Rick Sommerfeld

Erik Sommerfeld

Assistant Professor & Director, Design Build Certificate Programs and Initiatives
  • College of Architecture and Planning

Email Address: erik.sommerfeld@ucdenver.edu

Primary Phone: 303-315-0008

Office Hours: As posted

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.  


  • Design Studio IV 
  • Advanced Design Studio (Design Build Bluff)  
  • Maintaining Quality Managing Risk
  • Single Source Project Delivery
  • History Native American Architecture (Design Build Bluff)  
  • Construction in Design Build (Design Build Bluff) 
  • Design in the Landscape  

Education, Licensure & Certifications


  • BENVD University of Colorado Boulder ’97
  • MARCH University of Colorado Denver ‘01