Colorado Architecture News | 02.01.23

“We are the living heritage of our state and together we are the architects of its future.”

 Gov. Jared Polis in his State of the State address, delivered January 17th.

As we are now embarking on a new year, we want to simply say Thank You for making 2022 such a great year as well as for your continued involvement into this year. We had a record number of members, allied members, and premier partners last year and we’re grateful for your commitment to AIA Colorado’s mission.

Most of you reading this have already renewed while others are in the process of renewal. If you haven’t already done so, AIA Members please visit to check your renewal status and ensure that you’re all set for 2023. Allied Members please renew here. Once again, Thank You for helping to create a movement of change agents to broaden the impact of architecture!



Colorado Climate Policy with Senator Chris Hansen
On January 23rd, a room full of architects turned out to hear Senator Chris Hansen (District 31) lay out recent policy wins in the fight against the climate crisis and espouse on his vision for how to progress those wins into the future. Editorial Committee Member Drew Allen, AIA, was there and shares his observations from the event.


This past Friday, January 27th, AIA Fellows enjoyed their first gathering of the year. Held at Rowland + Broughton studios, the gathering was also attended by AIA Colorado Board Members and Staff.

Considering AIA Fellowship?
Fellowship is the highest recognition, other than the gold medal award, given to architects recognizing their work, their service, and volunteerism. It is not an award for longevity in the profession, but for merit and effort. As we engage 2023 and evaluate professional goals for the coming year, we invite you to learn more about and consider AIA Fellowship. Preliminary submittals for the nominating committee to review as they assist our members interested in Fellowship are due by March 27th.

Architectural Education Foundation Scholarships Now Open
The Architectural Education Foundation, in partnership with AIA Colorado, offers traveling and professional development scholarships to support your educational endeavors and gain more experience. Since 1961, they have awarded more than $800,000 to more than 250 students, architects, and teachers. Thanks to their support, we’re pleased to announce the availability of academic and travel scholarships for 2023.


Interested In Getting Ahead With Your Credits This Year?
Available all year round, the AIA Colorado On-Demand Continuing Education platform offers courses that cover a variety of topics to help you best serve clients and communities through excellence in design and practice.


CCY Architects Broadens Leadership Team
CCY Architects has announced that Maura Trumble has joined the ownership of the firm, becoming CCY’s first female Principal.

News to Share?
Does your firm have news that you’d like to share with the AIA Colorado community? If so, please send to for consideration and inclusion.


Denver Existing Building Performance
Join the City and County of Denver to learn about upcoming existing building code and how you can ensure buildings you work with comply with equipment replacement requirements. We will address how this new policy impacts buildings, where to start, and resources including financial incentives and available trainings so you can better work with your clients and give them the right tools to succeed.

Even if you’re not currently doing work in Denver, more and more jurisdictions in Colorado will be adopting similar requirements. This is a great opportunity to get a glimpse into the future for all architects in Colorado. Visit Denver’s Office of Climate Action, Sustainability and Resiliency website and sign up for the event at the link below.

Save The Dates!
While we will have much more to share about both of these events in the months to come, we’re excited to share the following: 

2023’s Design + Honor Awards Celebration at Mile High Station

2023’s Practice + Design Conference will be held at Keystone


Denver Landmark Preservation Commission Opening
Denver’s Landmark Preservation Commission is seeking a new commissioner to fill an upcoming vacancy this spring. Commissioners shall attend twice-monthly meetings and periodic special meetings to hear and decide requests for:

If you’re interested in this position, please review the full list of duties and qualifications, then submit a resume or professional biography to Nikolaus Remus. Nominations have been extended and will now be accepted by AIA Colorado through noon on Thursday, February 9th. AIA Colorado will send a list of interested members in good standing to Landmark Preservation staff but does not internally evaluate nominations.

Denver Lower Downtown Design Review Commission
Denver’s Lower Downtown Design Review Commission is seeking new commissioners to fill the following vacancies this spring:

If you’re interested in this position, please review the full list of duties and qualifications, then submit a resume or professional biography to Nikolaus Remus. Nominations will be accepted by AIA Colorado through noon on Friday, February 24th. AIA Colorado will send a list of interested members in good standing to the commission but staff does not internally evaluate nominations.


A Key Year In Advancing AIA’s Federal Legislative Agenda
After a strong 2022 when AIA claimed several legislative victories on Capitol Hill, 2023 is shaping up to be another pivotal year in advancing AIA’s public policy agenda. AIA’s 2023 Lobby Day takes place on Wednesday, February 15th, and will focus on two bills: the Democracy in Design Act and the Resilient AMERICA Act.

2023 The Future of Cities 
Explore key themes, provocative solutions, the critical role of design leadership, and adapting solutions to different cities, climate zones, and political environments. The Future of Cities is a new six-course series hosted by Communities by Design (CxD), a public service program that has spent decades working with communities to address big challenges like climate change, equity, housing, and revitalization.

Embodied Carbon Reduction in the Built Environment
The U.S. passed the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022 with $369 billion in funding to cut climate pollution in half by 2030. Presented by AIA Trust, learn how the built environment contributes to climate change and what choices you can make to reduce embodied carbon.

New Trends in Professional Liability Insurance
What trends in professional liability and risk management should you be planning for in 2023? AIA Trust’s latest review, conducted with the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) and the National Society for Professional Engineers (NSPE), has the answers.

December 2022 Architectural Billings Index Released
Demand for design services from U.S. architecture firms continued to contract in December, according to a new report from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

A’23 in San Francisco
A’23 – AIA Conference on Architecture is heading to the Bay Area June 7-10, 2023. Sign up to be notified of registration and event updates.

© AIA Colorado 2024
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