COMPANY PROFILE

Company Profile

Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, LLC is an award-winning residential architectural firm based in Chesterfield, Missouri specializing in creative solutions for custom homes, residential additions and remodels since 2004. 

Curtiss W Byrne AIA, NCARB

Curtiss received his Master of Architecture degree from Washington University in St. Louis in 1992 and obtained his architectural registration from the State of Missouri in 1997. Curtiss is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is also certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), “the profession's most objective standards of competence”. 

Small Firm – Big Results

Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, LLC, listens to the clients and designs the project to meet the client’s needs and budget. Curtiss is involved in the project from the initial design meeting through construction drawings and through to the completion of construction of project. This continuity reduces the chance of design intentions getting missed and results in a better finished residence or addition.  Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, LLC, provides exceptional service as confirmed by the many 5-star reviews and is why so many homeowners and developers are repeat clients.

Universal Design

Universal Design (U.D.) is a concept of design that buildings and products should be usable and effective for everyone regardless of age or ability. Universal Design in not the same as accessibility standards which is code requirement for public buildings and multifamily housing. Universal Design is optional and can be incorporated into a home a little bit or throughout. Universal Design in a residence would allow you to make your residence your Forever Home without having to make major modifications to your house in the future.  In most cases you don’t even notice Universal Design like wider hallways, stepless entries, lever handles and 36” wide doors, but these features benefit everyone, not just those with disabilities. Curtiss W. Byrne Architect was the architect for the Universal Design prototype house in Pagedale, Missouri and has incorporated U.D. in many large and small projects. Curtiss has also been a presenter at two Universal Design conferences in St. Louis, MO.  

Sustainable Homes, Energy Efficient and High-Performance Design

Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, LLC is one of the area’s leaders in sustainable home and energy efficient design.  Homes that are built sustainable, also referred to as “Green”, reduce waste, use renewable products and are more energy efficient, resulting in a smaller impact on the environment and saving the homeowner money on their utility bills. Curtiss has designed several homes that have received NAHB Green Building certification or LEED certification, two of the most recognized green standards. Curtiss keeps up to date with the latest technologies and products and has designed houses using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF), Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS), Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels, and Geothermal (ground source heat pump) heating and cooling.

Click here to read an interview of Curtiss Byrne by an Insulated Concrete Form Trade Magazine.

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High Performance Homes are energy efficient and fine-tuned to provide the best comfort at a reasonable price.   All custom homes are designed above code standard and are designed to be as efficient as the budget allows. Curtiss W. Byrne Architect, LLC has designed over 80 homes that have received the “Energy Star Qualified” certification from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

AWARDS

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Best of Houzz for Customer Service

Houzz.com 


2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, &  2021

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Best of Houzz for Design

Houzz.com 

2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2020

Renovation & Addition of Distinction

City of Kirkwood Landmarks Commission

 

2019

Best Outdoor Living Area

Finalist

St. Louis Magazine

 

2019

Architectural Finesse Award

Addition for Westfield Breakfast Room
St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine

 

2014

Architectural Finesse Award

Ceiling for Clarkson Valley Family Room
St. Louis Homes and Lifestyles Magazine

 

 2014

House of the Year

Third Place

St. Louis At Home Architect & Designer Awards

 

2012

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President's Award for Outstanding Service

Dedication & commitment to the Home Builders Association of St. Louis & Eastern MO

2012

Traditional Interior Design

Second Place

St. Louis At Home Architect & Designer Awards

 

2012

Home of the Year Gold Award

Rolwes Company’s Bradford Display

St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

 

2009

Home of the Year Platinum Award

TMC Home’s Cumberland Display – St. Louis Homes & Lifestyles Magazine

 

 2008

Architect for Northside Community Housing

Missouri Governor’s Awards for Not-For-Profit Production Housing

 

2007

Starkloff Disability Institute Award for Excellence

Universal Design Prototype House in Pagedale

 

2004

Best Architectural Design for Single Family Residence

HBA 

Citirama at Gaslight Square

 

2004

Missouri Governor’s Award for Excellence

Affordable Housing

 

 2004

St. Louis Affordable Housing Design

Second Place

Beyond Housing

2001

Housing Design

First Place

Connecticut Home Builders Association

 

1986

PUBLICATIONS

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Proud Green Home

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Family Affair

Design New Jersey Magazine


February/March 2015

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS

American Institute of Architects

National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

Energy Star Partner

Home Builders Association of St Louis (HBA)

MISCELLANEOUS

A Judge for the USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition / St. Louis Region  
2008

Roberts Place Homes on NAHB Green Building Conference Home Tour
2007

Presenter at the Universal Design Summit / City of St. Louis 
2006 & 2008