Program in Environmental Design

University of Colorado Boulder

John Barbour

Senior Instructor
(303) 492-7497
Office: 156


John is an architect, an urban planner, a futurist, and an advocate for the natural environment, as well as for a world of fairness and empathy. He has worked and lived in the United States, Central Europe, and Australia, but has been with the University of Colorado Boulder as a Senior Instructor since 2006.


  • University International Postgraduate Scholar, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. 2005.
  • Master of Architecture, University of Colorado Denver. 2006.
  • Master of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Colorado Denver. 2001.

Research Interests

  • Ethics in Design and Technology.
  • Artificial Intelligence in Architecture and Design.
  • Site Research at the Portese, Roma, Italia.

Courses Taught

  • Introduction to Environmental Design I & II.
  • Introduction to Environmental Design Studio.
  • Design, Innovation, and the Future.
  • Environmental Design Studio.
  • Planning Studio.
  • Architectural Studio.
  • Urban Design Studio.
  • Urban Site Design and Analysis in Rome.
  • Environmental Design Media.
  • Urban Society: Sociology in Cities.
  • History of American Architecture and Urbanism.
  • Digital Presentation and Portfolio.

Selected Publications

  • Barbour, J. (2012). For Nature Cannot Be Fooled: The charge of urban design and architecture in the twenty-first century. Presentation given at Accent Rome for students and faculty of Sapienza, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Colorado Boulder, 28 March.

  • Barbour, J. (2012). Engagement in International Education. Presentation to the CIEE Summer Faculty Summit, Portland, Maine.

  • Barbour, J. (2008). Technological Acceleration, Design Elasticity, and the Necessity of the Social Sciences. Third International Conference on the Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Monash University Centre, Prato, Italy.

  • Barbour, J. & Crespi, H. (2008). Transportation demand management at North American colleges and universities. Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Conference, Raleigh, North Carolina.

  • Barbour, J., Crespi, H., & Roper, P. (2008). Issues in transportation demand management at North American higher-learning institutions. Proceedings of the Transportation and Universities Conference, Reno, Nevada.

  • Prosser, J. & Barbour, J. (2002). General Development Plan for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station. Research undertaken for the University of Colorado Mountain Research Station.

  • Prosser, J. & Barbour, J. (2001). General Development Plan for the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Anshutz-Fitzsimmons Medical Campus. Research undertaken for the University of Colorado Anshutz-Fitzsimmons Medical Campus.