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With the pandemic raging on and “normal” life still out of reach, this year’s 5th Annual Denver Design Week presented by The IDC Building had to shift gears quickly and our design community responded with an outpouring of positivity and support.  We have an incredible line-up of over 25+ thoughtful video presentations and panel discussions highlighting the best design projects in the region as well as the latest trends in each industry.  We have something for everyone, so explore, browse the events, meet our speakers, and purchase your pass for all of it for only $20.  Your pass includes access to all of the videos and they will be accessible all year until October 2021.


Live Event

Women in Design’s 15th Annual 8 x 8 Event:
Activating the Community Through Design

Join Women in Design’s virtual 8×8 Event at 5:30 pm on October 21. Our theme this year is “Activating the Community Through Design.” There will be eight, eight-minute presentations from...
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Women in Design
Video Sessions

Futureproof of Concept: How the Pandemic
Accelerated Tech Trends in Design
presented by Wunder Werkz

How do you create fun, explorable work that solves short-term COVID-19 problems but stands the test of time once we’re on the other side of this pandemic? Good design, meaningful design created with intent, can help to create clarity, inform...
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Wunder Werkz

Lakehouse: A Case Study for Health & Wellness in Real Estate

What does it mean to make our homes healthier? Around the world, people are beginning to recognize that the design of the places we live is a key tool in preserving our mental and physical health. Unfortunately, a variety of...
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Brian Levitt, MRECM, LEED, AP®
Angela Harris
Rachel Bannon-Godfrey
Quint Redmond

A Deep Dive on Sustainability and Circularity
presented by Industrial Designers Society of America

Stephan Clambaneva, IDSA and Jason P. Belaire, IDSA have spent the better part of the last decade researching, advocating and curating experiences that bring knowledge and access to greater conversations with stakeholders that can cause positive effect building business opportunities...
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Stephan J Clambaneva, IDSA
Jason P. Belaire

Designing a Vibrant Four-Season Public Realm
presented by Sasaki

The Denver metro area is one of the fastest growing places in the country with roughly a million new people calling Denver home in the past 20 years. This new pressure has drastically transformed the city. In the dense inner city neighborhoods of Denver, this is causing paradigm shifts in the design and planning issues that must be addressed. One of the key components to ensuring the city remains attractive for future generations while supporting the current boom is a more thoughtful design of the public realm — parks, plazas, streets, and greenways. Learn how developers, creative leaders, and designers are thinking about designing a full network of public spaces to support a robust public life for all people throughout all seasons and times of day in rapidly evolving areas, like RiNo Art District.
John Deffenbaugh
Anna Cawrse, ASLA, PLA
Josh Marinos
Joshua Brooks, ASLA, PLA
Sean Campbell

Suburban Intensification – A New Sense of Place
presented by Tryba Architects

Even before the pandemic and work-fromhome measures seemed to favor low-density living, the suburbs were thriving. So why not make them more connected and sustainable places to live and work? A panel facilitated by Kathleen Fogler of Tryba Architects will...
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Neil Marciniak
Kathleen Fogler
Chad Brue

Design Focus: From Mourning to Healing
presented by Norris Design

With traditional places of mourning such as funeral homes and places of worship rendered unaccessible due to the pandemic, some are turning to the outdoors for answers. Join Denver-based landscape architecture firm Norris Design as they explore the potential of...
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Alisha Kwon Hammett
Megan Testin

Running a Design Business that Legally Protects You
presented by Creatives Learn Law

For designers, client headaches pretty much come with the territory. But wouldn’t it be great if at least some of them could be eliminated? Join the attorneys behind Creatives Learn Law for a one hour masterclass on managing your design...
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Allie and Ashley

A New Day for the South Platte River
presented by Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

Usually eclipsed by the mountains as our favorite land formation, the South Platte River has been an essential lifeline for the inhabitants of the area now known as Denver for centuries. Shears Adkins Rockmore (SA+R) Architects takes you on a...
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Andy Rockmore, AIA
Chris Shears, FAIA
Claire Morris
Ryan Meeks, AIA

THIS MAGIC MOMENT – How Delight and Joyous
Imagination Helps Make Real Connections
presented by Practice Studios

Good design serves a purpose, but great design surprises us, challenging us to look at the world in a new light. In this talk, animation directors Adrian Bishop and Mike Slane of Practice share how joyful imagination and fearless play...
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Adrian Bishop
Mike Slane

Purity and Environment: The Collaborative Process
of Modern Design Set in Pristine Wilderness
presented by R DESIGN

Collaboration is a big buzz work amongst the design community but there is a clear distinction between cooperating and collaborating. This skill is incredibly important when inserting modern architecture into a pristine environment. For the past 6 months, our designers have...
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Joey Pruett
Ransom Beegles

Improv & Improve:
How Comedies and Design Systems Unfold
presented by Ambrook

How fast can you think on your feet? Improv players are trained to be able to create on the fly, while tying all the threads together to form a cohesive story. It’s a similar challenge faced by teams when building...
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Jeff Hilnbrand

Three Keys to Collaborative
Design/Builds from a Distance
presented by Black Hound Design Company

We are all navigating the new normal and trying to figure out how to best approach our collaborative projects and client relationships.  What are the best practices for working with fellow designers, clients and colleagues on large projects?  This panel will...
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Geneva Kowalski
Kelly Gavlick
Kate Hixson

The Creative Curiosity of Susan Hable
presented by Hoff Miller Ltd

Textile Artist.  Designer.  Writer.  Painter.  Sculptor.  We invite you to experience the wonderful creative process of Athens-based Susan Hable and get a behind-the-scenes peek into what inspires her.  With a fine arts education, her curiosity allows her to expand outside her...
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Susan Hable

Post-Pandemic: Does UV lighting Deserve a Place in Our Ceilings?
presented by HLB Lighting

The COVID-19 pandemic that has widely disrupted our world has raised many questions about how the design of the built environment can evolve to improve the health and safety of occupants. The AEC industry is taking this time to look...
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Darcie Chinnis, PhD, PE, IALD, MIES, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP
Michael Lindsey, IALD, MIES , LEED AP BD+C 
Mary Kay Sunset, LEED AP ID+C, IIDA, ASID
Brian Choquette, RA, NCARB
Carolyn Shilling, LEED AP BD+C
Craig Bouck, AIA, LEED AP
Emily Finch, AIA, DBIA, LEED AP BD+C

Tiny Solutions: Big Impact
presented by Shears Adkins Rockmore Architects

With over 5,800 people experiencing homelessness in the Denver Metro region, and 940+ of that population unsheltered, living on the streets, under bridges, abandoned buildings or open areas, it’s no secret that this is a serious challenge for the City...
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Adam Bushman
Amy McCann
Cole Chandler
Matthew Krick

The Journey to Great Residential Glazing Design
presented by Signature Windows + Doors

Collaboration plays a crucial role in achieving outcomes that are far beyond the ordinary.  Follow the design process from concept to order placement for a custom made window system from the perspective of the architect, the manufacturer and the contractor. ...
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Christopher Campbell
Matt Roberson, AIA
Rick Garhart

Reimagining the Ordinary:
The Case Study for Taking on Small Projects
presented by ColoradoBuildingWorkshop

Architects all strive for the big museum project, but what if they had the opportunity to design an outhouse instead? What if stripping away the complications of a large project and focusing on the ordinary could force you to think differently...
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Critical Conversations: Climate change, migration, urban risk, and cities.
presented by Studio Completiva

Humanitarian crises such as globalization, war, and climate change are driving a surge in housing needs for migrants and refugees. This accelerated demand for housing, resource supplies, and social and health services puts pressure on many urban centers, heightening risks...
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Nicole Ferrini
Jeff Hebert
Rob Pressly
Yong Cho

Virtual Surgeries on Mars? Feeding a Global Population Amidst Climate Change? Design Makes it Happen.
presented by CannonDesign

Right now, Colorado has some of the boldest and most exciting health, education and research projects in the world taking shape. This session will look at the design processes behind these projects and how design is elevating these projects to...
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Don Grody
Tim Barr
Stacey Root

The Emotional & Transformative Power of Light in the
Built Environment
presented by International Association of Lighting Designers Rocky Mountain Chapter

Good lighting doesn’t just happen. It’s designed. Join members of the International Association of Lighting Design as they showcase award winning lighting design projects and discuss the importance of light in life and architecture. Elevate the language of light on...
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Past, Present & Future of the AEC Industry
presented by The Women in Lighting + Design Denver Chapter

What is the history of lighting?  What are the current challenges facing the industry?  What comes next?  The Women in Lighting + Design Denver Chapter’s panel of female designers delves into these questions to discuss technology innovation, business strategies, and design & collaboration...
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Nancy Clanton
Karla Nugent
Nicole Hammer
Blythe von Reckers
Becky Stone

Equity In Design – How To Be The Change
presented by International Interior Design Association

Join the International Interior Design Association and architectural designers, Maya Bird-Murphy and Rico Quirindongo, for a discussion on creating change in the future of design and architecture. ABOUT THE PRESENTERS Maya Bird-Murphy – Architectural designer, Educator, and Maker Rico Quirindongo,...
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Maya Bird-Murphy
Rico Quirindongo, AIA

Colorado Creatives
presented by AIGA CO (The Professional Association for Design)

Colorado’s creative community thrives when its members are able to come together to share stories and experiences, however, the pandemic has moved these communities online and made it more difficult for people to come together in person. That’s where AIGA Colorado Creatives comes in. The best part? Our project is all about YOU, the AIGA Colorado Creatives. It’s your chance to share and learn about real stories, advices, experiences and inspirations.