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


 

Lyons Entry, Depot and River Landscape Concepts

Lyons Entry, Depot and River Landscape Concepts

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Sara Morse, Haipeng Zhang, Heather Murphy, Haixu Li, Mike Tupa (Project Coordinator)
  • Local Participants: Town Administrator and her staff
  • DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval
Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds Master Plan

Rio Blanco County Fairgrounds Master Plan

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Daniel Navarro-Gomez (MLA), Josh Spinner (MLA), Keath Flint (MLA), Tom Maderick (MArch), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)
  • Local Participants: Katelin Cook (RBC Economic Development Coordinator), Rio Blanco County Commissioners, Rio Blanco County Sheriff Department, Rio Blanco County Public Works Department, Meeker Chamber of Commerce
  • DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman
Aerial view of suburban houses with vibrant green lawns

Modeling Future Yard Irrigation in the Front Range

Principal Researchers:

Austin Troy

Student Researchers:

Gretel Follingstad
This project seeks to estimate future residential water use in the greater Denver metro area in response to urban growth, and to evaluate how policy and planning interventions might mitigate projected increases in water use.

Accessibility and well-being: Are multimodal travelers more satisfied with their lives?

Principal Researchers:

Jeremy Nemeth and Carrie Makarewicz

Student Researchers:

Former MURP students Roxanne Borzo Bertrand and Cayla Cothron; former GES student Isaac Rivera.

Designing for difference: Planning for immigrant integration

Principal Researchers:

Jeremy Nemeth and Edelina Burciaga (Sociology)

Student Researchers:

Peter Burke, Reilly Rosbotham, Jose Parra, Shannon Terrell, Iza Petrykowska, Mais Alnima, Steph Leonard, Quin Joel
rendering of exterior space

Cinema

Student Researchers:

Lindsay Mcbride & Greg Yearsle
MArch Studio IV Spring 2017