Architecture Work

Student Work

Photo of big small homes model

The Big Small Home

Student Researchers:

Robby Cuthbert
Green-Build Competition Studio ARCH 6150-001
Butterfly connector between wood and concrete

Green Tech: Eco Furniture Design & Fabrication

Student Researchers:

Alexis Trick, Grant Warmerdam, Dillon Chang, Nora Webster, Sabrina Canada
Material scraps, bits and pieces, and the objects most people throw away, are carefully studied and reinvented as functional art.
Exterior of a cabin in the woods

Cottonwood Cabins

Principal Researchers:

Design Build 2019
Six new bunkhouses and an outdoor kitchen create a welcome refuge for trekkers at the basecamp for Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions.
Finding Balance elevation rendering

Finding Balance

Student Researchers:

Macy Funk
BS Arch Studio III Fall 2017
Dawe Gallery exterior collage

Dawe Gallery

Student Researchers:

Lucas Homner
BS Arch Studio III Fall 2017
Minimaliteracy photograph of model section view


Student Researchers:

Mitch Deans
BS Arch Studio V Spring 2018

Faculty Work

Grain Elevator Survey

Principal Researchers:

  • Ekaterini Vlahos
  • Kris Christensen
Grain elevators are among the most iconic of all structures on the plains of the United States and Canada. They not only contribute to the economies of rural communities, but also serve as a wayfinders in sparsely settled areas. Colorado boasts a variety of grain elevator types, many of which face threats due to changes in agriculture that have resulted in abandonment, demolition or neglect. The objectives of this project were to locate, photograph and document grain elevators in a research area from Interstate-25 to the Colorado eastern border. Through a summer seminar course, graduate students learned how to conduct a selective reconnaissance survey, develop and apply research skills, prepare a context study, and synthesize their findings for the final report. More than 280 extant grain elevators were identified and documented.

Independence Rock

Principal Researchers:

  • Kat Vlahos
  • Mike Nulty
  • Julia Ausloos
A large granite rock in southwestern Natrona County, Wyoming, Independence Rock stands today as a landmark of great importance. In the 19th century, Independence Rock was a milestone for emigrants migrating with their wagons from the East Coast to the Western frontiers of the country along the Oregon trail, also known as the "Emigrant Trail." Independence Rock may have derived its name from a band of fur trappers who celebrated the American Independence Day in 1930 at the site- but more likely, Independence Rock earned its name as a beacon for emigrants to reach before the 4th of July. If emigrants failed to do this, they endangered their lives and the lives of their dependents as snow and severe weather enveloped the Sierra Mountains. Many emigrants inscribed their name, date, and sometimes other personal details into the rock as they visited en route to the Western frontier. Over the decades, many inscriptions faded due to weathering, erosion, vandalism, and more commonly, lichens. Independence Rock was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1961, and is now part of Independence Rock State Historic Site, owned and operated by the state of Wyoming.