Colorado Architecture News | 08.16.23

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 08.16.23


“[Architecture’s] a mix of form and function. It’s really fun to figure out how to make functional things beautiful”

— Kevin Nguyen, AIA, of Regular Architecture, dishes on his creative process, local restaurant design trends, and the importance of community in 5280 Magazine.

Kevin’s work has also helped bring Fuel & Iron Food Hall to life in Pueblo. Read more about that project here.


Design + Honor Awards Event Celebration

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. We hope that your whole team, clients, friends, and family can join in the celebration. It will be a fantastic event and we’re looking forward to it!

Event sponsorship is available and we invite all firms and allied industry partners to view the event prospectus. It’s a great opportunity to demonstrate your support for design excellence across Colorado.

Expo Hall Vendor Hall Open

Know a company that serves your firm and clients really well? The AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference expo hall is now open to all to sign up for booths or sponsorships.

Girls Design Experience Needs Workshop Mentors

AIA Colorado J.E.D.I. Committee is seeking female and female identifying practicing and emerging architects and architectural students to participate in a new program to introduce middle school girls to architecture and allied professions. For this program, mentors can chose to participate in one or all upcoming day-long Colorado workshops with students that follow an immersive design curriculum created by AIA DC and the Washington Architectural Foundation. There will be an informational meeting taking place August 30th at Noon on Zoom. Learn more about the program and future dates at the link.


Code Class: Overview of the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code

This August 30th, join us for an overview of the current 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code and how architects apply it to their everyday work. 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. 

Thank you to the Colorado Energy Office for the grant to ensure special pricing possible for the first 40 registrants. AIA Member Early Registration pricing is just $50 and this rate expires August 22nd! 

One River North Tour

This August 24th and August 31st, the Denver Local Advisors have organized tours of One River North, a project in the RiNo neighborhood that has certainly provided a captivating story with its crevasse running across its façade. Tours for both dates have reached maximum capacity, but waitlists are now open and you are welcome to add your name, should someone be unable to attend.

RSVP’d and unable to attend? Please update your RSVP through the Eventbrite platform if you cannot attend to allow for wait listed individuals to be confirmed.


A glass house situated on a unique ridgeline in Salida residence designed by Mike Peché, AIA and Studio B Architecture & Interiors is the cover story in the current Modern in Denver. See the magazine spread here.


Denver Public School CEC Early College Coach/Mentor

This is a volunteer opportunity seeking A/E and construction professionals to mentor high school students with specific interests in architecture. Deadline to apply is October 23rd. More information can be found on the J.E.D.I. webpage.

Habits of the Anthropocene Conference

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.

View Conference Website


Wildfires On The Islands Of Maui And Big Islands In Hawaii

The unprecedented wildfires on the islands of Maui and Big Islands in Hawaii have caused widespread damage and killed dozens of people. The death toll continues to rise, making it the deadliest wildfire in modern U.S. history.

The AIA family is deeply saddened by these recent wildfires and is working in close coordination with AIA Hawaii as recovery efforts get underway. Our 97,000 members and extensive resources are being activated to support Hawaii’s health, safety, and welfare in the weeks, months, and years ahead.

AIA’s past experience with disasters of this magnitude tells us that the recovery process is a long, arduous road that architects can, and must help navigate, to make communities whole once again. We cannot bring back what has been lost, but together we can help find a new way forward.

AIA Hawaii recommends giving to the Maui Strong Fund. 100 percent of the funds will be distributed for community needs for immediate response and recovery.

Donate here

Women’s Leadership Summit

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

Repaving The Road To Licensure

Patricia Ramallo, AIA, assistant vice president of innovation at NCARB, talks about removing unnecessary barriers for a more equitable profession.

Read at Architect Magazine

Private Projects Stall Even As Public Construction Spending Jumps

Although infrastructure dollars are flowing, “developer-driven activity appears to be drying up,” said ABC’s chief economist.

Read more

2023 AIA Upjohn Research Initiative Grant

The AIA Upjohn Research Initiative supports applied research projects that enhance the value of design and professional practice knowledge.

This AIA program funds up to six research grants of $15,000–$30,000 annually for projects completed in a 6- to 18-month period. The funds must be fully matched with hard dollars, with a maximum of 10% of allocated for overhead. A maximum of 10% of the requested Upjohn grant funds may be allocated for overhead. Grant recipients’ research findings and outcomes are published online by AIA. 

Learn more

California Adopts First-in-Nation Building Code Revision To Reduce Embodied Carbon

California is now the first state in the country to formally implement general code requirements for reducing embodied carbon in the built environment.

Read more in Architectural Record

Look Inside The World’s Largest 3D-Printed Neighborhood In Texas

See at CNN

Some Of AIA’s Top Honors & Awards Are Open For Submission

AIA Honors & Awards has several awards open for submission—Fellowship, Interior Architecture, Regional & Urban Design, etc. View available submission opportunities and make Colorado proud!
View Submissions Currently Open

Premier Partner Spotlight

We’re proud to highlight one of AIA Colorado’s Premier Partners, The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), and look forward to their ongoing support and involvement serving Colorado’s architecture community.

The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC’s mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.

Learn More About The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC)

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