The was an article on the DBJ site about a citizen poll of which cities are the highest ranking for architecture. The poll was commissioned by RMJM Hillier and put together by Zogby International. Denver ranked 8th, in order the ranking was Chicago, New York, Boston, Los Angeles, Portland, San Francisco, Seattle, Denver, Philadelphia, and DC.
The article was a bit short on an explanation of methodology and the point was a bit lost on me, but I am happy to see that Denver gets recognition as a great city for Architecture. One of the reasons that I chose to open an EVstudio office in Denver was because I felt that Denver was a city that appreciated good design for buildings, the urban environment and the importance of sustainable building practices. I might disagree with some of the other rankings, but there is no question that Denver is a great place to be an Architect.
On a related note, as a member of the AIA Denver Design Awards committee I’ve seen the reactions that a lot of out of town jurors have to the work being submitted for awards. Generally they are very complimentary of the overall high level of design work that is happening in Colorado. I’m glad that recognition is becoming more commonplace.
Now, if I could only figure out why the article doesn’t explain the methodology or give some more numbers.