Fentress Architects is an international design firm with studios in Denver,Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; and Houston, Texas . Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm passionately pursues the creation of iconic public architecture. Known for his “patient search,” Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, has designed $43 billion of architectural landmarks worldwide, visited by more than 650 million people each year.
Fentress Architects ranks among the Top Green Design Firms in the U.S. and has been pioneering sustainable design since the early 1990s — creating the world’s largest daylit structure and the largest LEED Gold building (which later achieved LEED EB Platinum) in its era. The majority of the firm’s licensed architects are LEED Accredited Professionals. As a testament to the firm’s solution-driven and creative design approach, projects designed by Fentress have been honored with over 550 awards for innovation and excellence.
Fentress Architects is guided by the humanistic ideals that a building must work well for its users and speak of and to its culture and community. Designing to context is the act of creating structures that are expressive of community values and the nature of the work to be performed inside. When done well, convention and trade show centers, conference facilities, and exhibit halls are also civic landmarks and substantial generators of revenue for their local economy.