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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning
Design Build Windcatcher House


College of Architecture + Planning

The College of Architecture and Planning offers a graduate certificate in the emerging area of design build as an extension of the Master of Architecture program. It requires a total of 18 semester hours, some of which also count toward the MArch program, some of which do not. Course work in this extension emphasizes the designer's perspective as master builder.

Learn more about the program and its projects on the Colorado Building Workshop website​.

One of the primary offerings currently in the Design Build Program is a collaboration with DesignBuildBluff, a program started through the University of Utah that brings architecture graduate students to the reservation to build sustainable homes for Navajo families in need in Bluff, Utah.

The Design Build project Nakai House was featured in The New York Times​ on June 20, 2013.

Windcatcher House, the DesignBuildBluff project built by 22 University of Colorado Denver Master of Architecture students in 2010, won "Best Student Architecture Work" and "Reader’s Choice for Best Student Architecture Work" in the Best of Green Awards: Design and Architecture 2011 competition by TreeHugger. Windcatcher House is the subject of the cover story, “The Way of the Wind,” in the Fall 2011 issue of Architect Colorado magazine.

In addition, DesignBuildBluff was featured in the Fall 2011 issue of Sierra Club Magazine, in the article “Making the Reservation: Architecture students head to Bluff, Utah, to build Earth-friendly homes for Navajo in need.” 

For information on the certificate program please contact Rick Sommerfeld at 303.315.0008 or by email.

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