Every client is unique, with varying wants, needs, and expectations. And every site is different — environmentally, its orientation, the surrounding community, where amenities are located. This is why a building should be driven almost completely by the client and the site, with architects as guides and interpreters.

Successful structures possess overarching senses of art, of metaphor, but this should be driven by the site or its users. Otherwise, it won’t feel personal or specific; it will be foreign.
CTA designers can generate earth-shattering concepts in any context — but our focus remains on providing what we call a “transformational experience.” To achieve this, we strive to connect on an emotional level with clients.
CTA design team meeting; Boise, ID
Salvation Army Community Center early sketch; Missoula, MT
Architecture begins with a big idea that drives underlying ideas, and provides organizational structure for decision-making while assigning meaning to the design. Being process-oriented versus product-driven helps us leverage the lessons we learn working together for the benefit of the next project.
Our in-depth design process begins and ends with research and is characterized by multi-disciplinary collaboration. We know from experience that the artful integration of all the systems in a building are the foundation for high performance, sustainable solutions.
Multi-office hospice "dying space" exercise
Pool house & gallery; Whitefish, MT
At CTA, we create architecture that is sympathetic and in harmony with its context and is an honest narrative of its purpose and function. As Louis Sullivan said, “A proper building grows naturally, logically, and poetically out of all its conditions.”
We believe in simple, subtle, and unobtrusive beauty, but with details that balance complexity and simplicity. Style, in our work, is a genuine reflection of our process, regional construction techniques, culture, context, and artistic expression.
Tippet Rise Art Center schoolhouse; Fishtail, MT