Weller Architects


Profile

Founded in 1980, Weller Architects has grown from its initial conception as an architectural firm specializing in the unique and culturally sensitive design issues related to indigenous peoples to a design firm offering broad based architectural services, gaining regional and national prominence and recognition. Specializing in ever changing, complex building types, our projects benefit from the technical expertise developed through years of application. Being a leader in creative, technically challenging design solutions, we offer Architectural and Project Management services including programming, masterplanning, community facilitation, architectural and interior design, construction document preparation, bid and award administration, and construction administration; we provide coordination with the Client, Client Managers, User Groups and Regulatory Agencies, paramount to a successful project. Clients are interactively engaged at each phase of the creative process through a systematic and proven design methodology. Many of our projects require active participation by committee and community groups; project specific requirements and/or logistics may dictate that architectural services be performed on site, Client facilities, our offices or in the offices of our various consultants.

Louis L. Weller

Profile

Founded in 1980, Weller Architects has grown from its initial conception as an architectural firm specializing in the unique and culturally sensitive design issues related to indigenous peoples to a design firm offering broad based architectural services, gaining regional and national prominence and recognition. Specializing in ever changing, complex building types, our projects benefit from the technical expertise developed through years of application. Being a leader in creative, technically challenging design solutions, we offer Architectural and Project Management services including programming, masterplanning, community facilitation, architectural and interior design, construction document preparation, bid and award administration, and construction administration; we provide coordination with the Client, Client Managers, User Groups and Regulatory Agencies, paramount to a successful project. Clients are interactively engaged at each phase of the creative process through a systematic and proven design methodology. Many of our projects require active participation by committee and community groups; project specific requirements and/or logistics may dictate that architectural services be performed on site, Client facilities, our offices or in the offices of our various consultants.


Louis L. Weller
Louis Weller, FAIA, is a co-founder and President of Weller Architects, P.C. With over 48 years of professional experience, he has served as principal-in-charge on numerous projects for governmental agencies, Pueblo and Tribal municipalities and private sector developers. His experience encompasses a wide variety of projects including hospitals and health centers, schools and universities, museums, and cultural centers. As principal and majority owner of the firm, Mr. Weller participates in all phases from contract fulfillment to cultural design issues. As a member of the Caddo Tribe, Mr. Weller is sensitive to the special considerations required by Native American traditions and customs when planning and designing a new facility. Due to his in-depth understanding of Native American cultures, Mr. Weller was asked to serve as the project manager for the $200M Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI).

Mr. Weller has been recognized nationally and internationally for his architectural expertise. In addition to writing and publishing numerous articles and reports covering Native American facility design, Mr. Weller has been invited to speak in both the United States and Europe on the subject of contemporary Native American Architecture. His speaking engagements include the Nation Indian Headstart Directors Association (Washington, D.C.), the Austrian association for Native American Studies (Austria), the Tampere Conference on North American Studies (Finland), and the United States Senate Commission on Native American Housing (Washington D.C.).



Michael D. Coppedge

Profile

Founded in 1980, Weller Architects has grown from its initial conception as an architectural firm specializing in the unique and culturally sensitive design issues related to indigenous peoples to a design firm offering broad based architectural services, gaining regional and national prominence and recognition. Specializing in ever changing, complex building types, our projects benefit from the technical expertise developed through years of application. Being a leader in creative, technically challenging design solutions, we offer Architectural and Project Management services including programming, masterplanning, community facilitation, architectural and interior design, construction document preparation, bid and award administration, and construction administration; we provide coordination with the Client, Client Managers, User Groups and Regulatory Agencies, paramount to a successful project. Clients are interactively engaged at each phase of the creative process through a systematic and proven design methodology. Many of our projects require active participation by committee and community groups; project specific requirements and/or logistics may dictate that architectural services be performed on site, Client facilities, our offices or in the offices of our various consultants.


Michael D. Coppedge
Michael Coppedge, AIA, ACHA is a co-founder and Vice President of Weller Architects, P.C. With over 37 years of professional experience, he serves as Director of Operations overseeing all projects. As Senior Project Manager he has fully participated in every project the firm has undertaken. Mr. Coppedge has developed and implemented the majority of the Weller Standard and contributes his organizational expertise throughout the office in all aspects including marketing, programming, design, project estimating, scheduling, budgeting, contract document preparation, bidding and construction administration to help assure consistency and quality control. With a particular expertise in construction, he has vast experience synthesizing and organizing complex design related issues and has excelled in achieving the critical balance between human factor, function and architectural expression.

Specializing in health care facility design, Mr. Coppedge is a founding member of the American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) and actively participates in meetings at the national level to review and establish health care codes.

Mr. Coppedge has served on numerous projects for the BIA, IHS, DHHS, Department of Labor, Federal Housing Administration/HUD, and Tribal and Pueblo entities. He has dedicated his career to improving the quality of health care, educational and housing facilities for rural Native American communities across the United States.



Thomas E. Coppedge

Profile

Founded in 1980, Weller Architects has grown from its initial conception as an architectural firm specializing in the unique and culturally sensitive design issues related to indigenous peoples to a design firm offering broad based architectural services, gaining regional and national prominence and recognition. Specializing in ever changing, complex building types, our projects benefit from the technical expertise developed through years of application. Being a leader in creative, technically challenging design solutions, we offer Architectural and Project Management services including programming, masterplanning, community facilitation, architectural and interior design, construction document preparation, bid and award administration, and construction administration; we provide coordination with the Client, Client Managers, User Groups and Regulatory Agencies, paramount to a successful project. Clients are interactively engaged at each phase of the creative process through a systematic and proven design methodology. Many of our projects require active participation by committee and community groups; project specific requirements and/or logistics may dictate that architectural services be performed on site, Client facilities, our offices or in the offices of our various consultants.


Thomas E. Coppedge
Thomas Coppedge, CDT, Associate, is a 1996 graduate of Texas Tech University holding a Bachelor of Architecture degree. With an extensive working knowledge in computer information technologies, Mr. Coppedge has served as the Network Administrator for our firm since 2000; experienced in computer science and numerous software applications, his experience dating back to 1988 affords him a unique ability to synthesize computer technologies with computer design. As a certified Construction Document Technologist, he has been a driving force in developing AIA/UDS compliant standards for general office documents and drafting standards. His project responsibilities include all facets of design from conceptualization through design development, programming, construction documents, extending through construction administration. Thomas brings a wealth of experience in a wide spectrum of projects with varying degrees of scope, complexity and building types. Previously employed by Van H. Gilbert Architect, P.C., Thomas gained valuable experience with numerous building types, notably: the Center for Sustainable Development of Arid Lands for New Mexico State University; the Alamosa Elementary Gymnasium Addition and James Monroe Middle School, both for the Albuquerque Public School District; West Las Vegas High School; and the City of Albuquerque’s 911 Call Center. Building upon previous experience, he has several complex and unique designs to his credit including: the Pueblo of Santa Ana Tribal Governmental Center; the Phase II, Initial Classroom Building for the Shiprock Campus for Diné College Campus College; and most recently, the Alamo Community Wellness Center. These projects express the personal nature of his design philosophy and exhibit a rational, creative understanding of regional contextualism.




Robert Frank Harmon, Jr.

Profile

Founded in 1980, Weller Architects has grown from its initial conception as an architectural firm specializing in the unique and culturally sensitive design issues related to indigenous peoples to a design firm offering broad based architectural services, gaining regional and national prominence and recognition. Specializing in ever changing, complex building types, our projects benefit from the technical expertise developed through years of application. Being a leader in creative, technically challenging design solutions, we offer Architectural and Project Management services including programming, masterplanning, community facilitation, architectural and interior design, construction document preparation, bid and award administration, and construction administration; we provide coordination with the Client, Client Managers, User Groups and Regulatory Agencies, paramount to a successful project. Clients are interactively engaged at each phase of the creative process through a systematic and proven design methodology. Many of our projects require active participation by committee and community groups; project specific requirements and/or logistics may dictate that architectural services be performed on site, Client facilities, our offices or in the offices of our various consultants.


Robert Frank Harmon, Jr.
Robert Frank Harmon, Jr., CDT, Associate, is a 1993 graduate of Texas Tech University holding a Bachelor of Architecture degree. With an extensive working knowledge in construction documents, Mr. Harmon has served as the Production Manager for our firm since 2001; fully versed in CADD technologies, based upon ever developing AIA/UDS compliant standards, he employs a straightforward detail based drawing system that takes advantage of the latest in design software. His ability to organize and synthesize large, complex amounts of information, coupled with his vast material based construction experience, makes him a valuable design resource. He has extensive background in roofing design, materials and application. In addition, he provides specification development and support for all projects and has been instrumental in establishing a master keynote system that fully integrates specifications with drawings. This integration between the materials graphically shown in detailing and described through specifications brings a level of communication unrivaled in our competitor’s Contract Documents. A strong designer in his own right, Robert provides in depth design evaluation and support at the detail level which allows design projects to achieve a high resolution, maintaining consistency throughout. In addition to his Production Management duties, he also serves as Project Manager for several projects with varying levels of complexity, notably: the Crownpoint Institute of Technology Diné College Campus Family Empowerment Center; and Tuba City Boarding School Construction Administration.



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