Founded in 1993 by James Trewitt and E.J. Meade, Arch11 gained regional recognition for projects ranging from exceptional residences to institutional planning, mixed use development and product design. We are skilled at developing projects with ‘impossible’ sites, budgets and structural parameters, while meeting the goals of diverse clients. Our seven-person firm works on projects around the country from offices in Boulder and Denver, Colorado.
E.J. practices with the aspiration that buildings can inform us about place and landscape. Believing that the best architecture is a response to site and time, he draws from experience that includes studying philosophy and American Studies at Colby College, a Master of Architecture from the University of Colorado, and years of building experience.
After graduating from Colby, E.J. worked in carpentry in New England, learning traditional building methods and finish carpentry. Inspired by a summer studio at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, E.J. studied architecture at the University of Washington in Seattle, and earned his Masters from the University of Colorado in 1991. He was the recipient of the Alpha Ro Chi Medal for Design Excellence and the Emerging Impressions Award from the AIA.
As part of his practice, E.J. was a senior instructor at the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado from 1993-2005. He is still involved in the academic community, regularly participating as an invited design critic at the University of Colorado and other universities around the country. E.J. has presented the work of Arch11 at several universities and lectured at the Denver Art Museum. His work is published in a variety of academic and professional journals.
James’s training includes a Bachelor of Architecture, an Associate’s degree in Engineering Technology, and a Post-Professional Master of Architecture. While studying architecture at the university level, he complemented his education with studies in literature, history and philosophy before joining arch11 in 1993.
James approaches architecture from a comprehensive, hands-on perspective and has a history of making things. For him, the act of making is not only a means of completing a task, but is also a mode of self-expression and a focused state-of-being. He has made a living as a framer, boat builder, pool builder and furniture maker.
In addition to his work with Arch11, James taught drawing at the University of Arkansas – Little Rock and Louisiana Tech University; and Architectural Design and Furniture History and Design at the University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning. He is a recipient of the Alpha Rho Chi Medal for Design Excellence and the Emerging Impressions Award from the AIA.