All About Meridian 105


Meridian 105 works directly with the Owners and Principals of private development firms, guiding a process that includes evaluation, design, and construction administration of Commercial Mixed Use, Hospitality, and Multi-Family projects.   

A History of the Firm: 

Meridian 105 is a professional architecture and design studio based in Denver, Colorado USA.  The firm was founded in 2010 by Chad Mitchell.  Chad was born in Albany, NY but moved to Florida at a young age, growing up on the beaches of the West coast before studying at the  University of Florida (Bachelor of Design 1996, Master of Arch 1998) in Gainesville.  After graduate school, Chad worked as a designer and Project Architect at Helmut Jahn's office in Chicago for 6 years, providing professional services for several large scale commercial and residential developments in the US, Germany, and Asia.   At Jahn's office, Chad was the Project Architect in charge of the State Street Village student dorms at the campus of IIT.  In 2005, Chad relocated to Denver, where he practiced as an Associate with OZ Architecture, working with corporate and private developers in the design of mid-to-large scale Residential and Commercial Mixed Use projects.   

In 2010, Chad broke out and started Meridian 105.   In this role Chad enjoys the influence that comes with working directly with Clients and the responsibility that comes with guiding their vision through the creative process.   Under his direction, Meridian 105 pursues projects with a bold vision and the courage to step outside of the norm, delivering projects that are truly unique and one of a kind.

The work of Meridian 105 has been featured in several publications both domestic and internationally.

Our Process:  

The firm works closely with clients to assure that great design develops hand in hand with their financial and philosophical goals.  Our design process can be simplified into three steps:  

Evaluate:  Our process begins with an extensive gathering of information, essentially digging to find the soul of the project.  What does it want to be?  What are the assets of the place?  What is the feel of the community?  What are the developer’s goals?  These are some of the questions we ask at the beginning of each project.

Our clients often have not yet answered the question of ‘what’ to develop in this early phase.  We provide the key component which allows them to answer that question, a template for their decision making, and a road map for their project moving forward.

Apply:  In this phase we interpret the information we've learned from our evaluation and translate it into a design solution. 

In our team setting, we start with a meeting of the minds.  Our group discusses all of the opportunities and obstacles of the project in a round-table format and brainstorms the solutions.  We often test a variety of ideas and review their feasibility parallel to product research and input from industry experts. 

Implement:  Once we have a consensus on the design direction, and a thorough understanding of the technologies and concepts which will be incorporated into the design, we run with it.  An important part of our process includes the execution of the concept and production of drawings and images which ultimately culminates with obtaining approvals from the governing authority.  We take this responsibility very seriously.