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Colin Drake


Mr. Drake serves as the lead architect on numerous planning and design projects for JRA. He has extensive experience across a variety of building types, working with owners, consultants, and contractors to produce successful, award winning projects. His exceptional hand graphics and digital visualization skills allow him to convey an early understanding of the proposed solution to our clients, and engage them in every step of the design process. He embraces the role of problem solving through every stage of the design and construction process, seeking to understand the unique preferences of each project stakeholder, and striving to shape the finished building to reflect those qualities. Mr. Drake’s technical detailing skill, paired with a commitment to sustainable design priorities, and a patient, solutions oriented approach to construction management, consistently delivers our clients durable, economical, and beautiful solutions.

Mr. Drake has a passion for urban design and projects that are accessible to the public. His experience designing libraries, courthouses, schools, and sacred spaces have allowed him to explore how to successfully use architecture to engage visitors and improve the quality of life for a community. That civic focus extends to various volunteer and public engagement opportunities, where he can further apply his passion for education, mentorship, and neighborhood beautification. Mr. Drake is JRA Louisville’s Intern Development Program coordinator and a regular academic contributor to architecture colleges in the region. His design work has garnered national awards and been featured in a variety of publications.

Registrations and Certifications
Registered Architect: Kentucky #5994
LEED Accredited Professional 2008

Bachelor of Architecture, Ball State University, 2001
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design, Ball State University, 2001
Magna Cum Laude

Colin Drake, AIA, LEED AP | Principal
Direct: 502.657.5990
Main: 502.583.4697

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Colin Drake on the Louisville Free Public Library Southwest

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