We believe the most important thing any designer can do is to simply listen.
Specializing in projects both large and small, we have garnered local, regional and national awards and have been published in numerous books, print and e-publications around the globe (on 6 continents, to be exact).
The size and structure of 1 Friday Design makes it possible to provide each project with a great measure of personal attention. A limited number of commissions are selected per year. Our firm stresses the importance of a client’s involvement in the design process from conception to final execution. Attention to detail, regardless of scope and scale, is critical to every commission, and we believe each project benefits from the clarity and thoroughness of our methodology and process. We provide the quality of service our clients expect and the creative solutions they desire in a timely and economically responsible fashion.
We collaborate closely with our clients in all phases of the building process: conceptual design, planning, construction administration and interiors. We also work in-step with builders, engineers and other industry professionals to steer efficiencies of time and budget. Seamless integration of project teams, ideas and materials are the hallmark of a 1 Friday Design experience.
We create an architecture that listens to its place. It responds. We are mindful of the environment in which we are working. How does the project tie into the geography of the area, the microclimate, the end users and their concerns? What makes sense for one project may not make any sense on the next —perhaps even when they’re located within a stone’s throw of one another.
We understand this reality and believe the proof is in the project. A strong sense of place and purpose guides our approach. We design to the landscape, the environment and the specific demands of each project, every client. We strive for cost-effective and energy-conscious solutions and find beauty in balancing the needs of our clients with the needs of our time, where sustainability is an obligation, not an option.
We successfully answer the needs and desires of our clients today, and where they ultimately will be for years to come.
Wayne Gretzky was once asked how he was capable of maintaining his level of success year after year with an almost effortless grace. He replied calmly, “I don’t play where the puck is, I play where the puck is going to be.”
Since our inception, we at 1 Friday Design have devoted ourselves to individual client needs. Thoughtful design encompasses a visual beauty as well as a strict and rigorous attention to detail and craft. We stress the importance of a sympathetic relationship between what we produce and the world in which it exists. We attribute a great amount of our early achievements to approaching every project with a philosophy similar to Gretzky’s approach to hockey, continually striving to reach beyond the present trends and cookie cutter mentality in what we create as designers.
Skalko then headed West to the calling of Scott Lindenau and Studio B Architects. There, Skalko learned how to run an effectual design practice during a time when Studio B was transforming from a local, Aspen-based studio to the preeminent contemporary architectural practice in Colorado. Running projects from concept to completion, most garnered coveted industry awards and recognition in prominent publications.
Outside of 1 Friday Design, Skalko’s artistic influences, including his professional workings in commercial and editorial photography, continually generate new perspectives. Skalko has also been an active community member serving on the Aspen Historical Preservation Commission (2001-2007) and on the Board of Directors for Theatre Aspen (2008-2010) as well as an Aspen Art Museum Contemporary.
In addition, he has participated in several community task forces focused on long-range and master-planning design strategies for the City of Aspen.
Depending on the season, Skalko can be found on a tennis court or enjoying a powder day on any of the area mountains. He claims the best thing about Aspen is simply enjoying life with his eternally understanding and supportive love, Jennifer, and their 13-year-young pooch, Sam.