We solve urban problems through design.

We engage people with nature in cities.

Our projects make a difference to communities.

We are passionate designers...

who love the energy, diversity and uniqueness of cities that are healthy, sustainable and just.

Soft, Hard, Natural, Made,
Seen, Felt and Perceived.

Our medium is landscape. An urban landscape that is soft, hard, natural, made, seen, felt and perceived. City landscapes, both natural and made places, need to engage people, satisfy and be higher performance than landscapes we made in the past. New urban landscapes have a new burden – to heal scars, reclaim lost places, connect old and new systems, create cultural and economic value, attract people, activate neighborhoods and connect people to each other and the place they call home. We believe that new landscapes create jobs, clean air, manage water, grow habitats, are beautiful, inspire, feel good, and set new social growth in motion. These landscapes are streets and plazas, parks and natural corridors, patches of green that gather carbon and grow food in the ground, on a rooftop, or in between other things like streets and buildings.

A mosaic of landscape places and systems means a lot and does a lot.
Civitas exists to make these places. Places that make a city, a civitas.

Featured Projects

Nearly half (47.6%) of Colorado is currently facing severe drought. Where we live has impacted the way we work. We know, understand and respect water. We have to. Our work must reduce water consumption, improve conservation, and make water cleaner and healthier. Here are a few examples of the ways we’ve been working, in Colorado and beyond, to address this water crisis.

CENTRAL PLATTE VALLEY

Restoring a River to Engage People in a New Urban EcologyCivitas has prepared roughly 30 projects in Denver’s Central Platte Valley...

ST. PATRICKS ISLAND

Acting with a Light Touch Downtown Calgary sits astride one of North America’s scenic rivers - The Bow, which reaches from Banff in the...

NORTH EMBARCADERO

The first phase design for San Diego’s waterfront improves the framework of an existing master plan that proposes unique park spaces along this one-mile long edge, called the North Embarcadero.

COMMONS PARK

Centerpiece of a Vibrant New NeighborhoodDenver began where the Cherokee Trail met the South Platte River and Cherry Creek. This site...

Strategies that Work, Projects that Resonate.

In recent years, Civitas has transformed abandoned brownfield, featureless greenfield – even a decrepit shopping mall – into vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods; reimagined blighted riverfront as a community centerpiece driving economic growth; envisioned the true face of the American museum 100 years in the future; and even conjured plans for a full-blown culturally anchored city out of an Afghan desert. With projects dotting the globe, Civitas carries an enormous range of experience, ability and project diversity.

Strategies that Work, Projects that Resonate.

In recent years, Civitas has transformed abandoned brownfield, featureless greenfield – even a decrepit shopping mall – into vibrant mixed-use neighborhoods; reimagined blighted riverfront as a community centerpiece driving economic growth; envisioned the true face of the American museum 100 years in the future; and even conjured plans for a full-blown culturally anchored city out of an Afghan desert. With projects dotting the globe, Civitas carries an enormous range of experience, ability and project diversity.

Passionate, Funny, Big, Small, Quiet, Loud.

Civitas is not ordinary, and Civitots are not ordinary people. We are a bit quirky, individual and have different kinds of intelligence. We don’t rely on a set of skills; we rely on a set of interacting minds to make creativity visible and effective. We are passionate, funny, big, small, quiet and loud. All these moods and modes are critical to keeping our minds open to new discoveries that might make a difference. But we are not glib or satisfied. We always have more to learn.

Civitas: A name and a manifesto.

Civitas is an ancient idea that people meet, exchange, settle and build a community around shared resources. They call it home. The word “civitas” suggests civic-mindedness, citizenship and civility – a sense of shared community purpose that is devoted to the potential of design thinking and the transformative power of design.

We are a collective, learning and sharing with each other, with our clients and the communities where we work.

Civitas: A name and a manifesto.

Civitas is an ancient idea that people meet, exchange, settle and build a community around shared resources. They call it home. The word “civitas” suggests civic-mindedness, citizenship and civility – a sense of shared community purpose that is devoted to the potential of design thinking and the transformative power of design.

We are a collective, learning and sharing with each other, with our clients and the communities where we work.

Meet, Exchange, Settle and Build.

Cities exist because we need connections and access. The vernacular city sits where paths cross, water and food are available and the climate supports settlement. But as times and technology change, the patterns of the city, values, and meanings change. Today we have new ways of connecting that are causing change that is faster than any time in history. 

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Civitas, Inc.

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Denver, CO 80204
303.571.0053
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