Denver Design Week July 15th-21st

Denver Design Week

After a successful first year in 2016, Denver Design Week (DDW) is back July 15-21, 2017. DDW celebrates the region’s best architecture, interiors, brands, and technology with 30 thought-provoking events over the course of seven days in the Denver metro area. From intimate panel discussions with local experts to large keynote presentations by international design leaders to guided tours and interactive workshops, DDW showcases why Denver is a hotbed of design innovation. With dozens of Denver’s top creative minds leading sessions, DDW builds an understanding of the vital role design plays in our lives and increases public awareness and appreciation of all aspects of design.

Many programs are crafted for Colorado’s creative community, but every design professional, student, and enthusiast is invited to participate. Tickets are on sale now at Daytime sessions are just $10; evening sessions and keynotes are $12 and the Launch Party is $15. Select evening events include bites and drinks. Monday and Wednesday daytime sessions take place at CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning, 1250 14th Street, Denver, CO 80202.

This is the initial schedule. We’ll be announcing more talks and tours soon.

Saturday July 15, 2017


Saturday, 10 am- 11 am 
Blue Silo Studios:
A Century of Change, From Creamery to Creatives
Explore Blue Silo Studios, housed in a building built in the 1800s and one of the original eight members of the RiNo Arts District. 

Saturday, 11:15 am- 12:15 pm
Go to The Source:
Preview RiNo’s first hotel with Zeppelin Development

Be one of the first to get an exclusive, insider tour of the unique, innovative design and fabrications of Zeppelin Development’s The Source Hotel, launching late 2017.


Saturday 7 pm- 10 pm
Stanley Marketplace
Launch Party
Dive in and make a splash at the launch party for Denver Design Week. Giveaways, games, a photo wall, bites from local restaurants and sips from local distilleries, breweries and wineries.


Sunday July 16, 2017


Sunday 10 am-11 am
Mid-Century Modern Homes:
Style that Endures
Mid-Century Modern homes and their clean, minimalist style still appeals to modern home buyers, as much, or possibly more, than when they were built 50+ years ago. What is it about this style that endures and how can modern living fit into these vintage homes?


Sunday 11 am-4pm
Mid-Century Modern Gems:
A Virginia Village Home Tour

Have you ever wanted to peek inside one of Denver’s spectacular mid-mod homes? Well, now you can tour seven of these delightful gems, and help a local school.

Sunday 1:30 pm- 2:30 pm

Where Wood Meets Steel:
Say Hello to This Transformative Globeville Workshop
Where Wood Meets Steel has been in business since 2007 in the now up-and-coming RiNo neighborhood. The fabrication workshop designs and builds custom furniture and fixtures for living and working spaces.

Sunday 4:30 pm- 5:30 pm
16th Street Mall:
Public Art? You’re Walking on It
As a companion to our Monday session on the 16
th Street Mall this walking tour explores the history and contemporary use of this Denver landmark.

Monday July 17, 2017
CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14th Street Denver, CO 80202 


Monday 9:30 am -10:30 am
Glass, Concrete, and Fonts:
Is Typography Relevant in all Design Fields?
Typography defines a business and visually informs the world about its identity. Good typography promotes a brand, while bad typography can sink it. Learn the myriad ways the art of typography is used (and abused) in the world of design.

Monday 9:30 am -10:30 am
16th Street Mall:
The Spine of the City

What is the future of the historic “backbone” of Denver’s 16
th Street Mall? Originally the thoroughfare from the Highlands to the Capitol, 16th Street has transformed over the years to become an important public transportation hub and pedestrian promenade. Learn about the past, present and future of this historic Denver street. 

Monday 10:45 am- 11:45 am
Cooking up the Future:
The Role of Technology in Modern Kitchen Design
What’s next for the most important space in your house? Learn the answer from leading kitchen designers and top appliance experts who will reveal the latest in kitchen technology and the role it will play in kitchen design.

Monday 10:45 am – 11:45 am
Designing an Affordable Denver:
Housing solutions for the 99%
Denver housing prices have skyrocketed, making it difficult for many to afford a home. And Millennials, who embrace the shared life, just don’t want large dwellings. It seems that micro housing is the perfect solution, but is it really cost effective for developers and will planning and zoning adapt to support it?


Monday 1 pm – 2 pm
Design Optimization:

Technology is Changing How (and Why) We Design
Two designers explain how their forward-thinking firms are using new technology and techniques to create cutting edge work. Further, they’ll explain how it relates to ongoing projects both in Colorado and nationally.

Monday 1 pm – 2 pm
Craft and Customization:
Highlighting Denver’s Maker Movement
By ignoring the lure of mass production and emphasizing the craft and authenticity of their handmade products, Denver’s professional maker-community has found their niche in the greater design and retail world.

Monday 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Good Design Is Good Business:
Creating Impactful, Modern Workplace Designs

Can employers be aware of whether their workplace environment is a help or a hindrance to their employees? And how can they raise the bar (on a budget) to retain their workforce and enhance the reputation of their brand? 

Monday 2:15 pm – 3:15 pm
Imagination Unleashed :
The Digital Invasion in Contemporary Art

Artists have always been innovators, reaching for new tools to express their artistic visions. Today, as technology advances, how are artists embracing the digital realm to take their work in exciting new directions?

Monday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Sustainable Design 10 Years Later:
A Look into LEED’s Pivot to the “WELL” Building Standard
How do various sustainability certifications programs’ successes and failures––as well as the potentials of initiatives and rating systems––continue to impact our built and natural environment?

Monday 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
What do landscape architects do in the winter?

Landscape Architects play an important role in collaborating with architects to celebrate the beauty of a place through design. Explore this relationship and why Colorado provides the perfect opportunity for inspired modern design that celebrates the surroundings.


Tuesday July 18, 2017
Workplace Resource
1899 Wynkoop St #150, Denver, CO 80202


Reinventing Transportation:
The Disruption of Driverless Mobility
Driverless vehicles are guaranteed to change society, infrastructure, and the economy. Author and expert Rutt Bridges explores this new frontier and how it will impact the world.

Wednesday July 19, 2017
CU Denver College of Architecture and Planning
1250 14TH Street Denver, CO 80202



Wednesday 9:30 am -10:30 am
Solar Decathlon:
Innovation Through Competition

Every year the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon enlists teams of college students to design, build, and operate the most cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive solar-powered house. This year Denver will host the competition. Learn more about this exclusive event and the innovations that grow from the creative energy this competition sparks.

Wednesday 9:30 am -10:30 am
On The Menu:
Investing In The Future Of Sustainability

How can sustainability be good business? Join restaurateur Linda Hampsten Fox for a lively talk on her own experiences and investments in sustainable technology while working on The Bindery, Ltd, Eatery, Bakery, Market in Denver’s LoHi neighborhood.

Wednesday 10:45 am- 11:45 am
Why come into the office?  
Exploring the Workplace in the Age of the Digital Nomad
As our business communication moves nearly exclusively to digital conversations and our work can be accessed anywhere, are physical desks and workplaces still relevant? What makes coming into the office a necessary part of modern working world?

Wednesday 10:45 am- 11:45 am
Mise en Place:

Serving Up the Philosophy of Organization
Mise en place is a French culinary phrase which means “everything in its place.” This philosophy can be carried over from the kitchen to enhance the work of other types of creative professions. But how and why can this philosophy create a higher level of preparedness to ensure more efficient workflow?

Wednesday 1 pm- 2 pm
All Up in Your Biz:
Things To Know Before You Start-Up

Thinking of starting your own design firm?  Learn how several young Denver designers have branched out to start their own businesses.  Learn tips, tricks, challenges, and opportunities for starting your own design business in Denver’s entrepreneurial, creative economy.

Wednesday 1 pm- 2 pm
Pioneering Innovation and Preservation:
Practice, Pragmatism and the Wild West
The landscape of the west requires a unique language of design. Eric Logan, as a principal of Carney Logan Burke Architects has helped to develop a design philosophy that that embraces the spirit and history of the west and a harmonious relationship with nature.

Wednesday 2:15 pm- 3:15 pm
Designing for Accessibility:
Overcoming The Outdated Notions Of Disability

There are nearly 56 million people with disabilities living in the US, which represents nearly 20 percent of the population. From high tech wheelchairs to 3-d prosthetic limbs, learn how designers are pushing boundaries and redefining the limitations of disabilities.

Thursday July 20, 2017
Room & Board
222 Detroit St, Denver, CO 80206
Good Design:
Always Modern, Ever Traditional
Renowned architect Jeff Sheppard and CU Denver’s CARTA Director Christine G. H. Franck discuss core principles that underlie all good design—and how principles common to modernist and traditional design can advance design quality today. 

Friday July 21, 2017
2501 Blake Street Denver, CO 80205
Closing Celebration:
Denver Women in Design:
A Celebration In Honor Of Florence Knoll’s 100th Birthday

Celebrate the 100th birthday of iconic designer Florence Knoll with a panel of women designers and architects discussing the state of women in Colorado design including where it’s going and what could be focused on to make it better. Cocktails, cake and ice cream will be served.


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