Who We Are

Since 1983 T.W. Beck Architects has explored the contemporary interpretation of western vernacular architecture. T.W. Beck Architects is dedicated to providing innovative yet sensible architectural design solutions. Our designs reflect the unique sites upon which they are placed and the people who use them. With a diverse staff of professionally trained individuals, T. W. Beck Architects has experience in a broad spectrum of project types and scales. We look at each project as a distinct opportunity to create something special, regardless of scale. As a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), our architectural firm is committed to creating energy efficient designs, implementing green building technologies whenever feasible. T. W. Beck is a member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA); Colorado Renewable Energy Society (CRES); the National Trust for Historical Preservation; and the International Code Council (ICC).

How We Work

Our multidisciplinary approach allows us to build the right team for each client. From there, the “concierge,” service side of our business sets us apart. Your creative team takes full responsibility as your personal advocate, solving all problems from start to completion. The balance of team and technology allows us to care for clients starting early in the process, getting it right the first time, every time.

Our Design Process

The foundation of our design and development process is dream visioning, one of the most important components of schematic design and planning. Through dream visioning we carefully explore the major concepts and ideas of the project – owner goals, a site’s history, surrounding environment, local design guidelines and materiality, thus developing the overall “story” of the client’s needs, site and community. With this we craft the design concept and the technical strategy that is the foundation for the project. The result is an invaluable tool for the design team and critical stakeholders. And most importantly, “the client.”

Press & Media Articles

Press releases, newspaper, magazine articles about TW Beck Architects’ work and articles written by Thomas Beck.

Sustainable Gifting 2023

Science Denial & Deception Fueled the Climate Crisis

Say No to PRPA Fossil Fuel Plans and Yes to A Sustainability Manager

Myth Busting EV Carbon Footprint Claims

Burning Mans Lessons Extend Far Beyond the 2023 Mud Pit

EV Nomenclature Needs Simplicity and Legends

Action is Our Only Option for a Habitable Future

Small 2-Cycle Engine Regional Ban Considered

Sustainability Challenges of Travel

Small 2 Cycle Engines Have Large Climate Impact

Lessons in Innovation from Living Below Sea Level

Roman In-Floor Heating Ahead of Its Time

When Will Estes Park Hire A Sustainability Manager

The Outsize Benefits of Solar on Roofs and Shade Canopies

Our Power Grid Part 2, Local Considerations

Our Power Grid

Heat Pumps are Cool

Positive Energy Strides 2022 Into 2023

Sustainable Gifting

Electric Vehicles Ownership part 2

Reality Check – Lies Matter

Electric Vehicles 2, Ownership

Hurricane Lessons in Resiliency

Inflation Reduction Act Solar Provisions

Reflections on The Fairness Doctrine, History & Archives

CU Boulders Carbon Neutral Concrete Creates Buzz

We All Win

Art & Architecture Enhance Our Lives

Clean Energy, Pipelines & Politics

SCOTUS vs the USA

Town of Estes Actions ESTF Report

Estes Sustainability Report Examined Part 4

Estes Sustainability Report Examined Part 3

Estes Sustainability Report Examined Institutional Factors Part 2

Estes Sustainability Report Examined Institutional Factors Part 1

Earth Day 2022: Ending Reliance on Fossil Fuels

Alternate Facts? USPS “Upgrades” to Fossil Fuel Fleet

Sustainable Architect Wins Prestigious Award

Incentives for Sustainability

Estes Park Sustainability Initiatives

Local Government Sustainability Initiatives

Overcoming Sustainable Building Barriers

What Is In It For Me – Infrastructure & Jobs Act

Sustainability Science Classes and Career Opportunities

Fossil Fuel Subsidies Cheat Taxpayers

Urgent Action Now the Prescription for Planetary Health

Carbon Tax, Fossil Fuel Subsidies

ADUs Will Help House Essential Workers

National Drive Electric Week, Solar Tours and Infrastructure

Urgency of Climate Action Big, Small

Infrastructure Bills Must Include Climate Provisions

Learning from Local Wildfires 10 Months Later

Solar in Schools for Essential Education & Energy

Earth Day 2021 – We Can Make a Difference

Defining Infrastructure

Reality Check – The Grid is Fragile Everywhere

Reality check

Cancelling Keystone XL Pipeline Makes Good Business Sense

It is Time to Update Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Protecting Nature Protects Humans

Top Ten in 2020

Meeting the AIA 2030 Challenge

Define “Drain the Swamp”

Energy Innovation & Carbon Dividend Act

Defining & Creating New Green Jobs

Local Infrastructure – Solar Energy in the Estes Valley

Local Infrastructure – Pedestrian & Bicycle Trails

Essential Infrastructure The US Postal Service

Respect Science The Scientific Method in Architecture

Saving the Clean Air Act What We Must Say Right Now

Solar Net Metering Under Attack

Why Are Accessory Dwellings Not Allowed in Estes Park

Workforce Housing Is Essential

Pedestrian Friendly Infrastructure a Winning Solution

Low Oil Prices & Clean Energy Transition

April 22 2020 Earth Day