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Graybeal leaves for greener pastures

After 23 years as a partner in one of the most successful architecture firms in Aspen, Doug Graybeal decided this year to start his own firm to specialize in environmentally friendly design.

Graybeal resigned from Cottle Graybeal Yaw Architects last month. He said he will finish his current work with the firm and continue to collaborate with them. But after 23 years in the partnership, he said the time was ripe for him to pursue his passion.

“I’m sticking my neck out,” he said. “I’m just at a point in my life where I have to do what I believe in.”

Graybeal has always had an interest in environmentally friendly design and has concentrated in recent years on projects boasting high energy efficiency. His latest projects include the Aspen Skiing Co.’s Snowmass Club golf clubhouse and the Snowmass Club fractional ownership condos, both of which rely on adjacent lakes to run their heating and cooling systems.

He joined his old firm in 1979 after earning his master’s degree from Arizona State University. He helped his firm with numerous high-profile projects, including The Little Nell Hotel and the Sundeck.

Graybeal plans to use his own new house to help attract customers. He is building an energy-efficient abode in Missouri Heights. He used siding recycled from a building in Denver and insulation that is formaldehyde free. The home, with 2,100 square feet of living space, has inside hay-bale walls and a greenhouse.

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The home is a product of two years of research. It will be extremely functional as well as efficient, he said. Graybeal is also using high-end finishes to show that an energy-efficient house doesn’t have to compromise in quality. The office for Graybeal Architects LLC will be in his home. For now, Graybeal will work by himself and collaborate with other architects.

[Scott Condon’s e-mail address is scondon@aspentimes.com]

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