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TRANSACTIONS REYNOLDS ASH + ASSOCIATES MERGES WITH RMBA ARCHITECTS Reynolds Ash + Associates has merged with RMBA Architects. The company will retain the RA+A name and will operate the expanded firm out of their new office at 564 E 2nd Avenue in Durango, and their office in Pagosa Springs at 262 Pagosa Street. The two firms do share a history. Tracy Reynolds was a junior partner with RMBA (then under senior principal R. Michael Bell), from 1997, until 2002 when he started his own firm.

The merger will use the strengths of both companies to deliver greater value and level of service to our clients. The firm is the largest locally-owned architecture and engineering firm in the Four Corners region, and has the manpower and expertise to provide services for projects of most any type and scope. RA+A serves clients in Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, and Arizona, with project types including custom residential, multi-family, commercial, and municipal

projects for cities, counties, and state organizations. RA+A’s services include planning and development, entitlement services, landscape design, structural engineering, and architecture. The merger of RA+A and RMBA is rooted in the common beliefs of building and sustaining long-term client relationships, delivering exemplary work and providing an environment where employees can excel in their careers.

Trahan Architects’ Alliance Theatre project.

tenured staff? This has always been a challenge, but seems heightened as investments in development have increased. TT: Giving them access to opportunities early on and trusting them. When you trust people, they’re responsive to that. That’s where success comes from. It’s fun and the impact is significant. TZL: In one word or phrase, what do you describe as your number one job responsibility? TT: Redefining beauty. “The design team felt a responsibility to remove the separation between balcony and orchestra – challenging historic notions of segregation and discrimination. All seating zones can be accessed from every entrance within the chamber.”


TZL: Diversity and inclusion are lacking. What steps are you taking to address the issue? TT: For years, our work was about “rootedness.” That was not enough. So, we created a 501(c)(3) – “Designing for Democracy.” This organization is in pursuit of gaining a better understanding of the history of the South and what that means to D&I. A growing interdisciplinary consortium of practitioners are using the DFD platform to spatially interrogate and actualize democratic values we strongly believe are intrinsically important in scaling a just and inclusive built environment. DFD’s framework is based on a spatial practice from the lens of healing, equity, and justice. This grounds the application of DFD’s tools and methods centered on transforming the conditions that inform, guide, and manifest our society. By humanizing data and harnessing empathy, we can achieve palpable results that can correct our built environment’s disparate impacts. TZL: How are you balancing investment in the next generation – which is at an all-time high – with rewards for

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