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


Sarah Dunmire, Indicators of Displacement: Globeville Elyria Swansea

Indicators of displacement: Globeville Elyria Swansea

Student Researcher: Sarah Dunmire
Sarah Turnback, Equity Planning Lens for Denver

Equity planning lens for Denver

Student Researcher: Sarah Turnbach
People playing in the snow with tall hotels in the background

Making Winter Park sustainable

Student Researcher: Andrew Williams
Sebastian Montenegro, MAAS South Denver

Denver south mobility-as-a-service

Student Researcher: Sebastian Montenegro
Shelby Jablon, Teton County Short Term Housing Study

Teton county short term rental study

Student Researcher: Shelby Jablon
Rach Nyhart and Mark Duffy, Gilpin County Community Center Concept Plan

Gilpin county community center concept plan

Student Researchers: Mark Duffy and Rachel Nyhart