Past Winners

2018 Award Winners

Summit Design Award – Renovations
We recognized a total of 4 Awards in this category; 1 Design Award, 2 merit awards and 1 new award in this category!
  • The first Merit Award is being presented to Sierra Elementary School by MOA Architecture and Jefferson County Public Schools.
  • The second Merit Award is being presented to Basalt High School by Eidos Architects and Roaring Fork School District.
  • Our special Award for tonight is intended to honor the creativity shown by a project that re-thinks what a learning environment can be. We titled this the “Magic School Bus” award and it is being presented to Mobile Academic Classroom by RB+B Architects and Poudre School District.
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    Meeker Elementary School Meeker Elementary School
  • The Design Award winner in this category is Meeker Elementary School by DLR Group and Weld County School District 6.
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    Meeker Elementary School Meeker Elementary School

Peak Design Award
We recognized one Merit Award and one Design Award.
  • The Merit Award goes to Douglass Elementary School in the Boulder Valley School District, by RTA Architects and Fielding Nair International
  • The Peak Design Award goes to Early Childhood Center at the Boulder Jewish Community Center by RB+B Architects.
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    Meeker Elementary School Meeker Elementary School

People's Choice Award
  • The voters chose Meeker Elementary School by DLR Group and Weld County School District 6.
President's Award
  • Kara Aylesworth, President of A4LE Rocky Mountain Chapter presented the President’s Award to the Cleworth Architectural Legacy Project (CAL):

    The Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project is a nationally recognized program that utilizes lessons in architecture as tools for students to actively learn about various subjects, adding value to diverse classroom environments and acknowledging a variety of learning styles. Teachers and volunteers attend in-depth training and work with the Denver Architecture Foundation to plan an eight-week classroom-based program. Under the direction of teachers with support from volunteer designers and DAF, students learn about the surrounding built environment beginning with observation, design vocabulary, and architectural history. Activities accelerate into complex challenges, such as model making, mapping, developing written or illustrated plans, and heightening awareness of their built environments. The program culminates with student-driven design projects, which account for common core educational standards.


2017 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Projects
  • Design Award – Eagle Valley Elementary for Eagle Valley RE 50 School District by DLR Group and TAB Associates
  • Eagle Valley Elementary
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  • Merit Award – Weld RE_4 School District High School No. 2, by DLR Group
  • Merit Award – the Innovation Center for St Vrain Valley School District by Anderson Mason Dale

Summit Design Award – Renovations
  • Design Award – Corkins Center at Graland Country Day School by Cuningham Group Architecture, Inc with Bowie Gridley Architects
  • Merit Award – Boulder High School Commons by Hord Coplan Macht and Boulder Valley School District

Peak Design Award
  • Design Award – Three Creeks K-8 for Jefferson County Public Schools by Hord Coplan Macht
  • Three Creeks
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  • Merit Award – Emerald Elementary School in the Boulder Valley School District, by RB+B Architects, Fielding Nair
  • Merit Award – Rocky Mountain Deaf School for Jefferson County Public Schools, by Anderson Mason Dale
  • Merit Award – Creekside Elementary for Boulder Valley School District by Bennett Wagner Grody Architects and Fielding Nair International
  • Merit Award – Pathways Innovation Center at Roosevelt High School for Natrona County School District by Cuningham Group Architects and MOA Architecture

People's Choice Award
  • Meadowlark PK-8 by Cuningham Group Architecture with Fielding Nair for Boulder Valley School District


2016 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Projects
  • Eastbank PK­8 for Roaring Fork School District by Bennett Wagner Grody Architects
Summit Design Award – Renovations
  • Design Award – Valdez Elementary School for Denver Public Schools by OZ Architecture
  • Valdez Elementary
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  • Merit Award – DSST at Byers for Denver Public Schools by Eidos Architects
Peak Design Award
  • Design Award – High Plains PreK­-8 for Thompson School District by RB+B Architects
  • High Plains
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  • Merit Award – Roots Elementary School, a public Charter School at DPS by OZ Architecture
Planner of the Year Award
  • Richard L. Huwa, RLH Engineering
People’s Choice Award
  • Stargate School, Adams 12 Five-­Star School District by Hord Coplan Macht
President's Award
  • The voters of Colorado


2015 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Projects
  • Roots Elementary chartered through DPS by Oz Architecture
Summit Design Award – Renovations
  • Ignacio High School for the Ignacio School District by RTA, Inc.
Peak Design Award
  • Design Award – Aspen Community School for Compass, For Lifelong Discovery by Cunningham Group with Studio B Architects
  • Merit Award – Hanna Elementary School in the Carbon County Wyoming School District #2, by Amundsen/RB+B – joint venture
  • Merit Award – Moffat PK-12 from the Moffat Consolidated School District 2, by RTA, Inc.
Mountain and Plains Planning Award
  • Emily Griffith Campus for Denver Public Schools by Hord Coplan Macht Architects
People’s Choice Award
  • Aspen Community School for Compass, For Lifelong Discovery by Cunningham Group with Studio B Architects


2014 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Project
  • Montbello High School at Denver Public Schools by Bennett Wagner Grody
Summit Design Award – Renovations
  • Design Award – STEM at Northglenn High School for the Adams 12 Five School District by RB+B Architects
  • Merit Award – Ignacio Elementary by RTA, Inc.
Peak Design Award – New Construction
  • Design Award – Isabella Bird Community School for the Denver Public School District by Humphries Poli Architects
  • Merit Award – Elbert PK-12 for the Elbert School District by Slater Paull/HCM
People’s Choice Award
  • Isabella Bird Community School for Denver Public Schools by Humphries Poli Architects


2013 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Project
  • Design Award – Isabella Bird Community School for Denver Public Schools by Humphries Poli Architects
  • Merit Award – Moorcroft K-8 in Crook County School District 1 by Bennett Wagner Grody Architects
  • Merit Award – Salida Elementary School in the Salida School District by Bennett Wagner Grody Architects
Summit Design Award – Renovation
  • Design Award – Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center for the Boulder Valley School District by Alan Ford Architects and RTA Architects
  • Merit Award – St. Anne's Lower School for St. Anne's Episcopal School by Cunningham Group Architecture
  • Merit Award – Pikes Peak BOCES Administration and School for Excellence by Bennett Wagner Grody Architects
Peak Design Award – New Construction
  • Design Award – Holly PK-12 School for the Holly School District by RTA Architects
  • Merit Award – Ignacio Middle School for the Ignacio School District by RTA Architects
People's Choice Award
  • Mapleton Early Childhood Education Center by Alan Ford Architects and RTA Architects
  • Holly PK-12 School by RTA Architects


2009 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Project
  • Skyline High School Renovation/Addition, St Vrain Valley School District by Klipp Architecture Planning Interior and Saunders Construction CMGC
Summit Design Award – Renovation
  • Coronado High School, DLR Group, Colorado Spring School District 11 and Gerald Phipps General Contractors
Peak Design Award – New Construction
  • Design Award – Adams City High School, Adams 14 School District by H+L Architects and Adolfson & Peterson
  • Merit Award – Early Childhood Center, Douglas County School District, Klipp Architecture Planning Interior and MW Golden Constructors
Planner of the Year Award
  • Adele Willson


2008 Award Winners

Rockies Design Award – Unbuilt Project
  • 21st Century High School, Denver Public Schools by Slaterpaull Architects
Summit Design Award – Renovation
  • Longmont High School Cafeteria Renovation, St. Vrain Valley School District by Hutton Architecture Studio P.C.
Peak Design Award – New Construction
  • Golden High School, Jefferson County Public Schools by AR7 Architects PC
Planner of the Year Award
  • Robert T. Matschulat, AIA, CSI, CCS, CEFPI, NCARB
President’s Award
  • Mary Wickersham