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.

Brett Bishop

Architect in Training

Born and raised on a farm and ranch in rural Montana, Bishop is interested in studying the City as a conceptual growing organism and learning how to influence its design with Eudaimonia in mind. Armed with a B.A. in Environmental Design and a Minor in Philosophy, Bishop’s ambitions are set to push sustainable designs and ideas to the domain of the interstellar. When not at the Studio, Bishop peruses secondary passions in astrobiology, psychology, aviation, and an intense love for exploration.

David Sinnott

Architect in Training

Originally from Pittsburgh PA, David moved to Montana to pursue his love of both architecture and the outdoors. David joined Studio Architects after receiving a B.A. in Environmental Design and a Masters of Architecture from Montana State University. As a recent college graduate, David brings a wealth of environmentally friendly strategies and three-D modeling to the firms existing design process. During his free time, David can often be found skiing in the mountains or fly-fishing in one of Montana’s many high alpine lakes.

Jeff Enderes

Architectural Drafter 

Jeff is an Architectural Drafter with an AAS degree in Design Drafting from MSU. Jeff, along with his father and brother, moved from his hometown of Palo Alto, California to Bozeman, Montana in 1998 and he immediately fell in love with the inspiring mountain scenery. In his spare time he enjoys golfing at Bridger Creek Golf Course, hiking with his two dogs, Bugatti and Bentley, mountain biking, and ice fishing.

Rachel York

Administrative Assistant

After a lifetime of being on the move, Rachel along her husband Geoff finally settled down in Bozeman, MT in 2014. Having moved over 39 times prior to arriving Bozeman, Rachel developed a passion for organization, an amazing ability to maximize space and an endless enthusiasm for adventure. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys exploring the vast outdoors of Montana. Weather permitting; she, Geoff and their yellow lab Winnie can often be found driving out of town late on a Friday with their vintage camper, Lola in tow.


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