Colorado Architecture News | 12.06.23

News from the Colorado Chapter of The American Institute of Architects | 12.06.23


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ENGAGE 2023 Practice + Design Conference Wrap Up

The annual AIA Colorado Practice + Design Conference is an event you can’t afford to miss, and we’re excited that the 2023 edition promises to leave a lasting impact throughout the coming year!

At the Keystone Conference Center in Keystone, CO, over 500 AIA members, Allied Members, and industry professionals immersed themselves in cutting-edge ideas and innovations. Keynote presenters, representing the pinnacle of the architectural profession, were truly fantastic. Presentations by Tom Kundig, FAIA, Dave Goldberg, FAIA, Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, Laura Britton, AIA, and Dean Maltz, AIA, and Greg Kingsley, Ph D delivered inspiring presentations that gave attendees much to ponder. A notable addition this year was a thought provoking half-day Pre-Conference Technology Deep Dive, exploring the future of artificial intelligence in our workplaces.

The Expo Hall, with its open floor plan, served as a vibrant hub for energy and idea exchange. 52 booths, hosted by knowledgeable industry vendors and associations, offered valuable insights. In the heart of the Expo Hall was the podcast studio, led by Adam Wagoner, AIA, and his Architect-ing podcast. Subscribe today to stay tuned for upcoming conversations he’ll release in the coming weeks, featuring all of our keynote presenters and AIA members who presented Innovation Labs during the conference.

For a comprehensive recap, visit the Conference Recap link. There, you can access conference photos, delve into details about the presentations, and catch up on everything that unfolded over three very full and enjoyable days.

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DPS 8th Grade Career Fair

On November 14th and 15th, the AIA Colorado J.E.D.I Education Pipeline Committee, NOMA Colorado, CU Denver CAP, and other AIA Colorado members participated in the DPS 8th Grade Career Fair. Over the two-days, 2000+ middle school students participated in the event which introduced them to a wide range of career paths and post-secondary options. The event continues the J.E.D.I. Education Pipeline’s efforts to introduce school-age students to architecture to expand career pathway exploration and diversify the profession.

Holiday Closure

AIA Colorado will be closed from December 22–January 1.


Holiday Happy Hour in Longmont

Thursday December 14th, join AIA North for a Holiday Happy Hour at Abbott & Wallace Distilling. Festive holiday sweaters encouraged!


5280 recently introduced the Winners of their 2022–23 Top Denver Design Contest. Several member firms were recipients and you can view the recipients here.

Shape Architecture, winner of 2 AIA Colorado Design Awards this year, wins 2023 PHIUS Design Award in Houston for its Nederland Passive House.


Colorado Green Building Guild’s 2023 Annual Awards

Each year, the Colorado Green Building Guild (CGBG) presents four prestigious awards for contributions in the advancement of the green building industry. Nominations will be accepted through Friday, December 8th for Leadership Initiative Award, Green Champion Award, Student Project of the Year, and Colorado Green Building of the Year. Learn more


Architectural Scholarships

You’ve got big goals for your future. A scholarship from the Architects Foundation can help you reach them. Every year, the foundation awards thousands of dollars in architecture scholarships and professional development grants to high school and undergraduate students, Architect Registration Exam (ARE) candidates, and licensed architects pursuing enrichment opportunities. Learn more

Continuing Decline in Architecture Billings, AIA/Deltek Architecture Billings Index Reports

For the third consecutive month, the ABI score was under 50, indicating that a significant share of firms is seeing a decline in billings. Read at AIA

How Architecture Firms Are Responding to the Declining ABI

As the ABI score continues to decline, AIA Chief Economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA, outlines the ways firms are adjusting as they plan for 2024. Read at AIA

NCARB President Jon Baker Reflects on His Path to Architecture Licensure and How Regulation Should Adapt to Make the Profession More Accessible

The Architect’s Newspaper

How Designers and Contractors Are Leveraging Artificial Intelligence

From analyzing risk during pre-construction to validating code compliance to site safety, here’s a look at AI solutions that are boosting productivity in design and construction. Read at AIA

World Building of the Year and Interior of the Year revealed at 2023 World Architecture Festival

Read at ArchDaily

At the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Artists Run Free

The directors, who are part of an art collective, wind up stretching architecture’s net in so many directions that it begins to fray. NY Times

ZGF Has Designed the Largest Mass Timber Constructed Training Center in Professional Sports History for the San Antonio Spurs

The Architect’s Newspaper

Premier Partner Spotlight

We’re proud to highlight one of AIA Colorado’s Premier Partners, JVA, Inc., and look forward to their ongoing support and involvement serving Colorado’s architecture community.

JVA, Incorporated is a consulting engineering firm with offices in Boulder, Fort Collins, Winter Park, Glenwood Springs, and Denver, Colorado. Since 1956, JVA has provided engineering services to architects, owners, building departments, and general contractors in Colorado and nationwide. Our Structural, Civil, and Environmental engineering departments offer highly skilled engineers who complement your experience to fully meet your design and construction needs. We take pride in our commitment to provide excellent service.

Learn More About JVA, Inc.

Looking for Additional Resources?

View AIA Colorado’s Allied Member Directory.

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