Reilly Johnson Architecture was founded by James Henderson in 1981, in Denver, as Henderson & Associates.  Robert Johnson joined the Firm in 1985, and Thomas Reilly joined the Firm in 1987, at which time the Firm was renamed Reilly Johnson Henderson & Associates.  Mr. Johnson and Mr. Reilly had worked together at RNL Design in Denver from 1978 through 1985.  In 1988 Mr. Reilly and Mr. Johnson purchased Mr. Henderson’s interest in the Firm and changed the name to Reilly Johnson Architecture.


Mr. Reilly retired from the Firm at year end 1997, at which time Richard Backes and Robert Brashears became owners and principals along with Mr. Johnson.  Mr. Brashears joined the fi rm in 1990 bringing extensive experience in the design of adult correctional facilities.  While with Monacelli Associates in Boston, he worked on several projects at the Cheshire Connecticut Prison and the Concord Massachusetts Prison, as well as providing correctional consulting services to other architectural firms in the area.  Mr. Backes joined the fi rm in 1996, having spent ten years in Wichita, Kansas and Kansas City, Kansas with Gossen Livingston Associates.  While with GLA, Mr. Backes worked on county adult + juvenile detention centers, state adult correctional facilities, and a Federal Building & United States Courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas.


RJA also has a great depth of experience in projects in which the construction contracts are negotiated with a CMAR (Construction Manager at Risk) or a CM | GC (Construction Manager | General Contractor) as an alternative to Lump Sum Bid Projects.


REILLY JOHNSON ARCHITECTURE 1775 Sherman St. Ste. 2550 Denver, CO. 80203 (303) 832-9111