Handprint Architecture teaches architecture a second year at University Park Elementary School


Through the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project of the Denver Architectural Foundation, Handprint Architecture connects Denver Public School students with the built community.

Handprint Architecture and Semple Brown selected to design the UNC Campus Commons


Anticipated to be completed in 2018, the new UNC Campus Commons will serve as a gateway to campus, a unique navigation and support hub for students, and a showcase for UNC’s world-class music and musical theatre programs.


Handprint Architecture opens their newly renovated office


No longer working around a single table and desk lamp, our 1,400-square-foot office is finally renovated. We designed and installed much of the work in only a matter of 3 months. Check out this article about our transition:




Tania Salgado wins 2015 AIA Colorado Architect of the Year (formerly Lifetime Achievement) Award


American Institute of Architects (AIA), Colorado announced the 2015 AIA Colorado Honor Award winners during the 2015 AIA Colorado & Local Section Design Awards Gala in Keystone, Colo. on Oct. 15, 2015. The AIA Colorado Honor Awards recognizes firms and individuals who are setting examples in both design and leadership in our state.


Tania Salgado wins 2015 AIA Western Mountain Region Silver Medal


AIA Western Mountain Region comprised of AIA members in Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, bestowed two architects and one architecture firm with the association’s highest honors at the AIA Western Mountain Region Awards Gala on Oct. 17, 2015.


Handprint Architecture honored with two AIA Colorado Awards


Ron Izzo, AIA was recently named by AIA Colorado as Young Architect of the Year, recognizing individual achievements of a young architect as demonstrated by community involvement, design skills and dedication to the profession. “Ron’s abilities will flourish in the freedom of his new firm. I am excited at the emerging work, soon revealed.” Brendle FAIA


Tania Salgado, AIA received the Leadership Award, recognizing the leadership of a member of AIA Colorado, exhibited through AIA or any public organization or forum within Colorado that results in better public awareness of the profession or more livable and sustainable buildings or communities. “Through her work and practice, Tania has demonstrated the ethics, priorities and design that exemplifies the professional practice of architecture.” Imirzian FAIA


“These two awards are a source of great pride to our firm, demonstrating our dedication to not only creating great work for our clients, but also the importance of engaging community to make a better place for all.”

Virtual office in physical space


Long forgotten are the days of the architect’s drafting studio, private offices and cubicles. An

architectural office can function via cloud-based technology and the occasional client meeting

in a coffee shop, but idea generation and project dialogue thrive on physical collaboration.

Technology and the virtual experience does not replace the need for effective and quality

physical interaction.


media:scape by Steelcase fosters collaboration across the table, integrating people, space

and technology. Through the integration of furniture and technology, Handprint Architecture is

collaborating in a dynamic meeting setting, allowing us to create better solutions. In close

proximity at one table, we interact more effectively and share information, to focus and be more

productive, building on each others ideas


Thank you, OfficeScapes, for your generosity and sharing your Studio during the start-up of our


Pepsi Center VIP suites open for the 2015 Hockey Season


Ten private luxury suites within the Pepsi Center is a new paradigm delivering exclusivity with personalized service.  This prototype is envisioned for future areas of the venueown historic district.

Handprint Architecture selected to design new Priory


Handprint Architecture has been selected to design the new priory and novitiate for the Dominican Friars at St. Dominic's Church.  Envisioned as a highly collaborative design process, we are excited to partner with the Friars on this important project for the community.

The City and County of Denver selects Handprint Architecture for On-Call services


In February of 2016, the Executive Director of Public Works selected Handprint Architecture for On-Call Architectural and Technical Design Services to provide full architectural and engineering services. With numerous and varied projects arising within the City, Handprint will be On-Call for the next three years.

Tom Wuertz serves on the Denver 2030 District Board


Nationally recognized, the public-private-nonprofit aims to create a groundbreaking performance building district in downtown Denver.  Tom leads the fundraising efforts for district programs to keep Denver competitive and ensure a healthy and livable city in 2030.

Ron Izzo joins the Education Committee on the Denver Architectural Foundation


Education in schools is the flagship program that brings architecture into the classrooms at Denver Public Schools, inspiring students to experience the importance of design to our quality of life.

Ron Izzo serves on the Denver Architectural Foundation Board


Ron now serves as the Director on the Denver Architectural Foundation (DAF) Board. The DAF aims to inspire people to explore the dynamic city of Denver, to experience the importance of design, and to envision an exceptional future for Denver.

Tania featured in Architect Magazine


Check out this article by Steve Cimino featuring a close up view of Handprint as a firm and Tania as an architect:





University Veteran's Memorial Lounge opens at CU Boulder


Construction has completed at CU Boulder's UMC new student union program and veteran’s memorial lounge. The memorial honors the service and sacrifice of Colorado veterans by connecting the public through displays and contemplative space. With the addition of a new resource center, lounge/collaboration spaces, and meeting rooms, the renovated space supports CU student groups, and better services current underrepresented students.

Novo Coffee opening in Highlands 2015


Construction is almost complete for the third coffee shop dedicated to the family-owned coffee company with outstanding reputation in Colorado and quickly growing nationally.  The new space enhances the established brand and caters to the desires of the coffee connoisseur.

Handprint Architecture discovers the Chocolate Crisis Center


We did not truly know the healing powers of chocolate until we found the Chocolate Crisis Center. We also did not truly know addiction until we found the Chocolate Crisis Center. Check out their store in RiNo; their products are delicious.

Handprint Architecture hires their first employee!


Handprint hires their first employee! Audrey, a recent graduate from the University of Colorado Denver’s Master’s of Architecture program, joined the team early Summer of 2016.


Handprint Architecture teaches architecture at University Park Elementary School


Through the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project of the Denver Architectural Foundation, Handprint Architecture, partnered with Martin/Martin, connects Denver Public School students with the built community.

CU Boulder’s new student support services and veterans memorial lounge to open summer 2016


Construction is almost complete for the renovation of the University Memorial Center on the Boulder Campus. The renovation area is just under 12,000 total square feet on the second and third floors of the UMC with the goal to create spaces that serve students and student groups, while encouraging collaboration and support.


Handprint volunteers for the Denver Rescue Mission


Design firms across the country are improving communities in need by pledging 1% of their annual billable hours to pro bono service to assist projects that serve the public good. As architects we must contribute our time and services that respond to our society’s practical problems.


Handprint Architecture is committed to the “bigger better” by joining the growing pro bono movement in architecture. This is a fundamental value of our new firm and we are excited to share our stories that impact the community.

Tania Salgado selected as top 15 architects in Denver


Build Direct curated a list of the top 15 architects in the Mile-High City, one of whom is our very own Tania Salgado. In hopes of expediting the process of pairing architect with client, this blog describes the architect’s expertise, education and current firm. Check out the link here:


Tania Salgado announced as 2015 Commencement speaker


Tania will be the featured speaker at the University of New Mexico’s School of Architecture and Planning’s Annual Commencement Ceremony, to be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 9 at the Student Union Ballroom.

Tania Salgado elected to national AIA Strategic Council


The first female elected to this role, representing the Western Mountain Region as junior director in 2015.  The inaugural assembly of the AIA Strategic Council was held on December 12th as they took on issues of internal governance and a review of strategic issues, a transition towards advancing the profession and the AIA by looking at more long range efforts to better position the AIA within the design and construction industry.

Tania Salgado elected as Chair of Denver’s Lower Downtown Design Review Board


Appointed by the mayor, the function of the LDDRB is to preserve, enhance, and perpetuate structures that have architectural, historical, or geographical significance within the lower downtown historic district.

Tania Salgado speaks to the changing context of our profession


First at AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago, a panel discussion moderated by Jim Cramer of Greenway Group, presented future results from trends highlighted in the AIA Foresight Report: The Changing Context, Business, and Practice of Architecture 2014.

Tania Salgado selected one of three jury members for AIA Northwest and Pacific Region’s Honors and Awards Jury


Winners will be announced at the 2014 Region Leadership Summit in Tacoma, Washington on October 2, 2014.

Tania Salgado does webinar on how-to create an effective award submittal


Presented by Brad Tomecek, AIA, Tania Salgado, AIA, and Sarah Hogan

In this webinar, coverage included how to submit a project for a design award as well as how to promote the award after winning. The session featured advice and experience from a design award winner, a jury chair, and a public relations firm.

Handprint presents at Denver Startup Week


The new firm shared insights of entrepreneurial strategies at a breakfast session on September 17, 2014 with an emphasis on the effort of approaching business in a collaborative practice, new technology, innovation and social responsibility.

Handprint Architecture launches new firm