Colorado Architecture News | 06.21.23

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 06.21.23


“It’s been incredibly inspiring to see the breadth and depth of the work that you all have shared with us. It’s all encompassing, it is broad, and I loved how you embraced the design measures of excellence.”

— Yiselle Santos Rivera, AIA, Jury Chair, AIA Design Awards, addressing the 2023 Design Award Submissions.

In addition to our 2023 Design Awards Jury meeting in San Francisco to deliberate on this years’ entrants, AIA Colorado members and staff took in the many keynotes, lectures, learning labs, social meetups, and strolled the expo hall floors at A’23. Catch up on some of the events that took place as well as keynotes from the main stage here.

Call For Presentations

Practice + Design Conference Call for Presentations Now Open

The Practice + Design Conference brings together the community of architects in Colorado for inspiring insights from global design leaders, advanced practice management methods, and practical innovations from industry partners. We’re interested in hearing from those in our community who are ready to contribute and lead a session at Keystone.

This year’s theme, ENGAGE, is focused on the big topics and discussions that face our industry, our practices, and our communities. We’re interested in conversations where the stakes are great and the opportunities are real, creating chances for us to propel our profession forward, right here in Colorado.

If you have a presentation in mind, visit the link below and start your submission today. Or, if you know someone who would be a great fit, encourage them to create a submission. The submission window closes Friday, July 7th at 5pm.

Expo hall booth and sponsorships will open soon, with preference given to Premier Partners and Allied Members first. If you’re interesting in viewing the Engage Practice + Design Conference prospectus, you can view it here.


2023 Legislative Session Recap

Advocacy Engagement Director Nikolaus Remus, AIA, covers the top bills affecting the architecture profession from the 2023 legislative session. This part 1 will go into detail on the bills AIA Colorado took action on. A future part 2 will give a broad overview of other bills that may be of interest to members.

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Colorado’s New Statewide Energy Code Means Lower Costs, Better Air Quality

As the standards better accommodate solar panels and electric vehicles, Colorado just finalized its new statewide energy code, but what does that mean for new construction? Learn more in Colorado Newsline from AIA Colorado’s Advocacy Engagement Director, Nikolaus Remus, and Executive Director of the American Council of Engineering Companies of Colorado, Heidi M. Gordon, as they break down the implications of the new energy code.

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Code Class: 2023 Pikes Peak Regional Building Code (2021 IBC update)

This July 19th, review changes from the last edition to the current edition of the International Building Code as recently adopted by the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department and go into effect June 30th. The background behind many of the changes will be discussed to provide participants with an understanding of the intent of the changes and how to apply it to their everyday work. Subjects covered in the class will include the code change process, mixed occupancies, atriums, accessible means of egress, and more. This full-day program includes lunch and will be submitted for approval for 6.0 AIA CES Health, Safety, and Welfare (HSW) learning unit hours. Early registration rates expire July 12th!

The State of the Art of Architecture

Thursday July 27th at the Aspen Art Museum, join AIA Colorado, CORE, and rowland+broughton for an exploration of the present and future state of sustainable architecture in Colorado’s Roaring Fork Valley. Space is limited, please RSVP in advance.

AIA Colorado Member News

Under a Denver Highway, Artists Find Space for the Surreal

The art collective Meow Wolf worked with local architects to create a trippy “Convergence Station” on a wedge-shaped site beneath a busy interstate. Hear from Dan Craig, architect and principal for Shears Adkins Rockmore, in Bloomberg.
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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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Telluride Art + Architecture Week

Taking place the week of July 10 – 16, Telluride Art + Architecture Week is an immersive art experience showcasing the architectural, landscape, interior design, and creative talent of Telluride. Join fellow architects Friday, July 14th, for Design Industry Day, presented by Altitude Control Technology, CCY Architects, Dornbracht, Henry Built and Delta Millworks. Continuing Education courses are followed by a social networking event.

Todd Kennedy, AIA, and Jenny Trumble, AIA, from CCY Architects will also be giving a presentation on DNA Alpine at Telluride Art & Architecture week, July 12th.

The Madeline Hotel hosts the event and offers preferred rates to design industry participants. View more information

DEN’s Business Development Training Academy – Concourse 100 program

DEN’s Business Development Training Academy is now accepting applications for its Concourse 100 program. This is an entry level 9-week program for small businesses in the A/E/C industry who are interested in learning how to work at DEN. Please share this with your small business network. Deadline to apply is July 16th.

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Temple Hoyne Buell Endowed Ambassadorial Scholarship

The Temple Hoyne Buell Endowed Ambassadorial Scholar Program provides $30,000 scholarship awards for undergraduate or graduate studies outside the USA. Scholars must commence studies between July 1, 2024 and June 30, 2025 and expend the scholarship funds within 12 months of starting studies. Study must be in the field of architecture, landscape architecture, urban planning or related subjects.

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Habits of the Anthropocene

The ACADIA Board of Directors and the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver are excited to announce the 2023 conference Habits of the Anthropocene: Scarcity and Abundance in a Post-Material Economy which will be held in person in Denver, CO from October 26-28th, 2023.

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AIA Elects Evelyn Lee as its 2025 President

Evelyn Lee, FAIA, has been elected the 2025 president of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Lee will first serve as the 2024 AIA First Vice President/2025 President-elect, before beginning her one year term as president in 2025.
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In addition to Evelyn Lee, 2 new leaders have been elected to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) Board of Directors.

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Webinar: Artificial Intelligence – Rhetoric and Reality

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has become a buzzword that companies across all industries are using in a variety of ways to imply innovation. It has become, by all generally accepted definitions, a market bubble. Contract document management is no exception. Sign up in advance for the free webinar taking place July 12th, 12 – 1 pm MT | 1 LU. 
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AIA23: Global Insights on Tech for Architects

BIM 2.0, AI (artificial intelligence), and talk of the Apple Vision Pro were highlighted points in multiple discussions with technology vendors at A’23.
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CCY named a finalist in Architizer A+ Awards

DNA Apline home was named in the Best Residential Firm category for this year’s Architizer A+ Awards and also received an Honor Award from Residential Design Magazine.
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Tryba’s GoSpotCheck Headquarters in Architect Magazine

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How A.I. Is Helping Architects Change Workplace Design

With more hybrid workers and new office needs, firms like Zaha Hadid Architects are turning to artificial intelligence for solutions. 
Read more at NY Times

The 8 Best New Design, Architecture, and Urbanism Books Out This Summer

Looking for some Summer reading? Check out these suggestions from Curbed.
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