Comfort and light across intricate details and challenges in repose
Jeffrey Woodruff’s architectural career in the Roaring Fork Valley focuses on sustainable design, building for place and producing design that benefits the surrounding environment.
Today Jeffrey is pushing for net zero energy homes with his residential and commercial clients, modeling energy use early in design. His work focuses on the balance between indoors and nature, embracing our natural surroundings. The built environment should respect and enhance site, a critical regionalist respects place- the work is of here.
Prior to pursuing his passion in architectural design, Woodruff was a fellow with the UK’s Securities and Investment Institute, had aspirations to be an anthroposophist- working on a biodynamic farm and growing fava beans. He has taken to furniture making, respecting the materials he designs with daily. Woodruff was a draftsman at the age of twelve- when electives were either shop, home economics or mechanical drawing. Life before DOS.
Jeffrey helped launch Microsoft Office XP (Woodruff was a software geek) and contributed to industry publications on topics from regulation, global derivatives trading to the role of the US Dollar in global energy trading. He has a degree in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis.
Woodruff has completed sixteen marathons in six countries and is a snowshoe and Nordic racer.
Select Project Experience
Currently zeroing out energy usage in Snowmass and Garfield
Habitat for Humanity, Basalt, CO (Framing and Siding teams)
Microgrid and Community Solar, Pitkin County, CO (Graphic Design)
LEED Gold accreditation, Snowmass Base Village #6
Aspen Music Festival and School, Aspen, CO
Bucksbaum Campus Phase II, Aspen, CO
Aspen Center for Physics Pavilion, Aspen, CO
Basalt River Park, Basalt, CO
Rocky Ridge Music Center, Estes Park, CO
Twin Lakes Lodge, Twin Lakes, CO
Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO
Auraria Library, Denver, CO
Ghost 13, Halifax, Nova Scotia
Master of Architecture, University of Colorado, Denver College of Architecture
B.A. Economics, Washington University in St Louis
Accreditations / Certifications
LEED Accredited Professional Building Design and Construction
AIA, NCARB, USGBC, BEST, Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commissioner, US Architects Declare
Cloud Hill Design, LLC seeks to work with clients on whole house electrification- ridding their home of outmoded refrigerants and non-renewable energy sources. We work to make existing buildings less carbon intensive and new home Net Zero Energy (Zero Electric Bill and all electric. No propane, no wood, no natural gas; just plain old sunshine and storage).
Cloud Hill Design, LLC is a member of US Architects Declare Climate, Justice, and Biodiversity Emergency. We work with clients on solar, battery and electrification shifts.
Cloud Hill Design also seeks to protect our watersheds for drinking water and native plants. As a member of Architects Declare- Cloud Hill Design specifies natives species- so that once plants are established, clients can cease irrigating.
Zelda was my hiking partner. We hiked the #8334 and #8336 trails, bordering Light Hill Road. She was responsible for steep or windy trails and when to press on to another vista. She knew when to put down the pencil and trace and just take a hike.
Zelda would pause to take in the view; understanding the raw beauty in everything that surrounds us- from the scrub oak to the sage brush and pinon pine.
Connecting with nature is critical to understanding where we are in designing and building. Only when we connect with nature, does the built environment respect the place and the surroundings.
Zelda's brother is circa 10 months. He is irascible, irreverent and yet playful. Like Zelda, Sisu- Finnish for perseverance- can throw down the drafting supplies and play flaneur for hours. He is a wanderer and imbues many of Zelda's finest qualities.