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


Yampa Avenue Facade Improvement Guidelines and Concepts

Craig Downtown Façade Guidelines and Concepts

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Main Street improvements
Hayden Downtown Parking Analysis

Hayden Downtown Parking Analysis

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Technical study and public engagement
Design Charette for the AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art

A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art, Trinidad, CO

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Design Charette for building improvements
exterior of design build greenhouse

Ignite Evolution Greenhouse

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Pop-up Architecture 3700
Image showing street art in a creative district

Ensuring the Health of the Creative District: Planning and Policy Recommendations to Establish Sustainable Housing and Workspaces for Denver's Creative Class

Student Researchers:

Camron Bridgford
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project
Photo of big small homes model

The Big Small Home

Student Researchers:

Robby Cuthbert
Green-Build Competition Studio ARCH 6150-001