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College of Architecture and Planning


A University of Colorado Denver Architecture education combines critical thinking with active making. We teach the fundamentals of design (organization, structure, and systems), and then help you develop and apply your unique vision to the design of buildings, neighborhoods, and cities.

A BS Arch degree is confident preparation for a career in allied fields such as construction or real estate, or as a project manager, marketer, estimator, inspector, appraiser, developer, or facilities manager.

This four-year pre-professional program also prepares you to enter accredited professional Master of Architecture (M Arch) programs across the country as well as graduate programs in Landscape Architecture, Interior Architecture, Planning, Historic Preservation, and Urban Design. 

The BS Arch program also offers you a network of experienced graduate students, working architects, and other design, construction, and real-estate professionals with practices in Denver and around the world.

If you complete the BS Arch degree with ‘B’s or better in all your architecture classes, your advanced-standing credits should enable you to complete the M Arch degree in two years.


  • You will find fellow graduates with jobs related to architecture at federal agencies such as the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service.
  • ​Many have used their skills in real-estate investment, construction, civil engineering, land development, and campus planning firms.


​1.  We value Creativity Above All Else.

Our department is an environment where students and teachers challenge one another. We will push you theoretically and practically to think in unconventional ways and prepare you to apply your imagination and critical thinking skills to a wide set of challenges.

2. T​his faculty serves students by Facilitating Change.

We want all of our graduates to say we helped challenge their preconceptions. We embrace broad approaches to teaching and believe there is no single way to arrive at the next brilliant design solution.

3. We prepare you to Meet Challenges with Confidence.

We serve the brilliance of student ideas through rigorous critical thinking, rational explanation, and real-world experience. You are prepared to enter the profession with confidence.


The Latest Technologies: You will have access to a fully equipped design fabrication shop and a visual resource center to develop both digital and analog graphics skills. You will learn sketching and drawing as well as the latest parametric and digital fabrication design technologies. You will have opportunities to engage in LIDAR 3-D laser scanning technology to document structures through work in the CAP centers.

International Exploration: We encourage you to think, collaborate, and network globally. To support this we offer international build programs in both Guatemala and Nicaragua.

Real-World Engagement: You can gain valuable experience as a paid intern at the college’s Colorado Center for Community Development (CCCD) or as a research assistant at the college’s Center of Preservation Research (CoPR). 

Recognition and Reward: Your work will be recognized. Build your resume and reputation with Studio Awards, Design Excellence Awards, and AIA Denver’s Young Architects Awards.


Denver offers one of the most spectacular natural settings in the world. The mountains provide abundant natural and strategic resources and recreational amenities. The Rockies also present challenges for designers and planners who have to manage continued population growth while protecting the eco-system. 

CU Denver is part of the Auraria Campus situated in Denver’s lower downtown (LoDo). This historic district is filled with old brick-and-beam warehouses that have been renovated into a vibrant hub of businesses, apartments, shops, restaurants, and galleries. Google “CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning,” and you will see we are set in the center of it all.

Denver is recognized as a national model for innovation in contemporary planning and design and benefits from a legacy of civic investment and progressive planning. The city is home to buildings designed by Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, I.M. Pei, Philip Johnson, David Adjaye, and Brad Cloepfil. Gio Ponti’s only building in North America is the Denver Art Museum.

As a student of architecture you will find no shortage of inspiration here. It will come to you from the past and present of our city, from contact with our diverse communities, and from the majesty of our surrounding mountains and prairies.


For prospective students: Jodi Stock at 303.315.1000 or email​.

For current students: CAP Undergraduate Advising at 303.315.1000 or by email


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