Forum Phi Recognized as Outside's #1 Best Place to Work, Two Years Running

Forum Phi Architecture | Interiors | Planning has again been recognized as OUTSIDE’s #1 Best Place to Work 2017. Not only are the winning companies recognized as great workplaces for employees, but they respect the environment and encourage a balance between work and enjoying life in the great outdoors.

“Forum Phi was created to be the place I always wanted to work”, says founding partner Steev Wilson. “We have maintained that employee-centered ethic as we grow, and this leads us to be a company that focuses on quality of life, quality of product, and quality of experience. If you create an environment where the team truly cares for one another, that level of care finds its way into our service, our community, and our client’s experience. This environment makes work a place where you are free to be yourself and also a part of a collaborative team.  We embody the kind of support and empowerment needed to make people capable of incredible things; that's the place I always wanted to work and am proud to have created. We feel honored to be a part of this select group and congratulations to all of the companies that have dedicated their time and resources to becoming cultural leaders!”

Forum Phi’s culture is energetic, cohesive and fun. The firm has fostered an environment that allows people to be themselves and openly pursue their passions. Flex-time for powder mornings is only one item on the extensive list of benefits that Forum phi offers their team.  The firm is committed to investing time and energy in supporting the local environment in which we call home. “We strive to set an example of unparalleled community stewardship through volunteer efforts and the donation of architectural services to local and national non-profit organizations”, said Steev Wilson. Beyond promoting work/life balance there is a prominent commitment to efficiency, fair and equitable hiring practices, and diverse project types creating extensive opportunities for each team member to gain experience.


AIA Awards Young Architect of the Year to Steev Wilson


The American Institute of Architecture in Colorado awarded Forum Phi's founding partner, Steev Wilson, the 2017 Young Architect of the Year award for setting an example in design and leadership. Steev was specifically recognized for his ability to grow a prolific practice in a short amount of time, and while doing so creating a culture that instills work life balance. The Basalt Master Plan project was of specific interest as it demonstrated how young architects can shape a new city based on making places that are for coming together and interaction. Architecture with certain spirit and accessibility make for great cities and gives hope for the future.

“The Honor Awards are a representation of the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and expertise in our industry. Each of this year’s winners is not only dedicated to achieving quality design of the built environment, but to elevating the profession of architecture for generations to come,” said Cathy Rosset, EVP/CEO of AIA Colorado.

Celebrating its 125th Anniversary this year, AIA Colorado is the voice of the architectural profession in Colorado. As a membership organization for architects, those working towards licensure and allied industry professionals, AIA Colorado provides education, advocacy and resources for its members and tools for the public to find and work with architects. With more than 2,300 members statewide, AIA Architects are dedicated to the highest standards of professionalism, integrity, and performance. AIA Colorado is a state chapter of the national American Institute of Architects.

Steev Wilson is Named one of Colorado Homes & Lifestyles Top 5 Designers Under 40

          Aspen architect Steev Wilson prides himself on thinking outside the box. “Each time we run into an obstacle,” he says, “we get to turn it around: ‘Is this a problem, or is this an opportunity?’ In this business, we get all these challenging circumstances that really stretch our creativity and push us to work together to come up with solutions, which is where the magic happens. I get to keep learning every day. I think a lot of people let boundaries contain them; we like to think around corners and try to figure out innovative solutions. We want to be different; we’re OK that we’re a bit weird. We bring a unique perspective to our work, and I think that’s important.

Forum Phi is Awarded the PSMJ 2017 Circle of Excellence

Aspen's Business of the Year 2016!

Forum Phi, have been awarded the “2016 Business of the Year” accolade by Aspen Chamber Resort Association (ACRA). The Business of the Year is a long-standing program designed to recognize business excellence in the Roaring Fork Valley and an opportunity to overtly appreciate organizations that value and reach unparalleled quality, consistency, and service. This recognition follows the November announcement by Outside Magazine honoring Forum Phi as the #1 Best Place to Work 2016.

Forum Phi was selected by ACRA for demonstrating strengths in company culture, management philosophy, community involvement, customer satisfaction, and sustainable business growth. Forum Phi “defies ordinary” through its proprietary design process and its emphasis on culture.

“The Forum Phi team is humbled to be awarded ACRA‘s Business of the Year,” said Steev Wilson, founding partner of Forum Phi. “This award reflects Forum Phi’s desire to do things differently. We truly believe in this community and the Aspen Idea - a balance of mind, body, and spirit - as a model for our firm and the way we live.”

2016's #1 Best Place to Work


Forum Phi takes the cake on Outside Magazine's Best Place to Work list in 2016. Each year companies from all over the U.S. submit applications to nominate themselves for the Best Places to Work list. From here, Outside Magazine conducts a rigorous vetting process in partnership with the Best Companies Group and ask employees to review factors like corporate culture, policies and perks, role satisfaction, work environment and overall employee engagement. The Best Places to Work list represents the cream of the crop - companies that empower their employees to live bigger better lives.

 "This year’s collection of Best Places to Work finalists showcases companies that make employee health and happiness a point of pride," said Outside associate editor Greg Thomas. "These are employers that incentivize Outside’s core ideals of getting out, being active, and having fun."


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