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


16th street 1 web

16th Street Mall Complex

Student Researchers:

Jackson Parnell
MArch Studio V Fall 2016
Architectrural rendering of interior space

1010 Santa Fe

Student Researchers:

Joel Miller
MArch Studio V Fall 2017
photocollage of exterior space

Denver Museum of Spatial Arts

Student Researchers:

Aly Burkhalter
MArch Studio III Fall 2017
Photograph of wood architectural model

Caretaker's Residence

Student Researchers:

Mike Hackett
M Arch Studio II Spring 2018
Town of Alma Colorado Wayfinding Signage

Town of Alma, Colorado Wayfinding Signage

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Judith Bergquist, CCCD staff, Michael McQuillan, CCCD student
  • Local Participants:Town of Alma, CO
De Beque Fire Station

De Beque Fire Station

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Richard Sales, CCCD staff, Julia Valiulina, CCCD student
  • Local Participants:Town of De Beque, CO