Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL) Program

May 17th, 2017

Inspired by the firm’s leadership, HPA’s staff endeavors to incorporate the knowledge and skills of the design profession with community service in an innovative educational program called the Cleworth Architectural Legacy (CAL).

Humphries Poli Architects, and Dennis Humphries in particular, was instrumental in the creation of the CAL project, a program whose eight-week curriculum introduces architecture to elementary and middle school students in Denver. By engaging the hands and minds of children, designers work with elementary students to consider how different professions collaborate to develop the built environment.

The initial program at Slavens Elementary School was conducted by Humphries Poli’s design staff. Having witnessed firsthand the joy of both students and teachers, Dennis authored a program that grew from one school to 26 in just four years. In the fall of 2005, the CAL program was honored by the Colorado Business Community for the Arts with the Workforce Award. Dennis also provided a keynote presentation to a national symposium of the American Architecture Foundation at the 2004 National AIA Convention, where he outlined the successful growth of this program intended to inspire design awareness in future leaders of the community.

In 2016, HPA finished its 12th year with the program, teaching fifth-grade scholars at University Preparatory School, a school at which HPA was involved in the design and construction of an addition.  HPA recently completed its 13th year of service to CAL, teaching a second grade class from Polaris-Ebert Elementary School.