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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


This is an excellent place to study for all kinds of reasons.

AURARIA CAMPUS

The University of Colorado Denver is part of the Auraria Campus, home to one fifth of all higher education students in Colorado. The campus is shared by CU Denver, Community College of Denver, and Metropolitan State University of Denver, which means we have access to tri-institutional entities with greater resources, such as the library, health center, PE events center, bookstore, early learning center, GLBT student services office, and performing arts facility.  

Location in Downtown Denver

Our newly renovated building is located across Cherry Creek near the heart of campus. We are situated in Denver’s lower downtown [LoDo], a historic district of brick buildings filled with apartments, vibrant shops, restaurants, bars and galleries. 

Close to professional communities

Since many of their offices are nearby, it is convenient for professional designers and planners to participate in our program, bringing relevant professional experience directly into our design studios and seminar classes. These professional firms and agencies provide opportunities for internships and employment.

Attentive to planning and design

Denver benefits from a legacy of civic investment and progressive planning, and is seen as a national model for innovation in contemporary planning and design.  Some of the biggest national and international names in the field, including Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, David Adjaye and Brad Cloepfil, have designed important buildings for the city. Gio Ponti’s only building in North America is the Denver Art Museum.​

Urban Center

Denver is a metroplex of 2.6 million people. It is the largest urban center in a 500-mile radius, and serves as the cultural, intellectual and economic capital of the expansive Rocky Mountain region. 

The Rocky Mountains

Denver sits at the eastern edge of the Rocky Mountains, one of the most spectacular natural settings in the world. The mountains provide valuable natural and strategic resources, and abundant recreational amenities including some of the world’s top ski resorts. The Rockies also present interesting challenges for designers and planners working in this region, who have to manage continued population growth while protecting the fragile eco-system.

​Recreation and Health

The Cherry Creek recreation trail connects to almost 850 miles of paved bike paths throughout the metro area. It has the largest city park system in the United States; including the Denver Mountain Parks its total park acreage would cover Manhattan Island in New York. Denver was ranked one of the Top 10 Healthiest Cities in the Centrum Healthiest Cities Study, and #5 on the list of Best Cities for Staying Young in the RealAge 2012 Youngest & Oldest Cities Report. ​

Culture and Arts

Denver's cultural scene includes the Denver Performing Arts Complex, International Film Festival,  and buildings by noted architects housing the Denver Art Museum, Clyfford Still Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art and History Colorado Center. In addition, there are specialty museums celebrating nature and science, outdoor arts, children, transportation, air and space, miniatures, dolls and toys, and the Black American West Museum and Museo de las Americas. Nearby Red Rocks Amphitheatre is a favorite venue for musicians and fans. 

Easy transportation

Denver is one of the first cities in the United States to launch a European-style bike-sharing program with 80+ automated stations around town. Many students ride to school, or use the “Eco-pass” on the bus and light-rail network with its stations a few blocks away.

A sportsfan’s paradise

Denver is home to professional teams the Denver Broncos, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Rockies, Denver Nuggets and the Colorado Rapids.​

Among Top 10 “Coolest” Cities for Young Professionals

Kiplinger’s Personal Finance picked Denver for its nightlife, light rail, Wi-Fi access, and the Rocky Mountains.

Sustainable Policies

The City and County of Denver again in 2012 ranked #4 out of 54 of the nation’s largest cities for its sustainable policies, programs and activities by the national sustainability advocacy group Our Green Cities.

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