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Jess Pedersen Architecture has been in business since 1997.  Jess was born and raised in the Roaring Fork Valley and is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with bachelor degrees in both Architecture and Fine Arts.  Jess is a fully licensed architect in the state of Colorado. Jess has completed work in Aspen, Basalt, Carbondale, Glenwood Springs, Austin Texas, as well as Pitkin County, Eagle County and Garfield County. He worked three years in California on large-scale commercial projects and custom residences.

As a small firm the approach of Jess’s practice is to work directly with the client’s site, program and budget; all elements involving teamwork to create a unique solution.   One of the most important factors in the design phase of any project is the relationship between the architect and the client.  The multi-disciplined knowledge of the architect must understand and nourish the client’s needs and vice versa in order to create the final product.  This ideally will make the difference between any house, anywhere and your home in it’s special place and with it’s personal touch.  The final outcome is the architectural object, and the architectural object is the sum and expression of all its conditions and influences.


Traditional architecture is generated in response to climatic, technological, and cultural influences of the region.  It is felt that it is the architect’s role to acknowledge the characteristics of the site and region with the building design.  “It is my duty to challenge, as well as, accept the preconceived definition of mountain architecture”.  Sustainable green building practices, and modern lifestyles merge with rural myth and tradition to bring a “timeless modern alpine architecture” to meet the client’s needs.

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