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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

Center of Preservation Research

Melanie Short

CoPR Assessment Coordinator 

As CoPR’s Assessment Coordinator, Melanie is involved with classifying existing conditions, recommending treatment approaches and options, and analyzing potential reuse opportunities for the historic buildings and structures that surround us.  The goal is to thoroughly understand the building’s condition prior to any physical work being accomplished. She has performed over 75 historic structure assessments throughout Colorado and brings a broad background in historic preservation project design and management.  Melanie is a registered architect in the state of Colorado and a LEED Accredited Professional.   Projects in Colorado range from a Historic Structure Assessment of Denver’s Union Station to the LEED Platinum adaptive reuse of Engine House No. 4 in Lower Downtown Denver.  She is also a lecturer in the College of Architecture and Planning, teaching a graduate class on Building Conservation and Building Technology.  Melanie has a B.A. in Art History with a certificate in Technology Studies from Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA and a Master’s degree in Architecture with a certificate in Historic Preservation from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee.

Research Interests: Sustainability and existing buildings, adaptive reuse, historic building technologies and systems, material deterioration and repair. 



Center of Preservation Research (CoPR)

Ekaterini Vlahos, • Phone: 303-556-6502
CoPR Office: phone: 303-315-5871 • fax: 303-315-5872
Location: 1250 14th Street, 3rd Floor, Denver, CO 80202
Mailing Address: Campus Box 126, PO Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364

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