William Deno, FAIA

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Boulder, CO


William R. Deno, FAIA, CU-Boulder Campus Architect Emeritus

Bill Deno has been a resident of Boulder since early 1960, and a Boulder campus student, teaching assistant, campus planner, and campus architect over the last 50 years. He earned a Bachelor of Architecture in 1972 and Master of Architecture in 1973. Before Boulder, he had a twenty year career in outdoor electrical advertising throughout the western states.

Bill has held responsible professional positions in facilities planning and development at CU-Boulder since 1973. He was given the title of Boulder Campus Architect in 1991, a position he had essentially held since 1984. Up until August of 2000, he was also responsible for all planning and capital development activity for the Boulder campus. At that time the responsibility for planning and construction was turned over to a new director so that Bill could concentrate on design oversight for campus buildings and grounds development – a higher education setting that has been universally recognized for its excellence. After retirement at the end of 2002 he continues to assist in his emeritus position.

He is the author of “Body and Soul, Architectural Style at the University of Colorado in Boulder,” a 1994 ward-winning book which promotes the legacy of the most admired Boulder campus, and a 2005 documentary film of the same name. He is the recipient of the Stearns Award for outstanding alumni service, AIA Colorado Architect of the Year in 1997, and was inducted into the American Institute of Architects College of Fellows in 2000.

Revised: June 1, 2013


University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Master of Architecture, 1973
1972 To 1973
Dissertation: Campus Centennial Development Plan
Advisor: Robert Irmiger

University of Colorado, Boulder
Boulder, Colorado, United States
Bachelor of Architecture, 1972
1967 To 1972

Wiggins Trade-Technical Junior College
Los Angeles, California, United States
Two Year Certificate, 1949
Technical Illustration, Hand Lettering
1946 To 1948

Job History

University of Colorado, Boulder
Facilities Planner, Architect, Campus Architect
Boulder, Colorado, CO, United States
May 1973 - December 2002


  • Agency Consulting / Review / Approval
  • Architectural Design
  • Coordination of Designated Services
  • Detailed Site Utilization Studies
  • Environmental Graphic Design
  • Existing Facilities Surveys
  • Facility Evaluation Services
  • Facility Management
  • Graphic Design
  • Historic Preservation
  • Owner-Supplied Data Coordination
  • Parking Planning Services
  • Program Management
  • Programming
  • Project Administration
  • Project Representation
  • Renderings
  • Research Services
  • Site Analysis and Selection
  • Site Development Planning
  • Strategic Facility Planning
  • Submittal Services
  • Tenant-Related Services


  • American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
  • Association of University Architects (AUA)">Association of University Architects (AUA)
  • National Organization of Minority Architects (NOMA)
  • Society for College and University Planning (SCUP)
  • Checked boxes indicate past membership or active participation, but dropped after retirement.


  • Research of every kind, story telling, etc.