Our Roots

Judge + Associates Architects & Planners is a thriving team-structured professional corporation providing comprehensive architectural, planning, and interior design services. Founded in Vail Colorado in 1996 by architect Brian Judge where the J+A studio team began with large-scale residential design. Since then, the firm has grown to include many professionals encompassing four divisions:

Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, and Land Planning


Judge + Associates is an award winning architecture and planning firm dedicated to sustainable architecture and environmentally conscious design techniques



Judge + Associates’ multi-faceted experience includes hospitality, mixed-use, municipal, urban planning, community design, multi-family housing, and single-family housing projects



We are an organization that prides itself in maintaining the highest standards of professional practice and conduct, and strive for excellence in the delivery of the services we provide to our Client


Our approach balances our Client’s vision, program and opportunities inherent to each site and its context. J+A’s success is based on the vision of bringing client’s dreams to reality. Service, attention to detail, and communication are the backbone of the firm.


With a J+A Principal and one senior project architect personally leading each design and project management team, the firm constantly monitors the current workload to assure excellent administration and documentation of every aspect and practice


J+A’s design philosophy centers on the belief that good design enables a community and sustains its economic vitality

Our Goals

J+A contributes to the quality of growth of our profession within a thriving studio atmosphere inspired and motivated by design and technical standards of excellence

The J + A team is dedicated to the energy required to explore the client and design questions required to always move from the acceptable, to the extraordinary

J+A’s award winning designs are timeless, classic, and inspired by indigenous materials and cost effective parameters. We delight in the relationship between natural light, space, and proportion. We embrace the spirit of new technology alongside historic precedent. We are dedicated to exploring innovative solutions that move a project from the remarkable to the extraordinary

The complexities of architecture and planning are a microcosm of J+A’s work, from incorporation of cutting-edge technology to up-to-the-minute knowledge of local building codes. J+A continually hones its integrated approach to architecture and the building industry.

Exemplary is the firm’s leadership in LEED accreditation of our employees and designing certified buildings and promoting sustainable green design throughout the industry. The J+A staff prides themselves on environmental awareness,  considerations of climate and topography, and conserving natural resources throughout the design process

J+A maintains state-of-the-art computer information technology infrastructure,  J+A utilizes Autodesk AutoCAD products to produce accurate design and contract documentation in a timely and budget oriented manner. J +A operates Autodesk 3D Studio and ESRI ArcGIS  to convey design ideas through 3D design visualization for a complete client solution for communication, collaboration and presentation


Planning and Evaluation
Construction Procurement
Project Administration
Supplemental Services
Contract Administration


Due Diligence
Governmental Code Review
Visioning and strategic Planning
Project Positioning
Land Analysis
Development Feasibility Analysis
Resort Planning


Comprehensive Master Planning
Community and Civic Planning
Open Space Planning
Brownfield Planning
Infill Planning
Site Planning
Urban Planning
Project Permitting and Entitlements
Public Process


Private Estate and Residential Landscape Master Planning
Golf Course design and layout
Park Planning
Streetscape Design
Environmental Preservation
Landmark Design
Stormwater Management
Recreation Planning


GPS Inventory
Property Evaluation
3D Visualization


Interior Design
Space Planning
Lighting Design
Specification Selections
Custom Furniture Design
Custom Lighting Design



As a founding Partner of Judge and Associates architects and planners, Inc. Brian has over twenty five years of architectural experience; the bulk of his work is in large scale and complex construction projects for the resort industry and mountain communities

Brian has a deep routed passion for Resort Architecture and Master Planning. Brian’s commitment to the lifestyle arts in Architecture has been served by many highly successful projects throughout the US, the US Virgin Islands, Mexico and other worldly destinations.

Brian’s career in Architecture is tied to the preservation of the natural environment and to the advancement of sustainable building practices as evident by his commitment to the continuing education series of Green Building Practices and to the client educational series of Value Added Design in a Green Economy


j+A's Commitment to Green Design

Conservation in Action

Championing the principles of sutainability at the local and regional level, Judge and Associates Landscape Architecture Department is spearheading a number of projects promoting water conservation.  Planning for the initial phase of a xeriscape demonstration garden for Eagle County will educate citizens to landscaping with plants that naturally conserve water.  Projects at Traer Creeks's Village at Avon include the LEED certified landscape plan for Traer Creek Plaza and tor the Eagle County Health Services District Ambulance Station. J+A is also working with private communities such as Cordillera Valley Club to amend their landscape guidelines to achieve a more appropriately xeric mix in an effort to conserve water


Brian Judge is one of the Founding members of The Vail Valley Habitat Non Profit. The mission, “A world where everyone has a decent place to live” is a true passion to the Judge and Associates team. The organization Founded in 1995 and has built over 65 affordable homes and has remodeled 3 homes in Eagle County with the help of dedicated volunteers, donors and partner families.

The J+A team and their families have volunteered many hours over the last 10 years building homes locally here in town and across the World. Most recently the J+A team has traveled to El Salvador and Paraguay with the Vail Valley Habitat Group.  Visit http://www.habitatvailvalley.org/ for more information on how you can join efforts with J+A and volunteer for the very deserving Eagle County.