Denver Architecture Foundation

The Denver Architecture Foundation champions the deep-rooted connections between architecture, education and community. We elevate these connections by increasing public awareness of and appreciation for architecture and enriching lives through education, participation and advocacy for excellence.

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Official Name
Denver Architecture Foundation​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
The Denver Architectural Foundation
Former Name(s)
(2017)Denver Architectural Foundation
Date Established
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
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303 E. 17th Ave.
Ste. 110
Denver, CO 80203
Colorado Location
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303 E. 17th Ave.
Ste. 110
Denver, CO 80203
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Mission Statement

The mission of the Denver Architecture Foundation is to inspire people to explore our dynamic city, experience the importance of design to our quality of life and envision an exceptional future for Denver.


Testimonials from Doors Open Denver 2017 Participants:
--"You reinforce my pride in my city" - DOD Participant
--"[DOD] adds to the Denver cultural scene" - DOD Participant
--"Thank you for adding to the quality of life in our city!" - DOD Participant

Testimonials from Cleworth Architectural Legacy Project 2017 Teachers & Volunteers:
--"It was our privilege to once again work with such an amazing elementary school as Bradley. Bradley's IB curriculum and encouragement of natural curiosity aligns so nicely with design, architecture and our firm. Now, our 3rd grade counterparts are equipped and confident in taking ideas from their brains out into the real world!" - Volunteer Architect from Davis Partnership
--"One of the program highlights was our trip to Architectural Design by I.M. Pei. I did not realize how well this integrated both our study of Weather and Architecture. I just wanted to share with you because it was a really great trip and it tied in well with both units of study. I am sure you are probably already aware of this but the tour includes a big talk on the architecture of the building. The kids were so knowledgeable and the tour guide was amazed! CAL is such a great program!" - CAL 2nd Year Teacher
--"It's such a fun, happy moment to look forward to every week. I'm learning a bunch, too!" -

Organization History

The Denver Architecture Foundation (DAF) was established in 1990 to increase public awareness, understanding and involvement in our built environment.

DAF originated as an extension of the American Institute of Architects' Denver Chapter and has grown into an organization encompassing a simple tenet: architecture for all. The board, membership and program participants represent similar diversity inherent in community architecture - people from all walks of life, professions, interests, backgrounds and ages. DAF's programs began initially with walking and hard hat tours of Denver's past and present architectural structures, setting the stage for publishing a Guide to Denver Architecture. The popularity of the hard hat tours led to the development of DAF's large-scale annual event, Doors Open Denver. Along with the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project educating Denver's youth, DAF has grown its simple tenet of "architecture for all" into its motivating purpose.

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