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, was a co-founder and President of Weller Architects, P.C. prior to his passing in 2010. With over 51 years of professional experience, he served as principal-in-charge on numerous projects for governmental agencies, Pueblo and Tribal municipalities and private sector developers. His experience encompassed a wide variety of projects including hospitals and health centers, schools and universities, museums, and cultural centers. As a member of the Caddo Tribe, Mr. Weller was sensitive to the special considerations required by Native American traditions and customs when planning and designing a new facility. His design work was an especially important influence on practitioners in the Southwest, literally paving the way for tribes to engage and build cultural representation in their modern works in a manner that reversed generic, mediocre architecture. Mr. Weller was recognized nationally and internationally for his architectural expertise. In 2000 he received the Whitney M. Young Jr. Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) for significant contributions toward social responsibility. He also served as chair of the Native American Design Collaborative, a consortium of 23 Native-owned design and engineering firms. Due to his in-depth understanding of Native American cultures, Mr. Weller was asked to serve as project manager for the Smithsonian Institution’s $43M Cultural Resources Center and $200M National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). In addition to writing and publishing numerous articles and reports covering Native American facility design, Mr. Weller was invited to speak in both the United States and Europe on the subject of contemporary Native American Architecture. His speaking engagements included 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 is co-founder and president of Weller Architects. Specializing in health care design, Michael is a founding member of the American College of Health Care Architects, serving on the Guideline Committee alongside other distinguished members and has been involved with the development of five editions of the “Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospitals and Outpatient Facilities.” He brought this knowledge to bear upon the numerous public and private healthcare, educational and housing projects he has managed over the years. In the course of time he has performed design services for the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Indian Health Service, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Labor, the Federal Housing Administration and Housing and Urban Development, Veterans Administration, and countless local and community organizations; he is well versed in the rigors of technical procedure and the nuances necessary to effectively maneuver the given project forward.

With over 48 years of professional experience, he has developed and implemented the majority of our Firm’s standards of practice and contributes his organizational expertise throughout the office including marketing, programming, design, project cost estimating, contract document preparation, bidding and construction administration assuring consistency of results through a multi-focused approach. This approach is based upon personal responsibility which he expects and engenders among all that work in the office and entails careful budgeting and scheduling of time. It is manifest within the proper organization of project documents and is evident in the manner that his project managers conduct their efforts. His hand is evident in every project that the office produces. He leads by example and expects that his Project Managers take ownership of their individual projects yet provide team support for all members of the office. This management style extends to the manner by which we interface with our consultants; they too are expected to be professional and comply with the high standards of effort and especially sensitivity to our client’s needs.

He has vast experience synthesizing and organizing complex design-related issues and has excelled in achieving the critical balance between human needs, facility function and architectural expression. Many of our projects are situated in remote areas and require particular attention to the challenges of inadequate or non-existent utility infrastructure, poor soil conditions, adverse building environments due to weather extremes, and the challenge of adequate observation of construction activities; any one of these deficiencies could have a deleterious effect on any project, in combination these deleterious effects are exponentially increased. These types of projects have formed the core of Michael’s body of work.



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 E. Coppedge, NCARB, CDT is Vice President of Weller Architects, P.C. and has been working in the architectural profession for over 30 years, virtually growing in pace with the ever evolving architectural related computer technologies. His broad based computer and information expertise is fused to his understanding and practice of design. As a natural extension of this knowledge, he became and continues to serve the firm as its Computer Network Administrator. His professional expertise encompasses the full breadth of the multiple facets of architectural design, contract document preparation, construction administration, contract administration, client development, and marketing. His design philosophy is deeply rooted in a contemporary expression of local contextual vernacular fused to a pragmatic and practical application. Thomas brings a wealth of experience in a wide spectrum of projects with varying degrees of scope, complexity and building types. His contemporary regional contextual philosophy has well served our Native American Clients seeking to distinguish their cultural identity within and apart from the broader amorphous contemporary American culture. This notion of ‘within and apart’ is well demonstrated in his projects. He blends the design aspects harmoniously within their context and yet maintains a distinctive separation giving a unique identity; whether viewed in the larger sense of the building within the landscape or the individual within the building, identity of the various parts is maintained without making either condition subservient to the other; together they are in harmony.



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