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


Rendering of Lasley park in the winter with children playing

Lasley Park

Principal Researchers:

Lori Catalano

Student Researchers:

Students in Spring 2016 Advanced Landscape Architecture Design Studio
An eight-week landscape architecture studio in spring 2016 collaborated with the City of Lakewood's Department of Community Resources as part of Hometown Colorado, a university-wide initiative that leverages faculty experience and student talent to help communities with high-priority projects.
Photograph of wood architectural model

Black Box Theater | Art Gallery

Student Researchers:

Lindsey McBride and Lidia West
M Arch Studio VI Spring 2018
Bridging the gap rending of site and model

Bridging the Gap

Student Researchers:

Sokol Binakaj, Benjamin Elmer &Nick Hopkins
BS Arch Studio V Fall 2016

Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Principal Researchers:

Studio NYL Structural Engineers
Christopher O’Hara

Student Researchers:

Erin Anglin Ashley Anderson Andrew Atchley Mark Brunner Timothy Clinefelter Bill Daher Justin Feider Lauren Fowler Aris Garrison Randall Hatley Ryan Jensen Tracy Joda Emili Mcmakin William Mensching Michael Nulty John Ostrander Lee Parmenter Rebecca Roberts Heather Scott Robert Stroud Michael Sullivan Jerod Wilson Maximillian Zurek

Raine House 2012

Student Researchers:

University of Colorado Students: Lindsay Moore Halle Hagenau Matt Brown Tor Jorfald Elise Mascitelli Laura Mears Maggie Hattman Megan Brankamp Sarah Boman Sara Zezulka Kimberlee Derhammer Brian Majerus Lauren Watkins Laurie Hollm Lauren Peterson Treonna Villasenor Craig Cherry Jason Astorino MC Burns Southern Utah University Students: Chris Hoffman Mark Trevor

Colorado Outward Bound School Year-Round Micro Cabins 2016

Student Researchers:

Joshua Allen Andrew Baur Devyn Bernal Michael Black Leigh Bryant Craig Dunn Amanda Gonzales Anna Griffith Jeffrey Heger Jim Hillard Kyle Hoehnen Andrea Kelchlin Jesse Ledin Amie McDermott Tanner Morrow Nina Najmabadi Kyle Plantico Christopher Powell Genevieve Rogers Mike Schauble Andrew Schrag Diana Souders Henry Spiegel Samantha Strang Catrina Weissbeck Tyler Whaley Brittany Wheeler Ryan Wresch