Chad Novak


Principal, Specialty Leader


PK-12 Education




P 303.298.4760

Designing significant buildings isn’t enough for Chad Novak: architecture should partner with its place and respond to the natural environment. He brings thoughtful, inventive, and collaborative design solutions to primary, secondary, and post-secondary facilities, which continue to earn design awards and national acclaim.

Chad has three decades of experience and leads the Education studio. With more than $1 billion in successful projects, Chad’s portfolio is flush with creative and meaningful work, contributing to greater student attention, academic achievement, and instructional success.

Context and character of place are foundational for Chad’s noteworthy designs. Take Erie High School, where Chad incorporated contextual materials like wood beams, black brick, and metal panels to honor the community’s 150-year mining history. For 21st-century learners, he embraced natural light to spill through the contemporary exterior, spreading throughout the learning environment to improve student and teacher performance.

Chad’s heart lies in the mountains, where he enjoys the outdoors and exploring nooks and crannies with his wife and two kids. He finds being out in the great wilderness allows him to clear his head and allows him to “slow down and get simple!”

Get to know Chad

What is the best part of your job?

Working with an amazing team of talented individuals. School design and planning is extremely rewarding as I feel like I’m making a true difference in young people’s lives.

What do you like to do outside of work?

I like to hang out at our cabin in Chafee County, CO. Home projects, building things, and collecting vintage vinyl records.

What is an interesting fact not many people know about you?

I grew up in Alaska. It kind of shocks people when I tell them that. I also played in the Western Regionals of the Little League World Series.

Notable projects

Roosevelt High School

Johnstown, CO

La Veta PK-12 School

La Veta, CO

Roosevelt Middle School

Johnstown, CO

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