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


 

Five Points Welton Street Corridor Plan

Five Points Welton Street Corridor Plan

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team:Alexander Pearson, Bryon Weber, Zeljko Spiriac, Gail Francesca Santisteven
  • Local Participants:Balanced Community, CSIS, DOLA, Five Points Business District, Juice, Slow Food, Perspective 3, Puma, University of Colorado Denver
Design Charette for the AR Mitchell Museum of Western Art

Design Charette for the A.R. Mitchell Museum of Western Art

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Chris Koziol, CCCD staff, Vickie Berkley, CCCD staff, Ben Wurzer, CCCD student, Abbey Christman, CoPR
  • Local Participants:Louis Fineberg, Planning Director, City of Trinidad, Karen Wolf, Assistant Planner, City of Trinidad, Tara Marshall, Tourism Director, City of Trinidad, Paula Mitchell, Director, Mitchell Museum, Cosette Henritze, Mitchell Museum
  • Other Participants:Lee Merkel, DOLA regional manager, Marc Cittone, DOLA Main Street Program, Stephanie Troller, DOLA Main Street Program, Patrice Berglund, A-E Design, Dick Beardmore, A-E Design
Lyons Town Hall Plaza Design Plan

Lyons Town Hall Plaza Design Plan

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: UTA field coordinator: Mike Tupa; 
    CAP Students: Aynslee Joyce and Sarah Morse
  • Local Participants: Jacque Watson, Town Clerk, Victoria Simonsen, Town Manager, Deb Pearson, Lyons Grant Manager
Yampa Avenue Facade Improvement Guidelines and Concepts

Yampa Avenue Façade Improvement Guidelines and Concepts

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: CAP Students: Anna Chmel and Thomas Maderick; UTA field coordinator: Chris Endreson
  • Local Participants: City of Craig Administration and Council, Craig Economic Development Commission, Downtown Business Association
Hayden Downtown Parking Analysis

Hayden Downtown Parking Analysis

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: CAP students: Tim Camarillo and Brian Berry; UTA field coordinator: Chris Endreson
  • Local Participants:Town of Hayden Administration and Council, Economic Development Commission
Collbran Main Street Streetscape and Facade Concepts

Main Street Streetscape and Façade Concepts

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: CAP Students: Tom Maderick, Anna Chmel, Andrew Chapin; UTA Field Coordinator: Chris Endreson
  • Local Participants: Town of Collbran Administration and Trustees, Economic Development Committee