NOTE: To recognize Small Business Week, Swinerton is honoring exceptional small businesses including Eidos Architects.

Business description: A small architectural firm that takes pride in creating custom, beautiful designs for clients while also offering a customized and personal approach to each project.

Common customers: Companies and organizations in the market areas of K-12 education, religious facilities, water and municipal projects and affordable housing.

Years in business: 17

Number of employees: 27

At Eidos Architects, the team’s mission goes beyond strong design. There’s a greater purpose.

“We strongly believe in the importance of enhancing the community through design. I think our commitment to wanting to make our community a better and more beautiful place has inspired us to do good work,” says Jennifer Thong, Eidos Principal.

Also, Thong (she’s on the left in the front in the above company anniversary photo) is proud to say the company’s clients are also committed to enhancing the community.

Eidos’ focus on community, she says, has been key to the business’ longevity. Another significant factor Thong points to in the Eidos success story: “We really think of ourselves as a family and try to make everyone feel welcome and part of the team. We want people to enjoy what they are working on and who they are working with.”

Learn more about Eidos’s small business success by reading the rest of the conversation with Thong.

The two photos below picture the company’s leadership, and a project team photo with Denver Mayor Michael Hancock.

Q: How do you market your business? How are people aware of your business?

A: We try to be involved in the organizations that our clients participate in so that we can really get to understand their needs. Other activities include RFP preparation, direct mail, actively posting on our social media accounts and continuously working on our website. We have really tried to focus on branding our overall look so materials we produce clearly communicate that they came from Eidos!

Q: Where do you seek business advice?

A: Rick Nearman, Bob Saas and myself started Eidos in 2002 – we had worked together since 1989. The knowledge that comes with age and experience is invaluable, and I have learned a lot from them over the years. I am now trying to share the knowledge with others in our office. As I draw on the wisdom from our founders and previous generations, I also stay in tune with the present day. I think this blending of the old and new has been invaluable.

Q: What are the biggest business obstacles you have overcome?

A: The recent recession was incredibly difficult. Knowing where to spend the limited resources available at that time while continuing to do good work and keeping work coming in was quite challenging.

Q: Why do your customers select you over your competitors?

A: Because the culture of our firm resonates with them. I hope it is because they see that we work incredibly hard, love what we do and the people we work with, and have fun while doing it.

Q: What advice can you give a company that is trying to grow or is just starting a business? 

A: Have grit and give it time. If you put in the work, the successes will come. It will take time, and there will be setbacks. But never let the fire in your belly that got you originally started burn out!

Visit Eidos Architects’ website here.

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