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 November 5, 1999

Studio E, Greenfield Design merge into EDGE Architects

BOULDER – Faced with the prospect of stiff competition for a key architecture job here, Rick Epstein called up former colleague Laura Greenfield, owner of Greenfield Design Studio.

The duo teamed up and subsequently won the bid to redesign the 5,500-square-foot Quaker Meeting House.

That first joint project was four years ago. Since then, Greenfield and Epstein have collaborated on so many projects that they now will merge their firms, Studio E Architecture and Greenfield Design Studio, to “catch the second wave” of growth in Colorado. The new company will be EDGE Architects PC.

“I think we’re more competitive together than we were alone,´ said Epstein, who started Studio E in 1992. “This will allow us to go after a wider range of projects.”

Epstein said the new company wants to grab a number of new architectural jobs for building “community infrastructure” such as retail shops and religious institutions, which should follow the residential housing boom in Boulder County.

Together, Greenfield Design and Studio E have already carved out a niche for themselves in that arena, designing the Quaker meeting hall in North Boulder, The Gap retail store on Pearl Street, Jefferson County’s first-ever synagogue in Evergreen and the Community United Church of Christ in South Boulder.

The duo also is designing a 17-unit affordable housing complex in Louisville and the Boulder County Recycling Center in Boulder.

Such partnerships are common among Boulder architects, but because Greenfield Designs and Studio E worked together so often, the merger didn’t come as much of a surprise to their competitors.

“It’s like a couple getting married after living together for nine years – it’s not that significant,´ said Harvey Hine, owner of Harvey M. High Architects P.C. in Boulder. “To me, what’s more significant than the merger is the work they do. Rick (Epstein) is an architect that gives more thought to the design and to the client and comes up with something a little bit more unique.”

Epstein said the two firms made a good team because Greenfield Design has its expertise in interior architecture, and his company is adept at exterior designs.

“We both admired each other’s work,” Epstein said. The duo first met more than seven years ago as employees of Oz Architecture in Boulder. When Epstein left Oz to start his own company in 1992, Greenfield finished one of his architectural projects before soon leaving to start her own business, which is run out of her Boulder home.

The new company will move into a new office on Pearl next month, which, by coincidence, was once home to Oz. The 1,000-square-foot site will provide more space for the five-person firm to grow “slowly,” Epstein said.

BOULDER – Faced with the prospect of stiff competition for a key architecture job here, Rick Epstein called up former colleague Laura Greenfield, owner of Greenfield Design Studio.

The duo teamed up and subsequently won the bid to redesign the 5,500-square-foot Quaker Meeting House.

That first joint project was four years ago. Since then, Greenfield and Epstein have collaborated on so many projects that they now will merge their firms, Studio E Architecture and Greenfield Design Studio, to “catch the second wave” of growth in Colorado. The new company will be EDGE Architects PC.

“I think we’re more competitive together than we…

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