Sun Peaks Center for Art & Sustainability
A Model of Sustainability
Located in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after 40 years of conception, design and construction, this project explores new terrain, featuring a variety of designs and ideas that embody a new balance between current technology and future possibilities, bringing breakthroughs in environmental science down to a comfortable, understandable human scale.
Ray Armstrong: Creator, Founder, Philanthropist
The idea of a self-contained model of environmental sustainability began the day Ray Armstrong first sat on a knoll… the highest point on a piece of land which he had just acquired.
At once, Ray felt a powerful sense of responsibility to preserve the natural beauty of this land, conserving it for generations to come.
Ray Armstrong began his adult life at UCLA. It was a busy time, as he was on a football and track scholarship, while majoring in Zoology. He played in UCLA’s first Rose Bowl victory against Michigan State and was an Academic All American.
Upon graduation, he entered UCLA dental school, after which he found himself in Denver completing a dental internship. During this time, he fell in love with the mountains of Colorado, and all the skiing, mountain climbing, running, biking and everything else Colorado has to offer. He just couldn’t leave.
Ray set up a solo dental practice in Colorado Springs, and maintained this practice for 40 years. Early on, in 1976, he found the property where Sun Peaks now sits, and the vision to create something that would give back to the community. He has been slowly evolving and developing the place ever since. He retired from dentistry in 2013, to devote all his time to continuing the realization of his vision.
Recently, he decided that what has developed into quite a model of Sustainability should now be available for others to experience and learn from, and so began Sun Peaks Center for Art & Sustainability.