Schedule 2019

Full Program Schedule

Oct 17 2019

Denver Design Week All Access Pass

All Access pass to all the Denver Design Week parties, lectures and tours.
Oct 18 2019

Building on 100 Years of History:
Adaptive Reuse in a Branded Hotel

Ever wonder how architects breathe new life into historic, often dilapidated buildings? Learn all about the process by touring the meticulously renovated Hilton Garden Inn, next to Denver’s first firehouse.
Jeremy Nothdurft
Tobias Strohe
Brent Forget
Heather Vasquez Johnson

Designing a Home Away from Home:
Hord Coplan Macht

For its new Dairy Block office, architecture firm Hord Coplan Macht designed a “home away from home.” Tour the new space and enjoy its “biophilic” design (lots of light, plants, and nature views).
Lyn Eller
Michelle Horn
Jennifer Cordes

IIDA Presents:
A Tale of Two Senses

Denver is growing at warp speed. Meet some of the developers, architects, designers, and brokers behind that growth as they talk about the role design plays in a dollar-driven market.

I Think We’re in Heaven: A Wild Ride to Build 68 homes in Three Years

Meet intrepid local designer Lindsey Kruger, who’ll talk about the challenges she has faced—rough roads, an iffy power grid—while helping a Nepalese village rebuild after devastating earthquakes.
Lindsey Kruger
Oct 19 2019

Discover How Modern Boulevard Living Is Done!

Take a virtual tour of two of NEOstudio’s model townhomes in Lowry, whose designs meet sustainability goals while connecting with the surround parkland and single-family neighborhood.
Michael Noda

Historical Preservation Meets
Modern Makeover Tour

See photos of the “before”—a 1960s-era warehouse in the Baker Historic District—and then do a walking tour of the “after”—an art gallery and event venue called the Space Annex.
Michael Burnett

Restraint and Modern Design
Home Tour

In this tour, you will be guided by Peter Blank, the owner of Mile Hi Modern, an expert in modern architecture and visionary behind this Entasis Group designed home in hilltop.
Peter Blank

Just Because You Can Hit CMD-Print
Doesn’t Mean You Should:
Reflections on Craftsmanship in the Digital Age

Start the presses! Visit the Highlands offices of Genghis Kern, pull a print on one of their antique letterpress printing machines, and learn about the pleasures of physical printing.
Jason Wedekind

From Panels to A Home:
How Prefab Housing is Changing the Conversation

Ever wonder how prefabricated homes are designed and constructed? Tour Denver’s Simple Homes factory, a construction start-up focused on using technology to solve Colorado’s growing housing crisis.
Jeff Hopfenbeck
Oct 20 2019

From Warehouses to the Mission Ballroom

Learn the thinking behind the holistic transformation of a core urban area—North Wynkoop—from an industrial warehouse district to a retail, residential and entertainment mecca.
Jonathan Alpert

S*Park Sustainability Park Tour

Tour S*Park Sustainability Park, RiNo’s newest development, which includes a green space, solar energy systems, a vertical greenhouse, an urban soil farm, and a James Beard award-winning restaurant.
Jonathan Alpert

Empowering Designers:
Collaboration for Fabrication Discussion and Tour

Take a tour of the fabrication facility at Raw Creative and listen to its principals talk about how early collaboration can help designers see their creative ideas come to life, from finish details to installation.
Breton Lujan
Michael Blea
Oct 21 2019

The California Closets Experience

Join the team at the Cherry Creek design studio of California Closets for wine & hors d’oeuvres. While there, explore the finishes, visit the interactive Design Studio, and meet with designers.

Party Hopper Package #1

With this Party Hopper Package, you can attend the California Closets networking event at 3:30 p.m. and then stroll across the street to Aviano Coffee at 6 p.m. for a design discussion.

Poketo: Creative Spaces Booking Signing + Talk

Ted Vadakan, co-founder of Poketo, is making a book tour stop in Denver to celebrate Poketo's new book CREATIVE SPACES.
Gillian Grefé
Hunter Leggit
Jon Hartman
Ted Vadakan

Aviano Coffee: Elevating Experience through Design –
Invigorating the Five Senses

Have a cup of joe, and listen to the husband-and-wife team behind Aviano Coffee talk about how create spaces that will appeal to all the senses.
Saadia Naiman
Douglas Naiman

Living with Design:
An Interactive Dinner Reception

Create your own dinner at Mountain High Appliance’s Littleton showroom with the help of its personal chef. Enjoy multiple kitchens, each with its own technology.
Buntport Theater Company
Patti Weaver
Andrew Forlines
Oct 22 2019

The Future of Equality:
Designing Affording Housing in the Face of Climate Change

Studio Completiva, which is studying what affordable housing in the next 10-30 years should look like in the face of global warming, will discuss the findings with other experts.
Stuart Shell
Nate Huyler
Yong Cho
Brian Weinmaster
Jennifer Steffel Johnson

Continuity and Change:
The Social, Environmental, and Financial Benefits
of Repositioning Existing Buildings

With all the exciting new buildings in Denver, what about the older ones? John McIntyre of Tryba Architects will discuss connecting the past and present in our urban fabric.
John McIntyre

Urban Wood Project: Baltimore.
Reclaimed Wood.
Reclaimed Neighborhoods.
Reclaimed Lives.

What do a government agency, Room & Board and a human services organization have in common? Wood. Hear how they salvaged old-growth timber to create jobs and make beautiful furniture, too.
Michael Brotman

Ro | Rockett Design:
Long Distance Design

Join California architects Jason Ro and Zac Rockett as they discuss their dual-studio design collaborative, working from L.A. and San Francisco and connected by an exploratory process.
Zac Rockett
Jason Ro

Designing for Mental and Emotional Well-Being

How does a space affect the mental and emotional health of its occupants? Three principals at OZ Architecture will answer that question.
Julie Edwards
David Schafer
Tracy Tafoya
Oct 23 2019

Humanizing the Modern Office

Join Studio BBA Principal, Bonnie Bridges, as she reflects on the firm’s design of Checkr’s SF headquarters and their project on the boards, Checkr HQ Denver. This interactive discussion will include Catherine Quintero of Interior Architects and Sam Gill of Pear Workplace. Healthy light bites will be provided.
Bonnie Bridges

How Building Trust Leads to Bolder Projects,
Bigger Profits, and Better Design

The best spaces result from deep collaboration. Listen to this lively panel discussion between the architect, contractor and owner behind the new Roth Living Showroom and other daring designs.
Claire Jordan
Brad Bolte
Jordan Vaughn
Denise Knoblich

Prime Postmodern Architecture:
The Denver Public Library

What will 21st-century libraries look like? Join Joseph Montalbano of studiotrope design collective and Denver city librarian Michelle Jeske for an enlightening discussion.
Joseph Montalbano
Michelle Jeske

Preservation +design
Presented by Design Within Reach

Two design nerds—Amy Auscherman, Herman Miller’s corporate archivist and Mad Men adviser, and Darrin Alfred, DAM’s curator of architecture and design—will share their thoughts on architectural and archival preservation.
Darrin Alfred
Amy Auscherman

SOAPBOX! Cocktails & Conversations
about the Future of Public Space

Hosted by Civitas and Arch11 at the Pink House, experts in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, industrial design, lighting and public art will discuss urban public spaces. Followed by a happy hour.
Kevin Delk
Tim Reinen
Adam Perkins
David Moke
Emily Silverman
Cortney Stell
Lauren Isaac
Eric Lazzari
Oct 24 2019

Let’s Talk About the Color of Light

Light is crucial to good design—what will it look like in the future? Join this forum discussion about LED and other new lighting technologies and watch a demo on how the color of light is quantified.
Jeffrey R. Dross

Green Building Initiative presents:
From Zero to Circular – A Greater Sustainable Future

With climate change, we must go from a “take, make, waste” model of design to a circular model that keeps waste out of landfills and oceans. Join this provocative discussion on the circular economy.
Farrell Calabrese
Shujan Bertrand
Jason Belaire

The Spirit of Modern Design Lives On

At this fun networking cocktail party, learn about modern architecture and design and see Marvin’s new line of windows and doors, which feature innovative, high-density, thermal fiberglass.
Gwénaël Hagan

Designing for Density

Traffic jams on I-25! They’re happening more and more often. As Denver grows more dense, this panel of urbanists discuss proactively managing the city’s growth.
John Desmond
Albus Brooks
Ken Schroeppel
Brad Buchanan
Jon Buerge
Kelly Davis

Party Hopper Package #2

After the Signature Windows cocktail party at 3:30, cruise down the street to Riamdesio Showroom by Rifugio Modern for a design discussion titled “Tribal Art, Memory and Minimalism.”

Architectural 10X10

This Pecha Kucha style program with local presenters from RATIO|HPA, Arch 11, SA&R and more. Cocktails and networking will commence at 5 pm and then the mini-presentations will start promptly at 6pm.
Paul Brokering
Eric Doner
Jackson Opgenorth
Eric Grebliunas
Josh Espy
Dillon Canfield
Megan Garrett
Jennifer Oreamuno

Women in Design Presents:
Radical Craft

Internationally renowned architect Débora Mesa Molina explores underutilized materials as a source for creating stunning architecture in this Keystone presentation. Networking, libations & food provided.
Débora Mesa Molina

Tribal Art, Memory and Minimalism

Scott Lindenau of Aspen’s Studio B talks about how his extensive travel in Africa has informed his firm’s commitment to restraint and clarity in design and his own passion for tribal art.
Scott Lindenau, FAIA
Oct 25 2019

Dominator Brave

In this workshop, you’ll be guided to create a clear, compelling vision for your brand. Bring your ideas and get ready to create something both distinctive and true to you.
Lisa Moses

Brewing up a Brand –
Developing a Unique Brand in a Crowded Craft Beer Market

In the ever crowded, and still growing, craft beer marketplace in Colorado how can you stand out? When an established, 9-year-old, brewery is faced with trademark litigation in the midst...
Read More
Jeff Tyler
Julia Williams

Xan Creative presents Keynote:
Design is Responsibility

Tile tracking devices, Jawbone trackers, robotic bassinets—all products of San Francisco company fuseproject, whose VP of design, Qin Li, will talk about how it innovates to create a smarter, cooler world.
Qin Li