We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects' Firm Award for "a distinguished body of work" and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site's unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

Paul S. Haack, AIA
Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
David C. Pfeifer, AIA
Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
John D. Graham, AIA

John D. Anderson, FAIA 1926-2017
Ronald L. Mason, FAIA Emeritus
Curt F. Dale, FAIA 1945-2003

Cathy Bellem, AIA
Ben Blanchard, AIA
John Everin, AIA
Erin Hillhouse, AIA
David E. Houston, AIA
James R. Taylor, AIA

Dan Bishop, AIA
Peter Koehler, AIA
Pamela J. Loomis, SDA/C
Ryan Lutz, AIA
Kristin O'Connell, Assoc AIA
Jenna Michieli, AIA
Suzanne Minear, AIA
Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
Charlotte Stapleton
Todd Swarts, AIA
Kristina Winn, AIA
Julie Zurakowski, AIA
3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762


AMD provided programming and design services for a new interpretive center for the Bureau of Land Management. This facility presents the story of 300,000 pioneers who traveled the longest trek in U.S. history.

An east west curved wall, adopting the colors and texture of the hillside, forms the backdrop for a series of volumes housing specific interpretive exhibits.

Articulated in light colored metal panels and glazing systems, these volumes form a counterpoint to the more textured, sandstone-clad wall that is animated by the movement of the sun. Variation in this sandstone wall's height, texture and detail will serve to mitigate its length and provide a visually kinetic surface. Vaulted roofs over these areas offer volume while animating the building elevation, paying homage to the wagon covers critical during the emigrant travels along the trail.

The building design, while alluding to the presence of wagon covers in the landscape, intentionally avoids overt mimicking of Trail history. While the contents of the building speak primarily to the stories of yester years, the building adopts a contemporary posture on the site and strives to acknowledge our presence in the 21st century.

California National Historic Trail Interpretive Center