Colorado Architecture News | 05.17.23

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 05.17.23


“Both Rep. Bird and Sen. Simpson approach issues as problems to be solved, choose issues that will help the constituents and communities they serve, while avoiding ideological battles. They are smart, decent people, and fair in their approach to issues. AIA Colorado is lucky to have them as champions.”

— Jerry Johnson, lobbyist and Honorary Member of AIA Colorado

After an eventful campaign season last Fall and a highly productive legislative session this year, we were thrilled to honor Senator Cleave Simpson as AIA Colorado’s exceptional new legislator for 2022, alongside Representative Shannon Bird, our 2022 legislator of the year.

Senator Simpson was acknowledged for his instrumental role in sponsoring the 2021 continuing education bill and his persistent commitment to tackling Colorado’s pressing water issues.

Representative Bird has been an invaluable advocate for licensing bills, recognizing the importance of incorporating precise language in legislation that impacts professions and occupations regulated within Colorado, in alignment with nationwide standards and reciprocity systems.

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Meet the Jurors for the 2023 Design Awards

“The Awards Committee is so proud to have such a powerhouse lineup of esteemed colleagues to serve as our 2023 design jury. The breadth of the practice types and locations represented is exceeded only by their deep expertise and leadership in living out the values we all aspire to. We can’t wait for them to see your best work when they convene at the national conference on architecture in San Francisco!”

— Marisol Foreman, AIA, Awards Committee Chair

Just 2 Days Away!

For both the Design + Honor Awards, Friday May 19th at 5pm is the deadline. Full submission guidelines and instructions can found at the submission link.


2023 Academic Scholarships

Congratulations to the recipients of this year’s Academic Scholarships:

Design Elevated: Sustainable Urbanism From Colorado

On April 27th, AIA Colorado was honored to showcase several of Colorado’s leading designers in conjunction with the Cities Summit of the Americas, a convergence of Mayors and Civic Leaders from across the Western Hemisphere.

Last week, members from the South and the AIA Colorado Board of Directors toured the US Olympic & Paralympic Museum, enjoying insight shared by John Graham, AIA, from Anderson Mason Dale Architects. The fun continued with a happy hour at COATI.

Given that the AIA Colorado Board Presidency is a “milestone moment” in each one’s career, Wells Squire, AIA, gathered the past presidents of AIA Colorado for a time to reminisce as well as share in the future direction of the organization. Held at rowland & broughton last week, stories were shared by all and there are plans to make this gathering a new annual tradition.


National Western Center Tour

Join members from Denver and tour the National Western Center Livestock Exchange Building, Central Utility Plan & CSU Spur Building on June 1st.

AIA Colorado at A’23

Connect with fellow AIA Colorado members during A’23 AIA Conference on June 8th at HDR’s San Francisco office.

Children’s Hospital North (Broomfield) Building Tour

Join our Academy of Architecture for Health Knowledge Community for a tour of the Children’s Hospital North, covering their recent major renovation and addition project. Space is limited.


2022 Denver Energy Code Training Series

Want to learn more about what is changing for commercial/multifamily and residential buildings when the 2022 Denver Energy Code goes into effect? Join City of Denver for a comprehensive training series that will teach you about key changes in the new code. Feel free to join for specific topics or the entire series, which includes content for both commercial and residential project teams. ICC and AIA/HSW continuing education credit will be provided.

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DBIA Rocky Mountain Region – Regional Conference

The Design-Build Institute of America is hosting their annual conference in Aurora on June 8th. The theme for the conference is “Stronger, Together, Everybody’s In”. June 7th will also feature the Design-Build Awards Ceremony and Networking Reception.

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Looking for a Volunteer Architectosaurus

The Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, in partnership with Jefferson County Open Space, is working on big capital improvement projects. Dinosaur Ridge is a National Natural Landmark and has close to 250,000 visitors a year and needs a new Visitor Center to provide the best experience for those visitors. The volunteer with architectural expertise will help to ask the right questions and provide the best input to Jefferson County Open Space. You may send a letter of interest and resume to Pallavi Jhaveri or Kermit Shields.

Telluride Art + Architecture Week

Taking place the week of July 10 – 16, Telluride celebrates a weeklong immersive art experience showcasing the architectural, landscape, interior design, and creative talent of Telluride. Join fellow architects Friday, July 14th, for Design Industry Day at the Madeline Hotel where Continuing Education courses will be offered followed by a social networking event.

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AIA National Is Looking For Volunteer Leaders Like You!

Represent Colorado and help AIA promote the work of the Knowledge Communities and other AIA member groups by joining a 2024 leadership group. Volunteers support their community by:

The application process closes at 5pm ET on June 16.

Learn More & Apply

2023 Small Project Awards

AIA and it’s Small Project Design (SPD) Knowledge Community present the annual Small Project Awards to raise public awareness of the value and design excellence that architects provide regardless of the limits of size and scope. These projects represent the big impact that small projects can have on their users and broader communities.

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Women’s Leadership Summit

Taking place in Boston, this September 12-14, will be the Women’s Leadership Summit. Founded by AIA, this is a premier event that brings together the industry’s largest network of diverse women who are breaking down barriers, making themselves visible, and manifesting the careers they want—while making a difference in the world.

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A’23 in San Francisco, June 7-10

We often talk about the future. This conference is where the AEC industry gathers to define it, design it, and connect across industries to build it. Join us in San Francisco —one of the West Coast’s premier destinations—to explore what it means to design a better world now, together. Visit the Conference Website to register, access the hotel block, and learn more.

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