Who we are


Gary Petri


Historic Preservation studio.

Historic Preservation Studio. Gary is an award-winning architect whose expertise includes historic preservation and planning for college campuses, public and charter schools, “Main Street” communities, municipalities, State and County governments, religious facilities and non-profit organizations.  He has been involved in unique preservation planning projects, such as the historic Reiling gold dredge and the last street car to operate in Denver.

Gary leads the Denver office’s historic preservation studio and during his 40 years of experience has worked on more than 500 historic buildings in six states. He understands the challenges and opportunities of preserving historic and older buildings and compliance with The Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.  His technical expertise includes historic masonry and timber construction, roofing, metalwork and windows.  He has made presentations at the annual conferences of the Association for Preservation Technology International, Colorado Preservation Inc. and the North American Masonry Conference.  He served on the board of directors of Colorado Preservation, Inc. and as its President.  In 2008, he received a State Honor Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation from Colorado Preservation, Inc.

In addition to his historic preservation experience, he has directed a variety of projects for Colorado State University, the University of Denver, the Auraria Higher Education Center and Western State Colorado University.

Gary currently serves on the Lower Downtown Denver Design Review Board and the Colorado State Historical Advisory Committee.

His favorite movie is “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” and he once owned a 1965 Corvair.