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2015 Denver Mayor's Design Awards

This event honors projects throughout the mile-high city for excellence in architecture, exterior design, and place-making

Photos courtesy of Denver Community Planning and Development

Since 2005, the Mayor’s Design Awards have honored projects throughout the mile-high city for excellence in architecture, exterior design and place-making. The awards are presented to Denver homeowners, business owners, nonprofits, artists and others for their creative contributions to the public realm through innovative design. And the event is free to the public! 

At a time when both commercial and residential development is booming in an effort to keep pace with demand, the Mayor’s Design Awards shine a light on work that not only meets the needs of the marketplace, but also adds to the rich and unique visual fabric of our city. Many different types of projects are eligible. Previous award winners range from restaurants and galleries to private single-family homes to plazas and other shared public spaces. What they all have in common is the imaginative and innovative way they enhance public spaces and create community.


  • Date: Thursday, October 29, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 pm
  • Location:
    Chambers Grant Salon of the Ellie Caulkins Opera House
    Performing Arts Complex
    1400 Curtis Street, Denver
  • Cost: The event is FREE and open to the public!
  • Visit denvergov.org for more information.


Back to the Future: These projects involve the preservation and adaptive reuse of historic buildings. They not only pay respectful tribute to Denver’s rich architectural history, but also ensure that these sites will continue to thrive and stir the imagination in a new century.

This is Home: These single-family projects artfully underscore the importance of making the places we inhabit truly our own and remind us that, whether in the 1870s or now, Denver has always been a place to call home.

Building Well, Living Well: Using intentional design, these projects promote community health through active living, access to healthy food and transit, or walkability. They take a holistic approach to the question of where we live, work and play in order to connect it to how we live, work and play, and how we can do it better.

Density by Design: These projects are multi-family and mixed-use developments that use bold, eye-catching design to balance the growing needs of our dense, urban environment with the unique charm and character that draws so many to our city.

Neighborhood Gem: This year, the awards will include this category for the first time. Created in an effort to draw out what Denver residents most love about their communities, this category highlights projects and initiatives that exemplify the unique character of their neighborhoods and the great things that happen when neighbors work together to lift up their communities.

Distinctive Denver: Whether through ingenuity, whimsy or a focus on bringing people together—or all the above—these  projects set themselves apart from similar structures, uses and building forms, featuring innovative elements, inspired by and honoring our local history and landscape, and otherwise embodying the Denver spirit.

Visit denvergov.org for more information.

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