Diverse By Design
by Danielle Vigueria
Expertise and experience without pretension—Kurt Dubbe and Chris Moulder, principals of Dubbe Moulder Architects (DMA), have been offering exceptional design services to the Valley for decades. “I think having been here for so long is part of the real value we bring as a firm,” says Kurt. “We have a long-term commitment to this community, and we listen to our clients to provide fair and reasonable services.”
Celebrating 25 years this July, DMA began out of a chance meeting between Kurt and Chris in a local print shop. The two admittedly have different styles and architectural interests, but through mutual respect and a dedication to their clients, they have created a symbiotic relationship that really works. The firm is proud to have a portfolio of diverse projects representing the many style preferences of their clients, combined with their own professional touch. From contemporary homes to historic log cabins, DMA is skilled in any genre and adept at designing for the individual rather than relying on the latest craze.
“We all have a style, but what we try to do is read the site and the client and create a style for them,” says Chris. “Some architects bring the same kind of idea from project to project and they all seem to meld together. We aren’t like that. We try to explore with our clients—to understand their wants and offer our insights in an open dialogue.”
“DMA doesn’t come to the table with any pre-cooked ‘solutions,’” says Kurt. “We identify our clients’ needs and give them an experience that is genuine and personal, not just full of the hottest trends or buzz words.”
“To design well, you have to understand the construction process. Chris and Kurt have hands-on experience in the field, actually building structures, which means they know how to design to minimize waste and optimize materials. And ultimately that translates to cost savings for our clients.”
–Jolene Moulder, Office Manager, Dubbe Moulder Architects
That’s not to say that the team at DMA isn’t well versed in mountain living considerations. Currently licensed in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Idaho, and Utah, they are very familiar with the site conditions and challenges inherent to designing in mountain landscapes. Views, sun angles, snow loads, seismic activity—DMA takes into account all parameters and creates homes that take advantage of the landscape and also delight their clients.
In addition to recognizing how to highlight the physical aspects of a site, Kurt and Chris share a background in construction, which adds a practical level of thoughtfulness to the firm’s work. “To design well, you have to understand the construction process,” says Jolene Moulder, office manager and wife to Chris. “Chris and Kurt have hands-on experience in the field, actually building structures, which means they know how to design to minimize waste and optimize materials. And ultimately that translates to cost savings for our clients.”
“It’s not unusual for people to balk at architect fees. But if you employ an architect who understands construction and what good design is about, you get that money back in tangible ways. A contractor can work faster and waste less with a well-thought-out, direct set of guidelines. We actually have lots of contractors who ask us to design their own homes, which is a great compliment,” she adds.
And hiring an architect isn’t just reserved for full new-home construction. DMA works on projects varying in size, from complete remodels and new construction to small-scale renovations. The firm recommends using an architect whenever adding a structure or modifying an existing structure that could impact the safety and health of those living in the house.
For most people, a house is one of the largest investments they will ever make. A professional will ensure that the homeowners get the best use of their space, increasing functionality as well as the comfort level provided. And in a world forever changed by COVID-19, these improvements are invaluable as homes have now become workplaces, learning spaces, and entertainment venues all at once.
“Our philosophy is centered around giving our clients what they expect. We want to be proud of every project, and we want every client to be proud of their project, too.”
–Chris Moulder, Principal. Dubbe Moulder Architects
Chris and Jolene experienced this value first-hand as they recently completed their own home renovation. “I am so glad we finally expanded and improved our home,” says Jolene. “There isn’t a day that I don’t say thank goodness we did this. Our space is so comfortable now. You don’t realize how much of an impact it can have on your overall well-being.”
”It’s like the old saying about the cobbler’s kid going without shoes,” jokes Chris. “For us, the architect’s kids went without a finished home for many years. It has been a welcome change to have a more comfortable living space.”
Over the years, Kurt and Chris have helped countless homeowners realize their ideal living spaces. They have also enriched the Jackson community by volunteering time and services to historic preservation groups and local youth programs, most recently completing an indoor hitting facility for the Jackson Giants American Legion baseball team called The Breeze.
“Kurt and Chris are very approachable and easy to communicate with,” says Aude-Noelle Nevius, DMA marketing director. “They care about people—our clients, the whole DMA team, and the local community—and it shows. They create a great environment.”
“Hiring an architect is a personal choice,” says Chris. “We are a full-service firm. Our philosophy is centered around giving our clients what they expect. We want to be proud of every project, and we want every client to be proud of their project, too.”
Dubbe Moulder Architects is an established residential and commercial architecture firm based in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with a branch office in Driggs, Idaho. For more information about their team and services, please visit dubbe-moulder.com.