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College of Architecture and Planning University of Colorado Denver

College of Architecture & Planning


Erik (Rick) Sommerfeld

Senior Instructor and Director of Design Build Program 

Rick Sommerfeld Contact Information:

Phone: 303.315.0008
Office Location: CU Denver Building, 320Q 
Office Hours: As posted

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Degrees Held

  • BENVD University of Colorado Boulder ’97
  • MARCH University of Colorado Denver ‘01

Research Interests

  • Green construction methods and materials

Most Recent Courses

  • Design Studio IV 
  • Advanced Design Studio (Design Build Bluff)  
  • Maintaining Quality Managing Risk
  • Single Source Project Delivery
  • History Native American Architecture (Design Build Bluff)  
  • Construction in Design Build (Design Build Bluff) 
  • Design in the Landscape  


    Rick currently teaches architecture courses at the University of Colorado, College of Architecture and Planning, focusing on green design and construction as well as computer design and architectural graphics. He was selected by faculty and students as the college's "Instructor of the Year" for 2003 and again in 2005. He also holds the college's "Outstanding Graduate Award" for 2001 and was the American Institute of Architect's "AIA Master's Candidate Medal Winner" for 2001. Rick was a Faculty Advisor for the CU 2005 National Solar Decathlon team. His student’s “green” fabrication work has been shown at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Design Within Reach Studio in Boulder. Rick's professional design practice, the3rdspace in Denver, specializes in innovative residential and small commercial design.

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