Rick Sommerfeld is an Architect, Assistant Professor and the Director of Colorado Building Workshop, the design-build certificate at the University of Colorado Denver. His pedagogical vision for design build is heavily focused on integrated project delivery. This requires students to work closely with clients, engineers, and consultants at the earliest stages of design, testing their ideas against contextual and programmatic constraints. He believes this enhances the practical application of architectural theory and promotes a blend of hands-on skills, authentic learning, and material exploration to construct buildings for communities in need.
Since founding Colorado Building Workshop in 2009 Rick has built seven community projects, including 21 micro-cabins for the Colorado Outward Bounds School, and in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah, five charitable homes and two cabins in Southern Utah.