District 1, Pitkin County
Colorado Mountain College’s trustee from District 1, Charles Cunniffe, FAIA, is the principal of Charles Cunniffe Architects. He has worked as an architect in Aspen since 1979.
Cunniffe holds bachelor’s degrees in architecture, fine arts and sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design, followed by studies at Harvard Graduate School of Design, MIT and Brown University.
He was elevated to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects for recognition of his notable contributions to the advancement of the profession of architecture. Charles Cunniffe Architects was selected by Outside magazine as one of the top 100 Best Places to Work in 2017, marking the fourth consecutive year the company has made the list.
Cunniffe has been on the college’s board of trustees since 2013, and has been an active college supporter for many years, including as a member of the CMC Foundation Board.
In addition to his role with CMC, Cunniffe is involved with various community affiliations, including the AIA Colorado West Board of Directors (past president). He is currently governance chair, and is a founder of, the renowned nonprofit Jazz Aspen Snowmass; is a founding board member of the River Bridge Regional Center and currently serves on its board of directors; is a member of the Aspen Rotary-Rotary International World Service Committee; and is a founding member of the Aspen Science Council.
Additionally, he is a member of the Society of Fellows of the Aspen Institute and the Aspen Elks Lodge #224, and serves on the Small Scale Development Council of the Urban Land Institute. Cunniffe enjoys sponsoring and providing pro bono services to many programs such as The Buddy Program, Mountain Rescue Aspen, Challenge Aspen and Theatre Aspen.
An avid traveler and lifelong learner, Cunniffe has taken a number of classes at the college over the years, as well as through the American Institute of Architects. He finds great joy in piloting his own plane, skiing, playing golf and, most of all, his family.