Education in the Schools – CAL

Our flagship program, the Cleworth Architectural Legacy, brings architecture into the classroom as a method of connecting Denver Public School students with their built environment.

CAL brings the built environment into Denver Public School classrooms

The Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Project is Denver Architectural Foundation’s flagship program that introduces architecture into the classroom as a tool to help connect Denver Public School students with the built community. Using an engaging, active-learning approach helps students see first-hand how education applies to their everyday lives and future.

The Cleworth Architectural Legacy Project is preparing for the 2017-2018 academic year. Tim Thomas, program director, is working to secure commitments for new participants in the Denver Public Schools system. Tim is currently meeting with interested teachers and design professionals for prospective programs. New teacher inquiries remain strong and the talents of local design professionals volunteering is integral to the program’s success.

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The DAF model provides training, resource materials and classroom assistance to each school. Training sessions will be held in January and early February of 2018. During the workshops, teachers spend the day working on sample activities & curriculum tailored to specific classroom needs of the participants.  A two hour “working lunch” allows for the teachers and a partnered group of design experts to concentrate specifically on the logistics & unique learning goals for each teacher’s students.

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The wide-ranging skills of design professionals are deeply prized and we eagerly welcome involvement from firms or individuals interested in working with school age children.  A complimentary one year DAF membership is given to those who attend the training and take part in the bulk of the classroom sessions in appreciation for their services.

Design professionals (architects, engineers, landscape architects, interior designers, graphic artists, etc.) who wish to take part should contact Tim Thomas, CAL Project Program Manager, at 303-758-4001 or via e-mail (

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DAF also hosts an “end of year” reception to publicly thank all the participants and sponsors.  This typically occurs just after Memorial Day each spring.

Please note:  Teacher participation is predicated on DAF membership and individuals will need to arrange within their school for any classroom coverage on that date.  Substitute teacher expenses and parking fees are NOT reimbursable from the Foundation. There is no charge for the actual workshop, however, and lunch will be provided.

Click Here for the CAL Program Brochure


Partnering Firms:



4240 Architecture

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Anderson Hallas Architects



klipp, a division of gkkworks


AMD Architects Logo

Anderson Mason Dale Architects


Cuningham Group Architects

Cuningham Group Architects


Davis Partnership Logo

Davis Partnership Architects

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Handprint Architecture


Humphries Poli Architects

 Humphries Poli Architects

JG Johnson Architects

J.G. Johnson Architects


HDR, Inc.





Lantz-Boggio Architects


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Leonard Rice Engineers, Inc.



MartinMartin Logo

Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers



MOA Logo

MOA Architecture

PCL Logo

PCL Construction


RNL Logo
RNL Design



Rowland+Broughton Architecture and Urban Design


Roybal Architects Logo

The Roybal Corporation Architects



Sink Combs Logo

Sink Combs Dethlefs Architecture + Design



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SlaterPaull | Hord Coplan Macht



Educators can also download the Architectural Awareness Teachers Appendix by clicking here.

Read about some of the recent CAL Activities: 
CAL MATTERS September 2012
CAL MATTERS April 2013
CAL MATTERS October 2014
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