Fänas Architecture is a small Boulder, Colorado-based architectural firm led by partners, Dale and Elizabeth Smith. We are, by design, a small firm - a firm of talented, excited, professional designers. We procure a limited number of projects at any given time, so as to be responsive to our clients and their projects.


If our work were to be described in a single word, that would have to be ‘appropriate’; appropriate aesthetic, appropriate sustainability, appropriate balance of quality, quantity, & cost.


It’s become a cliché, but as our past clients will attest, we listen.



Our team of Boulder Architects specializes in the planning, design & detailing of custom homes, additions & remodels, and a variety of commercial projects. We provide architectural services including architectural design, interior design, master planning, site & landscaping design, and construction administration.

One of the enduring hallmarks of our practice is our commitment to listen, to learn, to become intimate with our clients and their properties, to explore and search for original, creative thought.  We explore many options, in search of the best right answers. 



Col • lab • o • rate: to work jointly with other or together especially in the intellectual endeavor. Fänas Architecture believes that the best ideas evolve from an engaging and collaborative design process with clients, consultants, builders, and within our own firm.


We utilize all tools & methodologies at our disposal; from the artistry of hand sketches & models, to the most advanced, integrated 3D software available. The actual design of all our projects begins ‘old school’, by hand drafting. The warmth & comfort in hand drawings & renderings also tends to be more ‘user friendly’ in the initial stages of design. This satisfies another priority, which is to assure that we thoroughly communicate the design to our clients. No surprises.


President, Architect

Company President Dale Smith has 28 years experience providing architectural and design work to a variety of users. His experiences during that time have provided exposure to a wide variety of project and building types. He has been involved with corporate and institutional planning, design and interiors projects, airports, commercial office, retail projects & food service projects.


Partner, Architect

Elizabeth Smith has over 20 years experience in the architectural profession. She began her career focusing on historical preservation and renovation in the Boulder and Front Range, Colorado areas, completing work on many high profile commercial and educational structures. She participated in writing and developing the design guidelines for Deadwood, South Dakota and Bachelor Gulch, Colorado



Tessa Reist Hathorn is a licensed architect and a LEED Accredited Professional with nine years of experience in architecture using Revit. After starting her career at BNIM Architects working on historic renovations and the renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, she eventually moved to Boston, Massachusetts, to work with Moshe Safdie and Associates and later Austin Architects where she helped implement BIM in both offices


Architect Intern


A Chicago native, Leslie, earned her Master’s degree in Architecture from University of Illinois (Chicago Campus). She moved to Denver in 2009 to fulfill a dream of living near the mountains and spending time outside year-round.  Expanding on her degree and her interest in the environment, she worked as a sustainability consultant helping influence buildings in the early stages of design to set themselves up to achieve goals around Net Zero Energy and Net Zero Water.  She also helped many large-scale buildings gain their LEED certification and explore other relevant green building credentials.  In search of her next opportunity in her hometown of Boulder, Leslie found Fanas. She enjoys residential design and the opportunity to see many projects go from conception to completion. When not getting into the nitty gritty details at the office, she spends her time with her husband and two young kids exploring Boulder and the surrounding area

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