“We must elevate everything we do; over what we have done.”
Dennis Humphries is a regionally recognized architect and preservationist. Dennis believes a public building must represent a community, not simply exist within it. He’s committed to the integrity of each project, including historically accurate materials and details. For Dennis, architecture is a personal responsibility, it impacts people’s lives every day — how we feel, how we work, our relationships.
Throughout his career, Dennis has made architecture accessible, instilling the value of design in the general public — starting with young people. In 2001, he spearheaded an 8-week design education program for third graders that has since expanded city-wide, with participation from multiple local architecture firms. He also founded Doors Open Denver. Each year for one weekend, nearly 100 buildings in the community are opened to the public, providing opportunities to experience design.
Dennis started the Denver studio with Joe Poli in 1994. He’s most at home in the mountains — sailing in the summer, snowboarding and Nordic skiing in the winter. He has served as the Chair of the Denver Landmark Preservation Commission; Chair of the Design Review Committee for historic downtown Grand Lake; member of the Board of Directors of Historic Denver; Vice President of Denver’s Civic Center Conservancy; and currently serves on the State Historical and Fund Advisory Board.
- Master of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
- Bachelor of Architecture, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign