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College of Architecture and Planning

The College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver is the only college in Colorado offering comprehensive programs in the design and planning of the built environment, from undergraduate through accredited professional masters degrees to the doctorate. We cover architecture, landscape architecture, urban and regional planning, urban design, and historic preservation. We take full advantage of our status, aligning our programs with our special opportunities in Denver, and with our view of what students in our fields will need to flourish in the next few decades.

This is an exhilarating time in the life of the college. Here are some examples of what is going on:

  • The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program enrolled its first students in January 2013. In fall 2016 we have an exciting mix of 311 students ranging from recent high school graduates to returning adults.

  • The second floor of the CU Denver Building has been transformed for the college into a bold, loft-like space appropriate for a design school in an urban setting.  It houses undergraduate studios, classroom and pin-up spaces, a gallery and exhibit area, study carrels and a student lounge, and student services staff offices. Also, faculty, students and staff were involved in redesigning the additional floors that CAP occupies in our building, now that the new Student Commons Building has been completed for CU Denver.

  • CAP offers a dual Master of Landscape Architecture degree with Tongji University in Shanghai. The first student to complete both degrees, Lisa Sabella, graduated in August 2014. The students study cultural landscapes to learn how, over time, the interaction of people and places differs from culture to culture.

  • The Design-Build project Nakai House has won numerous awards and was featured in The New York Times in June 2013. The residence in the Navajo Nation in Utah was built in conjunction with DesignBuildBLUFF in 2011 by eight Master of Architecture students and Senior Instructor Rick Sommerfeld, Director of CAP’s Design Build Program, for Lorraine Nakai, a Navajo academic and avid collector.

  • The Master of Urban Design program holds a signature International Studio each summer; this has recently been offered in the dynamic cities of  Shanghai and Nanjing, China and Copenhagen, Denmark.

  • The Master of Urban and Regional Planning program has redesigned its curriculum with an innovative, issue-oriented approach to planning education around three major initiatives: Healthy Communities, Urban Revitalization and Regional Sustainability. 

The College has identified our three areas of prominence and distinction that are woven throughout our faculty's research and educational activities: Enduring Places, Emerging Practices, and Engaged Communities.

Learn more about our demographics in the College Profile​ for Fall 2016.
Learn more about Dean Mark Gelernter.

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