Design Charrettes Program

Volunteer applications were due on Friday, September 4th. Questions about the 2020 Charrettes program? Contact Dora at

2020 site sponsors:

  • Arapahoe County
  • Habitat for Humanities of the San Juans
  • Town of San Luis

The charrettes program is taking place online in the fall in collaboration with CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning.

Webinar presentations of the completed charrettes will take place this fall. More details will be posted here soon!


2020 Charrettes Leadership & Volunteers:

Housing Colorado Charrettes Coordinator:
Andrew Chapin, Maiker Housing Partners

CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning:
Jennifer Steffel Johnson, Ph.D.
Associate Chair and Assistant Professor, CTT
Department of Urban and Regional Planning

Charrettes Team Leaders:
Emily Axtman, Shopworks Architecture; Paul Brady, Godden Sudik Architects; jv DeSousa, REVEAL; Erik Hall, VTBS Architects; Brett Jacques, Van Meter Williams Pollack; Adam Kantor, Kephart; Tom Ottenson, Shopworks Architecture; Rob Rydell, OZ Architecture; Doug Van Lerberghe, Kephart.

Dayna Ashley-Oehm, Housing Authority of the City of Aurora; Lauren Daley, Van Meter Williams Pollack; Lorraine Dixon-Jones; Daniel Flora, Cuningham Group Architecture; Jaime Jacobs, KATERRA; Ryan Kim, ProLink Solutions; Gosia Kung, KTGY Architecture + Planning; Jeff Owsley, CHFA; Jon Roberts, Banyan Real Estate; Mark Sabatini, Galena Street Planning Group; Rick Sall, Godden Sudik Architects; Joey Trinity; Willa Williford, Williford LLC; Megan Yonke, Denver Economic Development Opportunity.

Any questions? Email Dora at for more information.

Thank you to our 2020 Charrettes Sponsors:





Charrettes sponsorship opportunities are still available! Email Rachel for more information.

What is a Charrette?

A Design Charrette is an intensive, hands-on pre-development workshop that brings people from different disciplines and backgrounds together to explore architectural and development options for a particular area or site.

Housing Colorado's Design Charrettes Program

The “Design by Community” Affordable Housing Design Charrettes Program series began at the 2010 Housing Colorado Now Annual Conference. Housing Colorado and University of Colorado Denver College of Architecture and Planning are continuing to offer this program on an annual basis, serving communities throughout the state.

Many of the projects that have participated in the Design Charrettes Program have made significant progress in their affordable housing development. Read more about past design charrettes and completed projects.

The Design Charrettes Program provides an opportunity for non-profit housing developers and Housing Authorities to benefit from pro-bono pre-development services for an affordable housing project in your community:

  • A team led by architects and landscape architects will create affordable housing concepts for a site in your community.
  • Additional team expertise will include planners, engineers, finance experts, developers, and construction professionals.
  • Collaboratively, these experts will work with your community to create unique design solutions for your site. 


"The experience was truly like none other. The room was filled with enthusiasm, knowledge and collaboration for a wonderful cause." - 2019 Charrettes Volunteer

Affordable Urban Housing from CU Denver CAP VRC on Vimeo.

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