Our Approach

Our passion is to create thoughtful,innovative designs that work for our clients

Our Process

Our work is developed in a collaborative atmosphere, which utilizes research, analysis and astute decision-making at all levels. We explore client goals, examine their needs and work to create and deliver environments that inspire its occupants.

We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our projects and strive to provide guidance in sustainable opportunities. We have found that open communication and working cohesively with clients establishes trust, understanding and a shared commitment to explore ideas and create effective solutions.

Design Expertise

  • Architectural Design
  • Interior Design
  • Master Planning
  • Campus Planning
  • Programming
  • Feasibility Studies
  • LEED + Sustainable Design
  • Energy Efficiency Studies
  • Building Evaluation/Code Analysis
  • Bond Assistance
  • Cost Estimating
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Construction Administration
  • Graphic Design + Branding
  • Architectural Visualization

Design Tools

  • Revit 360 (3D BIM)
  • Autodesk BIM 360
  • Sketch-up
  • Rhino
  • Grasshopper
  • Bluebeam Revu
  • Adobe Creative Suite
  • Lumion
  • V-Ray
  • Blender
  • Issuu
  • InVision
  • Miro
  • Google Slides
  • Google Earth


The lineage of Hummel Architects began in 1896 when John Tourtellotte started the firm. Charles Hummel moved to Boise the previous year and was later named partner in 1910. Tourtellotte & Hummel’s work and influence quickly earned them the reputation of the “builders of Idaho.” In the last 125 years, the work of Hummel Architects and its predecessors can be found woven through downtown Boise, in nearly every corner of the state of Idaho and throughout the northwest region.

Hummel’s firm name had continuously changed with the names

of its partners, and in addition, acquired new firms along the way. However, in 1996 the firm’s name was permanently changed to Hummel Architects in order to reflect the Hummels who have had three generations begin and end their careers with this practice. To this day, as has always been the tradition and expectation at Hummel Architects, our firm continues to strive toward producing quality designs and documents by relying on collaboration, innovation and dedication to serving our clients.


Each Adaptive Reuse project tells a story about our clients and the community. Our firm continues to emerge as experts at “thinking inside the box” in order to re purpose and redesign existing structures. Adaptive Reuse also presents unique challenges. Designing around complicated existing conditions like engineering systems and applying new building programs to existing structures all require critical thinking and creative design.

Beyond the challenges, Adaptive Reuse also allows us to implement new square footage by adding floors and combats urban sprawl by re purposing a vacant facility and tuning it into a fully-functional building—pouring new life back into the community.


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