UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO DENVER COLLEGE OF ARCHITECTURE AND PLANNING
The transformation of a 1980s-era office building, accommodating the new program of incoming freshmen students, had to deliver quality of space for a great architectural and planning education. With construction only able to occur during the summer months, the design delivered a new vision for a 21st century learning environment.
The project consists of studio spaces, a seminar room, student lounge and gallery spaces and student services offices, but its realization has meant something much more significant. The project creates a new “front door” for the school, creating a place for public and urban engagement, and holding all the components necessary to create to new social heart for the students in the architecture, landscape, historic preservation and planning programs. As an architecture school - a nexus of evolving design - the project required careful expression reflecting an identity for the college while maintaining a reserved position as the backdrop for the on-going work of students. As a result, the intent, organization and execution of the design embodies some of architecture’s most elemental principles.
Project Completed as Design Principal at RNL.