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2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Architecture and Planning

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Nan Ellin

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Jody Beck

Fax: 303-315-1050

Mailing Address:
Campus Box 126
P.O. Box 173364
Denver, CO 80217-3364

CU Denver Building
1250 14th Street, Suite 2000
Denver, CO 80202

Department Chair for Architecture:  Ekaterini Vlahos
Telephone:  303-315-0573
Email:  kat.vlahos@ucdenver.edu


The College of Architecture and Planning offers the only accredited degrees in architecture, planning, and landscape architecture in the State of Colorado as well as the only master’s degrees in historic preservation and urban design, and the only doctoral degree in design and planning. The college offers a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree and graduate programs for over 700 students. Many students intending to enter the design and planning professions complete the college’s undergraduate degree as preparation for one of our graduate-level professional programs. Those who already hold an undergraduate degree in an unrelated field are also eligible for admission into our graduate programs. With an outstanding faculty committed to excellence in teaching, research, scholarship and creative work, the college provides students with opportunities beyond the classroom including study abroad, internships, mentorships, and participation in design and planning competitions. The College of Architecture and Planning ignites evolution that enriches places for people and the planet through learning by doing, practicing co-creation, and valuing the unique spark of each person as well as the full range of professional and historical traditions.

College Facilities

The college is located at 1250 14th Street in downtown Denver, on the northeastern edge of the Auraria Campus on Larimer Square. This favorable location gives easy access both to the extensive campus facilities and the urban dynamism of Denver’s lively lower downtown. Most of the major professional design offices in Denver and many planning firms and agencies are nearby, offering many opportunities for internships and mentorships between students and practitioners. College facilities include studio spaces for students, lecture and seminar rooms, design jury spaces, exhibition spaces and faculty offices. Students have access to our well-equipped and well-maintained 3,000-square-foot Design Fabrication Lab that houses a full-scale furniture-making shop, model-making tools, a large spray booth and four laser cutters. An annex adjacent to the building provides additional shop space and a 5-AXIS CNC Router. The Visual Resource Center (VRC) provides access to a variety of photographic and audiovisual equipment, two portfolio photography studio rooms, and digital image collections. There are two computer labs focused on computer aided design, computer 2-D and 3-D imaging, and analytic tools for planning. These computer labs include Windows PCs and Macs, small and large format scanners, large format plotters, laser printers and computer data projection devices. All systems are 100base T Ethernet / Internet savvy and accessible 24 hours a day in secure rooms. Find more details about college facilities on the website. Also associated with the college is a geographic information systems (GIS) computer laboratory, open to all CU Denver students.

Computing in the College

The Bachelor of Science in Architecture program suggests students acquire and use their own computers and software applications during their study. CU Denver neither endorses nor requires a student to procure a machine from a particular vendor. Students are encouraged, but not required, to procure laptops mainly for reasons of security and mobility in studios and classrooms. Software applications (program) requirements relate to specific course curricula. Consult with instructors or refer to course syllabi regarding applications for imaging, computer aided design, modeling or rendering before purchasing.

Undergraduate Information

The College of Architecture and Planning offers a Bachelor of Science in Architecture degree exclusively on the downtown Denver campus. The city of Denver provides a rich environment to explore a diverse historic and cultural world that includes multiple approaches to solving urban and regional problems. The degree is a “pre-professional” degree, which will provide fast track entry into the accredited Master of Architecture degree that is required for licensure in the profession. This degree provides an education in the sciences and humanities in design theory of the built world and its practice. The educational goal of the program is to engender active and creative making of architecture along with critical thinking skills.

Scholarships/Financial Aid

For information on scholarships, visit the college’s website. For information on federal and state financial aid, contact the Office of Financial Aid, University of Colorado Denver, Campus Box 125, P.O. Box 173364, Denver, CO 80217-3364, 303-556-2886 or visit their website.

Undergraduate Advising and Academic Planning

Admissions Advising

Persons not yet admitted to the BS Architecture program can receive advising on course selection, admission requirements and other matters from an undergraduate staff advisor. To make an appointment, call 303-315-1000.

Admitted Students

Students admitted to the BS Architecture program are required to meet with an undergraduate academic advisor prior to registration in their first semester, as well as prior to enrolling in ARCH 3110 Design Studio II. Students are also welcome to meet with their advisor as often as needed, in addition to the required meetings. Though the student is ultimately responsible for the decisions made regarding their academic career at CU Denver, advisors are available to assist in helping students make informed decisions. 

College of Architecture and Planning Courses

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Departments and Programs


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College of Architecture and Planning


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Bachelor of Science