"Don’t be afraid of being different, be afraid of being like everyone else."
Passion is what got us here.
After decades of working for two of the world’s most distinguished architecture and design firms, we came to the realization that our ambitious spirits craved more more opportunity, more fulfillment, more challenge. In 2016, we took our big ideas and extensive experience to historic Stillwater, Minnesota where we turned our vision for BLUE-PENCIL COLLECTIVE into a reality.
Opening yet another architecture and design firm wasn’t the objective; if we were going to do it, we were going to do it right and do it differently. BLUE-PENCIL COLLECTIVE was founded on the vision of creating a purpose driven, relationship based company that focuses on community involvement and sustainability. Building a team that shared our core values and forming partnerships that enhanced our vision, allowed us to create projects with intention, through a collective of people and beliefs.
At BLUE-PENCIL COLLECTIVE, we find fulfillment in an architecture and design process that honors integrity and connection. Our name is an ever present reminder that change reflects growth, just as blue pencils are an instrument for editing and improvement. Collectively, we are continually transforming ourselves and our business with the world around us. We hold a strong belief that passion fuels everything we do. Let’s see where our passion takes you.
Reversing humanity's footprint
Aware of the steadily diminishing state of our earth, we envision a world that not only sustains itself, but one which works towards reversing the negative effects of humanity. At BLUE-PENCIL COLLECTIVE, we’re always keeping a conscious mind about how the decisions we make in our professional and personal lives affect the present and future state of our earth.
In 2019, BLUE-PENCIL COLLECTIVE established partnerships with two organizations sharing a similar sustainability vision– Minnesota Land Trust and Dem-Con Companies. These partnerships not only allowed us to work towards achieving our sustainability goals, but also act as an effective communication tool for us to educate and inspire others.