The CU-Boulder Campus Architect is responsible for managing and monitoring all physical changes to the buildings and grounds of the university. This task is mandated by administration, students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the outside city, state, and national interests who treasure the campus built environment.
CU-Boulder is recognized as one of the most beautiful and environmentally conscious college campuses in the nation. Set against a prominent mountain backdrop, its buildings are universally admired for their uniform style of sandstone walls, red tile roofs, limestone trim and black wrought iron accents - all in a romantic Italianate style.
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Role and Mission
The mission of the Campus Architect position is to sustain the design integrity of the nationally recognized Boulder campus built environment. Pressure toward this end exists from the campus community of students, faculty, staff, and administrators; as well as from alumni of the University and the Board of Regents. This position also receives input from citizens of Boulder and the State of Colorado, including the professional design community. In essence, this position is charged with monitoring collective project compatibility in terms of design and fit with other campus facilities and the available assets of the University.
The role of the Campus Architect is to monitor, advise, counsel, and recommend approval of all physical change to the Boulder campus facilities and grounds – whether from outside consultants or internal sources – so that each alteration is compatible with design and planning guidelines, the recommendations of the Boulder Campus Planning Commission, the University Design Review Board, and executive level campus administrators.
William Haverly, 2014-present
William "Bill" Haverly joined CU-Boulder as Campus Architect and Director of Planning, Design & Construction in February 2014. He is responsible for the conceptual planning, design, engineering, and construction of all capital and noncapital projects for the 11 million-square-foot campus, including more than 350 open projects at any one time. Haverly has more than 20 years of building and planning experience in higher education. He came to CU-Boulder from the University System of New Hampshire where, as director of capital planning and development, he oversaw planning, design and construction for all four USNH campuses. Before that he served as a project manager at the State University of New York (SUNY), managing design and construction for five state-operated SUNY campuses as well as for 30 community colleges.
Past Campus Architects
Paul M. Leef, 2007-2013
The first LEED™ accredited campus architect for CU-Boulder, Paul assumed responsibilities as campus architect and director of Planning, Design and Construction in November 2007. He served previously as campus architect at the Colorado School of Mines and staff architect at the University of Virginia, where he lived on the West Range, designed by Thomas Jefferson, in graduate school. He is a member of the AIA, AUA, and SCUP.
Leef worked with a team of highly qualified professionals to promote sustainable planning and design practices, while providing stewardship of CU-Boulder's rich architectural heritage and image of excellence. He helped develop a facilities master plan that implements the vision of the Flagship 2030 strategic plan.
Steven C. Thweatt, 2003–2007
Steve Thweatt directed CU-Boulder capital construction activities beginning in 1994 as Director of Facilities Design and Construction. By 2000, other areas of responsibility were consolidated and assumed by Steve to form the Office of Planning, Design and Construction. At the start of 2003, the duties of Campus Architect were added. In March 2007, he left his position at CU-Boulder to join administration at Emory University. While at CU-Boulder Steve served a term as national president of the Association of University Architects.
William R. Deno, 1985–2002
Bill Deno held positions in facilities planning and development from 1973 until 1985 and then added the responsibilities of Campus Architect. He was formally given the title in 1991. From 1985 until 2000 he also directed facilities planning and capital development activities. After his retirement, he continued to provide part time assistance and counsel to successor campus architects. He has authored a book, a film, and numerous articles and studies promoting the legacy of the much-admired Boulder campus architecture and grounds. He is a recipient of the Alumni Association “Stearns Award”, 1997 AIA Colorado Architect of the year, and a 1999 induction into the AIA College of Fellows.