About Us

Sprout Studio was founded in 2011 by Margaret Loperfido when she and her family relocated from Boulder to Crested Butte, where she had lived as a child. 


Returning to Crested Butte after 28 years meant returning to the place that defines what "sense of community" truly means. It also meant being intimately connected to the beauty and amazing natural setting of the Gunnison Valley. 


The idea of building community and preserving resources is at the foundation of every project we embark upon at Sprout Studio. Through thorough analysis and a deep understanding of a site, its context, and its community as well as ongoing collaboration with our clients and the unique design team for each project, we are able to produce exceptional designs that are sensitive to people and place. Our design ethic stems from a desire to support a strong sense of community through the design of outdoor spaces and is complimented by our deep respect for nature. 


During the construction phase, Sprout Studio continues with a focus on collaboration. Each project has a unique team of sub-contractors based on the specific needs of that project. We are able to fine tune the design throughout the construction process by working closely with our installation team and our clients.  



The Team

Margaret Loperfido

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Margaret has been working as a Landscape Architect for 21 years. Most of that time has been spent working in Colorado on both private sector and public sector projects. Her willingness to truly listen is her strongest design skill.  She approaches each project with a fresh perspective and eagerness to learn from her clients, other design team members, the site and its natural surroundings. 


In addition to constantly thinking about and the nuances of our designed surroundings, Margaret also teaches yoga and gets outside as much as possible with her husband and two kids. 

Mike Loperfido

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Mike has spent the last eight years living and laboring in the glorious Gunnison Valley. He has honed his landscape construction skills by working with various well established contractors. Before working in the field building beautiful landscapes, Mike was a middle school science teacher. He spent 10 years educating the youth of the Front Range, while he enjoyed teaching, he yearned to spend ever more time outside in the mountains. So to Crested Butte he moved with his wife and two kids.  


Mike and Margaret have teamed up to  design and install the highest quality landscapes this Valley has ever witnessed. 

Josh Gallen

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Josh graduated from Crested Butte Community School in 2013.  He attended the University of Colorado at Boulder where, in between bike races, rock climbs, and powder days, he earned a degree in Environmental Design, with special honors.  


The beauty, quietness and outdoor amenities of the Gunnison Valley promptly drew him back.  He now works as a design assistant here at Sprout Studio; specializing in graphic generation and 3D modeling.  In the winter he coaches for the Crested Butte Mountain Sports Snowboard Team, and for Crested Butte Devo in the summers.  Josh also enjoys listening to and playing music, making art, and partaking in design + build projects.