David Barrett founded the practice in 1977 with the intent of inventing a studio that brings creativity to projects of varying size, from large-scale master planning to the architecture of singular buildings, to the interiors with which we come into intimate contact. This love of design has always been coupled with an ethic of environmental stewardship. Over the years Barrett Studio has been recognized as just such a practice, establishing a legacy of sustainable, meaningful, and beautiful design.
In 1997, David chaired the AIA Colorado Design Conference where he framed the theme, “Toward an Architecture of Compassion,” bringing humanistic architects from around the world together with theologians, philosophers and artists to consider the emerging ethical role of the architect in contributing to a sustainable culture. This merger of poetics within a hopeful design vision has continued to inform his studio’s work.