Design Charrettes Program

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. In 2018, Housing Colorado and University of Colorado College of Architecture and Planning will continue the Design Charrettes Program series focused on affordable housing. This series began at the 2010 Housing Colorado NOW! Conference. Since then we have continued to offer this program on an annual basis, serving communities throughout the state. Many of the projects which have participated in the Design Charrettes Program have made significant progress in their affordable housing development.

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 of professionals led by architects and landscape architects will create affordable housing concepts for a site in your community. Additional team expertise will include finance professionals, development professionals, sustainable design and building/ construction professionals, municipal staff and resident representatives. Collaboratively, these experts will work with your community to create unique design solutions for your site. 

Affordable Urban Housing from CU Denver CAP VRC on Vimeo.

Selected 2018 Charrettes 

Annually, we post an RFP in the Spring, and nonprofit organizations or housing authorities who are current members of Housing Colorado are invited to submit a project and site for the 2018 Design Charrettes Program. The following Charrettes were selected this cycle: 
- Arvada site, Site Sponsor: Jefferson County Housing Authority
- Thornton site, Site Sponsor: Crossroads Church
- Breckenridge site, Site Sponsor: Town of Breckenridge
- Gunnison site, Site Sponsor: Gunnison Valley Regional Housing Authority 

The Charrettes presentation were presented at the 2018 NOW! Conference on Friday, October 5th at the Vail Marriott. See past charrettes presentation link below for more information. 
Please return to this page in late spring/early summer of 2019 for announcements and opportunities to apply for the 2019 Design Charrettes program. 
Helpful Related Links:  

- Questions about the program? Contact Rose

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