Design Charrettes Program

Charrettes 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

Charrettes were presented 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.


Questions about the program? Email Dora. 

Subscribe To Our Newsletter