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Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives

College of Architecture and Planning

Spring 2014 Events

College of Architecture and Planning
CU Denver Building, 2nd Floor
1250 14th Street, Denver 80202

"On the Nature  of Tradition and Innovation"
Director, ADAM Architecture and ADAM Urbanism
In partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Rocky Mountain Chapter​

Robert Adam is founder and principal of Europe’s largest firm practicing traditional and progressive architecture and contextual urbanism. An entertaining speaker, Robert will share his perspective on tradition and innovation in his first-ever lecture in Denver. After winning a Rome Scholarship in 1973, Robert Adam began practicing architecture in the city of Winchester, first co-founding Winchester Design in 1986 which is today ADAM Architecture and ADAM Urbanism with offices in Winchester and London. He works with clients on a diverse range of projects including major private houses, extensions to historic buildings, public and commercial buildings, masterplanning, speculative housing and has pioneered objective coding.  Robert is well-known in the UK and internationally as a central figure in the development of traditional and classical architecture, as a pioneer of contextual urban design, a designer of furniture, an author and a scholar.   

He has written numerous historical, critical and theoretical papers and books on architecture. Among many others these include The Globalization of Modern Architecture and Classical Architecture: A Complete Handbook. His work is the subject of Robert Adam: The Search for a Modern Classicism, by Dr. Richard John. He lectures widely in the UK and abroad and has undertaken lecture tours of the USA, Russia and Iran. Robert is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, an Elected Brother of the Art Workers' Guild, a Trustee Maria Nobrega Foundation, a Director of Design For Homes, an Academician at the Academy of Urbanism, a Senior Fellow of the Prince's Foundation for the Built Environment (Heritage) and Founder and Chair of the College of Chapters at International Network for Traditional Building, Architecture & Urbanism (INTBAU (UK)) Robert was Honorary Secretary of the RIBA between 2001 and 2003, and Trustee of the RIBA Trust from 2003 to 2006.

Renowned Architect Léon Krier Worked with CU Denver
College of Architecture and Planning Students

Leon Krier in Cameron Kruger's class

(Pictured: Léon Krier, right, visited the class of Cameron Kruger, lecturer in Architecture)

Léon Krier, one of the world's leading architects and urbanists, spent three days with students and faculty at the College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) at the University of Colorado Denver, as well as giving the inaugural lecture of its Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives.  

Krier critiqued the work of students in two graduate Architecture studios, and visited the Classical Elements of Architecture and Introduction to Architecture classes.  He also met with faculty and held a lunchtime colloquium with students, faculty and guests.   

Samantha White and Leon Krier
Samantha White (pictured at right, with Krier), Master of Architecture student and President of Students for Classical Architecture, a CAP student group, said, “Having Leon Krier not only visit, but take the time to meet with students and review work, gave us the opportunity to ask him questions and really become familiar with the world-renowned theorist. His ideas of people in relation to the urban environment encouraged me to think critically about urban sprawl, cities, and mixed use building types.” 

Krier’s lecture on "The Architecture of Community" on Tuesday, April 1, was presented in partnership with the Institute of Classical Architecture and Art (ICAA) Rocky Mountain Chapter and attended by more than 150 people.

“Our college encourages discussions about design from a variety of perspectives, and we are thrilled to have launched our new Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives lectures with someone of Léon Krier’s stature,” said Mark Gelernter, PhD, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning. “The fact that he was so engaged with students and faculty while he was here was a special bonus.”

​At the only college in Colorado to offer a full range of degrees in architecture and related disciplines, CU Denver students have the unique opportunity to learn from masters in the field like Krier. Undergraduate and graduate architecture students at the university regularly benefit from this kind of real world connection during their time at CU Denver. 

About Léon Krier:
Léon Krier is regarded worldwide as the “godfather of new urbanism”. Over his decades-long career Krier has tirelessly advocated for the reconstruction of the vernacular and classical city as the means to true sustainability and human dignity. Master planner of new towns such as Poundbury in England and Cayalá in Guatemala, architect of buildings such as the Windsor Town Hall and the Jorge M. Perez Architecture Center at the University of Miami School of Architecture, author of provocative and precise essays with his signature drawings, inspiration to countless New Urbanists and New Classicists across the world, Krier’s written and built works are transforming the world for the better.

Over many years Krier has taught and inspired students and professors alike at the Architectural Association and Royal College of Arts in London, Princeton University, Yale University, the University of Virginia and the University of Notre Dame. He is the author of numerous essays and books including Architecture: Choice or Fate (1998), winner of the Silver Medal of the Académie Française and now republished and expanded as The Architecture of Community (2009). His work has been honored with many distinctions including the Berlin Prize for Architecture, the Jefferson Memorial Gold Medal, the Chicago American Institute of Architects Award, the European Culture Prize, and an Athena Medal from the Congress for the New Urbanism. In 2003, he became the inaugural recipient of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize for Classical and Traditional Architecture. He has been consultant and trusted advisor to HRH The Prince of Wales since 1988.

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