We may or may not realize it, but architecture impacts us every single day of our lives. It affects the way we live, work, shop, drive, and even the way we eat! To celebrate the undeniable importance of architecture and design, AIA Colorado dedicates an entire month of each year to honor this functional and influential art form.
Every April, AIA Colorado celebrates Colorado Architecture Month. With support from organizations around the state, AIA Colorado hosts a series of public (and often free!) events that highlight the importance of architecture and design in our everyday lives.
With sponsored events and programs ranging from Doors Open Denver to the ever-popular Box City for Kids, AIA Colorado invites residents from around the state to experience and appreciate the significance of our architecture and design.
Want to join in the fun? Here's a list of the month's events:
Friday, April 3
Time: 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Location: University of Colorado Recreation Center, 1835 Pleasant Street, Boulder, CO 80302
Tour the recently-renovated CU Boulder Student Recreation Center with its state-of-the-art recreation facilities and innovative sustainability features.
Friday, April 3
Time: 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Location: The Wheeler Opera House, 320 East Hyman Avenue, Aspen, CO 81611
Join AIA Colorado West, in conjunction with ASLA and USGBC, for a film screening and panel discussion. Coast Modern is an independent documentary by directors Mike Bernard and Gavin Froome that showcases the pioneers of West Coast Modernist Architecture, and the homes that have become their legacies, by traveling the Pacific North West Coastline from LA to Vancouver.
Monday, April 13
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: University of Colorado Denver, 1250 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202
Join CU Denver for their spring lecture series. Speaker Carolyn Armenta Davis, Hon. AIA, is an architecture historian, curator and writer on contemporary African/Black Diaspora architects.
Saturday, April 18
Time: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Location: Hillside Community Center, Colorado Springs, CO
Build a city out of boxes and help children appreciate design and construction by combining art, architecture, creative thinking, city planning, design, construction, and fun into one comprehensive educational experience.
Thursday, April 23
Time: 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Powerhouse Energy Campus, 430 North College Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524
The history of the Powerhouse Energy Campus begins in 1936, as home to the original Fort Collins Municipal Power Plant. Since that time, the building and property have undergone a transformation to become a 100,000 square-foot LEED Platinum energy research complex, home to numerous research and policy centers, laboratories and start-ups.
Saturday and Sunday, April 25-26
The 11th annual Doors Open Denver, presented by the Denver Architectural Foundation and sponsored by AIA Denver, is the premier event showcasing Denver inside out. Denver buildings will open their doors to the public for exclusive and rare viewing opportunities, exposing the inside of the city’s unique urban fabric.