Colorado Architecture News | 09.06.23

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 09.06.23


Design + Honor Awards Celebration Less Than 2 Weeks Away!

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. Enjoy the uniqueness of historic Mile High Station, the dazzling music of Spinphony, and delicious food and drinks all night long. 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!

Purchase tickets by this Friday at Noon to avoid Late Ticketing prices.

Event sponsorship is still 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.


“Super thanks for the invitation to speak. An honor on all levels!”

Tom Kundig, FAIA, RIBA Principal / Owner & Founder of Olson Kundig.

“Designing With People + Place: A Conversation with Tom Kundig, FAIA” is taking place Thursday November 16th at the Engage 2023 Practice + Design Conference. View the current conference schedule here.


Early Registration is Now Open for ENGAGE 2023 Practice + Design Conference!

Join us at Keystone Resort November 15 – 17, 2023 as we engage with leading ideas and innovations as we design our future, together. Expect to hear inspiring insights from global design leaders, advanced practice management methods and practical innovations from industry partners, and a conference format that allows you to follow your interests into learning lab sessions that not only speak to your interests but directly affect your craft.

Early Registration is now open through September 15th. If you already know that you’re planning to attend, lock in your registration today. Also, we recommend reserving your room soon to ensure an early skiing season doesn’t affect your plans.

New this year is a Pre-Conference Technology Deep Dive, also taking place at Keystone, on Wednesday November 15th from 2pm – 5pm. Early Registration is

One River North Tours

Recently, the Denver Local Advisors organized tours of One River North and were able to see a lot of spaces – exterior, a variety of units, roof-top pool area, and other exterior amenities of the soon-to-be-iconic building.


Timnath Middle-High School Tour

September 22nd, join AIA Colorado members in the North for a tour of the new prototype Timnath Middle-High School led by RB+B Architects.

Populus Tours

This September 27th, the Denver Local Advisors have organized two tours of Populus, a project designed to reenergize Civic Center Park, connecting the Golden Triangle Creative District to downtown Denver. Both tours have reached maximum capacity, but waitlists are 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 to allow for waitlisted individuals to be confirmed.

Meeting and Fundraiser for State Legislators in Glenwood Springs

October 4th, join members in the West to meet Senator Dylan Roberts and Representatives Elizabeth Velasco and Meghan Lukens in Glenwood Springs. We’ll hear from each legislator about their priorities in the 2024 legislative session and attendees are encouraged to speak on topics affecting the architecture profession that you see in your practices and communities.

Happy Hour in Denver

October 6th, join fellow AIA Colorado members for a social hour and celebration at Terminal Bar inside Union Station.

Lunch & Learn in Fort Collins

On Monday, October 9th, join AIA Colorado members in the North for a presentation by Powers Products. The topic will be “Choose Your Own Adventure: the Operable Walls Chapter (MODERNFOLD)” for 1 HSW/CEU. This will be a great opportunity to mingle with your fellow AIA colleagues and earn a CEU as well.

University Hill Hotel Tour

October 17th, join AIA Colorado members in the North for a hard hat tour of University Hill Hotel in Boulder led by Shears Adkins Rockmore.


Jennifer Song Koeppe, AIA, A4LE, in Ratio’s Denver office was promoted to Principal. Jennifer leads the K-12 and Higher Education markets, and she is also the Southwest Region J.E.D.I. Champion for A4LE. Read more

HOK’s Denver studio continues to grow with the promotion of Candace Todd to senior regional practice leader and the new hire of Ryan Byrnes, AIA to director of design, Interiors. Reflecting the studio’s growing project demands, the studio is also relocating to a larger office space more than twice its current size within the same building in Denver’s LoDo District. Read more.

CCY Architects has won 2 awards in the International Architectural Awards for their projects Elk Range Overlook and DNA Alpine. The awards are organized by the Chicago Athenaeum, European Centre for Architecture, and Metropolitan Arts Press in order to honor the best, significant new buildings, landscape architecture, and planning projects designed and/or built around the world’s leading architects, landscape architects, and urban planners practicing nationally and internationally. View all of the winners here.

This past April, Tryba Architects John McIntryre, AIA and Kathleen Fogler, AIA presented at AIA Colorado’s Design Elevated: Sustainable Urbanism from Colorado event. They asked “how can we reimagine the concept of ‘Urban Renewal,’ and instead shift the paradigm toward ‘Civic Repair?’“ Watch their presentation on Instagram.


Month of Modern

During the month of September, Boulder will be alive with Month of Modern (MoM). Founded as a celebration of architecture, design, lifestyle, art and culture—MoM’s mission is to cultivate a conversation about Colorado modern, and present the Boulder region as one of the nation’s most vibrant hubs of modern design.

Over the course of 4 weeks we will be hosting featured speakers, fire-side chats, film nights, thought-provoking panels and a fantastic wrap party – all designed to educate, inspire and delight.

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Colorado Green Building Guild – Green Home Tour

This September 9th, join Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG) as they welcome the return of their annual Green Home Tour. CGBG has selected 8 exemplary homes that demonstrate different techniques, different stages of development, and different pathways to zero-energy and low-carbon design.

View Event Website for Information and Tickets

Ice Box Challenge

The Ice Box Challenge is a public installation event that demonstrates the power of Passive House design and construction. This September 12th, join Passive House Network for the Ice Box Happy Hour Social and the Reveal Ceremony September 23rd.

View More Information here

Taking Flight at DEN

Thursday, September 14th at 1 – 2:15 pm, meet the DEN Project Managers and join the monthly Taking Flight at DEN event. The 75-minute virtual presentation on Zoom will feature project overviews and networking opportunities with DEN Project Managers and other staff members. 
Register here

CAP Fall Lecture Series

The CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning Fall 2023 Lecture Series explores the materials, forms, audiences, and agencies that shape history, speculation, and applied practice. All events are free, open to the public, and will be recorded unless otherwise specified. Most lectures will be held on the Second Floor Gallery of CU Building, 1250 14th St, Denver. 

Visit CAP’s Calendar

“My Architect” Film Screening

This October 5th, join the International Association of Lighting Designers for a screening of the film My Architect. Filmmaker, and son of the story’s protagonist, Nathanial Kahn will be in attendance.

View Event Information and Tickets Here

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. This conference will be held in person in Denver, CO from October 26-28th, 2023.  

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AIA Compensation & Benefits Report 2023

The AIA Compensation & Benefits Report is the architecture industry’s most comprehensive report on salary, hiring, and benefits trends. With over 1,100 firms reporting data on 45 unique architecture and design roles, the 2023 edition is the most robust edition in 15 years and the only report used by the Department of Labor.

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Top AIA Resources for Disaster Preparedness

During National Preparedness Month this September, utilize AIA’s growing list of resources to help transform the day-to-day practice of architecture to achieve a safer, equitable, more resilient, healthy, just, and zero-carbon built environment.

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AIA Announces Lineup for its 2023 Women’s Leadership Summit

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Women’s Leadership Summit (WLS) 2023, being held in Boston from September 12–14, is the largest event focused on diverse women in design and construction. More than 800 attendees will gain actionable insights to build their career and create professional opportunities.

View the Full Schedule

Blueprint For Better – Center for Community by Design Program

The Architect Foundation’s Center for Community by Design Program (CxD) serves as a catalyst, convener, and resource center that helps AIA members and partners work with citizens and other stakeholders to envision and create more resilient, healthy, equitable, and livable communities. The architect’s role is most often focused on individual building design. The CxD is helping architects design for the individuals each building serves.

Blueprint for Better

Healthier Materials Protocol

Materials selection is one of the most difficult sustainability goals to track and integrate into the design and delivery process. The new AIA Healthier Materials Protocol was created to provide clear, practical methods and tools to navigate this maze and effectively translate awareness to practice.
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Renovate, Retrofit, Reuse Report

This study uncovers the hidden value in America’s existing building stock, contextualizing the tremendous opportunity surrounding our buildings using economic data, expert insights, and compelling case studies. Architects and project teams use the guiding principles described in this report to unlock economic, health, and environmental benefits in buildings and communities.
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AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index Sees Stable Business Conditions in July

Firms with a commercial/industrial specialization reported their strongest billings growth in more than a year, while firms with a multifamily residential specialization continued to report declining billings.

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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. 

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Looking for Additional Resources?

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