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  • Scharfenaker Urban Architecture was founded in 2012 in order to provide specialized design and consulting services to developers, private clients, and other design firms, especially for projects that are highly design oriented, with either a complex mix of uses or unique custom requirements.  


  • Founder, Curtis J. Scharfenaker has an extensive background in Architecture and construction in the US and foreign markets.  He has 27 years of experience in large scale mixed-use and destination retail/entertainment projects, as well as high end custom residential and educational projects.    


  • He's completed more than 60 Million square feet of built projects in 15 countries, many of which required close coordination with market and economic research teams and a diverse array of specialty design consultants required for large scale and high profile projects.  His portfolio includes:

  • Mixed-Use Urban Centers

  • Master Planned Communities

  • Retail and Entertainment

  • Resort and Hospitality

  • Office

  • Educational

  • Mid and High-Density Residential

  • Custom Residential

  • In all of the listed projects, he has been the primary point of contact and responsibility between the Architect, client, specialty consultants and builder.  His client list includes some of the most well respected developers in the national and international markets.  


  • He provides strategic, focused leadership from pre-design through construction, offering a perspective based on experience and accomplishment. His special areas of expertise include: 

  • Architectural Design

  • Assembling the best design team and consultants for each project 

  • Negotiating coordinated agreements for large scale projects with complex team structures

  • Oversight and coordination of the design team to meet project expectations

  • Being the responsible point of contact between the design team and owner during all phases of a project

  • Quality review during construction

Credentials and Memberships

Licensed Architect in California and Colorado

LEED Accredited Professional

Member of American Institute of Architects

Member of National Council of Architectural Registration Board

Member of Urban Land Institute

Masters of Architecture, University of New Mexico

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