Our Mission

The Denver Architecture Foundation inspires people to explore our dynamic city, experience the importance of design to our quality of life and envision an exceptional future for Denver.

Founded in 1990, the Denver Architecture Foundation continues to champion the deep-rooted connections between architecture, education and community-building through diverse and expanding programs. DAF is a unique organization in the Denver area, fulfilling strong public interest in local architecture and its relevance in shaping Denver’s past, present and future. As the city continues to experience unprecedented growth, DAF’s importance also grows – and we have responded by expanding and enhancing program offerings for all people living, working and studying in the Mile High City.

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Pauline Herrera Serianni, MNM

Executive Director

Pauline Herrera Serianni joined DAF in early 2015 to provide strategic guidance to the organization and build upon the successes of its long-standing events and programs. Pauline brings more than 15 years of experience in cultural administration, nonprofit management and communications. From 2003 to 2011, as the Director of Communications and Marketing for the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Pauline was integral to the success of such initiatives as Doors Open Denver, Create Denver and One Book, One Denver. In 2011, she launched PaulineMarie Consulting specializing in nonprofit arts and culture organizations. She is a graduate of Leadership Denver and holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from Regis University (’04).


Sarah Gott

Director of Education

Sarah Gott joined DAF in early 2018, bringing with her more than 7 years of informal education and nonprofit experience. She holds Bachelor’s of Arts degrees in History, International Studies and Spanish Language, History and Culture from Colorado State University, and a Master of Humanities degree, with a concentration in Spanish Language, History and Culture and Art History from the University of Colorado Denver. From 2010-2015, she served as a Museum Educator in the Denver Art Museum’s department of Learning and Engagement, and most recently worked for AIA (American Institute of Architects) Colorado managing programs and continuing education for architects. She has a deep art historical appreciation for architecture and, as a Colorado native, is excited to lend her skills and experience to an organization that does so much for Denver.


Board of Directors

John Claypool, FAIA, Chair

Retired Executive Director, AIA Philadelphia & Center for Architecture

Edwin Naylor, Esq., Secretary

Attorney, Moye White LLP

Keo Frazier, Treasurer

Brand Experience Strategist, KEOS Marketing Consultancy

Jesse Bank

Development Associate, Urban Villages, Inc.

Tina Bishop

Principal, Mundus Bishop

Ignacio Correa-Ortiz, AIA, AICP CUD, LEED AP

Senior Architect/Urban Designer, RTD

Richard Farley, FAIA

Principal, Urban Design, LLC

Alan Golin Gass, FAIA

Principal, AGGA Architecture & Urban Design

Ron Izzo, AIA, LEED AP

Principal, Handprint Architecture

Ann Jimenez

Sales Representative, Knoll Inc.

Adrian Kinney

Broker Associate, Resident Realty

Elizabeth Orr

Chief Administrative Officer, Winter Park Recreational Association

Rick Petersen, FAIA, LEED AP

Principal, OZ Architecture

Stefan Ramsbott

Chairman & Founder, 303 Software

Carolyn Riedlin

Retired Principal, Denver Public Schools

Ken Schroeppel, AICP

Assistant Professor CTT, University of Colorado Denver, College of Architecture and Planning

John Tolva

Co-founder, CityFi

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