Hower Architects is a nationally recognized architectural design studio based in Boulder, Colorado.

We foster excellent client communication and a holistic design approach. We are known for our ability to listen to and interpret our clients’ dreams and visions, respect budget constraints, and work closely with contractors through project completion and beyond.




Roland Hower


Principal Roland Hower founded Hower Architects in 1997.

Prior to starting his own firm, Roland worked with renowned architectural firms including: Skidmore Owings & Merrill & Harry Weese Associates in Chicago, Muchow Associates in Denver, Barger + Dean Architects in Sarasota, and Wilhelm Holzbauer, during which time he assisted in the design of Amsterdam City Hall.

Culture and Values

Our passion is to create projects of meaning and beauty that artfully impart a sense of contemplative calm.


Happy Clients

Very creative, smart forward thinking architect. I've worked with Hower Architects on many projects and would recommend them to anyone.
Client, Kalmia Residence

Roland Hower is a dream architect! We have used him on several projects including a complete exterior design, transforming our 1970's wood sided house into a modern stucco masterpiece home. And recently he created a design for a new deck with cable railing and a nice privacy feature. In addition to his superb architectural credentials and creative design, we like working with Roland because he listens carefully to what we are wanting and incorporates our ideas and desires into his plans. We have used the same contractor for many years on various home projects, and he has utmost respect for Roland and finds his drawings to be accurate so the project runs smoothly, on time and within budget. We recommend Roland most highly and have in fact, referred him to friends and neighbors who feel as strongly about him as we do!

Hower Architects helped us to take what was the 'ugly ducking' on the block and turned it into the 'jewel of the neighborhood.' We added an upper floor, bedroom suit and office, as well as a foyer and library to the main level. In addition we raised ceiling heights, gutted kitchen and bathrooms and transformed an old, tired hodgepodge of a dwelling into a modern beauty. Roland worked closely with us to guarantee that the house reflected our desires and aesthetic. We could not have been happier with the results.
Client, Longwood Residence

Hower Architects assisted me with a $500K remodel at 3160 3rd (La maison du Soleil) as well as the design of 3123 3rd Street, both in Boulder's Newlands area. Both homes turned out to be real traffic stoppers and Roland was always on time and within budget. I am very proud of how both homes turned out and of my association with Roland and Hower Architects.
Client, 3rd Street Residence