Idaho: Riverfront Mixed Use


Bridging between an innovative approach serving several market sectors, and local influence (aka neighbors) was a driving force for this feasibility study.

Our initial services to our client, a developer with land holdings, included a thorough site assessment, program workshopping, and conceptual designs.

Part One: included a comprehensive site review, overlaying physical, systemic, and market information onto the site, as well as translating aspirations into actual design criteria.

Part Two: Turning the Parameters form Step one into designs. For our client “Putting his vision into actual pictures” was a critical piece of the puzzle in attracting investors, collaborating with planning authorities, and responding to initial resistance from the neighbors. Further seeing a few different design solutions to the same design task helped our client identify opportunities such as phasing options and infrastructure savings.

2019 update: This project is still going through entitlements, and may include a wider transition zone with more units matching its immediate neighbors outside the development.


Sophia Sparklin

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.