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

Jul 12 2016
6:00 pm
Room & Board
222 Detroit Street
Denver, CO 80206
Tickets are $15 each

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

Architecture, Development, Real Estate, Zoning, Planning, Community, Design Thinking
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Amid Denver’s rapid growth rate, the built environment is changing quickly—and not always for the better. New commercial and residential buildings go up almost daily, but do they rise to the standards of good design held by other cities?

Moving past the Why? to identify which specific actions will make our city better, this session presents both a macro focus on high-level design philosophy and a micro focus on issues like design review, parking requirements, multifamily development, and behind-the-scenes insight into the city’s zoning process. The event concludes with a Q&A open to all attendees.

In this session, you will:
● Learn about the challenges and opportunities facing Denver’s built environment during the coming decade.
● Get a firsthand account of the processes and priorities of the city’s planning and zoning operation.
● Hear well-rounded perspective from a real estate developer, a high ranking city official, and three of Denver’s top architects.
● Have a chance to ask questions and engage in meaningful dialogue about bettering our city’s built environment.

Recognized as one of Colorado’s Top Thinkers by The Denver Post, Jeff Sheppard has overseen the design of more than 50 noteworthy restaurants, boutiques, and high-end retail stores since founding Roth Sheppard in 1983. His firm is the recipient of more than 75 AIA awards and 20 industry publication awards.
As a Partner of JOHNSON NATHAN STROHE (formerly JG Johnson Architects), Tobias Strohe provides leadership and guidance on the firms vision and day to day operations on hospitality and housing projects. With over 20 years of professional experience, Tobias is an expert architect in adaptive re-use, as well as new-build, urban multi-family and hotel projects.
An architect for nearly 30 years and Denver’s Planning Director since 2014, Brad Buchanan is responsible for implementing visionary city planning and ensuring safe, responsible, sustainable building throughout Denver.
Jonathan Alpert is Partner at Westfield Company and Founder of Treehouse Development and Imagine Infill. As a former project manager for Shea Properties he participated in the construction of more than one million square feet of commercial space.
Moderator Beth Mosenthal has worked as an architect in Shanghai, New York, and Chicago. She is an AIA and AP LEED BD+C with Denver firm AndersonMasonDale, where she creates architectural design that bridges art, urbanism, storytelling, and sustainability. She also serves as News Editor of the Young Architect’s Forum Connection Magazine and as a contributing writer for the AIA Colorado Emerging Professionals Blog. She writes a column for Colorado Real Estate Journal’s Building Dialogue magazine.