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By the fourth grade, Jeff knew what he wanted to be. His memorable report detailed his dream of a future in architecture. From that moment onwards, Jeff pursued his passion of creating inspired living spaces. Little did he know then that his passion would lead him to a different type of architectural firm, which he created, when he brought together design and building in a single company.
In 1989, following several internships at well-respected Washington D.C. architectural firms, Jeff received his architectural degree at the University of Virginia. Acceptance into an international study program in Vicenza Italy gave Jeff an appreciation for classical architecture and design as well as an understanding of the urban fabric created by past civilizations.
After returning to the to the US Jeff was hired by the largest architectural firm in the country. Here Jeff gained hands-on experience honing his architectural skills and creating construction documents. As part of his education he was introduced to powerful computer modeling tools. With a quick promotion to Project Architect, Jeff found himself leading the design and detailing of large commercial projects for companies including IBM, the Health Industry Manufacturer's Association, Murphy and Demory and National Medical Enterprises. At Gensler, Jeff also met his artistic wife Trigg, who continues to be an inspiration in both passion for design and life itself.
From Gensler and Associates, Jeff relocated to Boulder, Colorado in 1993 to leverage his experience as a Project Architect into his own business. With an MBA from the University of Colorado with concentrations in entrepreneurship and finance, Jeff created his first Design Build company in 1995. The concept of Design Build is to combine creative design and meticulous architectural detailing with a passion for high quality craftsmanship and well-executed building science. Clients sought out his company, blessing Jeff with dozens of custom, client-inspired projects that sought out carefully and cleanly detailed living spaces with natural materials expressed in a fresh and unique way.
Despite many of his projects including sizeable residences built on spectacular mountain properties outside of Boulder, Jeff was still drawn to sustainable architecture and adaptive re-use projects. The challenge of renovating and expanding existing structures involves a high level of creativity in both design and construction. Breathing new life and a sustainable new way of living into outdated structures gave Jeff the satisfaction he was looking for.
In 2002, Jeff and his wife were seduced by the Yampa Valley and moved once again to Steamboat Springs, Colorado intent on new adventures and the adoption of three children from Kazakhstan: Eli, Ivy and Maudie. With a new family taking precedence in Jeff’s life, he focused solely on the Design aspect of architecture working at a local Steamboat architecture firm. During his time there, he designed, drew and administered the on-site construction for many innovative and architecturally sophisticated residences. He also furthered his expertise in creating unusual spatial relationships. His use of natural materials set him aside from other architects in Steamboat. His passion for building science, sustainable architecture and renewable energy designs continued to grow. During the next six years, four of Jeff's designs would include vegetative roofs, four would encompass at least one source of renewable energy, and one was designed and engineered to be "net zero."
Longing for the inspiring collaborations and efficiencies of his Design Build company in Boulder, Jeff sought out a partner with whom he could create. In 2009, Jeff and Hans co-created Gerber Berend Design Build. Hans Berend brought talent, collaborative building and an amazing talent for motivating craftsmen to provide an exemplary level of service and quality to the table. The two men’s skills complimented one another. Their partnership sealed the perfect combination of design creativity, highly skilled craftsmen and exceptional value.