A Conversation with Tyler Mikolajczak 


A Conversation with Tyler Mikolajczak

Have you met Tyler? If you've been to the Summit County Parade of Homes, odds are, you HAVE met him, through his work. Since a young age, Tyler has had a passion for architecture and appreciates thoughtful design based on the natural environment and his client's personal aesthetic.

Tyler’s love of design began in Toledo, where he grew up building architectural models, painting houses with his father, and ultimately launched a career in architecture. Like many of us, he ventured west to expand his career and enjoy the mountain lifestyle.

Here, we get to know Tyler, his love for the industry, and what’s most important when it comes to working with his clients.

Can you remember the first space that had an impact on your architecture career?
Yes! The Frank Lloyd Wright Fallingwater home I visited in grade school. Being in a home that was so intertwined with the natural environment really opened my eyes to the true impact architecture can have on our lives.

What inspires you?
Sustainable design and high–performance building. I'm inspired by clean lines, minimalism, and lack of ornamentation in modern designs.

Also, regionalism – homes that rely on specific knowledge of the climate, geography, and topography of the region. As you can imagine, that's really important in the mountains.

What is your design philosophy?
Sustainable building that naturally blends itself to its surroundings. It's also really fun to bring reality to a client's goals for their home.

Walk me through your design process.
It all starts with understanding the clients’ vision and finding inspiration. We then go to the site to get an understanding of how the design can work in its natural environment. Integrating the site with the vision is the foundational start to my process.

How do you keep your clients engaged throughout the process?
The entire process is very fluid and highly communicative. We’re designing as a team, getting input from the client every step of the way. At times, I’ll ask questions that lead my clients to think outside the box creatively, working together toward a design that is completely unique to them.

What do you enjoy most when designing a home?
I love that every project is different, the interaction with the clients throughout the process, and seeing the clients happy when the project is complete.

What is your role throughout the construction process?
I work with the builder to manage the client's expectations and work as an advocate for the client to help the team achieve the goals that we put into the plans. There’s always an open line of communication.

What is most important to you when working with your clients?
Client happiness. I want to provide a memorable experience and form a great relationship that ultimately leads to a home that they will enjoy for generations to come.

What’s an upcoming project that we should look out for?
Right now, I’m designing a modern home with lots of wood, glass, and steel incorporated. It’s very minimalistic with clean lines and it’s going to have panoramic views of the Gore Range, Ten Mile Range, and Lake Dillon. The home features an expansive living area overlooked by an entertainment loft, an indoor 25-meter lap pool, a theater room, and an executive office to name a few.

What do you like best about your work?
The client interactions, coming up with innovative ideas, and having the ability to create something beautiful that shelters and impacts people’s lives in a meaningful way.

What made you want to be a part of the Collective team?
I formed many relationships with the team at Collective while I was working at another architecture firm in Summit County in my early years. I really enjoy the way the team collaborates and love the company culture.

What sets Collective apart from other architects?
Our team excels in creatively pushing the boundaries of design and goes above and beyond client expectations. We also provide design-build services that streamline the process, components, and decisions that come with designing a home.

If you want to learn more about our architecture services, whether a new home build or a remodel, get in touch with our team today.



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