About Us

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Welcome To RKD Architects Inc

RKD Architects, Inc. specializes in resort and mountain architecture. Our primary goal is the creation of excellent design. We are a small firm, which allows our principal architects to be very hands-on with each project. We prefer to be passionate about a few special projects. Each RKD project is an integration of context, environment, design skills and individual clients' tastes to create unique, site-specific architecture.

The company was established in Vail, Colorado in 1989 by Sally Rich Brainerd, AIA and Jack Krusen Snow, AIA. Since that time, RKD has designed architecturally significant projects at the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky, Montana. A "green" home in Edina, MN was the feature of a documentary which aired in Minnesota on Fox Television about green design and building practices. This home, "the Green Fin" was featured in The Wall St. Journal in 2009- "The Low Emissions Estate". Currently RKD has projects under construction in Moorestown, NJ; Park City Utah; Lake Tahoe and in many locations in Colorado.
RKD has been featured in numerous national and international publications including: Architectural Digest, Luxury Living, The Wall Street Journal, Mountain Living, The New York Times, Western Art and Architecture, Colorado Homes & Lifestyles and LUXE. RKD recently won "Best Ski Chalet" category of the International Architecture and Design Awards, awarded in London in September 2015

Award & Accolades


"Green Fin" home was featured in the television series "Blueprint for Green".

Our innovative designs are featured in international as well as national and regional publications including:
  • Architectural Digest
  • Luxury Living
  • Western Living
  • Mountain Living
  • Colorado Homes & Lifestyles
  • LUXE
  • Aspen Sojourner
  • Architecture & Design of the West

RKD was among the "Top 100 Mountain Architects" who are "redefining the concept of mountain design."

(Mountain Living Magazine)

RKD received the AIA Colorado West People’s Choice award.


RKD was recognized with the Merit Award for outstanding achievement in design excellence by the American Institute of Architects, Colorado West.