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​​Read this week's CAP Announcements​​​​​​​​​ for news and events of interest to our community.​


Larimer Square BackyardThe “Larimer Square Backyard” event on May 13, 2014, that was a partnership of Instructor Ken Schroeppel’s Spring 2014 Planning Project Studio with the Downtown Denver Partnership and Larimer Square, has won a 2014 Governor’s Award for Downtown Excellence for Best Urban Public Space Project. The Master of Urban and Regional Planning students installed grass and furniture in the alley from 14th Street to 15th Street between Larimer and Market Streets. In addition to presentations of their proposals for alternative uses for lower downtown Denver’s alleys, the event featured food, lawn games, and music. The Denver Business Journal published a story on May 28 about the proposals, “Downtown Denver Seeks to Transform Lodo Alleyways​

All Governor's Awards winners will be honored at the 2014 Governor's Awards for Downtown Excellence Ceremony and Best of Fort Collins Festival on September 11, 2014, which will be held during Downtown Colorado, Inc’s Vibrant Colorado Downtowns Conference in Fort Collins. The winners will also receive a certificate signed by Governor John Hickenlooper, State of Colorado; Reeves Brown, Executive Director, Department of Local Affairs; and John Plakorus, DCI Board Chair. Since 2003, the Governor's Awards has recognized outstanding projects and people that reflect an attitude of perseverance and dedication to community revitalization in Colorado.

Nakai House

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) recognized the College of Architecture and Planning’s Design Build program with the 2014 ACSA Design Build Award for the project “Nakai Residence.” The house on the Navajo Nation in Utah was the 2011 Design Build project built by CAP students James Anderson, David Hevesi, Zia Hooker, Courtney Hughes, Cameron Minor, Milen Milev, Michelle Pollock, and Josh Young under the direction of Rick Sommerfeld, Senior instructor of Architecture and Director of CAP’s Design Build Program.

Each year, ACSA honors projects that demonstrate how faculty, students, and schools work to realize design-build projects. Curricula based design-build projects can encompass a variety of endeavors, but at their core they present constructions that illustrate design learning outcomes from conception to tangible fruition. This inaugural year for the Design Build Award, there were a number of nominations and the competition was rigorous for the four award winners. Presentation of the award was at a ceremony on April 11 at the 102nd ACSA Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, FL. In addition, ACSA will publish a digital Architectural Education Awards Book that will include the project.​

FOUNDhouse in Archinect

Patrick Beseda
and Lacy Williams, Master of Architecture students, were interviewed in a feature in the February 5, 2014, Archinect: Student Works: FOUNDhouse by Patrick Beseda and Lacy Williams. The article describes the tiny-house, called FOUNDhouse, that they built to live in during their time in Bluff, Utah, for the Design Build Bluff studio in Fall 2013 taught by Rick Sommerfeld, Senior instructor of Architecture and Director of CAP’s Design Build Program. Patrick and Lacy built the first incarnation of their own micro-WikiHouse in Denver before shipping it to Bluff, where they tested it by living in it during the semester.
(Image credit: Lacy Williams and Patrick Beseda)

Jenna Perstlinger at ICAA Winterim

Jenna Perstlinger, a dual-degree Master of Architecture and Master of Landscape Architecture student, was one of only 23 students accepted to attend the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art's Winterim Professional Intensive, held in New York City January 3-12, 2014. Perstlinger was also honored in the Fall 2013 semester when her rendering of Bramante's Tempietto, completed for The Art of Proportion class, was selected, along with the works of six other students, to be permanently displayed in the offices of Anderson Mason Dale Architects. Read more​ about Jenna and the ICAA Winterim.


ShadeWorks: Designing and Building Community Shade in Bluff, Utah, a project by Master of Landscape Architecture students in Advanced Design Studio and Design Build in Spring 2012 under the direction of Heath Mizer, then instructor in Landscape Architecture and now lecturer in Urban Design, has won an Honor Award in the Community Service category in the 2013 American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Student Awards. The awards honor the top public places, residential designs, campuses, parks and urban planning projects from across the U.S. and around the world. The October issue of Landscape Architecture Magazine​ (LAM) features the winning projects. The 33 awards selected from more than 534 entries were presented at the ASLA Annual Meeting and EXPO in Boston on November 18.  

The award-winning students, some of whom are now alumni, are Matthew Annable, Tara Abbaticchio, Kenneth Biesiada, Sarah Doyle, Molly Haberman, Patrick Healy, Jennifer Leach, Gregory Laudenslager, Kelley Price, Jacob Rocamora, Jessica Stonberg, Caitlin Tamposi, Trevor Toms, Byungsun Yang, and Ben Brehmer. 

The students worked with the community of Bluff, Utah, to reconnect the town with the San Juan River. They proposed a river walk master plan aimed at activating and drawing visitors through the 1/2 mile expanse between the town and the river. This was achieved through a culturally aligned network of trails and interventions strategically located to provide visitors shaded respites from the hot sun and opportunities to discover and reflect on Bluff's monumental landscape. The Bluff community selected one intervention, named ShadeWorks, from the plan that the students fully designed and built in Spring 2012.


Thanks to the generosity of donors who have deep ties to the land of 180,000 lakes, the College of Architecture and Planning is forging strong ties to Finland and its world-renowned architecture and design culture. Through a donation from Don and Maria Johnson, CAP has created a "Finland Initiatives" project​ that includes funding for scholarships, a Director of Finnish Initiatives position, student mentorship, exchanges, guest lectures and other opportunities for engagement between Finland and CAP.  (Image credit: Chris Casey)


Samantha White, student in the Master of Architecture program, is the winner of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado Student Design Competition for the design of the physical award to be given to winners in five categories at the organization’s Impact Awards Gala on December 12. Public Works, a fabrication facility located in the co-working space Battery 621, is producing Sam’s design into five trophies. As the winner of the competition, Sam receives a free student ULI Colorado membership for a year, has her design produced, and is invited as an honorary guest to the awards program. The judges were “very impressed with the thoughtfulness and simplicity of [her] design, as well as the graphic representation of production among other things in [her] full submittal.” For more on the Impact Awards event, see the ULI Colorado website. ​


Nader Afzalan, PhD candidate in Planning and Design and Vice-chair of the American Planning Association-Technology Division, developed an online course on Social Network Analysis and Visualization hosted by Planetizen. The course demonstrates the ways you can use the open-source Gephi software to visualize and analyze online social networks. The modules focus on the City of Chicago Mayor’s Office Facebook page and a Facebook group created for disaster recovery purposes after Superstorm Sandy. As part of this course, you will learn how to find potential stakeholders or various groups and sub-groups in online networks. Using quantitative and qualitative methods, you will also learn how to analyze and visualize networks’ behavior. Nader’s research addresses pros and cons of using online tools in engaging citizens in land use and environmental planning processes. 


Ken Andrews, Instructor of Architecture, was named Mentor of the Year at the AIA Colorado North 2013 Design and Honor Awards​ on Friday, November 1, during a presentation at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. The award recognizes a firm or licensed architect member for exceptional efforts to promote the professional growth and development of an emerging design professional, or group of emerging professionals, who is/are in the process of acquiring a license. Ken is also a Principal at Arch11, Inc., which won the Citation Award for Residential: Large for the project “303.”

FRANCK APPOINTED FIRST Director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives

The University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning is proud to announce the college’s first-ever director of Contemporary Traditional Architecture Initiatives. Award-winning designer, author and educator Christine G. H. Franck has been appointed the first Director. Dean Mark Gelernter says “this new position will help pull together a number of programs and initiatives in our college around the theme of Enduring Places. This means designing buildings and places that can last longer by adapting to changes over time, rather than wastefully replacing them when functions or tastes change.” Enduring Places partners sustainability with historic preservation, and focuses renewed attention on how buildings in the past adapted more gracefully to change than many of our more recent buildings. This initiative will help today’s practitioners learn important lessons from our traditional settlement patterns, design languages and building practices. Read more about Christine and her new appointment.

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