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studiotrope Design Collective celebrates 13 years in Five Points

every project is born from an idea.

studiotrope is the tool which gives

life and significance to that idea.

studiotrope Design Collective has been a member of the Five Points community since its inception 13 years ago. As a professional Architecture, Interior and Graphic Design firm, studiotrope set up shop in the back of a storefront at 2700 Arapahoe Street on October 3rd, 2003.

View from back studio at 2700 Arapahoe Street 2003

The brainchild of Graphic Designer Deva Montalbano and Architect Joseph Montalbano, studiotrope was fathomed out of a desire to always work from a place of deep collaboration [studio] to manifest each project out of its "voice" [trope].

In 2006, studiotrope was part of a consortium that purchased 2942 Welton Street and converted it from a pottery studio into innovative office space.

2942 Welton Street - 2006 2942 Welton Street - 2016

As one of the 2015 Welton Challenge winners, studiotrope's vision for the property, nuROOT, was rooted in the history of Five Points and the desire to celebrate our diversity and embrace the neighborhood with open landscapes, pedestrian scale and thoughtful materials.

2942 Welton Street nuROOT concept rendering

The past few years have been an amazing opportunity for studiotrope to align its ideals with those of their clients. In 2015 they helped usher in the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library. This project showcased their studio's architecture, interior and graphic design talents in a community library that truly embraces its passion for inclusiveness in one of Denver's most diverse neighborhoods.

Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library

This summer studiotrope was also honored to be the graphic and interior designer for the groundbreaking Women of Abstract Expressionism Show at The Denver Art Museum.

Women of Abstract Expressionism Show

Currently studiotrope is working with Re:Vision on The Westwood Food Hub and Cooperative, which will source food and value-added products from over 40 local and regional family farms and food-related small businesses, as well as from 400 low income urban farmers, creating a reliable market for local food producers to sell their goods in Denver's largest food desert.

The Westwood Food Hub and Cooperative

studiotrope is also proud to be the architect for the state-of-the-art Levitt Pavilion amphitheater, which will host 50 free concerts per year in Ruby Hill Park in southwest Denver.

Levitt Pavilion

Ultimately though, being a part of Five Points for the past 13 years has been an incredible point of pride for them. And as such, they have been honored to be a part of its revitalization. Whether volunteering as a member of the Design Review Committee for the Marketing and Branding Project for the Welton Street Corridor, or working on development projects like nuROOT and others along the corridor, they are striving to do their part in revealing Welton's rich patina and showcase it with thriving businesses that love and respect its rich history and diversity.

studiotrope Reception


Represents our passion for rigorous collaboration. To evoke greatness from our projects we must first evoke greatness from each other.


Represents the manifestation of ideas. To truly express the finest solution of any project we must first fully understand the figurative or non-literal meaning behind it.


Represents the way our seemingly standalone studios work in concert towards cohesive and innovative solutions.

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Want to know more about studiotrope?

Learn About The Collective | See More of our Work

studiotrope is centrally located in Historic Five Points just east of lower downtown in Denver.



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2736 WELTON STREET #200 | DENVER, CO 80205

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