We believe that Happy Homes are Healthy Homes in Healthy Communities. While we would love to sell you Happiness in the shape of your dream house, we recognize that true Happiness doesn't come pre-packaged. In fact, it often seems to require a fair amount of work including that continuous need to find a new balance as life changes. As you take a look around, you are surrounded by nature and built places. We made it our goal to support you in your journey by bringing you healthy buildings that serve your varying needs throughout the day and your life, improve the communities we are part of, while minimizing harm to those amazing natural places around us.

      In Their Own Words

      Growing up in a family with generations in medical practice, Sophia discovered her passion for architecture during an internship 1996. Since then Sophia received formal and informal education in Germany and the US. At Arizona State University she was honored by the Henry Adams Certificate for graduating on top of her (Master of Architecture) class in 2005.

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          Hygge, the Danish Art of Coziness, Part 2

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          Before going into some architectural ideas for your next project in Part 3, I’d like to share a few everyday things I experimented with to sample Hygge. Pick whatever sounds good, I would love to hear about your own…

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          Hygge, the Danish Art of Coziness, Part 1

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          Happy Thanksgiving! As we enter the Holiday Season, I would like to share a mini series about Hygge, the Danish Art of Cozyness with you. It inspired me to bring a little bit more coziness back into my life, and…

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          Solar or not?

          Sophia Sparklin AIA LEED AP

          During a recent Q&A session on Facebook we were asked about our opinion on solar. We love renewable energy sources, but can we afford them? The answer is YES, but note that that could be changing in the…

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          Historical Treasure Hunt in Ft Benton, MT

          Sophia Sparklin AIA LEED AP

          What’s better than designing a new building from scratch? Working with a beautiful old building! Just a few weeks ago I got to spend a beautiful summer afternoon in Fort Benton, Montana. After lunch at “Wakeup Cup” (highly recommended…

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          Class staging, informal work and communication areas

          Sophia Sparklin AIA LEED AP

          Where are students before and after class? New teaching environments look at those transition times as windows of opportunity, and strive to offer opportunities for student-faculty and student-student interaction, as well as personal study. Academic and social interaction…

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          Paradigms of today’s college classrooms

          Sophia Sparklin AIA LEED AP

          While a basic specification of a classroom still includes maximum occupancy counts and available technology, teaching and learning methods have moved away from a strict lectern to audience monologue. Presenters, whether teacher or student, move around the room, pointing at…

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