Shears, Adkins & Rockmore Hisotry

Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s, Chris Shears designed many of the first mixed-use residential and office infill buildings in Denver’s Lower Downtown, “LoDo” neighborhood, along Pearl Street in Boulder, and in Kansas City. With his small office, big work strategy, Chris teamed up with many of Denver’s larger offices to execute these projects. The successful buildings and relationships formed a solid foundation for his career.

Jesse Adkins and Chris met on one such project, and together they designed such well known buildings as 15th Pearl in Boulder, Broadway Plaza Lofts and 2100 Market in Denver. In 2002, Jesse and Chris formed ShearsAdkins Architects. Still a relatively small office, they continued teaming with other Architects of Record on large urban-infill mixed-use projects from San Diego to New York.

Andy Rockmore joined in 2004. As the office steadily grew, adding experienced architects with complementary skills, ShearsAdkins became a full service firm in 2007, working on One Observatory Park in Denver.

Today, Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects, SA+R, consists of approximately 50 professionals, planning, designing and executing urban infill, mixed-use projects across the country. From Longmont to Denver, Boulder to San Diego, Westwood to Bentonville, we’re privileged to help great cities grow creatively and appropriately.