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Five Under 40: The 2019 Design Award Winners

Meet the trend buckers, Colorado’s new generation of architects and design originals who are shaping the way we live



Crystal Russell, Ryan Costner, Jenny Murphy, Kristin Drake and Joseph Spears. Photographed at Wright’s Carnival at Town Center at Aurora by Jennifer Olson.

Since 2014, CH&L has been naming a select group of architects and designers known as Five Under Forty. These are trailblazers whose work is as inspiring as it is influential.

What do this year’s honorees have in common? Artful edginess and whimsy galore. Dive into their stories, their designs and even their thoughts on carnival style. 

Crystal Russell
Owner & Construction Manager
TVL Creative
To learn more about Russell and to see her work, visit Five Under 40: Crystal Russell.

Joseph Spears
Founder and Architect
S2 Architects
To learn more about Spears and to see his work, visit Five Under 40: Joseph Spears.

Jenny Murphy
Interior Designer
Factor Design Build
To learn more about Murphy and to see her work, visit Five Under 40: Jenny Murphy.

Ryan Costner
Architect
DAJ Design
To learn more about Costner and to see his work, visit Five Under 40: Ryan Costner.

Kristin Drake
Lead Interior Designer
Studio Thomas
To learn more about Drake and to see her work, visit Five Under 40: Kristin Drake.

PREVIOUS FIVE UNDER 40 CLASSES:
2018 Five Under 40 Award Winners
2017 ​Five Under 40 Award Winners
2016 Five Under 40 Award Winners
2015 Five Under 40 Award Winners
2014 Five Under 40 Award Winners

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