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


 

Nederland Community Storybook

Nederland Community Storybook

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Vickie Berkley, Darcy Varney
  • Local Participants: Town of Nederland
Phillips County Fairgrounds Exhibit Design Concepts

Phillips County Fairgrounds Exhibit Design Concepts

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: CAP Students: Annie Poland, Kelly Finkowski UTA Field Coordinator: Mike Tupa
  • Local Participants: Phillips County Fairgrounds Board
Fruita Combined Campus Feasibility and Programming Study

Fruita Combined Campus Feasibility and Programming Study

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: CAP Students: Tom Maderick and Anna Chmel; UTA Field Coordinator: Chris Endreson
  • Local Participants: City of Fruita Administration and City Council, Museum of Western Colorado - Dinosaur Journey Musem, John McConnell Math & Science Center
Chaffee County Fairgrounds North Building Expansion Plan

Chaffee County Fairgrounds North Building Expansion Plan

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Jonathan Wright, Chris Whitenhall, Jeffrey Wood (Project Coordinator)
  • Local Participants: Bob Christiansen, Chafee County Administrator, Chaffee County Commissioners
  • DOLA Regional Manager:
    Christy Culp
Beech Street Landscape Concepts

Beech Street Landscape Concepts

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Qaiochen Liu, Mike Tupa (Project Coordinator)
  • Local Participants: Town Administrator and staff
  • DOLA Regional Manager: Don Sandoval
Columbine Park Master Plan

Columbine Park Master Plan

Principal Researchers:

  • Project Team: Daniel Navarro-Gomez (MLA), Josh Spinner (MLA), Keath Flint (MLA), Tom Maderick (MArch), Chris Endreson (Project Coordinator)
  • Local Participants: Katelin Cook, RBC Economic Development Coordinator, Rio Blanco County Commissioners, Columbine Park Board, Town of Rangely, Colorado Northwestern Community College
  • DOLA Regional Manager: Elyse Ackerman