Denver Design Week is a showcase for the region’s best architecture, interiors, art, brands, and technology. Eight days of education, home and studio tours, demonstrations, presentations, conversations, inspiration, collaboration, and a launch party that might be the highlight of your summer.

Denver Design Week celebrates and elevates design because it shapes our lives. Good design has the power to change the world in real and meaningful ways, and better design leads to better living.

Dozens of cities around the world host design weeks, bringing creative communities together, promoting a wide array of design industries and organizations and connecting the public to local design ecosystems.

Come support our city and help move design forward!

Tour Spotlight: Charles Haertling’s Razee House

Take a guided tour of one of Denver’s significant modern homes, and get a behind-the-scenes look at how the team behind its recent renovation tackled the question: What would Charles Haertling Do?

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Launch Party & Tours

Friday
Jul 08 2016
Saturday
Jul 09 2016
Sunday
Jul 10 2016

Denver Design Week Launch Party

Come celebrate the launch of Denver Design Week on Friday, July 8, with the experiential party of the summer! Enjoy creative design displays, interactive art installations, local food and drink, and much more!

Renovation Done Right:
A Charles Haertling Home Tour (No. 1)

The Razee House, a 2,800-square-foot Brutalist masterpiece by Colorado architect Charles Haertling, was completed in 1970 and remained virtually unchanged for more than 40 years. But after a recent renovation, the home has been brought into the 21st century—while strictly adhering to Haertling’s original vision.
Jonathan Coppin

Renovation Done Right:
A Charles Haertling Home Tour (No. 2)

The Razee House, a 2,800-square-foot Brutalist masterpiece by Colorado architect Charles Haertling, was completed in 1970 and remained virtually unchanged for more than 40 years. But after a recent renovation, the home has been brought into the 21st century—while strictly adhering to Haertling’s original vision.
Jonathan Coppin

Landscape Tour:
Tranquility Among Chaos (No. 1)

The intimate, guided tour of a mid-century modern landscaping project in South Park Hill. Curated and hosted by the team from Elevate by Design.
Paul Wrona
Chris Turner

Landscape Tour:
Tranquility Among Chaos (No. 2)

The intimate, guided tour of a mid-century modern landscaping project in South Park Hill. Curated and hosted by the team from Elevate by Design.
Paul Wrona
Chris Turner

Studio Tour:
Behind the Scenes of Vonmod Ltd.

Experience the exclusive, curated tour of a unique and innovative design studio and fabrication workshop producing some of the most forward-thinking work in our community. Owner and architect Jordan Vaughn hosts the tour, as well as the casual social hour that follows.
Jordan Vaughn

Krisana Park Walking Tour:
Denver’s MidCentury Modern
Conservation District

On this walking tour of Krisana Park, learn about the neighborhood’s architectural character and the proposal to create the city’s first mid-century modern Conservation District, a customized zoning overlay that will acknowledge design and protect character.
Annie Levinsky
Becca Dierschow
Abigail Christman

Home Tour:
The 6th Avenue Usonian Masterpiece

Designed in 1941 by famed architect Earl Chester Morris, this spectacular mid-century home blends glass, brick, and steel into a classic, stylish minimalism. Join a guided tour that spotlights original details and custom updates, not to mention some truly stunning landscape architecture.
Peter Blank

Hilltop Home Tour:
Classic Principles Through a
Modern Lens (No. 1)

Tour a new modern ranch home crafted with classic modern design principles. This custom Hilltop gem is in the final phase of construction, which provides a rare opportunity to explore the house in a naked state.
Peter Blank

Hilltop Home Tour:
Classic Principles Through a
Modern Lens (No. 2)

Tour a new modern ranch home crafted with classic modern design principles. This custom Hilltop gem is in the final phase of construction, which provides a rare opportunity to explore the house in a naked state.
Peter Blank
Monday
Jul 11 2016
Tuesday
Jul 12 2016
Wednesday
Jul 13 2016
Thursday
Jul 14 2016
Friday
Jul 15 2016

A S*Park of Inspiration:
How Branding Affects Place

An ultra-green, two city-block residential development in the RiNo neighborhood serves as a shining example of how to meld varied creative elements to create a distinct sense of livability. Is this a template for the future of urban living?
Mike Moore
Joshua Wills
Clem Rinehart
Jonathan Alpert

Virtually a Reality:
Incorporating VR in Your Design Practice

Virtual reality (VR) is changing the way designers, architects, and developers showcase work, engage new markets and improve client communications. Experience VR firsthand and discover accessible and creative ways to incorporate this promising technology into your practice.
Jessie Bender

Sensory Architecture:
Applying a Holistic Approach to Design

In Italian architect Simone Micheli’s interiors, which often provide an opportunity to explore one of his favorite subjects—spas—we clearly see his desire to create a sensory architecture to meet the need to rediscover oneself and the world through the senses.
Simone Micheli

Shifting Gears:
Design and the Driverless Car Revolution

Welcome to the future. Driverless vehicles have arrived ahead of schedule, and their impact on our lives in the coming years will be enormous. From the way we design our vehicles to how we reshape our urban landscape, the implications are vast and wide ranging. Author Rutt Bridges hosts.
Rutt Bridges

The New Kitchen Consumer:
How User Experience Has Changed the Most Important Room in the House

The kitchen is arguably the most used, most visible room in your house. Come learn from top designers how consumer expectations have changed, why experience-driven customers are more willing to invest in good design, and how the entire process has changed the way we think of kitchens.
Scott Sylvester
Elisabeth Aiello
Brian Pignanelli
Ann Hofmeister
Angela Otten
Kevin Vesel

Expanding Your Agency:
How to Make (and Get) More from Your Design Business

In the age of specialization, most design projects are sliced into smaller segments and distributed among more players. Hear from architects, fabricators, and makers who have successfully grown their reach by involving themselves in areas outside the traditional design process.
Rick Sommerfeld
Bill Moore
Breton Lujan
Mike Blea
Jordan Vaughn

What’s Next for Denver: Harnessing the Power of Our Built Environment

Renowned architect Jeff Sheppard leads a panel of designers, developers, and government leaders in a discussion of the challenges inherent in our current construction boom—and what solutions are within reach.
Beth Mosenthal
Jeff Sheppard
Tobias Strohe
Brad Buchanan
Jonathan Alpert

Zeitgeist in Modern Design:
Tapping into the Spirit of an Era

It’s the defining mood of a particular period of history as shown by the ideas and beliefs of the time: the concept of Zeitgeist holds powerful implications for the future of design. Visionary architect Michael Moore hosts.
Mike Moore

Show and Tell:
The Universal Language of Architectural Photography

Architectural photography powerfully transmits concepts and ideas which shape our world every day. But the process doesn’t end with hiring a photographer. The best designers know that strategic collaboration is the key to successful shoots—and they know, with great specificity, how to achieve it. You can, too.
Brandon Anderson
Dale Hubbard
Brad Tomecek
David Lauer
James Florio

Information is Cheap, Meaning is Expensive:
The Growing Need for Data Storytelling

Data is everywhere, and catching it is easy. But shaping numbers into meaningful stories can be problematic without a foundational understanding of the principles behind data storytelling. Luckily, we’ve got you covered.
Carrie Osgood
Doug Wilson
Derek Berardi

Equity by Design:
Why We Need to Represent the Demographics We Serve

Findings from the American Institute of Architects highlight quite a gender disparity in architectural firms, with only 17 percent of female graduates becoming principals or partners. Learn about the study, gain insight from local leaders, and find out ways to improve diversity and inclusion in your firm.
Martha Bennett
Cathy Rosset
Angela Van Do
Beth Mosenthal
Traci Lounsbury
Michelle Liebling

Beyond the Transaction:
Trends, Tech, and the Modern Consumer Experience

In today’s competitive business environment, it’s critical for leaders to better understand the needs of the modern consumer. Making the best use of available technology means engaging the customer by taking personalization and customization to a whole new place.
Yaniv Kanfi
Denise Manu
Alysha Archer
Claire Jordan

Regarding Denver:
Principles for an Enduring City

Historic Denver Executive Director Annie Levinsky walks you through the 10 Principles for an Enduring City, exploring how our city can retain its character, design quality, and unique identity during this period of growth.
Annie Levinsky

Modern Buildings are Historic, Too:
A Guide to Preservation

A practical, accessible guide to the State Historical Fund, available grants, and success stories from modern projects that made smart use of state resources.
Steve Turner

Tapping Into Design:
The Craft of Brewery Branding and Identity

Let’s talk about beer—and design, of course! From interior design to labels and logos, craft breweries have the opportunity to build business through design.
Monte Mitchell
Shannon Berner
Tristan Chan
Christie zumBrunnen
Brian O’Connell
Brandon Proff

Closing Keynote:
Design for a Disruptive Age

An internationally known writer, speaker, and advisor, Andrew Zolli is a Fellow of the National Geographic Society and a consultant to brands like GE, Nike, and Facebook. His closing keynote ties together themes of resilience in design, leaving attendees inspired and equipped to move their own work forward.
Andrew Zolli

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