Colorado Architecture News | 03.20.24

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 03.20.24

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2024 Design + Honor Awards call for entries is now open!

The annual AIA Colorado Design + Honor Awards recognize the most outstanding work of AIA Colorado members and their firms, reinforce the value of great architecture, and highlight members’ positive contributions to the community.

The 2024 Design + Honor Awards call for entries is now open! Learn more about submission requirements for both the Design Awards and Honor Awards and begin your 2024 Award submission. Submission window closes at 5pm, Friday, May 17th.

Applications now available for new Housing Committee

A new AIA Colorado Housing Committee is launching this Spring that will focus on Colorado’s unprecedented and complex housing crisis. This new committee will meet regularly and seek to lay the groundwork so our association can lead and be responsive to equitable housing solutions. Read more about the committee, its goals for 2024, and apply today!

AAH/ACHA Summer Leadership Summit – call for project tour nominations

The AIA Academy of Architecture for Health is pleased to announce that for the first time, the annual Summer Leadership Summit (SLS) will be held in Denver this year from July 26-28th. This conference, jointly hosted by the AAH and ACHA (American College of Healthcare Architects), brings together approximately 200 leaders in healthcare design from the U.S. and around the world for two days of presentations and panel discussions addressing the forces that shape the future of healthcare. Each year, the final day of the conference (Sunday, July 28th) is reserved for project tours of healthcare facilities in the area. If your firm would like to submit a project for consideration, please follow the link to learn more and submit an application.

Design Like A Girl workshop

AIA Colorado’s J.E.D.I. committee and NOMA Colorado held a second “Design Like a Girl” workshop on February 16th. A group of 19 aspiring middle school designers from various Denver Public Schools were paired with female mentors from the Colorado architecture and engineering community. The day also included a tour of Populus Hotel. Read more about the workshop, those who led and volunteered, well as contact info to get involved for the next workshop, taking place April 19th.

AIA Colorado Events

1900 Lawrence Tour

1900 Lawrence tour

The Denver Local Advisors will be hosting a tour of 1900 Lawrence on Thursday, March 21st. This construction tour of the new skyline altering 30-story building offering Class-AA office space that will redefine the work environment in Denver.

Tour is currently at capacity, but a wait list is currently open in case someone cancel’s their RSVP.

Join Waitlist

High School Internship roundtable discussion

At Noon on Wednesday, April 3rd, the AIA Colorado J.E.D.I. Committee invites you to learn how your firm, large or small, can host internships for High School students who are enrolled in architecture coursework and interested in pursuing architecture careers. Discussion participants will include representatives from HDR, Denver Public Schools, and CEC Early College High School.

RSVP here

Code Class: 2021 Accessibility Update

Friday, April 5th, join this seminar that will discuss the changes to Chapter 11 of the 2021 IBC and the 2017 ICC A117.1 Accessibility Standard and sign up through Eventbrite in advance.

RSVP here

Louie’s Louie’s Piano Bar tour

Thursday, April 11th, join members in the South for a tour in the “Trolley Block”, a recent rehabilitation of the historic trolley maintenance facility located on South Tejon between Cimmaron and Moreno. Tour led by Echo Architecture.

RSVP here

A Roadmap for Decarbonizing Building Assets in Denver and Colorado

Thursday, April 18th, attend an overview of the process of decarbonizing buildings, with a focus on meeting benchmarking and building performance standards requirements for Denver and Colorado. Discussion will include the workflow needed to provide the planning, analysis, funding, and scheduling required to meet 2030 targets for energy-use and/or greenhouse gas emissions reductions.

RSVP here


Congratulations to the following firms who are recipients of this year’s Mayor’s Design Awards!


Join the Denver Building Code Board of Appeals

The City and County of Denver is seeking qualified individuals to apply for a seat on the Denver Building Code Board of Appeals. The Board of Appeals plays a crucial checks-and-balances role in the application of adopted and amended building codes. The Board consists of six members and three alternates, all appointed by the mayor, with one board member and one alternate need to be architects licensed in the State of Colorado. Apply here

Upcoming CAP Spring lecture series

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


Small Firm Exchange

February’s presentation covered how to leverage small firm’s technology and creativity using AI for renderings and presentations to clients as well as architect’s use of AI for productivity and efficiency when generating images. Follow the link to read key takeaways as well as access the link to the presentation. View 1 page summary and link to recorded presentation

2024 AIA Future Forward Grant

Presented by the Large Firm Roundtable (LFRT) and the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF), this grant supports students, emerging professionals, and early career architects in the testing of new ideas that disrupt the traditional conception of practice, process, and product in the field of architecture. Join the info session March 28th. Application deadline is April 19th. Learn more

Young Architects Forum March Newsletter

A newsletter from the AIA Young Architects Forum (YAF). Look out for important news, AIA updates, and ways to engage, no biggie. Read more


Early registration is available through April 10th for this year’s AIA Conference on Architecture Design, taking place June 5–8. AIA24 will bring together the often-siloed AEC industry in Washington, D.C. to network, share knowledge, gain exposure, and find multidisciplinary solutions to today’s most pressing issues. View conference website

Premier Partner Spotlight

We’re proud to highlight one of AIA Colorado’s Premier Partners, IMEG and look forward totheir ongoing support and involvement serving Colorado’s architecture community.

With a history that dates back over 100 years, IMEG Corp. grew from several firms coming together under one uniting vision: people-centered engineering. As a national engineering and design consulting company they have intentionally localized a focus to serve carefully chosen regions and markets, allowing them to put relationships and communities first, without sacrificing expertise.

View IMEG company website

Allied Member News

SGH is hosting a continuing education webinar on how institutions can best manage portfolios of aging buildings and infrastructure Tuesday, March 26th. Course is approved for 1 HSW. Learn more and register here.

Tremco CPG, Inc. is hosting an educational lunch event in Durango, Thursday, March 28th, from 10am – 2 pm. Offering 3 AIA course approved HSW Credits on the Full Building Enclosure, learn about the topics and RSVP here.

Creative Living Modern Outdoor Decor is hosting a 1 hour AIA approved course titled “Outdoor Kitchen Design with Stainless Steel Cabinetry” to explore the design of safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing outdoor kitchen and living areas. Course is being offered April 3rd in Basalt, April 4th in Edwards, and again April 10th at 9am in Boulder. For more information and to RSVP, contact

Looking for Additional Resources?

View AIA Colorado’s Allied Member Directory.

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