Bixler Global Initiatives

With a generous donation from the Bixler Family Foundation, the Bixler Global Initiatives was founded in 2018 to support educational exchanges between the College of Architecture and Planning and Finland, Japan and Spain. The Bixler Global Initiatives build on the groundbreaking programs established by Finnish Initiatives (2013 – 2017), including student scholarships, faculty exchanges, visiting lecturers, visiting scholars, architectural exhibitions, and summer study abroad support.  

Today’s professional designers practice in an expanding global market place. An appreciation of historical and cultural differences provides students with critical perspectives for professional success internationally. There is no substitute for experiencing in person the built environment in other cultures to appreciate global diversity. We are committed to providing students and faculty members with strategic and unique educational exchange opportunities involving CAP and architecture schools in Finland, Japan, and Spain.

Bixler Scholarship

The Bixler Scholarship covers full tuition for one-semester of study in the MArch degree program at the College of Architecture and Planning, University of Colorado Denver. The Scholarship is open to applicants from Finland, Japan, and Spain who have finished an undergraduate architecture degree or who are currently in a graduate architecture degree program in Finland, Japan, or Spain. Up to two scholarships are made each year. All scholarships begin in the Fall semester. Depending on available funding, the Scholarship may be continued for a second semester for students accepted into the Design Build Certificate Program.


Open to students who will have completed the undergraduate degree in architecture from a qualified university in Finland, Japan, or Spain prior to CU Denver enrollment. ​​​Recipients must meet all of the requirements for the MArch program, and must be admitted to the program. Recipients must be residents of Finland, Japan, or Spain.

Application Process

Apply to the Master of Architecture program at CU Denver.​ Submit a completed scholarship application and a short essay describing your connection with the Finnish, Japanese, or Spanish culture. Submit the scholarship application and essay to Liz Marsh by the application deadline. Only complete, on-time submissions will be considered.

Application Deadline

January 15

Award Amount

Covers full tuition for one semester at CU Denver, contingent upon meeting requirements. Depending on available funding, the scholarship may be extended for a second semester for students accepted into the Design Build Certificate Program.


  • Enroll in a full course load of 12 - 15 credit hours each semester
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA
  • ​Remain in good academic standing

About the Bixler Family Foundation

The Dr. C. W. Bixler Family Foundation was founded in honor of Clarence Ward Bixler, who settled in Colorado in 1903 and earned his medical degree from CU. Dr. Bixler went on to become an influential physician and farmer whose legacy lives on through the many educational and community initiatives the foundation supports. The Foundation’s Managing Trustee is Donald Lee Johnson, one of our most esteemed and visionary supporters and a third-generation alumnus of the University of Colorado. After receiving his BFA in Interior Architecture in 1962, Donald worked in Los Angeles with several design and planning firms working for major corporations around the world. In 1972, he founded Aegina Associates, an interior architecture, planning, and architecture firm, with clients including Getty Oil, Columbia Pictures, the State of California, and major real estate development firms.