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


 

Butterfly connector between wood and concrete

Green Tech: Eco Furniture Design & Fabrication

Student Researchers:

Alexis Trick, Grant Warmerdam, Dillon Chang, Nora Webster, Sabrina Canada
Material scraps, bits and pieces, and the objects most people throw away, are carefully studied and reinvented as functional art.
rendering of green wall

Living Systems Vertical Studio

Student Researchers:

Leah Bryant, Chris Quinn and James Oberhansley
LDAR 6604/07 and 6605/08 Spring 2019
Exterior of a cabin in the woods

Cottonwood Cabins

Principal Researchers:

ColoradoBuildingWorkshop
Design Build 2019
Six new bunkhouses and an outdoor kitchen create a welcome refuge for trekkers at the basecamp for Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions.
People playing in the snow with tall hotels in the background

Making Winter Park Sustainable

Student Researchers:

Andrew Williams
Urban and Regional Planning Capstone Project
Cover of Crafting Form based codes

Crafting Form-Based Codes: Resilient Design, Policy & Regulations

Principal Researchers:

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D
Group photograph of the studio class in Dillion

Summer Planning Studio: Downtown Revitalization in Dillon, CO

Principal Researchers:

Korkut Onaran, Ph.D
Urban and Regional Planning Planning Project Studio Summer 2018