John Baker, President
Today’s Green Direction
John Baker is an accomplished architect who over the years has grown to feel that green-certified buildings serve both the community and the planet, and is now forging the way to some of the most innovative and creative residential and community-building designs seen to date.
He has spent the last thirty-five years planning, designing and constructing a large variety of projects including: recreation, university, military and justice facilities; community centers; elementary and secondary schools; affordable and senior housing; custom, single and multi-family residential projects; domestic and international airport terminals; churches and other commercial projects.
In a busy practice that includes 2-3 projects a year, some of Baker’s more recent projects of note include:
- Paulin Residence Remodel, River Valley Ranch, Carbondale
- Merry-Go-Round Restaurant renovation, Aspen Highlands Ski Resort
- Carbondale Recreation & Community Center
- Thunder River Theatre, Carbondale
- Gathering Center addition to the Church at Carbondale
- Waterplace Employee Housing, Aspen
- Conversion of the Aspen’s historic Pomegranate Inn into affordable senior housing
His love for innovative and challenging terrain preceded his Carbondale highlights. In the early 70s in Anchorage, Alaska, after completing military service as a commissioned officer and architect with the U.S. Air Force, Baker practiced architecture for sixteen years and worked for leading design firms as well as heading his own firm. As an experienced bush pilot, he flew to the far corners of Alaska designing more than thirty schools for native villages and remote facilities for the University of Alaska.
In 1989 he moved to the Roaring Fork valley where he became the senior project architect for the firm established by the legendary Aspen architect and planner, Fritz Benedict. One year later he established his own firm and opened John Baker Architects in Carbondale and Glenwood Springs, Colorado.