Our Mission

Inspiring 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 Marie Herrera, MNM

Executive Director

Pauline Herrera 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 nearly 20 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). Pauline serves on the board of the Chicago-based Association of Architecture Organizations.


Sarah A Knutson

Program + Membership Coordinator

Sarah A Knutson joined DAF in 2019. Sarah’s professional experience is grounded in arts and culture. For the past 5 years, she has gained experience with galleries, exhibitions and arts and culture programming. While working with MSU Denver’s Center for Visual Art located in the Art District on Santa Fe, Sarah helped create and foster the position of Exhibition Coordinator and Assistant Curator which continues to provide graduating students advanced workforce development. Additionally, Sarah’s contributions to the renowned Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ Education Department have fostered significant growth and expansion with their classes and programming. Sarah is a graduate of CBCA Leadership Arts and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from MSU Denver (’14).


Board of Directors

Carolyn Riedlin, Chair

Retired Principal, Denver Public Schools

John Claypool, FAIA, Vice Chair

Retired Executive Director, AIA Philadelphia & Center for Architecture

Ken Schroeppel, AICP, Secretary

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

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

Ann Jimenez

Strategic Client Manager, MG.aec

Rick Petersen, FAIA, LEED AP

Principal, OZ Architecture

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