At Studio Architects we believe that every home, every structure should enrich the human spirit.  Our mission is to create projects and homes that truly and beautifully reflect the individual client.  In guiding each project to fruition, we are committed to interpreting the client's vision and fulfilling their personal dreams and aspirations.  With our foundation of passion, experience, and integrity, we are dedicated to offering boutique service and architectural excellence.



Though the experience of building a home or business is as individual as every client, we have developed an efficient and enjoyable process that ensures the best outcome for any project.  We start with the compilation of data by actively listening to you, and understanding your expectations for the project.  Together, we develop a loose description of the program. How will the structure look and feel? Where will it be set?  What is the timeframe? The budget?


Once we have a thorough understanding of what you want (and what to avoid), we begin to create spaces.  How many rooms will there be?  What is the square footage? How will the floor plan look? Regardless of how involved you want to be, this process is entirely driven by your individual needs and desires for the project.


The phases you will go through in creating your dream home are not unique.  But your experience at Studio Architects will be.  As a full-service, boutique firm, our associates have a unified desire to create something that is individual and distinctive for each client.  Using a collaborative approach that is client driven, we are committed to meeting your needs and fulfilling your vision through active listening, honest communication, exceptional design, and a steadfast work ethic.


The final step before we break ground is the technical design phase, during which we develop a thorough set of construction documents by making even small decisions early on – and on paper – questions and confusion during construction can be lessened, and the interpretation of the builder is narrowed to avoid surprises.  This phase is critical in, among other things, controlling costs of construction.


The next step in the process is the schematic design phase.  The Studio Architects team will work collaboratively to envision your project, eventually translating it into sketches and plans.  Your input continues to drive the project and the associates’ skills serve to broaden your vision.


Residential Architecture

From year round homes to mountain-top getaways, residential architecture involves every step - from site analysis and schematic design, to construction management and architectural interior design - in the complete creation of distinctive homes.  As a full-service, boutique firm, we are committed to providing the highest standards for every service necessary.

Commercial Architecture

Armed with the broad experience and technical expertise that commercial architecture requires, our range of services spans form complete design and construction to appropriate remodels, additions and renovations.  Our portfolio includes an array of offices, healthcare facilities, restaurants, banks, and retail centers, among others.

Resort Architecture

Whether a dramatic lakeside lodge or a ski-in - ski-out condominium complex, resort architecture is the design of idyllic spaces to meet highly specialized purposes and programs.

Ranch Architecture

A first-hand knowledge of the way a working ranch should function and flow inspires every ranch project, from private homes and guest lodges to horse barns and riding facilities.  In order to best take advantage of the often, breathtaking settings, ranch architecture frequently involves the design of extraordinary outdoor living spaces.

Site Feasibility Studies

Before a structure is drawn on paper, a feasibility study can establish parameters for the project including site, orientation, square footage, and budget.

Site Analysis

From studying flood levels and snow loads, to seismic activity, site analysis is the science of determining the way a structure should be soundly set.  Site analysis is simultaneously an art form, setting the structure to maximize its own beauty and that of its surrounding environment.

Architectural Interior Design

Remembering that form follows function, architectural interior design enables clients to create a highly personalized style that extends down to the smallest details, from light fixtures and hardware to built-in furnishings and window treatments.

Architectural Landscaping

The setting is a critical part of any design.  Architectural landscaping - the shaping and crafting of the surrounding land – allows for the structure and its setting to relate even more intimately, and more beautifully in the landscape.

Construction Administration

Through construction administration, we stay involved in the creation of your home or facility by being on-site to answer questions, and working directly with the contractor to ensure the project is built according to the program, the budget, and the time schedule.  Using the website, absentee clients can track progress via posted weekly construction photos.

Master Planning

Master planning requires looking at a piece of land with macro-vision, then micro-vision, and back again.  Understanding the way site and structure can mutually enhance one another is the fundamental key on projects that range from subdivisions to ski resorts.


Van K. Bryan

Principal Architect

Raised on a ranch outside of Choteau, Montana. Bryan was born in New Orleans, the son of a Baptist minister-turned cattle rancher. Growing up on the ranch instilled in Bryan a deep respect for hard work, and intimate understanding of the importance of place, and a profound love of Montana, all of which shape the man and inspire his designs.  A dedicated family man and a respected community leader. Bryan has managed to blend his southern graces with his western sensibilities.

With a career that spans more than 15 years and an impressive personal portfolio, Bryan founded Studio Architects from a desire to create a boutique firm that offers architectural excellence, unmatched customer service, and a collaborative design process showcasing the talents of an entire team.

Leah Shute

Principal Architect

A native of the Rocky Mountains, Leah has been practicing architecture for nearly 25 years and has tackled a wider range of projects than many architects undertake in a lifetime. From schools, hospitals, and banks, to homes and resorts, she has designed many highly regarded buildings across the Rocky Mountain West. More than just remarkable talent, the diversity of her projects reflects Leah's lifelong passion for design and the sustainability of our environments.

Eli Oldham

Architectural Intern

Born and raised in Billings, Montana, Eli graduated from the Montana State University School of Architecture. Eli's architectural and construction career has spanned experimental urban minimalist and commercial to adobe, Tuscan, and mountain rustic bringing him from New York and Massachusetts to Colorado and Montana. Throughout life he's traveled much of America and a few countries, including an undergrad semester in South America, but now enjoys exploring the many southwest Montana mountains and streams, seeking fishing spots, backcountry hikes, motorcycle rides, and being around family.  Now back home, he's thankful to bring his knowledge and experience to Studio Architects' team.

Alexandra Wolsifer

Architectural Intern 

Currently an Architectural Graduate Student at Montana State University, Alex was born into a military family which allowed her to move around quite a bit as a child, mainly living in Upstate New York. After one year of college in NY she moved to Montana to be closer to family and attend MSU for Architecture. When not in the office, Alex enjoys taking walks with her pup, Bella and learning all of the outdoor activities Montana has to offer with her gracious friends-turned-tour guides.

Kayla Johnson

Architectural Intern

Kayla was born and raised in Gallatin County, Montana. She is currently pursuing an Bachelor's in Architecture at Montana State University. Outside of work, she enjoys cooking and creating art.

Melissa Steiner

A Bozeman native, happy to be living back in Bozeman today with her family.  Since graduating with her Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University in 2003, she has gained an array of valuable knowledge throughout her career, working in Montana, California, Utah, and Colorado.  The diversity of these places have provided her the opportunity to explore a multitude of project types and develop the varied skills required for each.  Her true passion is in design and truly enjoys getting to know her clients and working with them to develop a project they are excited about, no matter what the project is!  She is interested in all types of projects but has been primarily focused on both new buildings and remodeling of commercial projects (Tenant Finishes, Multi-Family and Low-Income Housing, Financial Institutions and Hospitality).  In her free time, Missy spends it hiking, camping or on the river with her family as much as she can.


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