The first office of what is now CCCD opened in 1967, with an office on the CU Boulder campus. Inspired by the creation of a Community Development Extension Service in other states, then CU Dean D. Mac Easton recruited Dan Schler from the University of Missouri -Columbia to start a similar program for Colorado. The idea was to bring the knowledge and skills of the university to address the needs of communities and neighborhoods around the state.
Early activities were focused on change and organizational development and aided in the development of the Masters in Urban Design program (1968) and the Masters in Urban and Regional Planning (1971). In the early 1980’s, the center was moved from the Boulder campus to the Denver campus, where it has been since.
CCCD has evolved over the years to meet the challenges of the design and planning profession and currently has a focus on Public Interest Design. That is, design which takes into account the social, economic and environmental impacts and benefits. One of the first university design centers in the country, CCCD has made an impact on the lives of both students and the communities it has served. It is estimated that well over one thousand students have gained real world experience at CCCD and over 2000 projects have been completed in every county of the state!
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