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2020 SHN Architecture + Design Awards

Runner up in the Assisted Living category is the Balfour at Lavender Farms project! Congratulations to Balfour Senior Living and the project team – we love working together!

A big welcome to…

Gregg Taylerson! Originally from Southern California, he is joining us as Senior Architect in the Austin office, and will be a key component to continuing to expand our custom homes portfolio. Welcome, Gregg!

Celebrating New Leadership in Boulder + Dallas

DTJ is thrilled to announce three new Associate Principals and two new Associates in our Boulder and Dallas offices! Learn more on our blog!

Representing the State of Georgia

We are so excited to announce that Todd Hill, Principal + Director of Design of Atlanta, has been appointed a Board Trustee of the GA ASLA chapter! Congratulations!

Licensing Announcement

Another big congratulations to DTJ Project Manager Anthony Giacovelli who has become a Registered Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of Georgia! Congrats, Anthony!

Congrats, Nick!

Please join us in wishing congratulations to DTJ Designer, Nick Troha, for passing his Landscape Architecture licensure exam, officially licensing him in the State of Colorado!

Anova Grant Competition

DTJ Designer Matthew Cartledge was announced as a winner for a 2020 grant from Anova Furnishings! See his submission, “CreekLines: A Watershed Trail System for Atlanta” here!

Gilpin County Comprehensive Plan

We have begun work on the Gilpin County Comprehensive Plan – we are so excited to be working with both the county and the community. Learn more about the project here, and follow our social media for updates to come!


We are excited to announce that the Alpine Bank Boulder branch has officially been certified LEED Gold!

The Rouge at Pivot Named Platinum

And it takes home another! A great big congratulations to the team and all who brought this project together. The Rouge at Pivot took home the Platinum Award in the 2019 NAHB Best in American Living Attached Home/Townhomes category.

And Silver Goes To…

…The Crescendo at Central Park! This project won the 2019 NAHB Best in American Living Silver Award as a Detached Home 2,001-2,500sqft. Congratulations to all involved!

Balfour at Littleton Takes Home Another Award!

The 2019 NAHB Best of 55+ Housing Gold Award was awarded to Balfour at Littleton in the Assisted Living or Special Needs Community. Congratulations to everyone involved!

2019 SHN Architecture + Design Awards

The Balfour at Littleton is the second place winner of the 2019 Senior Housing News Architecture + Design Award in Assisted Living. Congratulations to the project team, Balfour, and United Properties!

We have a winner!

The Retreat at Wild Wing – Buckhorn has won the MAME 2019 award for Best Architectural Design of a Model – Detached Home under 2,000 SF. Congratulations to the team!

An Official Green Light!

Our Architecture, Landscape Architecture, and Planning studios have been working hard on the Downtown Superior Townhomes project. Read more here!

And another MAME Award 2019 Finalist!

We have another finalist! The Retreat at Panacea has been selected for the Best Architectural Design of a Model Detached Home – 3,200 to 3,600 sqft. Congratulations to the project team!

MAME Award 2019 Finalist

The Retreat at Wild Wing – Buckhorn has been announced as a finalist for the Best Architectural Design of a Model Detached Home – under 2,000 sqft! See the others here!

The Magnolia at Westside Landing Awarded the Silver Award

Professional Builder awarded The Magnolia at Westside Landing with the 2019 Professional Builder Design Silver Award for a Single-Family Production Home, 2,001 – 3,100 sf.

Multifamily Gold Awarded to The Rouge at Pivot

We are excited to announce that The Rouge at Pivot was awarded the 2019 Multifamily Professional Builder Design Gold Award. You may find the details here!

SITES AP Certification

Greg White, Associate Principal, joins Dan DeRosa in DTJ’s Atlanta office in earning the exclusive SITES AP credential.

Universal’s Volcano Bay Wins ASLA Florida Award

DTJ is proud to announce that Universal’s Volcano Bay won an Honor Award at this year’s Florida ASLA Design Awards!

Design Within Reach – Exploring Attainable Housing Options

DTJ worked with Shea Homes to design and deliver 206 single-family townhouse-style homes. Higher density helped attainability; other efficiencies included a creative approach to side-yard setbacks, simplified foundations and rooflines, and stacked exterior walls from first to third floor to eliminate need for structural beams. Read the full article here.

Photo: Eric Lucero Photography

Gold Nugget Merit Award Winner!

The Rouge at Pivot was awarded a Gold Nugget Merit Award for Best Multifamily Housing Community under 15 du/acre.

DTJ Welcomes New Leadership

Reinforcing DTJ’s commitment to our Projects and Relationships in Texas we are pleased to welcome Francois de Kock to the DTJ Team and the launch of our Dallas office!

Black Windows and Bold Colors Enhance a Senior Living Community

A wonderful feature of Balfour at Littleton’s windows and doors by Milgard Windows and Doors. Details like these really take projects to the next level!


Outdoor Living for All Seasons – Professional Builder Article

DTJ Associate Seth Hart describes the award-winning Magnolia at Westside Landing in this Professional Builder article about outdoor living for all seasons. Read the article here.

40 Under 40

Two of our Outstanding Associates have been honored as part of 40 under 40 this year!
Read more on Seth Hart and David Poppleton

International Builders Show Awards

We had a great time at the The International Builders’ Show (IBS) this week, and we are thrilled to be coming home with some awards!

Great work DTJ team!

Gold – 55+ Detached Home 2,501 – 3,000sf – 104 Bella Colinas – Magnolia Model, Rough Hollow
Silver – 55+ Community On The Boards – Balfour at Lavender Farms
Silver – Detached Home 3,001 – 3,500sf – The Retreat at Panacea Stapleton

Green Builder Media Award

Green Builder Media has awarded the Panacea Collection as a Green Home of The Year Award Winner!

Balfour at Littleton Article

Here is a great article showcasing this unique Project in the Equine Chronicle.

Legend Award

Steve James, AIA – DTJ Founding Principal Wins the Prestigious MAME Legend Award

MAME Awards

DTJ’s Awards this year included:

  • Steve James, AIA Founding Partner Legend Award
  • Best Architectural Design of a Model Attached Home – 47th Avenue Rowhomes, The Union
  • Best Architectural Design of a Model, Detached Home 2,001 – 2,600 sf – Crescendo at Central Park, Plan 2205
  • Best Green Home Design – Panacea Collection at Stapleton

Attached Home of the Year – Live at Downtown Superior, The Denver

Leadership Announcement

Gage Duran, AIA is DTJ’s newest Associate! Gage has over 16 years’ experience encompassing design acumen, technical ability, efficiency, construction management and real estate development for single-family, townhome and multi-family products, community clubs, and mixed-use/infill projects.

DTJ Announces New Associate Principals

DTJ is pleased to announce that Jay Johnston, RLA, Lee Payne, AIA, and Greg White, ASLA have accepted new leadership roles as Associate Principals. All three have a long tenure and history of success in the areas of design, project management, company leadership, sustainable initiatives, and business development.  They value long-term client relationships and mentoring staff for success. Jay, Lee and Greg continue to be instrumental in the growth of DTJ.

Ferris Award for The Best Theme Park Planning in China 2017

The Chongqing Mayan Water park Project was awarded the Best Theme Park Planning in China Award for 2017! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this success!

DTJ Integrating Open Spaces in Development for 50 years

The Colorado Real Estate Journal recently shared an article Celebrating DTJ’s 50-year History of architecture, planning and landscape architecture. We are so proud of reaching this milestone, and sincerely thank everyone who has contributed to the past 50 years! Read the article here.

Groundbreaking at Balfour Louisville!

The Project team happily broke ground at the Balfour Louisville Project in early February, see some highlights on our facebook page

Balfour at Littleton NAHB Silver Award!

The DTJ Team is very proud to be working on the Balfour at Littleton Project that recently was awarded the NAHB Silver Award for Best 55+ On the Boards Community or Project! 
Here is a quick video showing how progress is coming along: Watch the video.

Lushan West Sea Golf Club Honored by AIA Colorado

AIA Colorado awarded the Lushan West Sea Golf Club Project with an Honorable Mention

More information about the Lushan West Sea Golf Club Project can be found on the ARCHITECT Magazine website

Real de la Quinta Video

The DTJ Team is very proud to be working on the Real de la Quinta Project in Benahavis, Malaga, Spain. The organization has released a video about the Project. The video features comments by some of the DTJ Partners and Design Team that have been working on the Project.

Learn more about this exciting Project on the Company website.

PCBC Gold Nugget Award Winners!

Lowry at Boulevard One; Denver, Colorado – Merit Award, Best Single Family Home 2,500 – 2,999 sf

Balfour at Littleton; Jefferson County, Colorado – Merit Award, Best On The Boards Seniors Project

To see all of this year’s Gold Nugget winners visit: https://www.goldnuggetawards.com/2017GoldNuggetAwards/index.html

Volcano Bay Awarded Best New Theme Park!

Theme Park Insider Awards Awarded Volcano Bay; Orlando, Florida as Best New Theme Park. See all of the Awards listed here: https://www.themeparkinsider.com/awards/

More information on Volcano Bay can be found here: https://www.universalorlando.com/web/en/us/theme-parks/volcano-bay/index.html

Centennial Olympic Park in the News

Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park Renovation is underway! See the work in Progress.


For the second year in a row DTJ won the Platinum Award for a Community Facility
2017 – The Lake Club at Centerra is a Platinum Award Winner, and the Rocky Mountain “Best in Region” Award

Designing for the 55+ Market: Your Top 20 Questions Answered

DTJ DESIGN Principal, Tom Kopf, will be speaking on a panel Thursday, August 4th at the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver ‘Designing for the 55+ Market’ Event! You can find more information about the panel, other speakers or register for the event on their website.

Announcing 4 New Associates

DTJ DESIGN recently named the following team members as Associates:

Zach Earheart, Senior Designer/Project Manager

Seth Hart, Senior Designer/Project Manager

David Poppleton, RA, Senior Architect

Brian Ryckman, Senior Designer/Landscape Architect

Congratulations to Zach, Seth, David and Brian!

New Partner

DTJ is thrilled to have Todd Hill, ASLA, LEED AP, Director of DTJ’s Atlanta office, as the newest partner at DTJ.  Todd provides a combination of high design, personal touch and sustainable principles in his global portfolio of landscape architecture, community planning and urban regeneration projects. Congratulations Todd!

New Employees

DTJ started off 2016 strong with several new hires in both our offices! A warm welcome to all.

Amy Conway – Planning, Boulder

Denise George – Planning, Boulder

Nick Hoffman – Architecture, Boulder

Matt Kintner – Landscape Architecture, Boulder

2015 Best in American Living Award Winner

DTJ won the Silver Award for Detached Home up to 2,000 sf for Solterra – Signature 1!

Read more about this project on BALA’s website

2015 Best in American Living Award Winner

DTJ won the Platinum Award for a Community Facility for the Shed at Midtown!

Read more about this project on BALA’s website.

2015 MAME Finalist

DTJ’s Lake Club at Centerra was a finalist for the 2015 MAME Award for Best Community Amenity. McWhinney was the developer, and TRIO Environments did the interior design. Hats off to a great team!

See the list of all of the 2015 winners and finalists!

2015 MAME Award Winner

DTJ and Brookfield Residential won the 2015 MAME Award for Best Architectural Design of a Detached Home under 2,200 sf for the Solterra Signature 1!

For more information check out Brookfield Residential’s Press release.

New Associate

DTJ recently named senior architect Lee Payne as Associate. With a focus on complete project integration Lee is involved in all aspects of project delivery; from concept and yield studies through construction. He specializes in mixed-use, senior living and multifamily, residential, corporate campus and office facilities, places of assembly and retail environments. Congratulations Lee!

Forest Lakes

DTJ is pleased to share in the excitement around the Forest Lakes Community in Halifax, Nova Scotia. DTJ has been working with Terra Firma Development Corporation over the past four years to provide landscape architecture, architecture, and planning for this highly amenitized, four season lifestyle community.

Todd in Nassau

DTJ’s Todd Hill has been invited back to Nassau to revisit the 2004 EDAW plan for ‘Nassau Harbour – Bay Street Regeneration.’   Todd will help restudy the unexecuted plan and adapt it to the present conditions, which include dilapidated commercial and residential challenges.  Called “An ambitious and much-needed project to regenerate Bay Street” by Nassau’s Tribune242, we are excited to see what Todd can accomplish!

Vegas Builders Show

DTJ hopes you can join us at the 2015 Builders Show in Las Vegas.  Principals Steve James and Tom Kopf will be giving a series of presentations between Jan 20th and Jan 22nd.  Topics to include: Site Design, Small Sites for Big Success, and Indoor Design Meets Outdoor Living.

ProGreen Parklet

The ProGreen Expo is going on this week at the Denver Convention Center and we are excited that DTJer Susan Wade will be presenting as part of the Friday 10 X 10 Design Presentation (Part II). This past spring, Susan and a few other DTJ women won the City’s competition to design and build Boulder’s first Parklet. Susan’s presentation will focus on the design and construction process that made the Parklet a success.


DTJ Founding Partner Bruce Downing inducted into the Best in American Living Hall of Fame!

DTJ is extremely proud and pleased to announce Founding Partner Bruce Downing’s induction into the BALA Hall of Fame.  From developing the first Planned Unit Development in Colorado and pioneering solar homes, to beautiful golf communities and luxury lifestyle living, his award-winning projects and contribution to the residential industry has been significant.  Bruce was celebrated at the BALA Awards Ceremony and the International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas last week. Congratulations Bruce!

Landscape Architecture Magazine

We are excited to share that DTJ has been featured in Landscape Architect and Specifier News. The article highlights some of our recent work in Colorado and internationally. Check out the online version for the full story and some fantastic photography of the featured projects.

GW Builder Magazine

DTJ Senior Landscape Architect, Greg White, shares some ideas and advice on water-wise design. Check out his article for Builder Magazine.


Fall has arrived and that means it’s time for Boulder’s first temporary Parklet to be taken down. It’s had a great response and we are so glad that the team of designers involved in the volunteer project included a few DTJers!

Midtown Award

DTJ’s Residence Two at Midtown continues to win big; this time with a 2014 Builder’s Choice GRAND Award for Production, Semi-Custom, or Spec 3,500 Square Feet or Less.  According to Builder Magazine, The jury predicted the finished product will enjoy broad appeal, praising its “attractive” exterior, sunny interior, and “very creative” floor plan.”

Bahama Visit

Several years in the making, DTJ Design is excited to be working in the Bahamas on the redevelopment of downtown Nassau.  DTJ Atlanta Director Todd Hill (left) and Designer Louie Northern (right) traveled to meet with Nassau officials last week.  Here, you see them posed outside of local restaurant- meetings and designing works up quite an appetite!

Gold Nugget Awards

Midtown’s Residence Two was recognized for its design artistry once again with PCBC’s Gold Nugget GRAND Award.  DTJ’s Lushan West Sea Golf Club, Nanchang, China (pictured) on a Merit Award for Best International Commercial/Specialty Building.

Rock Your Project

Tom Kopf’s article, The Perfect Place, is featured in NAHB’s new Best in American Living online magazine. Winter 2014 is the inaugural issue…check it out to learn how amenities will rock your project in the marketplace.

Builders are the Best

Tom Kopf and Steve James shared new ideas and inspiration at the International Builders Show. Tom presented “Great Places and Green Spaces: Curb Appeal through Sustainable Design” and “How Community Amenities Sell Homes” Steve James presented- “Showcase the Full Potential of Outdoor Living” and both Tom and Steve participated in Site Design Plan Review.

Glitz & Glamour

Midtown’s Residence Two shined bright at the International Builders Show in Las Vegas with Three Awards:

The Nationals – Gold Award – Best Architectural Design for a Home up to 2,000 sf
Best in American Living – Platinum Award – Best Home under 2,000 sf
Best in American Living – Best in Region – Mountain

Cool Courtyards

Indoor – outdoor living was celebrated in an article by Steve James in Builder Magazine. The article looks at making outdoor space the heart of a small lot plan to create homes that live bigger and sell better.

Lifelong Learning

DTJ Architecture Studio Principals Steve JamesDave Williams and Joseph Ginther gained valuable industry knowledge and inspiration from the myriad of presentations at the AIA National Convention in Denver.

New Talent, New Markets

Todd Hill, ASLA, LEED AP, joined DTJ as the Director of DTJ’s new Atlanta office.  Todd provides a combination of high design, personal touch and sustainable principles in his global portfolio of landscape architecture, community planning and urban regeneration projects.

You be the Judge

Principal Steve James was honored to judge the Builder’s Choice and Custom Home Awards in Washington, DC.

Spring into Action

NAHB Spring Board Meeting

Tom Kopf participated in Design and Land Development committee meetings, and volunteered to help update NAHB’s Developer Checklist


Steve James spoke at the Pacific Coast Builder’s Conference, along with Tom Morton of Brookfield Residential. The presentation entitled “From Brown to Green: Successful Strategies for Urban Brownfield Redevelopment” showcased the new Midtown project in Denver as a case study.

Hip Place to Live

One of DTJ’s floor plans for Brookfield Residential’s new Midtown project was published in the Denver Post.

Designing the Future

Tom Kopf was the Keynote Speaker for Wake Up & Dream: Creating an Eco-Village for Oklahoma State University, Speaker Series.

The Great Outdoors

Steve’s presentation at the International Builder’s Show was highlighted in Custom Home Magazine online “Tips for Creating Great Outdoor Spaces.”
Read the article here

Hooray for Homebuilders

International Builders Show – Tom Kopf and Steve James presented programs on Design and Land Development. Steve was on a panel presenting “Look Outside your Window: Create Appealing Outdoor Living Environments”, and Tom spoke on Achieving Green Development Objectives through Site Planning”

Sharing Success

Tom Kopf shared recent insights from project-related work abroad in Land Development Magazine with an article entitled “Exporting Knowledge: Helping the World Build Better Places”

And the Winner Is…

DTJ received a Gold Nugget Grand Award for International On-The-Boards Project for Pai Hu, an ecological resort destination community in Wuhan, China.
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