.  Last year, Fentress was among the top 15 on Building Design + Construction’s Giants List.


As a result of Fentress’ ability to routinely deliver exceptional civic architecture, the portfolio has received over 60 market-specific honors and awards including:


“Through the often protracted process of creating civic architecture, I find myself sustained by the moments when I hear or see what is deepest in the heart of the people for whom we create. When done well, the result is an experience for the entire community–a structure that is civic in every sense of the word.”Curtis Worth Fentress, FAIA, RIBA


Fentress’ reputation as a pioneer in the field of sustainable design was established in the early 1990s with the completion of Washington State’s Natural Resource Building, which opened the same year that USGBC and LEED were founded.

Furthermore, Fentress has designed over 50 USGBC LEED-Certified projects, including:


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