DENVER (JANUARY 9, 2017) – Christine G. H. Franck, Director of the Center for Advanced Research in Traditional Architecture (CARTA) at the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning (CAP) has been appointed to Denver’s Department of Community Planning and Development’s (CPD) “Slot Home Evaluation Task Force.” According to CPD, the “task force will assist CPD staff with an evaluation of issues associated with slot home development in Denver’s neighborhoods, and recommend specific zoning text amendments to address identified issues.”
2016 has been a banner year for CARTA! As we close out this year, we wanted to take a moment and thank you for your support and highlight all we have accomplished toward our shared vision of a more beautiful, sustainable, and equitable built environment.
View a PDF of the CARTA | 2016 report here: CARTA | 2016, or link through the cover image below.
After learning more, we hope you will join our effort to make traditional design lessons available for architecture, landscape, and urban design students today by including us in your year end giving. A gift of any amount helps, for the future of traditional design in higher education is entirely in your hands.
Thank you all for your dedication, talent, and the inspiration that your work and wisdom provide us here as we help the phoenix of tradition rise anew,
Precedent has long been integral to architecture. In days past, it was based in history, that which has come before. Not so much today. Precedent, as architecture itself, has found its origins in odd and different places. This talk strives to understand precedent in the architecture of today as its incorporation into the work of David M. Schwarz Architects.
Renowned for their new performing arts centers, sports arenas, urban revitalizations, and numerous civic, cultural, educational, health-care, mixed-use, and multi-family projects, David M. Schwarz Architects sees architecture as both a service and an art. They focus on crafting sustainable, human-centered places in stewardship of the public realm; a philosophy they have studied and developed through their planning and design projects in urban environs since their founding in 1978 in Washington, DC.
Mr. Schwarz received his B.A. at St. John’s College in Annapolis, MD, and Master of Architecture at Yale University. He currently serves as Chairman of the Yale School of Architecture Dean’s Council; a member of the Executive Committee of the Yale University Capital Campaign; and a jury member of the Richard H. Driehaus Prize of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture. Additionally, he serves as the Jury Chairman for the Vincent J. Scully Prize Fund Endowment of the National Building Museum.
Thanks to the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, this lecture is free and open to all. RSVP required to attend. RSVP to: email@example.com or (303) 315-0063.
We have an exciting, informative, and educational range of activities this fall. From classes, to lectures, and workshops, we are focusing on the full range of knowledge necessary for today’s practitioners, students, and members of the general public who seek to learn more about traditional architecture, urban design, landscape, and building crafts.
Click below to register or rsvp for each activity:
We’ve added a link to the video of a new lecture delivered by CARTA Director Christine G. H. Franck at the University of Notre Dame’s School of Architecture for Thomas Gordon Smith’s retirement colloquium, “Classical Architecture: Explore, Build, Teach,” for which she explored different perspectives on classical architectural education.
Click on the link above or the image below to watch.
What have your experiences of education in classical and traditional architecture been?
CARTA’s Director, Christine G. H. Franck, joined the College of Architecture and Planning in October 0f 2013 to establish and develop CARTA. Among her first activities in early 2014 was to deliver a lecture exploring contemporary classical and traditional architecture and urbanism in a lecture sponsored by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Rocky Mountain Chapter and held at the College. We are pleased to share her lecture here. Click on the link above to watch the lecture and view pictures from the event.
CARTA was honored to help bring Thomas Gordon Smith to lecture in Denver, for The 2nd Clinton Family Fund Lecture, organized by the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art Rocky Mountain Chapter and CARTA. At this event, Bruce and Martha Clinton had an opportunity to meet the inaugural class of The Clinton Scholars, students at CU Denver’s College of Architecture and Planning interested in the mission of CARTA and supported in their efforts with scholarships from The Clinton Family Fund. CARTA’s mission is to advance the interdisciplinary study and practice of traditional architecture, building craft, landscape architecture and urban design through spirited debate, rigorous education and transformative research so we may improve the built environment and people’s quality of life. Click on the link above to watch CARTA’s third lecture with architect, professor, and former Chairman of the Department of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame.
CARTA has brought some of the world’s leading figures in design and education to Denver to further our mission of advancing the interdisciplinary study and practice of traditional architecture, building craft, landscape architecture and urban design through spirited debate, rigorous education and transformative research so we may improve the built environment and people’s quality of life. Click on the link above to watch CARTA’s second lecture with architect Robert Adam and to see pictures of his visit.
Dean Mark Gelernter, PhD with Professor and Architect Robert Adam and CARTA Director, Christine G. H. Franck at Robert Adam’s lecture at CU Denver.
In 2012, Dr. Mark Gelernter, Dean of the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Colorado Denver, authored an editorial opinion for Clem Labine’s Traditional Building Magazine regarding the growing interest in and some of the common reactions to incorporating traditional design methods and principles in modern architectural education.
With a lifetime of experience in design and higher education, his insights help one to consider how we can best teach the next generation of designers. We are proud to share his original essay here:
By Dr. Mark Gelernter
This spring, one of our graduate architecture design studios led by my colleague Professor Keith Loftin explored traditional design languages for a project in one of Denver’s most revered historic districts. Guest reviewers responded warmly to the work, noting the natural fit of a traditional building design in a traditional street. But as the reviewers tried to offer helpful comments to the students, several warning phrases popped up in the conversations. Paraphrased, they included: