Design Charrettes Program

Charrettes Site Sponsor RFP Available in Spring 2020

Every year Housing Colorado posts an RFP in the spring for charrette site sponsors. Volunteer applications are available in the summer, and then the 3-day charrettes program takes place in the fall in collaboration with CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning.

Housing Colorado members that are non-profit organizations, municipalities, or housing authorities are invited to submit a project and site.

Check back in Spring 2020 for the site sponsor RFP and in Summer 2020 for the volunteer application.

2019 Charrettes

The selected Site Sponsors for 2019 were:

Christ’s Body Ministries – Denver
Lincoln County Economic Development Corp. – Limon
Unison Housing Partners – Brighton

2019 Charrettes Leadership:

Housing Colorado Charrettes Coordinator:
Andrew Chapin, Unison Housing Partners

CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning:
Jennifer Steffel Johnson, Ph.D.

Charrettes Team Leaders:
Paul Brady,
Godden Sudik Architects; Yong Cho, Studio Completiva; JV DeSousa, REVEAL; Adam Kantor, Kephart; Robert Rydel, Oz Architecture

2019 Charrettes Volunteers:

Mary Anderies, Anderies Consulting; Tim Balas, JHL Constructors; Christin Barndow, NEO Studio; Spencer Bollacker, Colorado Division of Housing; Laura Clark, S.B. Clark Companies; Lauren Daley, Van Meter Williams Pollack; Dylan Dettmann, Norris Design; Brandon Gentrup, I-Kota; Erik Hall, Van Tilburg Banvard & Soderbergh (VTBS Architects); Brett Jacques, Van Meter Williams Pollack; Gosia Kung, Anderson Mason Dale; Frank Padilla, NEWSED CDC; Loretta Pokorny, Energetics Consulting Engineers; Joel Reeves, JHL Constructors; Kari Remmen, Prescient Co; Ryan Sand, Brightview; Johnathan Sims, Domus Vitae; Matt Small, Norris Design; Karl Smith, Pavilion Construction; Gary Thomas, Pavilion Construction; Dave Thorpe, Radian; Laura Valdez, Verity Solutions; Doug Van Lerberghe, Kephart; Megan Yonke, Denver Department of Housing Stability (Denver Economic Development Opportunity)

Charrettes Presentations

Charrettes were presented by CU Denver students at the 2019 Housing Colorado Now Annual Conference in Keystone. View the presentations here.

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 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.

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

Questions about the program? Email Dora.

Interested in sponsoring the 2020 Charrettes program? Email Rachel.

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