Welcome to CAP

Ignite Evolution- walk through

Justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to our mission to ignite evolution that enriches places for people and the planet.

About CAP

The College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver is the only college in Colorado offering comprehensive programs in the design and planning of the built environment from undergraduate through accredited professional master's degrees to a doctorate.

We take an interdisciplinary approach to design. This can be seen and experienced through our curriculum, minor and dual degree offerings, certificate programs, and the projects and research of our faculty and students each semester.

We are located in the heart of Downtown Denver. This allows us to be fully immersed in our city's design and planning activities and connects us with some of the top firms in the country. We also embrace the beauty, resources, and outdoor experiences that Colorado, the Front Range communities, and the Rocky Mountains offer. 

Departmental Missions


We foster the capacity to ask bold questions, take risks, think independently, and approach the work of architecture with curiosity.

Urban and Regional Planning

Our mission is to be a national leader in educating skilled, engaged planners and creating vibrant, sustainable communities.

Landscape Architecture

We create health, well-being, and environmental resilience through holistic design in the public realm.

Studio Snapshot

Fall 2023

Planning Project Studio: Redevelopment of the Denver Central Crescent

Planning Project Studio students Corinne Anderson, Ben Moore, Jason Schaefer, Elizabeth James, and Halden Schnal collaborate on a vision framework for the South Platte River in Denver.

Working in collaboration with the international planning and design consulting firm HDR, the Fall 2023 Planning Project Studio, led by Assistant Professor Ken Schroeppel , is actively engaged in formulating a vision framework for a designated area along the South Platte River in Denver. Punctuated by a string of transformational redevelopment projects like River Mile, Ball Arena, Auraria Campus, Sun Valley, and many others, this region has been coined the Denver Central Crescent by HDR. The studio's primary objective is to foster alignment and cohesiveness among these ongoing projects and any future development potential in this important section of the city.

In pursuit of this goal, students have undertaken a multifaceted approach by reviewing existing plans, researching historical landmarks, proposing policy recommendations, orchestrating charrettes, and employing advanced mapping techniques. The aim is to identify and recommend holistic strategies for the City and County of Denver to effectively manage and plan for this unique opportunity within the urban landscape. Throughout the semester, the students have extensively researched the City's Large Development Review process, the history of the South Platte in Denver, master plans for the redevelopment projects, and future land use planning outlined in Blueprint Denver, among other crucial elements. This will culminate in a comprehensive presentation to HDR, encapsulating the information in a strategic framework the City can leverage for optimal development and planning.

Contact Us

1250 14th Street, Suite 2000
Denver CO 80202
Phone: 303-315-1000
FAX: 303-315-1050
Email: CAP@ucdenver.edu

College of Architecture and Planning

CU Denver

CU Denver Building

1250 14th Street


Denver, CO 80202


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