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 Global Initiatives, Imagine a Great Region, Health + Design Initiative, 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


Third Street Affordable Housing

Carbondale Affordable Housing

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Third Street study and exhibit
Lyons Town Hall Plaza Design Plan

Lyons Town Hall Plaza Design

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Flood recovery and remediation
Yampa Avenue Facade Improvement Guidelines and Concepts

Craig Downtown Façade Guidelines and Concepts

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Main Street improvements
Hayden Downtown Parking Analysis

Hayden Downtown Parking Analysis

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Technical study and public engagement
Design Charette for the AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, Trinidad, CO

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Design Charette for building improvements
exterior of design build greenhouse

Ignite Evolution Greenhouse

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Pop-up Architecture 3700