ACI is a collaboration of architecture and construction teamed by two seasoned
architects, designers and managers – Jim Walker and Mark Gerwing.
Both Jim and Mark have 20+ years each in creating and making buildings, from New York to Chicago to Colorado. An abiding passion for buildings, their design and details, brought them together and fuels their collaboration. From many long nights of discussions and debates and years of experience, Jim and Mark have forged the firm belief that a beautiful design is worthless without the ability to carry it off in construction. Too often the constraints of budget and schedule and imagination have left great ideas on the table. By combining the efforts of design and construction into a single entity, they have realized projects that would not have been possible in the traditional model of a separate architect and builder.
Hailing from Birmingham, Alabama, Jim attended Auburn University, earning a Bachelor of Architecture and spending many summers pounding nails and learning the craft of building. Jim worked for some of America’s premier architects in New York, designing buildings and helping to create the design/build model of project execution. With Peter Gluck Architects, Jim became the on-site architect and general contractor for projects in upstate New York and Chicago. After moving to Colorado, Jim has worked with Wolf Lyon Architects creating rich, livable communities for a wide range of building cost and environments. At ACI Jim is fully engaged with every project, from design through construction, taking the project lead as construction commences.
Mark Gerwing grew up in Louisville, Kentucky and studied engineering and architecture at the University of Kentucky, receiving a Bachelor of Architecture degree. Mark earned a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University after a few years of working in Boston and later moved to the architectural-rich Chicago. In Chicago and later in Colorado, Mark has designed numerous buildings, from single-family houses to large retail projects. At ACI Mark is involved with every aspect of each project, leading the design team from initial ideas through construction.
Jim and Mark met in Chicago, characteristically on jobsites, debating the relative merits of wood over steel or brick over stone. And the collaboration was formed and continues.