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A Conversation with: Dave Marquez of MmD Architecture (MArch ’97)

September 13, 2021

In our Alumni series “What Are We Up To Now?”, we profile the distinguished alumni of the University of Colorado Denver’s College of Architecture & Planning (CAP). We sat down with Dave Marquez, Principal at MmD Architecture.

Tell us about your background.

I am a Colorado native. I grew up in small mountain towns in the Roaring Fork valley just outside of Aspen. I moved to Boulder in the early 1990’s, where I attended CU Boulder and earned a bachelor of Environmental Design. In addition to my time studying at CU, I also spent time at Adams State University, where I earned my associates degree.

Tell us about MmD Architecture.

We’re a creative and innovative architecture practice founded in 2009 on the basis of our passion for architecture and providing excellent service to our clients. 

What are you working on today? 

Currently we are working on multiple urban infill projects in the Denver metro area.  Primarily mixed-use condominium and apartment structures.  

What drew you to CAP and stands out as the most significant thing you learned while there?

As I look back, I remember really loving the location of CAP and having the campus in the heart of Denver. That really made the program stand out from others and appeal to me.

One thing that really stands as a significant thing I learned during my time at CAP was developing and sharpening my ability to gather information and research topics within architecture, and develop my own thoughts and design perspective. 

What do you see as the future of design education for architecture? How can CAP help shape this?

Sustainable design is the future of Architecture. I believe CAP is already focusing on this aspect of architecture, so continuing to do that, as well as focusing less on “star architecture” in design studios.  

What are some of the biggest challenges in the field today? How might this change in the future?

Sustainability and construction techniques. The demand for changes in how buildings are built will align the two.     

What advice do you have for CAP students and/or alumni?

Patience, passion, dedication, and determination.

These are the fundamentals you will need as you transition from CAP into the profession. There will be points early in your career that you will need to access these fundamentals, individually or in some instances all at the same time. 

Can you name a particular architect or practice that influenced you? 

My first internship with Robert Chisholm Architects in Golden. I interned part-time while attending CAP and full-time over the summers. 

Where do you go to feel inspired? 

Spending time outdoors refreshes my mind and soul. That could be in the mountains or on a beach, or simply out in the yard.   

What would surprise us about you?

I enjoy landscaping, gardening and have made it a hobby in my spare time.   

What was the last meal you cooked for yourself? 

I am better with the grill. Grilled steaks with some asparagus.    

What are your typical Sundays like?

Spending time with my kids and out in the yard tending to the landscape.    

This interview was edited and condensed by Agency PR