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


 

MLA and Historic Preservation Student present their designs at a community meeting in Rockvale

Rockvale Community Park

Student Researchers:

Aneliya Bargon, MLA Alena Gagnon, MLA Ivy Steele, MLA Sarah Goldblatt, HP cert.
MLA and Historic Preservation students present their final designs for a new community park in downtown Rockvale to local residents.
MLA student Rio Dulaney used mixed media to illustrate the history of Denver's MCA

Historic Investigation of MCA Denver

Student Researchers:

Rio Dulaney, MLA
Students were charged with re-inventing some of Denver's iconic landscapes through abstracted photo collage as part of LA 6604, a Landscape Architecture class.
The Green Roof Cafe

The Green Roof Café

Student Researchers:

Gaelen Means, Helen Davidoski, Kortney Harris and Kyle Roddy
Landscape Architecture students designed the "The Green Roof Café," a mobile coffee shop and combined green roof and solar PV educational exhibit.
Coors Field Reimagines by MLA Student James Oberhansley

Re-Imagining Coors Fields

Student Researchers:

James Oberhansley, MLA
Students were charged with re-inventing some of Denver's iconic landscapes through abstracted photo collage as part of LA 6604, a Landscape Architecture class.
Green Roof Installation on the Fourth Floor Patio of the CAP Building

4th Floor Patio Green Roof Installation

Principal Researchers:

Leila Tolderlund

Student Researchers:

Kathryn Landers, Troy Britt, Leah Bryant, Jana Raines, Jake Seymour and Nick Patin
Student volunteers installed a green roof on the fourth floor patio of the CU Denver CAP building using donated green roof modules.

Historic Preservation and Disaster Recovery

Principal Researchers:

Andrew Rumbach and Douglas Appler (University of Kentucky)
Andrew Rumbach and Douglas Appler (Associate Professor of Historic Preservation at the University of Kentucky) have written a new article on the role of the Main Street Program in post-disaster recovery plans and processes.