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.

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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 is a licensed architect and LEED accredited professional who enjoys all phases of projects and is passionate about getting to know the unique needs of each client. She received her Bachelor of Architecture from Kansas State University where she was also principal harpist of the university orchestra. She has a broad range of experience in the industry after working at firms in Boston and Kansas City with projects including historic renovations, commercial interiors, and private schools and universities. When Tessa isn’t working, she enjoys running and hiking with her husband & two girls.


Marketing Specialist

Rebecca Smith is a recent graduate from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where she received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in playwriting with minors in writing and business. Though still located out East, Rebecca is excited to be a part of the Fanas team in aiding with their website, blog, and social & print media presence. 


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Architectural Intern
Jaime joins Fanas Architecture after working the past several years on the western slope.  She is no stranger to Boulder, having received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado and is excited to be back on the Front Range. Jaime brings a range of experience with her, having worked on both residential and commercial projects throughout Colorado.  Her focus on detailing and efficient communication with all Team members ensures every project meets the clients highest expectations.  Jaime enjoys playing volleyball and trying new local restaurants and breweries when not in the office.