Build for Life

Build Smart Build Better

Uncommon was founded as a mechanism to affect positive change within the built environment. We are passionately focused on improving not only quality of design, planning and construction, but also maximizing quality of life and sustainable development potential.

Build for life is about creating environments that move with the way we live now, change for the way we will live tomorrow, but always maintains respect for the rich cultural history that represents where we’ve been.



Working to save you time and money.

  • Feasibility Research
  • Team Building
  • Managing Communication

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The reason we practice.

Design as a profession and a passion is the driver behind the Uncommon philosophy and the reason we practice. Concepts and theories implemented over the last 10 years provide a solid foundation from which we begin the design conversation.

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Sustainable Consulting

Sustainable design is simply smart design realized.

It is simultaneously sensitive to people, planet and profit. In order to achieve sustainability, a truly integrated process is required. A team that speaks a common high performance design language can produce projects that exceed the limitations of the narrow definition of “green”.

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Out In Front

Nicole Ferrini   |  LEED AP BD+C  |  CNU-A

personnel_nicole_2Nicole Ferrini is twice a graduate of Texas Tech University.  She holds degrees in both interior design and architecture and is currently preparing to pursue a masters degree in Real Estate + Development. From creating healthy, effective environments as an interior designer, to designing buildings that meet the highest LEED standards, Nicole has spent her career building better communities. Nicole has also established herself as a community leader, participating passionately with various organizations committed to global sustainability. Nicole is a founding member of the USGBC Chihuahuan Desert Chapter, Eco El Paso Founding Board Member and member of the Congress for New Urbanism.  Through her work with these organizations, Nicole has worked to raise the bar for design and provoke a new conversation among civic leaders, industry professionals and the community at large. She notably served as LEED Project Manager for the City of El Paso’s first LEED certified building. It achieved LEED Gold. Nicole continues to work toward improving the built environment by lecturing around the country on the topics of architecture, urbanism and sustainability.

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Featured Partners

Uncommon’s featured partners include some of our favorite and most intriguing collaborators.  These are the people who help us push our creative limits and dream outside the box resulting in what we think is our finest work.


Philo Wilke
Devo Design + Construction
Alegro Engineering
Desert Elements
Irma Luz Acosta
City of El Paso Sustainability Department


An ongoing stream of consciousness including:
research, theory, analysis & periodic flashes of brilliance!

Flashes of Brilliance

Moments of clarity that forge a formidable union of precept and progressive ingenuity…

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Research, Theory + Analysis

At Uncommon we are constantly pushing the limits of what is possible…

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Case Studies

Uncommon is committed to continually improving our process and learning valuable lessons…

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Contact us

Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information.

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contact info

by appointment only

2919 Federal Ave
El Paso, TX 79930



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