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Peter Nelson and his family have lived in the Fraser Valley since 1999, moving here from Denver to allow his sons to follow their passion for ski racing and freestyle skiing. Peter and his wife Peggy Smith are very active in the community, volunteering and giving back to the communities that have given so much to their family. He is an outdoor enthusiast, who loves skiing, mountain biking and hiking.

Peter is a licensed architect based in Winter Park and Boulder. He is an accredited professional by the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. He has been involved in several projects that been awarded LEED silver and platinum recognition. He studied architecture at the University of Colorado at Boulder and received his master degree from the University of Illinois. His designs have been published in both local and national publications. During his 40 years in the profession, he has worked for some of the country’s and region’s best architects.

Client, context and community inspires the work of Peter Nelson Architecture. The firm practices an architecture that is simple and direct, expressive of structure and purpose and committed to both human comfort and environmental sustainability. The thoughtful designs are a direct reflection of the client and shaped by the site it sits within.

Each project starts with listening to the client’s goals, programs, budget, desires and thoughts. Understanding the site is also important. Where the views are, the path of the sun, the direction of the wind and the contours of the ground play a significant role in the design solution. Loose sketches and 3 dimensional models are used during the design process.

Collaboration with the client, interior designer and the contractor is integral to our approach, as we refine the design. Detailed documentation of the design allows the contractor to build the structure with minimal questions and change orders. The result is inspiring architecture, both artful and practical.

Professional Experience

Team leader and design architect with over 40 of experience. Leading architectural and interior design firms, specializing in luxury residential, higher education, master-planning, corporate and hospitality markets. Projects required close coordination with numerous executive and client users and consultants, management of multiple bid packages and working with numerous contractors. 


Owner, President 


  • Peter Nelson Architecture was formed to pursue high quality residential & commercial projects. Emphasis placed on principal involvement during the entire project through construction. The goal of the firm is client satisfaction through well designed, detailed and executed projects. 


Project Manager, Department of Facilities Management 

  • The University of Colorado is known for its quality of the built environment

  • As Project Manager, I assisted the University with the construction of the Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building - $165 million

  • Hired and managed architects, engineering consultants, vendors and contractors on numerous small capital projects throughout the Campus 


Director of Architecture, Design and Construction 

  • Market leader in luxury destination club industry, with over $1 Billion invested in resort real estate, represented by 400 homes in 40 destinations worldwide and 3,600 members

  • As design director, responsibilities included overseeing design, construction, scheduling and budgeting of 114 custom homes, with an average value of $3 Million

GENSLER / DENVER                       

Senior Associate, Senior Project Manager 

KLIPP PARTNERSHIP / DENVER                       


WAGNER ARCHITECTURE / LAKEWOOD                       


BARBER ARCHITECTURE / DENVER                       

Senior Associate

SKIDMORE, OWINGS & MERRILL / DENVER                       


PIERCE, BRINER & FITZUGH SCOTT / VAIL                      




Master of Architecture, Graduate with Honors 


Bachelor of Environmental Design  

Contact Me

E- nelsonpeterf@gmail.com

T- 970-531-1187