About Us

Freiheit Architecture partners with developers and private sector owners to create commercial environments to improve the communities we live in.

Our work ranges between complex mixed-use high-rise towers to tenant improvements, from master planning to post construction services. Our multi-faceted design strategies are built upon lessons learned from serving as advocates to owners, tenants, and end-users. Our project approach is very pragmatic, attentive to restraints set by time, budget, and jurisdictional requirements, and working within this framework to find creative ways to reach goals and add value. With the growing options and complexity of the built environment, we believe that collaboration and bringing the right team to the table is invaluable. We value simplicity, tend to be plain speaking, and prefer to roll up our sleeves and get things done in a no non-sense fashion.


Architectural Design & Master Land Planning

Interior Design & Space Planning

Feasibility Studies & Entitlements

Retail Strategy, Prototype Design, & Multi-Site Rollouts

Value Engineering & Sustainability Strategies

Our History

Founded in 1985 as Freiheit & Ho Architects, our firm grew quickly based on the leadership of the founding partners Richard Freiheit and Lawrence Ho who built the practice upon the belief that attention to exceptional client service was paramount. From the original focus on office, retail, and industrial projects, our firm has continued to expand its portfolio in the multi-family, mixed-use and hospitality sectors. We have also added capabilities of master planning, sustainable design and interior design.

After the retirement of the founding partners, the firm name was simplified to FREIHEIT Architecture. FREIHEIT means “Freedom” in German, and embodies the notion that anything is possible.

Dustin Thorlakson, Jen Caudle, Michael Langston, and Chris Amonson currently form the partnership that leads the firm ahead. Today, we enjoy being a mid-sized firm that allows us the freedom to give custom attention yet have the resources to support larger efforts.