This Firm of the Year Award is the highest honor the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Nevada Chapter can bestow upon an architecture firm. It is awarded to recognize a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture, has shown a commitment to the AIA and the profession of architecture, and has been a service to the community in which they are located. Founded in 1857, the AIA has over 90,000 members across nearly 300 local chapters. It provides licensed architects with a society of similarly minded individuals with the goal of improving the field of architecture and requiring its members to adhere to the highest ethical standards.
“Aptus is a model of [a] structured office of inclusion and personal fulfillment…giving emphasis on collaborative design, [and] it is equally admirable that they have maintained a high design standard, as show by their many awards.” – AIA Nevada Panel of Judges
Aptus is humbled and excited to be recognized as the AIA Nevada Firm of the Year. Without the continued support from all Aptus staff, consultants, vendors, community members and clients – Aptus would not be what it is today. Aptus thanks all those who have contributed to the success and reputation as an architecture firm.
Besides the obvious quality and care in service and design, a conversation with anyone at Aptus about their firm inevitably centers on the firm’s culture. This culture of curiosity, compassion, and quality forms the backbone of Aptus, a firm recognized for a high-quality body of work, a creative and fun-loving staff, and committed engagement in the community. Aptus is a compelling model for how core values can move a firm not just to commercial growth and success, but toward being active in its community and making connections with people through architecture.
“Whenever I walk through your door, my heart rate goes down.” – Barnet Liberman, Owner, Las Vegas Land Partners
About The Company: A foundation of the Aptus culture is in its origin story. Fifteen years ago, Aptus was created by Brandon Sprague, AIA, without any one person’s name on the door. The name “Aptus” comes from the Latin word for “appropriate” or ”fitting in,” which places its core value front and center in the minds of the firm’s clients, designers and collaborators. Aptus has grown from a single person, home-based architecture firm into a thriving company with three offices across the U.S. in Las Vegas, Nevada; Long Beach, California; and Chicago, Illinois.
From its inception, Aptus has been dedicated to providing clients and the community with the highest level of service and quality. Efforts are taken to ensure the entire project team, including the client, are very communicative, collaborative, and responsive to ensure all stakeholders are well informed and on the same page.
The Aptus portfolio doesn’t reflect a defined style, rather a consistency in care and quality. It features a wide variety of building types, aesthetics and places. The common thread is invisible, hidden in a design process that emphasizes research and precedent, diving deep into what end-users will experience, and examining the ecological and the social impact of each project.
“We are architects, interior designers, and planners who work around an open table. Flowing ideas. Many questions. We are curious about you. We believe informal, honest conversation is the best way to build trust; and trust leads to clarity of purpose, reliable counsel, and valued insight.”
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