University of Denver | Newman Center for the Performing Arts

  • 182,000 SF
  • $52M
  • 2002


  • 2003 Citation Award for Architecture
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 2003 Merit Award for Interiors
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Colorado Chapter
  • 2004 Honor Award
  • Rocky Mountain Masonry Institute

Denver University’s Performing Arts Center provides a new home for the Lamont School of Music and supports a diverse culture of the arts at the University’s main campus. Outstanding acoustical quality characterizes the three primary performance spaces, rehearsal spaces and studios in the new facility.

Within the building, thoughtful location and design of the individual spaces creates a vibrant interdisciplinary home for the arts. Generous public spaces elicit spontaneous practice sessions, discussions, and relaxation. The quieter teaching studio areas encourage individual practice and study.

Key considerations in the design include acoustic excellence; cutting edge music and theatre technology; performance spaces to involve the community; and practice rooms and studios to attract outstanding faculty and students. In addition to the concert hall, recital hall and flexible theatre, the center has a state-of-the-art recording studio, top floor practice rooms, and unique rehearsal rooms.

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3198 Speer Boulevard
Denver Colorado 80211

303 294 9448
fax 303 294 0762

About AMD

We are a 50-person architectural firm located in Denver, Colorado. For over 40 years we have provided a full range of services including the planning, programming, and design of buildings for colleges, universities, schools, libraries, justice facilities, office buildings, cultural venues, and housing. We have twice been awarded the American Institute of Architects’ Firm Award “a distinguished body of work” and numerous local, regional and national design awards.

We believe architecture has the power to heighten human well-being and illuminate our cultural values. We are driven by a standard of excellence which provides the highest level of ethics and professionalism to our clients. We embrace thoughtful and responsible design in all aspects of our lives and we constantly strive to create buildings of architectural significance and responsibility.

Our work is developed within a collaborative atmosphere which cultivates research, analysis, and deliberation into judicious decision-making at all levels. Vigorous exploration of client goals is coupled with a detailed examination of their functional needs. This understanding is artfully transformed into three-dimensional space which inspires the daily life within the building. Physical patterns and the cultural fabric of each place are carefully studied to appropriately respond to each site’s unique physical and social context. Materials and systems are selected which respect and sustain our planet and the thoughtful expression of building craft and technology are economically integrated to bring the defining statement of character and identity for each of our clients.

AMD Staff
  • Paul S. Haack, AIA
  • Andrew G. Nielsen, FAIA
  • David C. Pfeifer, AIA
  • Joey Carrasquillo, AIA
  • John D. Graham, AIA
  • Ronald L. Mason, FAIA
  • John D. Anderson, FAIA
  • Curt F. Dale, FAIA
  • Cathy Bellem, AIA
  • Ben Blanchard, AIA
  • John Everin, AIA
  • Erin Hillhouse, AIA
  • David E. Houston, AIA
  • Suzanne Dupée Minear, AIA
  • Kristin O’Connell, Assoc AIA
  • Cynthia Ottenbrite, AIA
  • James R. Taylor, AIA
  • Dan Bishop, AIA
  • Stephan Hall, AIA
  • Peter Koehler, AIA
  • Ryan Lutz, AIA
  • Jenna Michieli, AIA
  • Michael Stesney, AIA
  • Todd Swarts, AIA
  • Kristina Winn, AIA
  • Julie Zurakowski, AIA