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



ROMO Backcountry Privies 2018

Student Researchers:

Collin Bailey Riley Barber Taylor Carlisle David Cincotta Robby Cuthbert Marc Daubert Brian Duncan Kate Farrington Leah Fett Austin Gohl Brittany Goldsmith Leah Gordon Greg Hise Cate Humby Grant Johnson Ben Ludeman Morgan Marzo Selena Obelinas Jillian Pate Matt Rivera Gloren Roper Aleksi Vuola David Wallmueller Intan Yokelson

Colorado Outward Bound School Micro Cabins 2015

Student Researchers:

Derek Ackley Sidney Aulds Brent Beicker Matthew Breen Andrew Brown John Giddens Brandon Gossard Aaron Gray Dane Hardy Chad Holmes Casandra Huff Mark Hurni Timo Jyrinki Rachel Koleski Kate Lucas Nathan Moore Matt Ollmann Aleka Pappas Holly Paris Nathan Pepper Kit Piane Ken Roberts Louisa Sanford Joe Stainbrook Brandon Sweeney Phil Stuen Amanda Tharp Elliott Watenpaugh Becca Barenblat Jeff D’Addario Sam Palmer-Dwore

Redsand Cabins – Sunrise & Sunset 2014

Student Researchers:

Becca Barenblat Lauren Cooper Cam Tu Dang Linh Dam Seth Donnell Arron Elmore Pipsa Happo Matt Krick Johnny Mathews Dan Mitchell Kathryn Mullinax Ryan Nickolas Zane Levin Sam Palmer Roshan Jason Patel Robin Scher
Skyline Park HALS image

Skyline Park Historic American Landscapes Survey

Principal Researchers:

Ann Komara

Ann Mullins

Skyline Park was designed in the 1970s by noted modernist landscape architect Lawrence Halprin. This Historic American Landscapes Survey, HALS-CO-01, was the first HALS documentation project in Colorado. It was also the first project nationally to document a mid-century modern landscape. The documentation, conducted during Skyline Park's demolition in 2003, was funded in part by grant awards from the State Historical Fund, a program on History Colorado, the Colorado Historical Society. This project has been recognized with a State of Colorado Stephen Hart Preservation Award.

Skow Residence

Student Researchers:

Ellen Adams Brett Blackmon Lura Blumfield Jay Burkhalter Glen Camuso Jacob Ebling William Koning William Murray Rebecca Sockwell JD Signom

Next Stage Collaborative 2016

Student Researchers:

Joel Brown Sofia Bruni Adam Buehler Josh Chandler Robert “Taylor” Chesnovar Marika Davis Natacha Denis Meghan Duarte-Silva Barry Carl Faler Eileen Gahihausen Sasha Godinez Kelsey Grundman Kurt Hartmann Ryan Helle Ryan Johnson Danielle Jones Benyamin Khezri Allisa Lacey Alex LaVoy Alexander Martin Joseph McKinney Joel Miller Olivia Mott Mason O’Farrell Christopher Powell Brandon Smith Rebekka Thy Hunter Wells Lidia West Kelsey Wotila Liezl van Wyk