DKA Architecture & Design Joins Forces with Boise-Based COLE Architects

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DKA Architecture & Design Joins Forces with Boise-based COLE Architects

Bend, Oregon, May 2021 — Boise-based COLE Architects has finalized a merger with Bend firm DKA Architecture & Design. The move will expand both firms’ service capabilities and allow them to better meet the needs of their clients. Both locations will retain their existing personnel and will operate as COLE Architects under one ownership team.

“These are two exceptional groups of individuals and the merging of abilities promises an exciting new chapter for all of us,” says Matt Huffield, President and Managing Partner at COLE Architects. “Our goal is that everyone in our firm finds satisfaction in their work and continues to stretch their abilities.” 

The partnership will be mutually beneficial for both firms, which share a similar portfolio, industry experience, and culture. “DKA’s principals share a personal commitment to creating architecture that embodies the unique qualities of a given urban and regional context,” explains DKA Cofounder and Principal John Kvapil. “And because COLE Architects is nearly identical to DKA in qualifications, design horsepower, and aesthetic approach to architecture, we see this as a positive development in that it affords us greater flexibility to focus on what we do best.”

In 2020, COLE Architects celebrated 25 years in business. Over the years, the firm has attracted a diversity of talent, backgrounds, and expertise that lends itself to a collaborative environment and well-balanced work. Its personnel is comprised of licensed architects (several of whom sit on local design boards and regional service boards), an interior design team, marketing director, administrative staff, and architectural interns. 

Moving forward, Huffield envisions COLE Architects “maintaining our local and regional influence and focusing on doing what’s right — whether that means being true to design and materials, creating a harmonious work environment for our employees, or focusing on important sustainability and environmental issues.” 

About DKA Architecture and Design 

DKA was founded in Bend in 2000 by architects Phil Doza and John Kvapil, and the firm has worked on many local landmark projects including the Tower Theatre Renovation, Deschutes Brewery and Public House, Trinity Episcopal Church Reconstruction, St. Thomas Catholic Church, the AAA Building, the Kendall Bend Audi/Porsche/BMW facility, the Aquatic Center at Sunriver Resort, and AmeriTitle Buildings in the region. DKA is known for its trend-setting and award-winning designs for commercial office buildings, medical office buildings, resort facilities, churches, breweries, wineries, automobile dealerships, and single and multi-family residential buildings. The firm has been recognized by Central Oregon Realtors Association and been the recipient of the COBA Excellence Award. 

About COLE Architects

Since 1995, COLE Architects has become known for its award-winning designs, sustainability, community-centric work, and diverse portfolio. This portfolio includes education, governmental, office, light industrial, medical, retail, hospitality, adaptive reuse, and mixed-use developments. The firm has been recognized by AIA Idaho, AIA Washington, Sunset Magazine, Intermountain Contractor, Idaho Historic Preservation Council, City of Boise Building Excellence Awards, Idaho Smart Growth, and Best Places to Work in Idaho.

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