Colorado Architecture News | 07.05.23

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 07.05.23


“We are blessed to have places like Civic Center – a beautiful, architectural campus that is Denver’s first National Historic Landmark. But what truly makes Civic Center special – and the heart of our city – is that it is a place where we come together as a community, where we build the social fabric that ties us together. It is the place where we celebrate, where we participate, where we pause and where we play.   

This is the place where we gather with our neighbors– where we learn to support and take care of one another – where we participate in democracy – this is the place where we practice tolerance and learn to co-exist. This is the place where as a community we should strive to put our best foot forward.   

This is the power of public space. This is the purpose of public space.”

— Eric Lazzari, Executive Director of the Civic Center Conservancy


On September 19th, join AIA Colorado as we unveil the recipients of the 2023 Design + Honor Awards and celebrate the exemplary work of Colorado architects.

Taking place at Mile High Station, we look forward to welcoming you at 5:30pm to enjoy the music of Spinphony, delicious food and drink, and an event program beginning right at 7pm. This year’s jury enjoyed the incredible selection of work that our member architects submitted, and we’re thrilled to present both the Design Award winners as well as the Honor Award recipients.


Practice + Design Conference Call for Presentations Closes July 7th

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.

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.


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.


Mud Futures Installation at History Colorado

With roots in Colorado’s Conejos County and as a professor of architecture at UC Berkeley, Ronald Rael challenges us to think differently about materials, space, borders, and linear time. In his upcoming installation at History Colorado, Rael uses modern-day 3D printing to reimagine the 7,000-year-old technology of adobe, and will be creating a large structure out of an adobe mixture of clay, straw, and sand on the front porch of the History Colorado Center! Visitors are invited to witness his work in progress July 7–9, or plan a visit soon after its completion. View video of the process.

Learn more about the upcoming pop-up exhibition.

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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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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Women’s Leadership Summit

Registration is open for Women’s Leadership Summit 2023! This premier event is designed for ambitious women who want to unlock their full potential, make a lasting impact on their careers, and lead change in architecture and the allied professions. 

Join AIA members in Boston September 12–14, 2023, to meet, network with, and learn from an extraordinary lineup of renowned speakers, trailblazing leaders, and industry experts—and earn up to 45 AIA LUs. 

Register here

Pride by Design is Building a Community for LGBTQIA+ Architects

The new initiative founded by Sarah Nelson-Woynicz, AIA, aims to build connection and community among LGBTQIA+ architects. 
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AIAU: Achieving Zero Energy Building Design

Improve your skills in high-efficiency building design with this highly interactive learning program based on the Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings.
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When Is Modular Construction Best Employed on Projects?

Modular construction can be an attractive delivery model for many projects. Consider these factors when determining whether modular construction is appropriate for your project.
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Construction Risk Brief

Consider subscribing to AIA Contract Documents’ Official Newsletter: Construction Risk Brief. AIA Contract Documents is excited to launch a monthly newsletter so you can stay up-to-date on all things risk management in the construction industry. From articles to webinars to videos, hear from the industry’s leading experts on how to expect and handle risk at every point of your project.
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ABI May 2023: Architecture Firm Billings Bounce Back

The AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for the month was 51.0, the highest it has been since last September.
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