Studio MW is a design and planning firm led by Molly Wheelock, an architectural designer and artist practicing in the Mountain West. We are guided by a foundation in fine art and craft, construction, and sustainability. Our work can be found in the foothills of Denver, the alpine valleys of the Rocky Mountains, and the canyons and deserts of Utah and Arizona.

We are a flexible and responsive firm, traveling to sites across the southwest and maintaining client interaction through remote conferencing and cloud based 3D models.

Studio MW works with fellow designers, architects, and engineers to provide our clients a holistic and professional process. We know the landscape and the communities we work with intimately and believe in creating a strong, local team.


Molly Wheelock is a 5th generation Coloradan, raised in a small mountain town in the Rockies. She’s most at home in the rural West and has found a niche serving these communities. Her passion is to create modern, durable, and resilient design and planning.

The daughter of a builder, Molly gained experience as a framer as a teen, and worked in a cabinetry shop and on a landscaping crew while attending Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Molly earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Architecture at RISD, where she founded Green by Design (later, A Better World by Design) and helped lead the school’s entry in the DOE Solar Decathlon.

Since returning to the West 15 years ago, Molly has practiced architecture throughout Colorado, Southern Utah, Northern Arizona, and a brief stint in Portland, Oregon. She has continued to focus on sustainability and energy efficiency, while designing and managing projects ranging from custom homes and conservation subdivisions, to restaurants and retail, to ranches and equestrian facilities.

Molly lives with her family in Paonia, Colorado, on the Western Slope of the Rockies, and enjoys traveling the backroads and backcountry of the Mountain West.

Noah Richter has been on the Western Slope of Colorado for several years and is often found in the backcountry with his small family or riding his motorcycle through the canyon lands and mountains. Noah studied Cinema and Comparative Literature at the University of Iowa, where he focused on 3D animation and editing. As a working carpenter he has come to understand custom built structures from ground to finish. His background in mixed media was a natural transition and integration to building design, stressing the importance of 3d modeling and computer interactivity for taking ideas from abstract to realization.  His role as a designer at Studio MW utilizes his inclinations for planning, creativity, and practicality throughout the design and building process. His passion for architecture continues to grow, being immersed in both fields of design and construction. Noah seeks to continue developing his expression through structures and basic housing that emanate from the simple and beautiful.