Colorado Architecture News | 02.07.24

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 02.07.24

In this Newsletter:

The Week in Words

“Climate impacts have no boundaries, and the complexities are limitless. We truly are all in this together and the level of intellect and ambition going toward solving climate issues are impressive.”

— Mary Morissette, FAIA shares her personal observations after attending COP28 last Fall in Dubai.


2024 Reception with Legislators

Members of ACEC Colorado, AIA Colorado, & Other AES Organizations are invited to join your colleagues for appetizers and beverages while meeting with state legislators and key policymakers. Lobbyists for both organizations are inviting legislators and identifying to them who from their districts will be attending the reception.

AIA Colorado is covering the registration fee for AIA Colorado members who RSVP through Eventbrite. We encourage members taking advantage of this offer to consider a contribution to The Architects of Colorado Political Action Committee.

AIA College of Fellows Nominating Committee 

Being elected to AIA’s College of Fellows represents the highest individual honor bestowed by the Institute upon its members, second only to the Institute’s Gold Medal. Fellowship elevation signifies recognition for an exemplary career with a broad impact on the architectural profession. Colorado has been fortunate since 1886 to witness 104 of our members elevated to Fellowship, including three new fellows named last year.

Are you interested in pursuing Fellowship? If so, our College of Fellows Nominating Committee would love to hear from you! Please visit the link and contact Phil Gerou, FAIA, Chair of the Fellows Nominating Committee, by Feb 22nd.

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This year, AIA Colorado is offering 6 Code Classes encompassing a variety of courses. We hope that you take advantage of the breadth of knowledge being presented. Also, the 2021 IBC Overview class that we are offering twice is a great resource for emerging professionals who are looking for a deep dive introduction to building code. 

Registrations for all 6 of the individual classes offered this year are now live with discounts offered to AIA members and early registrants. The April 5 Code Class will be held in the North Section with a venue confirmation coming shortly.

Meet the class of 2024

The Christopher Kelley Leadership Development Program (CKLDP) aims to train the next generation of leaders in architecture through a yearlong series of sessions focusing on everything from community leadership to firm management. Congratulations to the
2023 scholars:

  • Ashley Baldwin, AIA, DLR Group
  • Colin D’Emilio, Assoc. AIA, TreanorHL
  • Eric Dernbach, AIA, BOSS.architecture
  • Mallory Esselman, AIA, Anderson Mason Dale
  • Taylor Higgins, AIA, Land + Shelter
  • Hannah Hobbs, AIA, Steinberg Hart
  • Horace Hou, AIA, Populous
  • Mackenzie Huber, AIA, BVH Architecture
  • Alex Kendle, AIA, Perkins & Will
  • Kari Lawson, AIA, HDR
  • Caleb Leftin, BRS Architecture
  • Sonya Shah, AIA, 720 design, inc.
  • Zachary Sherrod, Assoc. AIA, Anderson Mason Dale
  • Ryan Wakat, Assoc. AIA, Animal Arts Design Studios
  • Sara Zezulka, AIA, Semple Brown
  • Wei Zhao, AIA, Ratio Design


Rodwin Architecture’s LEEP Platinum project The Hoefling House, 2022 winner of AIA Colorado Design Award of Merit for Sustainable Design, has won a Bronze award from the International Design Awards.


2024 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 2024. More info and apply here.

Upcoming CAP Spring lecture series

Lectures are held at the Second Floor Gallery, CU Denver. More info and RSVP here.

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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 will be accepted by AIA Colorado through noon on Friday, February 9th. AIA Colorado will send a list of interested members in good standing to Landmark Preservation staff but does not internally evaluate nominations.
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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 9th. AIA Colorado will send a list of interested members in good standing to the commission but staff does not internally evaluate nominations.
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Colorado BPS requirements webinar for industry professionals

The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) is hosting a webinar for building industry professionals to discuss the State’s new Building Performance Standard (BPS) requirements. This webinar will cover the details and requirements of each of the compliance pathways, and the implementation timeline for the BPS program. Dates and times for the webinar are:


2023 Architects Journey to Specification reveals post-pandemic shifts in firm culture, product experimentation

For the first time since 2016, AIA offers free access to entire study tracking the evolution of product specification and selection. Read at AIA

The world’s 10 most important top secret buildings, including the Cheyenne Mountain Complex in Colorado Springs

Read at Architectural Digest

Premier Partner Spotlight

We’re proud to highlight one of AIA Colorado’s Premier Partners, Humboldt Sawmill and Allweather Wood, and look forward to their ongoing support and involvement serving Colorado’s architecture community.

Humboldt Sawmill Company, LLC manufactures redwood and Douglas-fir dimensional lumber, timbers, and uppers at the company’s sawmill in Scotia, California. Allweather Wood, LLC is the largest waterborne preservative treated lumber and plywood manufacturer in the western United States with five manufacturing facilities, including a facility in Loveland, Colorado. View company website.

Visit Humbolt Sawmill and Allweather Wood website.

Looking for Additional Resources?

View AIA Colorado’s Allied Member Directory.

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