Schedule 2017

Full Program Schedule

Jul 15 2017

TOUR: Blue Silo Studios:
A Century of Change, From Creamery to Creatives

Explore Blue Silo Studios, housed in a building built in the 1800s and one of the original eight members of the RiNo Arts District.
Michael Gadlin

Tour: Go to The Source: Preview RiNo’s first hotel with Zeppelin Development

Be one of the first to get an exclusive, insider tour of the unique, innovative design and fabrications of Zeppelin Development’s The Source Hotel, launching late 2017.
Kyle Zeppelin
Justin Croft

Denver Design Week Launch Party – Saturday July 15

Come celebrate the launch of Denver Design Week on Saturday, July 15, with the party of the summer! Enjoy creative design displays, interactive art installations, local food and drink, and much more!
Jul 16 2017

Mid-Century Modern:
Pop Culture Trend or Enduringly Relevant Design?

Mid-Century Modern homes and their clean, minimalist style still appeals to modern home buyers, as much, or possibly more, than when they were built 50+ years ago. What is it about this style that endures and how can modern living fit into these vintage homes?
Adrian Kinney
Bill Nelson

TOUR: Mid-Century Modern Gems:
A Virginia Village Home Tour

Have you ever wanted to peek inside one of Denver's spectacular mid-mod homes? Well, now you can tour seven of these delightful gems, and help a local school.

TOUR: Where Wood Meets Steel:
Say Hello to This Transformative Globeville Workshop

Where Wood Meets Steel has been in business since 2007 in the now up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood. The fabrication workshop designs and builds custom furniture and fixtures for living and working spaces.
Ryan Dirksen

TOUR: Hogan Lovells:
Defining Denver’s Architectural Landscapes from the Inside

The Leaders of RNL Design will guide you through the process of how this unique space was created and will provide an in depth understanding of how the concept was implemented throughout this 70,000 square foot office hosting 100 attorneys and support staff. 
Chelsea Amell
Sarah Barker
Sarah McGarry
Josh Gould

TOUR: 16th Street Mall: Public Art?
You’re Walking On It

As a companion to our talk on the 16th Street Mall this walking tour explores the history and contemporary use of this Denver landmark.
John P. Olson
Jul 17 2017

Autodesk Design Swarms Workshop: Hacking Homelessness

This is a day-long event led by Surya Vanka the creator of Design Swarms Workshops. Participants will be provided all materials, tools, and a completion certificate. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Autodesk the regular workshop fee of $400 has been subsided to $25 only for Denver Design Week 2017 attendees.
Surya Vanka, IDSA

Glass, Concrete, and Fonts: Is Typography Relevant in all Design Fields?

Typography defines a business and visually informs the world about its identity. Good typography promotes a brand, while bad typography can sink it. Learn the myriad ways the art of typography is used (and abused) in the world of design.
Kyle Read
Sandi Grigoryan
Doug Wilson
Travis Ladue

16th Street Mall:
The Spine of the City

What is the future of the historic “backbone” of Denver’s 16th Street Mall? Originally the thoroughfare from the Highlands to the Capitol, 16th Street has transformed over the years to become an important public transportation hub and pedestrian promenade. Learn about the past, present and future of this historic Denver street.
Annie Robb Levinsky
Rich L. Von Luhrte
Brad Buchanan
John Desmond

Cooking up the Future:
The Role of Technology in Modern Kitchen Design

What’s next for the most important space in your house? Learn the answer from leading kitchen designers and top appliance experts who will reveal the latest in kitchen technology and the role it will play in kitchen design.
Kevin Vesel
Ed Hurley
Tamar Chang
Mark Hopwood

Designing an Affordable Denver:
Housing solutions for the 99%

Denver housing prices have skyrocketed, making it difficult for many to afford a home. And Millennials, who embrace the shared life, just don’t want large dwellings. It seems that micro housing is the perfect solution, but is it really cost effective for developers and will planning and zoning adapt to support it?
Jonathan Alpert
Jamie Licko
Nate Jenkins
Jeff Plous
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Intermission & Lunch Break

Design Optimization:
Technology is Changing How (and Why) We Design

Two designers explain how their forward-thinking firms are using new technology and techniques to create cutting edge work. Further, they’ll explain how it relates to ongoing projects both in Colorado and nationally.
Robert K. Otani
Chris O’Hara

Craft and Customization:
Highlighting Denver’s Maker Movement

By ignoring the lure of mass production and emphasizing the craft and authenticity of their handmade products, Denver’s professional maker-community has found their niche in the greater design and retail world.
Todd Budin
Donnie Criswell
Jordan Vaughn
Breton Lujan
Mike Blea
Phillip Mann

Good Design Is Good Business:
Creating Impactful, Modern Workplace Designs

Can employers be aware of whether their workplace environment is a help or a hindrance to their employees? And how can they raise the bar (on a budget) to retain their workforce and enhance the reputation of their brand?
Pauline Bargell
Lynn Coit
Traci Lounsbury
Melissa Regan
Abbie Reece

Imagination Unleashed –
The Digital Invasion in Contemporary Art

Artists have always been innovators, reaching for new tools to express their artistic visions. Today, as technology advances, how are artists embracing the digital realm to take their work in exciting new directions?
Ivar Zeile

Sustainable Design 10 Years Later:
A Look Into LEED’s Pivot to the “WELL” Building Standard

How do various sustainability certifications programs’ successes and failures––as well as the potentials of initiatives and rating systems––continue to impact our built and natural environment?
Sydney Hamilton
Josh Radoff
Carson Shields
Rick Sommerfeld

An Indispensable Dialogue: The vital role of Landscape architecture in Modern Design

Landscape Architects play an important role in collaborating with architects to celebrate the beauty of a place through design. Explore this relationship and why Colorado provides the perfect opportunity for inspired modern design that celebrates the surroundings.
Ransom Beegles
Jul 18 2017

Keynote –
Reinventing Transportation:
The Disruption of Driverless Mobility

Driverless vehicles are guaranteed to change society, infrastructure, and the economy. Author and expert Rutt Bridges explores this new frontier and how it will impact the world.
Rutt Bridges
Jul 19 2017

Solar Decathlon:
Innovation Through Competition

Every year the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon enlists teams of college students to design, build, and operate the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered house. This October Denver will host the competition, with a dozen homes available for the public to tour. Learn more about this exclusive event and the innovations that grow from the creative energy this competition sparks.
Joe Simon

On The Menu:
Investing In The Future Of Sustainability

How can sustainability be good business? Join chef-owner Linda Hampsten Fox and GC Amory Narvaes for a lively talk on their experiences and investments in sustainable technology while working on The Bindery, Ltd, Eatery, Bakery, Market in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood.
Linda Hampsten Fox
Amory Narvaes

Why come into the office?
Exploring The Workplace In The Age Of The Digital Nomad

As our business communication moves nearly exclusively to digital conversations and our work can be accessed anywhere, are physical desks and workplaces still relevant? What makes coming into the office a necessary part of modern working world?
Andrea Springer
Michelle Liebling
Eric Gonzales
Drew Marlow

Mise en Place:
Serving Up The Philosophy Of Organization

Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means "everything in its place." This philosophy can be carried over from the kitchen to enhance the work of other types of creative professions. But how and why can this philosophy create a higher level of preparedness to ensure more efficient workflow?
Ken Andrews
Justin Cucci
Tommy Lee
Joshua Wills
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Intermission & Lunch Break

All Up In Your Biz:
Things To Know Before You Start-Up

Thinking of starting your own design firm? Learn how several young Denver designers have branched out to start their own businesses. Learn tips, tricks, challenges, and opportunities for starting your...
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Bill Allen
Steve Hurd

Pioneering Innovation & Preservation:
Practice, Pragmatism And The Wild West

The landscape of the west requires a unique language of design. Eric Logan, as a principal of Carney Logan Burke Architects has helped to develop a design philosophy that that embraces the spirit and history of the west and a harmonious relationship with nature.
Eric Logan

Designing for Accessibility:
Overcoming The Outdated Notions Of Disability

There are nearly 56 million people with disabilities living in the US, which represents nearly 20 percent of the population. From high tech wheelchairs to 3-d prosthetic limbs, learn how designers are pushing boundaries and redefining the limitations of disabilities.
Damon McLeese

Micro-cinema film screening: Linotype

A temporary micro-cinema on wheels designed by Denver-based Sort Studio will host an intimate screening of Denver Design Week speaker Doug Wilson’s documentary Linotype: The Film.
Meredith Dale
Brian Dale
Doug Wilson
Jul 20 2017

Responsive Learning = Innovation + Creativity

This interactive studio session will allow participants to flex their own design muscles while exploring how cultures of responsive learning can maximize an organizations creative potential.
Jim Stephens

Keynote –
Good Design:
Always Modern, Ever Traditional

Renowned architect Jeff Sheppard and CU Denver’s CARTA Director Christine G. H. Franck discuss core principles that underlie all good design—and how principles common to modernist and traditional design can advance design quality today.
Christine G. H. Franck
Jeffrey Sheppard
Jul 21 2017

Denver Women in Design:
A Celebration In Honor Of Florence Knoll’s 100th Birthday

Celebrate the 100th birthday of iconic designer Florence Knoll with a panel of women designers and architects discussing the state of women in Colorado design including where it’s going and what could be focused on to make it better.
Jenny West
Gillian Hallock Johnson
Amy Siegel
Lisa M. Abendroth