Sarah Semple Brown, co-founder and design principal of Semple Brown Design, has worked in Denver for more than 30 years. One of her earliest projects, Denver's Larimer Square, was the recipient of the AIA Denver 25-Year Award in 2003, and her work has received more than 44 Design Awards from the AIA. In addition to the Larimer Square restoration, examples of her work include the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre restoration, the Denver Pavilion redesign, the Denver Center for the Performing Arts interior renovation, the Lowenstein Theatre Complex, and the Redline Art Gallery. She has also designed numerous Denver restaurants, including Euclid Hall Bar & Kitchen, The Kitchen, The Squeaky Bean, Steubens, and Coohills. Semple Brown will be elevated to Fellowship at the 2013 AIA National Convention in Denver.
Best New District Taxi is a gritty urban mixed use development located in the RiNo (River North) Arts District along the Platte River northeast of Downtown—definitely off the beaten path. Taxi grew from the conversion of the industrial site and home of the yellow cab dispatch hub into a thriving community. The new industrial-inspired buildings were designed by Will Bruder and Stephen Dynia. The original Taxi building houses Fuel Café, a hip neighborhood restaurant serving fresh, inspired American cuisine that consistently receives rave reviews.