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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning
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College of Architecture + Planning

​T​he 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 new Bachelor of Science in Architecture program enrolled its first students in January 2013 and the first freshman class is starting this fall. We have an exciting mix of about 100 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 are redesigning the additional floors that CAP will occupy in our building when the new Academic Building is completed for CU Denver in 2014.

  • CAP offers a dual Master of Landscape Architecture degree with Tongji University in Shanghai. The second pair of students from Tongji will study at CU Denver this fall and spring. Two CU Denver students have been at Tongji since January 2013, with two more going in January 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 was featured in The New York Times in June 2013. The residence in the Navajo Nation in Utah was built 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 an International Studio each summer in China. Students apply the skills and knowledge gained in their local study in a five-week collaborative studio and design competition in China’s Shanghai-Nanjing corridor with faculty and students from the nation’s top schools of architecture and design at Tongji and Southeast University.

  • ​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 program has three new tenured/tenure-track faculty members who have just started in fall 2013.​

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​​.
Learn more about Dean Mark Gelernter​.

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