RATIO Architects Merges Design Practice with Humphries Poli Architects

Combined firm offers unparalleled design expertise, continuing international record of success

DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#archdailyRATIO Architects, Inc., a top 50 multi-national design firm with existing studio locations in four cities across the U.S., announced today that Denver-based and Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Humphries Poli Architects P.C. (HPA) has joined the practice. The combined firm will operate as RATIO nationwide.

The addition of a Denver location to RATIO’s studios in Chicago and Champaign, Ill., Indianapolis, Ind., and Raleigh, N.C. provides our clients with enhanced experiences through integrated design services while seamlessly supporting HPA’s 25 year award-winning history of creating impactful design in Denver. The combined firm will create a unified and innovative design force on the national design landscape.

“We are excited to team with a strong practice that matches RATIO’s values, culture and client-focused mindset. We’re looking forward to building off our respective histories of success and combining to compete even more effectively in the Western Mountain Region and at the national level,” said Bill Browne, RATIO founding Principal and President.

Founded in 1982, RATIO is an award-winning interdisciplinary design practice that has led many noteworthy projects across the U.S. and internationally, including recent selection for the Signia hotel in Indianapolis and completed Samsung HQ in Beijing.

“Since Joe Poli and I founded our acclaimed design firm in 1994, the practice of architecture has grown into an extraordinarily complex industry. By fusing our resources with a highly visionary firm like RATIO, we will better empower our talented team members to navigate today’s challenging architectural landscape,” said Dennis Humphries, Principal at Humphries Poli Architects. “Most important, we’ll also be able to bring significantly enhanced value to our clients.”

In addition to HPA’s 100+ library projects and K-12 knowledge strengthening RATIO’s higher education practice, the combined firm’s strategy provides the opportunity to design solutions that transcend disciplines, areas of expertise, and markets through an interdisciplinary design process that ultimately creates singular experiences for our clients.

HPA is noted in the region for setting the benchmark for leadership in design, professional practice, and community services in both the private and public sectors with prominent projects including the Colorado State Capitol Restoration, McNichols Civic Center Building, NorthCreek Mixed Use center in Cherry Creek, CDOT Regional Offices, Montezuma County Combined Courts, numerous Urban and Transit-Oriented Multifamily centers and Anythink Libraries. Recognized as a critically acclaimed practice, HPA holds the distinction of being AIA’s firm of the year in both Denver and Colorado, in addition to the Western Mountain region. Dennis Humphries and Joe Poli will continue to serve in their positions as Principals of the practice and key partners in the combined firm.

“As we share values to our commitment in sustainability, design, and culture for the communities we live and work in, this transition is a natural next step in our combined firm’s legacy,” said Browne.

About RATIO Architects

RATIO is an award-winning design firm with studios in Indianapolis, Champaign, Raleigh, Chicago and Denver, offering services in architecture, preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and graphic design. Founded in 1982, its collaborative studios combine professionals from all architectural disciplines to work on higher education, community, life science, workplace, lifestyle and cultural projects. To date, RATIO has completed work in more than 41 states in the U.S. and 15 counties around the world. The design firm has managed and completed a variety of projects with more than 78 higher education institutions as well as several other high-profile projects in recent years, including the Samsung HQ in Beijing, Four Points by Sheraton in Seoul, Montana State University Renne Library MP, Indiana State Museum, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, President Benjamin Harrison Home, Purdue University Neil Armstrong Hall of Engineering, SLU Academic Technology Commons, and the Big Ten Headquarters and conference center.

About Humphries Poli Architects

Humphries Poli Architects (HPA) is an acclaimed practice founded in 1994 with a commitment to leadership in architectural design excellence. With expertise in architecture, urban design, interiors and preservation, HPA is a creative force designing livable communities that inspire, sustain, and bring joy. The firm and leadership have been consistently recognized as setting a benchmark in the areas of design, leadership, professional practice and community service in both the private and public sectors. Perhaps most notable among these achievements is the AIA Western Mountain Region Firm of the Year Award. This distinction follows HPA’s past selection as AIA Colorado Firm of the Year and the AIA Denver Firm of the Year. After 25 years and over 70 awards, HPA’s distinguished projects include Colorado State Capitol Restoration, CDOT Regional Offices, McNichols Civic Center Building, NorthCreek Mixed Use center in Cherry Creek, Montezuma County Combined Courts, Mariposa VII, Behavioral Analyst Certification Board office, and numerous Anythink libraries.


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RATIO Architects

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