At Gettliffe Architecture, our multicultural team of architects specializes in sustainable designs that foster positive human interaction and a closer connection with nature. For over 30 years we have collaborated with clients locally and across the globe to bring creativity and inspiration to the design process – all within a context of social and ecological responsibility.
Based in Boulder, Colorado, we offer sustainable architectural design from private residences to eco lodges and community projects. Our current projects include a local, sustainable organic farm, a passive solar straw bale getaway in the mountains of Southern Colorado, and a community center for climate change in Nicaragua.
Founder and architect Dominique Gettliffe brings his deep architectural and construction expertise to bear on each of our projects. Personable, perceptive, and always bringing new perspectives to light, Dominique applies his discerning eye and passion for all forms of design to our client process. He expresses his sensitivity to space and people in the structures he creates, each project telling a story through architecture.
Dominique’s interest in design that promotes dynamic communities is central to Gettliffe Architecture’s involvement in community-centered and humanitarian architecture projects throughout the world. Ecotourism design in particular unites his expertise and passion for artful, sustainable architecture with the adventures of community process. His architectural expertise and drive to create uplifting, inspiring and sustainable spaces is supported by ten years of practical construction management through Gettliffe Architecture’s former subsidiary Gettliffe Construction.
Originally from the Jura Mountains in eastern France, Dominique came to Colorado from Paris in 1982 to design passive solar homes in harmony with the environment. He holds a master’s degree in architecture from l’Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and attended the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, Georgia. He formed Gettliffe Architecture in 1984 in Boulder, Colorado.
"I could write positive things all day about the Gettliffe team. Working with Dominique, Alejandra, and the entire crew was a pleasure. They patiently walked us through the tradeoffs between project features and our limited budget, helping us understand the implications of options we considered. After understanding our priorities they added their design artistry to transform our home into a place we appreciate every day. Their emphasis on a sound structure and unseen design was evident throughout as well, identifying framing issues with the original structure and working in remediation with minimal incremental cost. The care around the foundation and drainage is especially appreciated since the recent flooding in Boulder as we had no basement flooding, unlike nearly all of our neighbors in similar terrain. Their services during construction were excellent, helping us deal with unexpected issues -- we always felt supported by their care and expertise."- Residential Client
"Dominique and his studio staff both designed and was the general contractor for our Boulder remodel. Once simple way to describe how well it worked out is to say that Dom is one of my closest friends 10 years later. How many general contractors do you hear that about? I love his design style, both the process and the outcome. We took a year to design our new house, inspired by Sarah Susanka's book "Not So Big House", and it could *not* have turned out better. The melding of our vision and Dom's was a truely pleasurable back and forth partnership. Even 10 years later, I sometimes find myself standing and looking at part of the design and marveling that we created something so wonderful - liveable, creative, beautiful, using simple (and not so expensive) materials. We feel it very representative of who we are."- Residential Client
"We have done two projects with GA and have found the experience thrilling. The end result was extremely pleasing in terms of esthetics and living comfort. GA is focused on working with the customer to achieve the best possible product."- Straw Bale Getaway Client
"Dominique remodeled our house in Boulder. We had a non-descript ranch house with a steep access to basement and garage, and 3 small bedrooms on the main floor. Ceiling height was 8 ft. No west views to flatirons. House in a great neighborhood, south facing, large garden area, but cramped. We wanted to take better advantage of the light, open up the rooms, easy access to basement, views. We had in mind a cathedral ceiling, like we had in our old house. Dominique's solution was to create 3 connected dormers in the roof line, facing south, with clear-story windows along the new roof line. The south rooms (living, dining, kitchen) then had 12' and 10' ceilings and were open with great views to the south and thru the house. The west bedroom was opened with French doors to the west, and a master bedroom and bath was created on the east, with a nice "breakfast" balcony accessed by French doors. The stairs to the basement were widened and the pitch was reduced, to make the basement (with a rec-room, bedroom, bath, laudry, garage) feel a part of the house. We have been very happy with the feel and the utility of the design. As I write this, a Colorado spruce just outside the living room windows creates a feeling of being outdoors, I see many interior angles where the inside ceiling lines of the dormers join, and I see through to the west garden area. It was quite an elegant solution!"- Residential Client