Message from the Dean

Dean Ellin with Larimer Square in the background

In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape.

Value the unique spark of each person, profession and place.
Work on real projects and make a real difference.
Focus on the big picture as well as the detail.
Embrace poetry as well as pragmatism.
Aspire to elegance as well as efficiency.
Draw from intellect and intuition.
Are on site and online.
Bring humility, humor, and humanity to our work.
Regard the city as our campus as well as our canvas.
Celebrate modern, classical, vernacular, humanist, social scientific, technological, and ecological traditions/approaches.
And ignite evolution that enriches places for people and the planet.

The Colorado Building Workshop (design-build studio), Aspen Workshop, Bixler International Initiatives, Imagine a Great Region, Health + Design Initiative, Colorado Center for Community Development, Colorado Center for Sustainable Urbanism, Center of Preservation Research, Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture, and studios and workshops focused on riverfront and downtown revitalization, campus enhancements, green and connected infrastructure, affordable housing, mobility enhancements, social equity, environmental justice, disaster recovery, adaptive reuse, and more.

Students benefit from small class sizes, dedicated faculty and staff, strong student organizations, internships and mentorships with local professionals, abundant opportunities to engage in research and creative activities, and the vitality of LoDo (Lower Downtown Denver) where we reside. Degree programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, and Historic Preservation may be combined or customized to form unique plans of study including an interdisciplinary PhD Program.

Presumably the most intelligent of species, humans comprise the only one that constructs unsustainable habitats. We have in fact outsmarted ourselves, our large brains enabling us to suppress the very instincts for survival. That downward spiral is now reversing and CAP is on the cutting edge of recovering our buried human habitat instinct in order to enrich places for people and the planet. 

We invite you to join us in igniting this evolution.

Nan Ellin, PhD
Dean of College of Architecture and Planning

Ignite evolution: Design and planning for the emergent future