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  I design places where people elect to spend their time. I find connections and meaning; creating beautiful design, focused on the experience.

Daniel Aizenman

Senior Principal, Buildings

Boulder, Colorado

Daniel brings his creative vision to the visitor experience for resorts, retail, mixed-use development, healthcare facilities, sports and entertainment, urban districts, and corporate offices. He leads a multidisciplinary design staff of 30, with projects in over 35 countries, and he has over 15 years of experience in architecture, planning, placemaking, wayfinding, sustainable design, interior design, and healthcare planning.

Originally from Mexico City and fluent in English, Spanish, and Hebrew, Daniel uses his traveling experiences to inform his design, bringing a love of culture to each of his projects. As a senior principal and architectural designer for our Visioning. Brands. Experiences. group, Daniel creates tangible, memorable connections for the end user.

Daniel has won several ICSC design competitions on the future of retail as well an AIA award, and placement on ICSC’s 20 under 40, class of 2016. He’s known for delivering groundbreaking projects like Distrito Santa Fe, a 9.2 Million square feet mixed use development in Mexico City; Gran Patio Santa Fe in Mexico City, a 2.1 million square foot, mixed-use retail center in one city block; Cityset, Denver’s latest gastronomic hospitality village and Silver Medal for the ICSC US Design and Development Award in 2014 for Best Mixed Use Project; and Commerce Square in downtown Philadelphia, where he shifted the paradigm of a corporate environment.

For Daniel, every situation brings an opportunity to learn something new, and every design requires some reinvention. It keeps things interesting.


At the 2016 ULI Fall Convention in Dallas, TX, I presented an in-depth case study on the Victory Park development to the Urban Development Council. Victory Park is home to over 2,000 residences, and plans for the next phase are underway.

High land costs in congested metropolitan regions are rendering the land-intensive, big box development formula unfeasible. At the 2012 ICSC CenterBuild Conference, I spoke about one of our project solutions for Patio Santa Fe in Mexico City, Mexico, a mixed-use marvel that includes big retail tenants, entertainment, office, and education.

John Clippinger and David Bollier quoted my thoughts on urbanism in From bitcoin to burning man and beyond.

Collecting the works of engineers, designers, professors, technology journalists, and environmental artists, Abstrakt No 13: The future is ours, scenarios for the future of everyday life presents ideas and alternate solutions to today’s challenges.

When brushing up on the essentials of leadership, talent acquisition, and operations, I’ve enjoyed Arthur Gensler’s work in Art’s principles: 50 years of hard-learned lessons in building a world-class professional services firm.

I was recently selected as one of the top young professionals by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), a global trade association with more than 70,000 members in 100-plus countries.

The Denver Business Journal featured CitySet and the work that we put into its design on their website with Lisa Wirthman’s article “Urban vibe planned to the ‘T’ at CitySet.”

John Caulfield’s piece “5 ingredients of successful mall design” explores what owners should be doing to revitalize the aging brick and mortar mall concept—and our work at Gran Patio Santa Fe was featured as an example of community focused design.

Gran Patio Santa Fe was also featured in Tim Gregorski’s piece “Project team to showcase design for first mixed-use retail center of its kind in Mexico City.”

As the workplace goes more virtual, shopping habits have followed. But is this the future of retail? Smart City Radio interviewed Larry Weeks and I about the future of retail and business.

I served on the construction advisory board for the new Rocky Mountain Public Broadcasting Station building that includes a 300-seat performance theater, 80,000 SF of office space, shared studios, common areas for tenants, and an expeditionary learning school for grades six to eight in partnership with the Denver Public Schools.

During ULI Colorado’s Arrowhead at Vail repositioning study, I worked as a member of the technical advisory panel. 


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