About Us

Who We Are

Fänas Architecture is a boutique 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.

"Fänas" in Gaelic means both space and opportunity. 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, and cost.

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

What We Do

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

How We Do It

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 and methodologies at our disposal; from the artistry of hand sketches and 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 and 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.


Our Process


First Step

Project scope


Second Step

Survey & analysis


Third Step

Schematic design


Fourth Step



Love Your Space

Located near downtown Boulder, Colorado, Fänas Architecture has crafted custom architecture throughout Colorado for over 30 years. We are passionate about creating beautiful, meaningful spaces for our clients.

Client Testimonials

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