Received in 2023

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CU Denver Grand Challenge Grant

In the spring of 2023 LoDo Lab received both a Seed and Grand Challenge grant to fund the third generation of our Bio-Pod research called Biodegradable Landscape Infrastructure Pods or BLIP.

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Fast Company - Best Sustainable Design Award

Congratulations to HiLo and LoDo lab teams for receiving the Best Sustainable Design Award from Fast Company for their Zippered wood technology research.

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The Pandemic Effect

Congratulations to Blaine Brownell for publishing The Pandemic Effect: Ninety Experts on Immunizing the Built Environment. The book includes 90 leading architects, designers, materials scientists, and health officials who reflect on the influence of COVID-19 on buildings and cities—and propose solutions to safeguard the built environment from future pandemics, viruses, and contagious diseases on every scale, from surfaces to society.

Received in 2022

ACADIA 2022 Conference

In the fall of 2022, LoDo Lab's Nurse Pod research was selected to be presented at the Association for Computer Aided Design in Architecture (ACADIA) Conference.


69th Annual Progressive Architecture Award

Congratulations to Kevin Hirth for being awarded the Progressive Architecture Award for his Table Cabin project!


ACSA Architectural Education Awards - Faculty Design Award

Congratulations to Blair, Marc & teams for receiving the 2022 ACSA Faculty Design Award in the Research and Design Category, for their ongoing Zippered Wood Research! 

Received in 2021

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Journal of Architectural Education (JAE) Awards

Projects, Stacked-Plate Framing by Kevin Hirth, and Material Custodies by Blair Satterfield and Marc Swackhamer were both selected for the Spring 2021 JAE 75:1 Built issue! Congratulations to Kevin, Blair, & Marc!

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CU Denver ORS Large Grant

In the summer of 2021, LoDo Lab was awarded a $10,000 grant to further the Blind Nurse and Nurse Pod research!

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Architects 2020 R+D Awards

The collaborative project Zippered Wood/ Zippered Pavilion was recognized in the 14th annual Architects 2020 R+D awards Congratulations to HiLo Lab, LoDo Lab, Houminn and a big thanks to all who supported and collaborated on the project!

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Essay "Bending the Line" on the Zippered Wood collaborative project was featured in the FABRICATE 2020 publication. This essay outlined how the research team developed experimental prototypes that transform the standard 2×4 and challenge conventional wall construction.

Received in 2020

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ACSA 2020

"The Blind Nurse | Considering Decay as Generator” is a peer-reviewed paper included in the 108th Annual Meeting of the ACSA, San Diego, CA, USA

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During the PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) shortage during the 2020 Coivd-19 pandemic, LoDo Lab worked with the Make4Covid team to create 3D printed PPE units for local doctors, nurses, dentists, and others affected by the PPE shortage. A huge shout out to everyone who was able to contribute to this effort!

LoDo Lab Founded in 2019

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