Research and Creative Work

In the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, students and faculty engage directly with our vibrant city, dynamic community, and magnificent landscape by working on real projects that make a real difference.

Meaningful research and creative activities are undertaken across disciplines and reseach areas such as: The ColoradoBuildingWorkshop (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 improvements, social equity, environmental justice, disaster recovery, adaptive reuse, and much more.

Explore the ways research and creative projects at CAP ignite evolution that enriches places for people and the planet.

Recent Projects


Cover of Crafting Form based codes

Crafting Form-Based Codes: Resilient Design, Policy & Regulations

Principal Researchers:

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D
Group photograph of the studio class in Dillion

Summer Planning Studio: Downtown Revitalization in Dillon, CO

Principal Researchers:

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D
Urban and Regional Planning Planning Project Studio Summer 2018
People playing in the snow with tall hotels in the background

Making Winter Park Sustainable

Student Researchers:

Andrew Williams
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project

Planning Project Studio: Creating a Quality-of-Life Plan for RiNo's Arts District

Urban and Regional Planning Planning Project Studio
green trees and stream with city in the background

Green Infrastructure for Denver's 5280 Loop

Urban and Regional Planning Environmental Planning and Management course Fall 2018
The Morris Gallery photograph of architectural model

The Morris Gallery

Student Researchers:

Robert Chesnovar
MArch Studio III Fall 2016