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. 

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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 will take place at the 2018 NOW! Conference on Friday, October 5th at XX am at the Vail Marriott. 
Call for Volunteers! 2018 Charrettes RFQ 

We invite Housing Colorado members who are current members of Housing Colorado to participate and volunteer in this really valuable program. You will get the opportunity to mentor graduate student out of the University of Colorado Denver's College of Architecture and Planning, and you will get the opportunity to contribute to some valuable pro-bono pre-development work to help expedite many of these potential projects into motion. Many past charrettes have turned into real developments. 

The Charrettes take place over a weekend. Here are the dates and locations:
Sept. 20-22 - Thornton
Sept. 27-29  - Arvada, Breckenridge, and Gunnison

Click Here to Download the 2018 Volunteer RFQ 

Helpful Related Links:  

- Questions about the program? Contact Emily Nilsen

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