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 driving for net zero energy homes with his residential and commercial clients, and 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. Lessons from Ghost.
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, avocados and oranges. 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's Office XP with the chairman and has contributed to industry publications on topics from regulation, global derivatives trading to the role of the US Dollar in global energy trading. Woodruff has completed sixteen marathons in six countries.
Select Project Experience
net zero energy homes 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, East West Partners, The Collective #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
AIA Associate, internship hours complete with Harry Teague Architects in Basalt, Colorado; one examination remaining
Accreditations / Certifications
LEED Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction
Associate AIA, NCARB, USGBC, ICC, US Architects Declare,
Pitkin County Planning and Zoning Commissioner
Cloud Hill Design, LLC is working 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. Cloud Hill Design works 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.
When you live in a place as beautiful as the Roaring Fork Valley you are surrounded not only by nature, but crafts people drawn to their love of place and many times you share in seeing the same vista.
A Design practice pairs well with consultants who you call friends, with artists love of their craft- they are the best at what they do- and with contractors who delight in the joy of the design and the execution of the idea.
A few years ago we filmed a video dressed in a windbreaker and the lines went something like this:
do you race to stay in shape
do you race to get ahead
or do you race to see how much distance you can put between yourself and what they say could not be done
I think collaborating and partnering with the blacksmith and the wood worker driving a 12' cove cut and the woman field welding the sky frame in twenty degree weather- is how we make this place we call home even more beautiful.
We sweat the details with our partners, our collaborators, and our friends with their trace paper and mirado warrior's. The result is repose. A building, a structure, a furniture piece- that belongs here and it is an expression of the team's desire to create beauty.
We design to come closer to nature. We race to use materials in a way they say we could not do. We do not accept ordinary, we partner, we collaborate and we know we can do more together.