Derived from the core values of Eastern Montana - Grit, Authenticity, Minimalism, Community, and Stewardship, our design team draws inspiration from the region's arid & rugged landscape, the unique culture, & the rich history of Montana's grasslands to push our designs forward, thus creating the Eastern Montana Modern Design Movement.
MEET OUR TEAM
JEFF KANNING, AIA
principal in charge
Jeff is an expert in all phases of project planning, delivery and execution. Jeff is accredited in the preparation of pro-formas, and has a keen eye for great design in keeping within your budget. After completing his undergraduate degree at MSU Bozeman, Jeff continued on to Graduate School at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
BILL HAYNES, AIA
Bill kicked-off his professional career amidst the skyscrapers of Chicago, where he worked on projects all over the world before moving West. Bill has been leading projects at Collaborative Design since 2006, and is highly skilled in the management and execution of large, complex projects. In addition to Architecture & Design, Bill has also instructed many university level classes, including lectures specific in Universal Design.
JASON FITZGERALD, AIA
Jason Fitzgerald, a Montana native, has spent nearly his entire professional career with Collaborative Design Architects. Jason's technical expertise, attention to detail, and vast building code knowledge make him an essential component in the most complicated projects. Jason is an appointee to the Montana Building Codes Council, and Past President of the Billings Architectural Association.
BRIAN M. JOHNSON, AIA
Passion for design is what drives Brian. The success of his work truly comes from the collaboration that he has with our clientele. Brian prides himself in the ability to create great design work that reflects the style and tastes of the people we work with. Whether it be something more contemporary, rustic, or traditional; Brian takes pride in his ability to create unique designs based on someone else's aspirations for a great project. The interaction and vision that others have for their own homes is what truly molds his work.
NICK PANCHEAU, AIA
Nick Pancheau is an architect, designer, and maker for Collaborative Design Architects. Nick is an award winning designer and is constantly exploring materiality, connections, and comfortable design. His passion is for working on projects that push the boundaries of design and construction to new levels.
TRAVIS SMITH, AIA
Travis earned his Master’s degree in Architecture from Montana State University, after which he began his professional career in Central Oregon. While in Oregon he managed a wide variety of project types and sizes nationwide, including award winning breweries, restaurants, multifamily homes, and remodel projects. This extensive experience has driven him to excel in project delivery and documentation as well as having a strong passion for a collaborative approach to design.
ANDREW HOULIHAN, NCARB
Andrew garnered a robust education with an interior design degree from the University for Missouri and a Masters in Architecture from the University of Michigan. He brings tactile knowledge of materials with construction experience and democratic design sensibilities from working as a designer for IKEA.
ALEX WRIGHT, NCARB
As an interior designer, Alex is passionate about creating the experience within a room. Through space planning, colors and materials, and selecting furniture she is able to weave the overall concept of each project throughout the space seamlessly. As an artist herself, she understands each project has its own unique identity and personality – each project is a piece of art.
KARI KRASKE, NCARB
Kari is intrigued by every stage of architecture - from the initial design, to construction documents, all the way through project completion. Architecture is filled with many challenges, and she is passionate about the complex details that shape the building from start to finish. The combination of work experience, studying abroad, and earning her Master's degree in Architecture from Montana State University has given her a deep understanding of architectural practice, and she looks forward to applying her knowledge to your project.
Debbie attended Montana State University Billings and Bozeman. She has been the Office Manager for Collaborative Design Architects since 1997. She is responsible for monthly financial reports, billing, payroll, project management software, quarterly payroll taxes and year-end summaries. She holds our office together and ALWAYS remembers birthdays.