Martha Bennett

Community Board Member

Architect, FAIA, LEED AP

Martha Bennett


I am From:  I’ve lived in Colorado since 1974. I moved to Denver from Aspen, right out of school from Austin, TX. I grew up in Dallas and New Orleans, and was born in Oklahoma City.


Education:  University of Texas at Austin, Bachelor of Architecture


Professional Affiliations:
Registered Architect – State of Colorado
American Institute of Architects – Denver, Member, Board Member, Secretary, President
American Institute of Architects – Colorado, Member, Board Member, Treasurer
American Institute of Architects – National Chair, Women/Minorities Committee, Scholarship Committee
Council of Educational Facility Planners International – Rocky Mountain, Member
Denver Women in Architecture, Founding Board Member
Denver Women in Design, Founding Board Member


Bio: Architecture and family have been my life. I’m proudest of being a mom/grandmom and a founding principal of Bennett Wagner Grody Architects. Our focus at BWG is to partner with clients who insist on creating memorable spaces that surprise and delight! Notable projects include the Eaton Humanities Building at CU Boulder, the Behavioral Sciences Building at CSU, College Hill Library in Westminster, the Byron Rogers Federal Office Building and Courthouse Renovations, and Aspen High School. Prior to founding BWG, I worked with AMD, BRS, and Sasaki Associates. architecture in Colorado. I was the first female architect hired in every office I ever worked in, and am the 16th woman licensed to practice.


Honors and Awards:
CO Renewable Energy Society Sustainable Design Award, CSU-P Library & Academic Resources Center, 2013
Merit Award, Design Build Institute of America, CU Smith Hall, 2012
BEST Award, International Interior Design Association, CSU Behavioral Sciences Building, 2011
BEST Award, International Interior Design Association, Good Day Cafe at Denver Health & Hospital, 2011
BEST Award, International Interior Design Association, Ponderosa Elementary School, 2011
Zweig White Hot Firm 2010 & 2011
Design Futures Council – One of America’s Leading Architecture & Design Firms, 2010
Design Excellence Merit Award, Byron Rogers U.S. Courthouse Renovation LEED EB Gold, GSA 2008
Environmental Design Award Byron Rogers U.S. Courthouse Renovation LEED EB Gold, GSA 2007
Impact on Learning Award – CEFPI, Colorado Academy Schotters Music Center 2007
Excellence in Design of New Construction – CEFPI, Colorado Academy Campus Center 2007
Award of Honor, Byron Rogers U.S. Courthouse Renovation LEED EB Gold, AIA Denver, 2006
Sustainability Award, Byron Rogers U.S. Courthouse Renovation LEED EB Gold, AIA Denver, 2006
People’s Choice Award, Colorado Academy Music Building, AIA Denver, 2006
Gold Hard Hat Award Outstanding Architectural Design, Chambers Center for the Advancement of Women, 2004
Firm of the Year Award, Bennett Wagner & Grody, American Institute of Architects, Denver, 2003
Award of Merit, Architects’ Office Renovation, American Institute of Architects Denver and Colorado 2003
Award of Honor, 300 Main Morgan Community College, American Institute of Architects Colorado 2002
Award of Merit, Humanities Building, American Institute of Architects, Denver 2000


Other Activities: I used to race open-wheel vintage F1 cars with my adorable hubby, Bob. We are collectors of mid-century modern furniture and art from both local and national artists. I serve as a founding member of the Patient and Family Advisory Council at St. Anthony Hospital, and am a National Peer for the General Services Administration. I’ve been a visiting lecturer at CU Boulder and Denver.


Commitment to WiD: Sharing my sagacity.