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KEO studioworks is a collaborative studio with a design approach focused on people and place; deriving design solutions through program, context, climate, culture, and health.

With a team having a broad range of experience in the commercial, public, and private sectors, large and small scale, we bring a valuable depth of experience to our clientele and projects. Our approach is collaborative as we guild and coalesce vision and opportunity with context, site, function, and program.

Our interest in wellbeing and human flourishing has drawn us into neuroscience and biology research as relates to human habitation. In practice, we consider the biological and cognitive effects of the built environment and have developed design methodologies and approaches for creating environments that support occupant health and wellbeing.


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Jim speaking at the Aspen Art Museum, Architecture + Wellbeing.

Jim has lived in Snowmass Colorado since 2004, focused on both public and private architecture in the Rocky Mountain region. He has been leading significant projects for the past 27 years within firms in St. Louis, Chicago, Salt Lake City, and more recent as Design Leader at CCA in Aspen CO. Prior he has had the role of Design Principal and Design Director.  

Jim is also an artist represented in NYC and Taos NM , with works in private collections in California, Texas, and Colorado.



Washington University

St. Louis, Missouri  1995

Master of Architecture

Mackintosh School

of Architecture

Glasgow, Scotland  1994

University of Bridgeport

Bridgeport, Connecticut  1992

Bachelor of Science, Interior Design

Cum Laude

Monson William Proctor Institute of Art

Utica, New York  1989

Fine Arts




Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture

ACS Forum

Architecture Culture and Spirituality 


Registered Architect

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Bryan Bowen, Caddis Principal  w/ Jim  in collaboration

Jim is an unusual architect. When he contemplates a project, he imagines not only how it will look from the outside,
but how it will feel like to be inside it.      -   Leslie Vreeland, Editor at Shelter 

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University of Michigan, Master of Architecture 
University of Illinois, Bachelor of Science, Architectural Studies 

Noelle Wilhite brings 12 years of professional experience in the capacity of Project Management, Project Architect, BIM and Operations Management. 

Noelle’s experience spans from single family residential, multi-family housing, large scale commercial projects, K-12 and higher education facilities, and biotech laboratory facilities.  Noelle’s recent work has largely been with residential development and affordable housing in Colorado mountain communities.  Noelle has a passion for managing creative, complex projects with many moving pieces and unique technical challenges.  She is detail-oriented and thorough in her approach, focusing on creating processes and systems to clarify project goals and keep projects on schedule and on budget. Noelle is dedicated to consistent communication and a collaborative team effort to drive design impact on both immediate and long term client needs.  

Noelle's range of experiences with a variety of project sizes, types, and locations, diverse project teams, and various office cultures give her a wide-lens perspective as an asset to any project.


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