We absolutely love our work. As designers, it’s our job to listen, collect, and capture; to help inspire clients’ dreams using simple sketch paper and markers, often evolving into immersive digital models.

Architecture is an art, after all, and we believe the process needs to be creative and personal, yet expressive and interactive, ensuring no ideas are left in the marker box. Architecture is also a science, however, and our team of engineers works closely alongside our designers to see that all dreams are grounded in reality, and that your home is as high-performing and long-lasting as it is jaw-dropping.

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DAVID KOEL

AIA, NCARB

Kalispell, MT
406.257.8172
davidk@ctagroup.com

Principal-in-charge of CTA’s Living team.  ▪  Architecturally speaking, believes simpler is always better.  ▪  Huge fan of team-building and creative design charrettes with clients and staff.  ▪  Award-winning designer, with a bunch of acrylic trophies on his shelf to prove it.  ▪  Avid mountaineer and rock climber, and extreme huckleberry-picker.  ▪  Top-quality husband and father of three raucous children.  ▪  He will hug you, if he gets to know you well enough.  ▪  Cuts his own hair, since 2013.

CHARLIE DEESE

AIA

Kalispell, MT
406.257.8172
charlied@ctagroup.com

Architect.  ▪  Focused on integrated design where form and function are one and the same.  ▪  Designed his own home from top to bottom, providing a new perspective on challenges and myriad of necessary decisions.  ▪  Loved when Louis Kahn said, “I try to create homes, not houses.”  ▪  Husband and father of two (one human, one furry).  ▪  Coaches high school lacrosse in the spring.  ▪  Born in Chicago, raised on the East Coast, seasoned on the West Coast, and now lives in the mountains.

DUNCAN GILLEY

AIA, LEED AP

Bozeman, MT
406.922.7118
duncangilley@ctagroup.com

Leader of CTA Bozeman’s Living group.  ▪  Always seeks balance and harmony in both life and architecture.  ▪  Loves designing, and working with clients to bring their dreams into existence.  ▪  Has a passion for discovery.  ▪  Fantastic husband.  ▪  Friend and master to three rescue German Shepherds (“the best dogs”).  ▪  Could walk forever in the mountains, and spend all his time riding their slopes and fishing their streams.  ▪  Something of a John Muir acolyte.  ▪  Avid ping-ponger.

NATHAN HELFRICH

RA

Bozeman, MT
406.922.7115
nathanh@ctagroup.com

Architect.  ▪  Believes great architecture helps achieve an outstanding quality of life.  ▪  Has orange hair (though it’s difficult to tell in a greyscale photo).  ▪  Passionate about architecture, writing, and illustrating.  ▪  Laughs often.  ▪  Jokes often.  ▪  Loves camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and hunting.  ▪  Still enjoys the art of designing on the drafting board.  ▪  Feels most alive and free when being creative.

JOSH HERSEL

NCARB

Boise, ID
208.577.5656
joshuah@ctagroup.com

Associate and architect on CTA’s Living and Commercial teams.  ▪  Believes in catering to client needs and wants.  ▪  More recently has focused on multi-family projects.  ▪  Uses every client interaction as an opportunity to learn something new.  ▪  Loves hunting, sturgeon fishing, jetboating, and any lake activity alongside his wife and two daughters.  ▪  Favorite place on earth is where he was born: McCall, ID.  ▪  Swears up and down that if he won the lottery this weekend, he’d still be back to work at CTA on Monday.

LAURA KOEHLER

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Denver, CO
720.598.9255
laurak@ctagroup.com

CTA associate, architect, project manager, and Denver office manager — enjoys wearing a variety of hats.  ▪  Believes the best solutions are greater than the sum of their hardworking parts.  ▪  Has lived coast-to-coast, including the damp third coast, but is happy to call Denver home.  ▪  Loves walking through a city — any city — especially if accompanied by three small girls (one being especially hairy).  ▪  Also enjoys escaping to the mountains.  ▪  Thrills at discovering the talents of others, hidden or otherwise.

FRAN QUIRAM

AIA, NCARB, LEED AP

Kalispell, MT
406.257.8172
franq@ctagroup.com

CTA associate and project manager.  ▪  Architect with a minor in interior design.  ▪  LEED Accredited Professional.  ▪  Believes successful architecture is derived from specific site parameters and influences, not just an idea.  ▪  Detail-oriented and thrives on the various particulars of a project.  ▪  Known to keep Kalispell office mate Mr. Koel (above) on-task and focused.  ▪  Loves fly fishing and whitewater rafting on Montana rivers.

JIMMY TALARICO

Bozeman, MT
406.922.7125
jimt@ctagroup.com

Associate designer at CTA.  ▪  Big picture kind of guy.  ▪  An introverted people-person.  ▪  Teaches design on occasion at Montana State University’s School of Architecture.  ▪  Loves fly fishing.  ▪  Says husband and daddy duties are the most important, most rewarding, and most fun.  ▪  An artist at heart.  ▪  A Chicago Cubs fan (waaay before they got good again).  ▪  Spent childhood between Chicago and Missoula, providing great perspective on both urban and rural living.  ▪  Has the same reaction to spreadsheets as kids have to eating green beans.

JESSE VIGIL

NCARB

Missoula, MT
406.258.7353
jessevigil@ctagroup.com

Architectural designer and project manager for CTA’s Living market.  ▪  Doesn’t come to the table with a preconceived design or direction.  ▪  Experienced in rustic to contemporary design.  ▪  Great at providing counsel during disagreements on style or direction.  ▪  Grew up working in the construction industry.  ▪  Has an appreciation for constructability and craft.  ▪  Loves the outdoors and fly fishing.  ▪  Likes golf and skiing, but still learning to stay upright and out of the trees with both.

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