Vickie Berkley, Hometown Colorado Program Manager

Vickie Berkley is a national leader in community economic development with over 30 years of experience in developing and implementing community-based strategies for enhancing small towns, cities and neighborhoods. She is responsible for several community engagement programs at CU Denver that provide students with real world experience, while also providing research and creative solutions to address needs. Vickie is part of the leadership team of the Educational Partnerships for Community Innovation (EPIC-N) that supports the growing number of universities who are using the Sustainable City Year model for campus-wide community engagement.


Michael Jenson, Associate Dean/Architecture & Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research and Creative Activities

Michael K. Jenson has a diverse background in the humanities with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Texas, Arlington, a Masters in Architecture from Columbia University, and a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. Alongside his role in the Office of Research Services, Michael is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Operations in the College of Architecture and Planning. His teaching and research explores innovative interdisciplinary dialogues that are transforming design practice, the relationship between architecture and philosophy, and the creation of distinct cultural identity in the wake of globalization. He has published in journals such as:

  • Open House International
  • Drain Magazine
  • The Journal of Architecture
  • The Journal of Utopian Studies
  • MONU (Magazine on Urbanism)

Mark has also contributed to the books, Design Studio Pedagogy: Horizons for the Future and Global Media, Culture, and Identity. His most recent publication (June 2014) is a book with Routledge entitled: Mapping the Global Architect of Alterity: Practice, Representation and Education.

Brian DeLevie, Visual Arts Department, Chair and Associate Professor

Brian DeLevie is a digital artist, designer, photographer, author and the Department Chair of the Visual Arts Department at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Brian has shown his work around the United States and the world:

  • SIGGRAPH 2007 Art Gallery, San Diego, CA
  • The Arts Center, St. Petersburg, FL
  • Orange County Center for Contemporary of Art and The Beecher Center for technology in the Arts, Youngstown, OH
  • Space Gallery in London, England, Thailand New Media Festival
  • Film and Video Festival in Seoul, Korea
  • The Moscow International Film Festival 2005
  • Centro Cultural Pablo de la Torriente Brau, Havana, Cuba in
  • VAD: International Video and Digital Arts Festival, Girona, Italy

Lori Catalano, Landscape Architecture Department, Assistant Professor, Clinical Teaching Track

Lori Catalano leads students through immersive studios in landscape architecture and related coursework, as a Senior Instructor in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Colorado at Denver.

Lori’s research interests include:

  • Design pedagogy, learning outcomes and assessment:  shifting design education from the paradigm of “teaching” to that of “learning.”
  • Civic engagement:  creating relevant learning experiences for students by developing opportunities for students to apply their academic skills while becoming contributory members of our society.
  • Landform as a fundamental design tool:  manipulating the landform to create significant spatial (and visual) consequences affecting one’s experience of a place while also affecting the complex nested and interrelated systems that make up a site.
  • Planting aesthetic for the arid West:  developing a new and more appropriate planting aesthetic that is responsive to the climate of the arid West.
  • Responsible use of water:  establishing a role for landscape architects in developing and communicating knowledge about conserving, reclaiming and protecting water as a resource.

Kelly Hupfeld, JD, Associate Dean for the School of Public Affairs

Kelly Hupfeld, JD, is Associate Dean for the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver. Prior to assuming her current role, she worked in a variety of public policy positions, including at the Center for Education Policy Analysis, the Public Education & Business Coalition, and the Bighorn Center for Public Policy. She also worked for many years in Chicago as a labor and employment attorney after graduating from Northwestern University School of Law. She lives with her family in Arvada.