Colorado Architecture News | 04.05.23

The Week in Words

“The Foundation is a trusted partner with a long history of supporting our students. We look forward to making an even bigger impact in the future.”

Rachel Lee, AIA, Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado, Boulder, speaking at the annual scholarship selection committee meeting of the Architectural Education Foundation.

The Architectural Education Foundation, in partnership with AIA Colorado, offers traveling and professional development scholarships to support educational and experiential endeavors.

While academic awards will be announced by the respective campuses, we would like to congratulate the following recipients of the 2023 Architectural Educational Foundation Travel Scholarships:


2023 Design + Awards: Call for Entries 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 call for entries for both the Design Awards and Honor Awards are now open and the deadline to enter both is May 19. Start planning your 2023 submission today!

Save the Date: 2023’s Design + Honor Awards Celebration will be at Mile High Station September 19.


J.E.D.I Education Pipeline Youth Engagement Opportunities

On March 1st and 2nd, the AIA Colorado J.E.D.I Education Pipeline Committee and other AIA Colorado members participated in a Colorado Uplift Career Fair for middle school students at Lake Middle School and Colorado Sports Leadership Academy. Between the two schools, 497 students participated in the fair. The event continues the J.E.D.I. Education Pipeline’s efforts to introduce school-age students to architecture to expand career pathway exploration and diversify the profession.

The Committee is tracking youth engagement opportunities, including classroom speaking opportunities, office tours, project site tours, and design camps and has opportunities for architects, architectural interns, and allied professionals to share their journey with students.


Tour of Kinship Landing in Colorado Springs

Join AIA Colorado’s South Members on Wednesday, April 26th at 4pm for a tour of Kinship Landing boutique hotel led by Echo Architecture.

Western Slope Architectural Event and Happy Hour

Join members from the West on April 27th at Alan-Bradley Window & Doors in Eagle for Continuing Education courses followed by a social happy hour. Choose 2 courses of Continuing Education from a variety of AIA CES providers offered. Please RSVP and sign up for courses in advance.

Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community -Happy Hour at MOA Architecture

On May 2nd at 3pm, join the Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community for a happy hour networking event hosted at MOA Architecture. Open to AIA Colorado members.

View AIA Colorado Calendar


Michael Quirk, Assoc. AIA, was recently featured in Dwell for his micro cabin project: “A Net-Zero Micro Cabin in Colorado Makes a Big Statement About Construction Waste”Read more and see photos here.


Apply to join the Denver Downtown Design Advisory Board

The Downtown Design Advisory Board is a nine-member board with review oversight of proposed projects. The board meets at 10:30 am the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, as needed. Board members should have knowledge of fundamental urban design principles and be able to apply them to conceptual situations. Members should be comfortable reviewing projects from different design and community perspectives that relate to the downtown context and address the functionality and vibrancy required for a successful urban environment. Applications are due by 5 p.m. on April 15. Apply here.

Architecture Lecture: Spirit of Place with Chad Oppenheim

Join architect Chad Oppenheim at Aspen Art Museum’s Rooftop Café, Friday April 7th at 5 pm, as he takes guests on an immersive journey through his firm’s work and philosophy that aims to realign and reconnect us to the world around us. His award-winning firm, Oppenheim Architecture, is known for architecture that celebrates the natural world and the inherent power of each site. RSVP here.

Attend a live taping of the Architect-ing podcast

Join Architect-ing on Wednesday April 12th at 7pm for a live podcast interview with Alan Golin Glass, FAIA, at Kephart (2555 Walnut Street, Denver). Free for members and non-members. 

Colorado State University’s Architectural Virtual Library

Colorado State University’s Architectural Virtual Library will be presented from 6pm – 7:30 pm Thursday, April 13. Maria Delgado, Assistant Professor in CSU’s Department of Design and Merchandising, will highlight the online library featuring architectural historic buildings. The CSU-AVL depicts 36 scanned buildings across the state, and a customized legend guides viewers through a virtual tour. RSVP to attend.

Marshall Fire Rebuild Expo

A Marshall Fire Rebuild Expo will be held April 15 from 10 am – 3 pm at Ascent Community Church in Louisville (550 McCaslin Boulevard). The exhibition is hosted by the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver and the volunteer Marshall Fire Task Force. The exhibition at the church, is free and open to the public. More than 40 exhibitions on builders, contractors, financial institutions, lumber and materials vendors, and other businesses dedicated to the rebuilding effort will be at the event.

Register or learn more here.

2023 Landscape Architecture 8×8

The College of Architecture and Planning at CU Denver is excited to host the second annual Landscape Architecture 8×8 on April 17 at 6pm at the Lawrence Street Center. This year’s event features presentations by 8 inspiring mid-level architects. This signature Landscape Architecture Department event provides up-and-coming landscape architects a platform to discuss their work, their ambitions, and even the challenges they’ve faced in their careers. More info here.

NEXUS National Mentorship Program Applications Open for the Month of April

NEXUS’s goal is to support equity and access to architecture as a profession. If you are new to the field, have plateaued in your growth/development, or are an associated professional who has always wanted to be an architect, this program provides a wealth of resources to help navigate your career. Young professionals are connected with highly esteemed AIA Fellows who have practiced, researched, authored, and experienced the gamut of the field of architecture. More info and to Apply here.


New Job Highlights:

Architect at open studio | architecture

Job Captain/Project Coordinator at Arrow B Architecture

Client Leader (Architect) – Justice + Civic at DLR Group


Future Focused

Celebrating women in architecture, their work, leadership, and the pathways created for the next generation, AIA’s weekly 60-second “Future Focused” video series shares female architects and designers’ favorite work, as well as their leadership, mentorship, and vision they are pursuing for an increasingly diverse and equitable profession. Watch here.

New Survey Results Highlight Evolving Trends in Kitchen and Bathroom Design

Homeowners are moving toward electric appliances and looking for long-term “value” adds. Read more.

February 2023 Architectural Billings Index Released

More architecture firms reported a decline in billings in February, indicating an extension of a recent downturn in design activity according to a new report released today from The American Institute of Architects (AIA). Read more.

A’23 in San Francisco

A’23 – AIA Conference on Architecture is heading to the Bay Area June 7-10, 2023. Registration is now open and Early Bird pricing ends today! Visit the Conference Website to register, access the hotel block, and learn more.

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.

Looking for Additional Resources?

View AIA Colorado’s Allied Member Directory.

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