We had the good fortune of connecting with Jordan Lockner and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jordan, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
At Collab Architecture, we place a huge emphasis on supporting the local community, and are very fortunate in the fact that architecture itself has a large social impact on our day to day lives. We have the opportunity and responsibility to play a major part in the creating the built environment for the future. Our focus as a small architectural firm has been based on our local community in Colorado, and we are very passionate about doing our part. Projects aside, we strive to do more. Our firm hosts a quarterly community outreach event, and we encourage our employees to volunteer with organizations that match their passions. Some of these we believe that by bettering the community around us, we will all succeed. Some of the non-profit and youth organizations that we are currently involved with are CASA of Larimer County, ACE Mentorship, Habitat for Humanity, and Respite Care.

What should our readers know about your business?
Collab Architecture was founded on the idea of like-minded individuals collaborating to make a difference in the community and world around us, hence the name, Collab. There are many amazing architecture firms out there, but one thing that we try to do differently is work to go the extra mile for our community. Whether that is through donations, volunteering, or mentorship, Collab is very motivated to work with a variety of non-profit organizations and the local community to help make a real impact and difference. Although we are very passionate about architecture and design, I believe that we are most proud and excited about the difference we are making.

Starting the firm in June of 2020, the road has been anything but easy or simple. Working through the pandemic, while trying to get our foundation set was a challenge in itself. I cannot thank or credit our amazing staff and team enough. Our firm would not be where it is at today without the hard work, dedication, and patience of our team as we take on different daily challenges. Personally, I have learned how important it is when running a business to surround yourself with motivated and passionate individuals. So much of our success and story is because of them.

This combination is helping us make an impact beyond architecture, and we believe that is the true success. We are always excited to the future and what other opportunities may arise, but plan to always look back at our foundation at what led us to this point.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
That is a tough question as Northern Colorado has so many different things to do. I would start by visiting all of the main streets as there are so many good food and drink places to visit. From local favorite mom and pop shops like Silver Grill to the many breweries and distilleries throughout the area, there definitely wouldn’t be a shortage of variety. We are also very fortunate to have so many outdoor activities as well. I would probably plan a few days around hiking Horsetooth, seeing a drive in movie, playing a little golf, or hanging out at one of the many lake options we have. If they were not from Colorado, I would also take them to some of my other favorites throughout the state. We would go to Guard and Grace in Denver to eat followed by an Avs game or maybe a concert at Red Rocks.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
There are so many different people that deserve a shoutout who have influenced and encouraged me in different aspects of my life. Our local community in general has always been there. From my family, friends, co-workers, and even local non-profit organizations, I have learned so much from each of them.

There are two people I would like to specifically give a shoutout to. This first person I have always looked up to and trusted as I continue my journey is my Grandmother, Mary Lockner. She has always been a cheerleader through my triumphs, and someone to lean on during my lows. I credit her with the inspiration of my creativity, and the drive to always better myself.

The second person I would like to give a shoutout to is my wife, Abbi Lockner. I would not be where I am today without the support and patience she has provided me. Her passion for making a difference and moral foundation influences me on a daily basis in both my personal and professional life.

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Image Credits
Holly Fink Lockner Creative

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