Design ethos, 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, and earlier in his schooling working cotton, avocados and oranges.  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 Energy Experience

net zero energy homes in Snowmass and Garfield

Habitat for Humanity, Framing and Siding teams, Basalt, CO

Microgrid & Community Solar, Graphic Design, Pitkin County, CO

The Collective #6, LEED Gold accreditation,  East West Partners

Select Design Experience

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

Collaboration Partners

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

We think collaborating and partnering with the blacksmith on the patina of the hardware and the wood worker driving a twelve foot cove cut and the steel worker field welding the sky frame in twenty degree weather- is how we make this place we call home even more beautiful.

The details define beautiful spaces. Our partners, our collaborators, and our friends with their trace paper and mirado warrior's, contribute to this repose and belonging.  A building, a structure, a furniture piece are 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.

Collaboration Partners
Drafting Board/
Current Efforts

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. Fossil free home heating and cooking equates with healthier homes. 

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.