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


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.
rendering of exterior space


Student Researchers:

Lindsay Mcbride & Greg Yearsle
MArch Studio IV Spring 2017
rendering of exterior space

Castlewood Canyon State Park Ranger Station

Student Researchers:

Austin S. Gohl
MArch Studio II Spring 2017
Rendering of exterior design

BB Theatre Reveal

Student Researchers:

Kyle Hoehnen & Andrea Kelchlin
MArch Studio VI Spring 2017
Rendering of section drawing

A Basin

Student Researchers:

Wesley Kay & Amie Mcdermott
MArch Studio VI Spring 2017
Photograph of architectural model

Spatial Vignettes

Student Researchers:

Michael K. Hackett
M.Arch Studio I Fall 2017