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

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 while bringing beauty to a community’s most simple experiences? In today’s uncertain times, we’re scrambling for a new normal and begging to rewrite our basic sense of humanity. ColoradoBuildingWorkshop presents an alternative view on designing the mundane and why it is important, particularly now. Join us as we dive into ColoradoBuildingWorkshop’s design methodology while focusing on an inspiring group of students who are succeeding in this effort.

About ColoradoBuildingWorkshop: ColoradoBuildingWorkshop, the design-build program at the University of Colorado Denver, takes Masters of Architecture students out of the classroom and into the real world, tasking them to design and build a project for a “community in need.” Since 2009, the program has built eleven community projects, including 21 micro-cabins for the Colorado Outward Bounds School, and in collaboration with DesignBuildBLUFF at the University of Utah, five charitable homes and two cabins in Southern Utah.

ColoradoBuildingWorkshop’s pedagogical vision for design-build is heavily focused on integrated project delivery. This requires students to work closely with clients, engineers, consultants, and community partners at the earliest stages of design, testing their ideas against contextual and programmatic constraints. We believe this enhances the practical application of architectural theory and promotes a blend of hands-on skills, authentic learning, and material exploration.

Since the program works with not-for-profits, towns, governmental agencies, and communities in need, we are familiar with tight budgets, short timelines, and challenging site constraints. We embrace these obstacles as opportunities for creating innovative design solutions. The work has been recognized with over 40 design awards, been featured in over a dozen books, and exhibited in Museums in Paris, Munich, Vienna, Vancouver, and the US. Learn more about what we do by visiting our website. http://coloradobuildingworkshop.cudenvercap.org/

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Students – Grant Warmerdam, Stephanie Protsman, Cecilia Richey, Ryan Couto, Kyle Brunner, Kai Eldredge, Sam Lara Palacios, Christopher Tryba, David Wirth, Matt Milne, Jacki Lund, Justin Trammell, Johnny English, Liz Whitacre, Adrienne Gullia, Lea Moguet, Graham Oden, Randy Chu, Eric Kuhn, Minttu Aaltonen, Jake Cusick, Dan Spieler, Olive Collier, Hank Kelly, Jesse Terzic
Facutly and Staff – Rick Sommerfeld, Will Koning, Andy Paddock, Paul Stockhoff, Sarka Malosikova, Kate Hartung