Endemic Architecture


Endemic Architecture is led by licensed architect, Clark Thenhaus and is jointly based in Alameda, California and Denver, Colorado. While not all of the projects shown here are built, they are all grounded in applied research or experimentation that considers built & unbuilt buildings, drawings, models, images, installations, diagrams, & writing as sites for architectural thinking and possible futures in commercial practice. With a record of work spanning residential, commercial, & institutional projects, Endemic Architecture:

1 . seeks to enrich architectural experiences by eliciting emotions such as curiosity and delight with a commitment to the social, cultural, & contextual dimensions of architecture;

2. leverages architecture’s primary mediums (buildings, drawings, models, images, diagrams, installations, & writing) as means for shifting the arc of attention by creating architecture we call “almost familiar”;

3. prefers mixed meanings, open interpretations, & varied associations in architecture rather than fixed messages or singular narratives;

4. conveys the particularities affiliated with local conditions and individual project demands through architectural expressions;

5. maintains a commitment to expanding architecture’s received histories, theories, representations, & techniques.

For additional information and a complete project list, click here.

(E) Clark@endemicarchitecture.com
(P) 303.548.7806


Alameda, CA. 
2424 Blanding Ave. Suite 205

Denver, CO.
Contact for office address.

Clark Thenhaus, a licensed architect in California and Colorado, is a recipient of the Architect’s Newspaper 2020 & 2017 Best of Design Awards, the 2015 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, a 2014 MacDowell Fellow, and the 2013-2014 Willard A. Oberdick Teaching Fellow at the University of Michigan. His work has been widely published, including in the Wall Street Journal, Fast Company, Project Journal, Thresholds (MIT), POOL (UCLA), and Young Architects 17. Thenhaus is author of Unresolved Legibility in Residential Types, and an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the California College of the Arts (CCA). He has previously held teaching appointments at the University of Michigan, the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), University of Colorado, and Otis College of Art and Design. Thenhaus earned his Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied as the recipient of the three-year Fideli Fellowship and was awarded the Dales Scholarship, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Current Contributors
Claire Leffler
Nate Wesseldyk (2015- )

Former Contributors
Daniela Ibarra (2020-2021)
Maya Annotti (2018)
Rajah Bose (2018)
Sofia Anastasi (2015-2017)
Brian McKinney (2015-2017)
Mitchell Price (2016 - 2017)
Trenton Jewett (2016)
Taylor Metcalf (2016)
Sarah Herlugson (2016)
Gina Bugiada (2016)
Nate Oppenheim (2013-2015)
Tyler Smith (2013-2015)
Alexandra Bernetich (2014-2015)
Ryan Doidge (2013-2014)
Samantha Okolita (2014)
Danielle Tellez (2014)
Paul Mitchell (2012)
Adam Steinbach (2012)

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