Red Brick Addition Praised

The American Institute of Architects, Colorado, recognized its 2009 architectural design recipients during a recent ceremony. Willis Pember Architects received a Citation Award from a field of 120 entries for the Red Brick Center for the Arts’ West End Addition.


“The project was cited for its elegance, simplicity and its ability as an addition to uplift an entire structure,” explained Willis Pember. “When an AIA jury sees a well designed government project, they are compelled to support it given the general perception that governments do not do enough to support good design. In this case, they were pleasantly surprised.”


The project, which was completed in 2007, was approved by Aspen City Council in 2005. Willis Pember Architects of Aspen was chosen by the City and the Red Brick Board in 2002 to design the addition. The City of Aspen managed the contractor selection process and construction. 


The Red Brick was a former middle school built during the early 1940’s. It was purchased by the City of Aspen and is leased to the Red Brick Center for the Arts. For more information on the project, visit

Posted on Monday, November 16, 2009