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


Image Showing Waste Management Issues in Nepal

Sustainable Landfill Redesign in Chitwan, Nepal

Student Researchers:

Alison Blaine, Molly Marcucilli
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project

"We're not in the business of housing:" Environmental gentrification and the nonprofitization of green infrastructure projects

Principal Researchers:

Jeremy Németh, Ph.D
Alessandro Rigolon
The article looks at social justice and environmental gentrification issues that arose during the planning process of the 606, a rails-to-trails project located in Chicago.

Defining a Public: The Management of Privately Owned Public Space

Principal Researchers:

Jeremy Németh, Ph.D
This paper empirically explores the management of privately owned public space.
Image Credit:  Stock Photo of Housing. Martin Sanchez, Unsplash

Supporting Parent Engagement in Children's Learning through Neighborhood Development and Improvements to Accessibility

Principal Researchers:

Dr. Carrie Makarewicz
Study findings suggest planning can contribute to student achievement through investments and coordination that bolster parents' time, energy, and resources for educational engagement in their homes, schools, and communities.
Students in the Fall 2016 Urban Housing class work on a housing design charrette.

Design by Community Charrette

In late September 2016, MURP students in Assistant Professor Jennifer Steffel Johnson's Urban Housing class participated in a community design charrette, which is an intensive, hands-on workshop that brings together numerous disciplines to explore architectural, planning and development options for particular areas or sites.
Urban and Regional Planning students participate in Parking Day 2017.

Parking Day 2017

On September 15, 2017, students in the Master of Urban and Regional Planning program at CU Denver participated in the annual Park(ing) Day outside of the College of Architecture and Planning at 14th and Larimer in downtown Denver.