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From its inception in 1995, COLE Architects has been defined by client-centric work, attention to detail, and a diverse portfolio, and our focus on those priorities has resulted in a wide range of award-winning projects. Since we first opened our doors, our industry has changed dramatically and our team has grown, yet we continue to be one of the region’s premier architectural firms.

Focusing on local and regional work, our portfolio showcases an assortment of project types including recreation, emergency response, education, commercial, government, religious, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use developments. We provide master planning, interior design, and architectural services to clients and agencies, both private and public.

Community / Collaboration / Design 

At the core of our design process is community and collaboration while striving for superior function, form, and sustainability. We feel it is critical for architects to be stewards of society, to leave things better than we found them, and to create places that improve the built environment for all.

At COLE Architects, we bring our expertise to the table, but we also know when to take a step back and listen. After all, it’s our clients who possess the vision — our skillset simply brings it to life. We value client feedback, prioritizing their needs and pivoting when a project demands it. Our client-centric philosophy results in a collaborative and highly connected work environment that energizes both our team and clients — setting us apart from larger firms. 

Committed to our clients, we want to be part of their success. Seeing them do well means we did well. Since COLE Architects was founded, our solid reputation has yielded repeat business. 

For us, sustainability is more than a buzzword. It governs our entire design process — from concepting to construction. We stay informed on the latest design innovations, continue our education, and take our role as environmental stewards seriously. As architects and designers, we have a responsibility to set a higher standard for healthier, more energy-efficient buildings. In so doing, we play our part in creating a better world for future generations.

We also know that good design doesn’t just happen overnight, we’ve worked for years to develop a repeatable design process for award winning projects. Its effects can (and should) last a lifetime. This is where our reputation for quality comes in — through not just the materials we use but in creating artistic spaces that are meant to endure. And our efforts have garnered praise. To date, we’ve received several Idaho Smart Growth awards, City of Boise Design Awards, and recognition from The Society for History in the Federal Government.

We know that the most important aspect of any community is its people. COLE Architects is actively involved in our community and we support charitable causes whenever possible. As leaders in our industry, it’s our duty to create high-caliber designs that improve the spaces being built for those in need. We strive to do our part in supporting local charitable causes, as they make our communities better places to work, play, and raise our families.

Boise / Bend / Gilbert 

With offices in Boise Idaho, Bend Oregon, and Gilbert Arizona, COLE’s team includes licensed architects, architectural and interior designers, and administrative staff with a diversity of talents, backgrounds, and expertise. Team members work together between offices and support joint production of architectural design across many project types. 

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