Year in Review: Our 2019 Highlights

Year in Review: Our 2019 Highlights

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The Clutch crew is on a mission to cultivate meaningful connections between people, place and environment. And it doesn’t stop at the office door.

As 2019 comes to a close, we tip our hats to the company highlights and personal triumphs that shaped our year, fueled our fire, and advanced our love for the built environment.



Making Headlines

Last year, we celebrated the completion of 50Fifty DTC and Wild Blue Yonder.

This year, we reaped the rewards (aka awards) with a few humble wins for 50 Fifty:

… and one big win for Wild Blue Yonder: the Town of Castle Rock Design Review Award.

The projects also made headlines: Colorado Real Estate Journal, Mile High CRE, Coldspring Building Materials News, BisNow, BusinessDen and World Architects.


Around the World

What better opportunity for team travel than receiving an award? This spring, the Clutch crew set route for San Francisco to receive the Gold Nugget Award. The trip was all business and no play, of course. There’s nothing to see in San Francisco.


Clutch + Community

Our collaborative approach thrives on community—partners, clients, and organizations that inspire ideas, better our practice, and make the impossible possible.

In 2019, we joined forces with local experts for Denver Startup Week to address the nuances of effective office design. We collaborated with incredible partners and clients. And we continued to invest in events and issues close to our hearts as proud sponsors of Design After Dark for the Denver Art Museum, Saving the Wild, and Blue Sky Fund.

Blue Sky Fund Party & Denver Startup Week Panel


Looking Ahead

As 2019 neared its end, we put the final touches on our dual office project, Fios and Galena, broke ground on a modern South-Denver estate, kicked off the design for Shift Workspaces’ new location in Littleton, laid the foundation for a residence in Wash Park, and wrapped the furniture and finish selection on several office environments in South Denver. Whew! It’s been a wild ride in the best of ways.

Early Construction on 247




Mark Bourne, Principal/Architect

There is a Japanese term that effectively sums up Mark’s year: shinrin-yoku, to bathe in nature. An outdoorsman at heart, Mark took every opportunity to escape the urban landscape for wilderness adventures—regular hikes and ski days with his family, an 80-mile self-supported float down the John Day River with his brother, and the completion of his first 9-mile Spartan race. Mark lists his top work highlight of 2019 as the “winning the Mayor’s Design Awards for all the hard work we put in on 50Fifty.”


Christopher Campbell, Principal/Architect

In 2019, Chris and his wife hit pause on the daily grind to take a bike tour through Holland, followed by a short stay in Paris. Their 3-year-old son is following in the family tradition and got his first bike just in time for spring. The year moved from good to great this fall when Chris’ primary focus of the last 30+ months, our 247 project, finally came to life: The project moved from 2D drawings and renderings to initial foundation and steel.


Kristen Tonsager, Head of Interior Design

In April, Kristen became the first female (and her husband the third male) to complete the Julian Bikepack Challenge—a 300-mile self-supported bikepacking loop in San Diego County—before completing the White Rim in Canyonlands later that month. Imagine the miles she pedaled in the remaining 11 months. Outside of time on the trail, she explored the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, the Kennedy Space Center and Disney World in Florida, and the Dior exhibit at the Denver Art Museum. Kristen continues to support the Colorado Trail and Colorado Mountain Bike Association through the adoption of Segment 1 of the Colorado Trail.


Matt Robertson, President/Architect

Matt’s year was marked by planes, trains, automobiles (and one tiny bike). He clocked exactly twelve trips—including Miami, San Francisco, and the British Virgin Islands. Matt and his wife also entered the next chapter of parenthood as their little one started preschool. They continue to indulge his love of trains … making travel a bit more rustic this year.


Thank you for an amazing year!

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