In May of 1988, Rand Eardley and Hank Louis decided to leave the Salt Lake City firm where they had been working and venture out on their own. They found an office in Park City, Utah and 15.15 Architects was created. Within the first year, 15.15 Architects had outgrown their small office and moved to a larger suite where they could continue to expand their staff and broaden their portfolio. Projects ranged from small residential remodels to a Deer Valley Hotel to an art exhibit in Yokohama, Japan.
By the fall of 1994, the business philosophies of Rand and Hank varied enough that they agreed to dissolve 15.15 Architects and reestablish businesses separately. Hank stayed in Park City as Form 15. Rand moved his business to Salt Lake City and created REA Architecture, Inc.
Rand has always been a proponent of testing and using technology to move his business ahead of his competitors. REA became one of the first architectural firms in Utah to utilize AutoDesk's REVIT, a 3D computer modeling program to design projects and produce construction drawings. REVIT is leading the way in three dimensional architectural design and drafting. This tool allows designers at REA to explore multiple design scenarios in a medium that is easy for clients to understand, thereby providing the owner with the best possible finished product.
Several years ago, REA began to pursue Local and Federal Government funded projects. After enduring and overcoming the challenges of learning new design processes, REA found its niche working with government agencies across the United States. Such agencies include:
Although a large portion of our projects now consist of Government work, we have not forgotten our foundation [so to speak]. We continue to pursue local commercial and residential design opportunities.