Shelly Maddy is the founder of SVS Architecture, a female owned and operated architecture firm established in 1995. Shelly lives and works in Cole and beautifully describes why Cole is such a great neighborhood to be in. She encourages you to talk to her about your dream project as they can help make your vision a reality! Give SVS Architecture a call or email to schedule a free consultation.


Shelly Maddy, AIA, MBA

Owner, SVS Architecture

3818 Gilpin St.

Denver, CO 80205

(303) 520-7344


SVS Logo What neighborhood do you live & work in?

I’ve had my home based office in the Cole neighborhood since 2004.

Why Cole?

I chose the Cole neighborhood because I love older homes and the diversity of the neighbors and businesses feeds my creativity.

What about this neighborhood jives with your business culture?

One of my specialties in the architecture realm is building new residential buildings or doing tasteful additions and remodels in well-established neighborhoods. I’ve done a variety of projects in some of Denver’s oldest neighborhoods. I love designing contemporary buildings that still fit in with the older structures, preserving the historical context and creating a smooth transition from block to block.

On the other end of the spectrum, it’s challenging to do an addition onto a Victorian house and make it seamless. It really involves a lot of thought and planning, which is a challenge I am happy to take on. The Cole neighborhood and surrounding areas are buzzing with building and design activity and it’s great to be a part of it!

Why are you passionate about your business? What’s the story?

I’m passionate about my business because I’m able to be of real service to the community. I think there is a false belief that architects are snobs and don’t really listen to their clients about what they want and can afford. This is absolutely not true. At SVS Architecture, no project is too small and no budget is unrealistic. We take time to listen to the needs of our clients and create a project that is to the complete satisfaction of all the parties involved, and make it our mission to do so. My favorite part of a project is walking through the finished product and listening to the excited owners go on about how happy they are with the results.

Some of my clients have referred to me as an “architect of the people” since I’m approachable and down to earth. We have a wide range of clients including lots of neighbors and friends. Since I live and work in an 1890 building, I have a special interest in preserving the old and juxtaposing the new. I like the surprise of walking into an old, historic building and seeing some modern splashes on the inside!


paulA huge thank you to Paul with Live Urban Real Estate for his interview with Shelly & SVS Architecture. Paul lives and sells in Cole and knows it better than anyone. If you have any neighborhood questions reach out to Paul!