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The ML List: Top Mountain Architects 2022

Updated: Sep 30, 2022

Our guide to the best in the West

January 13, 2022 ML Staff

The 2022 ML List, compiled by the editors of Mountain Living, is different from past years.

We have broken the list into two parts: you will find our list of Top Mountain Architects here.

Interior Designers will have their own list appearing in the M/J 2022 issue. As the number of interior designers and architects working in the Rocky Mountain West has grown, so has the number of firms on the list. So we felt it was important to create two lists to give them the attention they deserve.

These architects in mountain territories have worked hard to become top in their professions, and we’ve taken note of their work, along with receiving recommendations from their clients, vendors, professional organizations and readers.

Keeping our readers in mind, we’ve organized the list to be user friendly. You’ll find architects listed by state and town; some architects have more than one office location, and we have listed only their main corporate location.

Those who were featured in Mountain Living during the past two years receive a special highlight that mentions their most recent projects in the magazine as of January/February 2022. Architects who have been featured during the past two years but are located in an area outside of Mountain Living’s territory are grouped together at the end of the list.

This year’s list is illustrated with a few of our favorite high-country spaces featured in the pages of Mountain Living over the past year.


Aspen/Basalt/Carbondale/Glenwood Springs/Snowmass

Charles Cunniffe Architects 970-925-5590 Legacy Award Winner Women in Architecture May/June 2020, page 39 or 2020 Women in Architecture: Erica Delak Sept./Oct. 2021, page 144 or 7 Powder Rooms With Pow: Refined by Design

DJArchitects 970-925-3444, July/Aug. 2021, page 200 or An Aspen Home With Magnificent Views

Demesne Architects 970-920-3331 Nov./Dec. 2020, page 126 or A Luxe Log Cabin With Never-Ending Views

Forum Phi 970-279-4157 2021 HOME OF THE YEAR Nov./Dec. 2021, page 154 or 2021 Home of the Year: Pure Poetry

Galambos Architects 970-429-1286 July/Aug. 2021, page 110 or A Sublime Alpine Backyard Makeover

Green Line Architects 970-963-6689 Nov./Dec. 2021, page 180 or A Charming Aspen Home With Mountain Views

Hagman Architects 970-379-5521

KA Designworks 970-948-9510

Lipkin Warner 970-927-8473

Mata Design Company 970-274-6011

Menendez Architects 970-544-4851

Poss Architecture & Planning 970-925-4755 Legacy Award Winner 2020 Home of the Year Nov./Dec. 2020, page 112 or 2020 Home of the Year: Dazzle Us

Zone 4 Architects 970-429-8470


Arch11 303-546-6868

Fänas Architecture 303-444-5380

Breckenridge/Copper/ Frisco/Keystone

Arapahoe Architects 970-453-8474

Crested Butte

Coburn Partners 970-349-1366 July 2019, page 106 or A Crested Butte Home on the River

SHM Architects 970-713-0700

Sunlit Architecture 970-349-5311

Denver Area

Blueline Architects 970-376-2052

Mandil 303-892-5805 March/April 2021, page 86

OZ Architecture 303-861-5704

Ruggles Mabe Studio 303-355-2460


Outpost Architects 720-505-5989



TKP Architects 303-278-8840


Steamboat Springs/Hayden

Axial Arts Architecture 970-276-7295 Sept./Oct. 2019, page 144 or Endless Summer

Gerber Berend Design Build 970-879-1725 Nov./Dec. 2020, page 142 orA Vintage A-Frame, Reimagined

Vertical Arts Architecture 970-871-0056 Women in Architecture August 2020, page 120 or 2020 Women in Architecture: Sarah Tiedeken O’Brien

Telluride/Pagosa Springs

Courtney King Studios 970-946-9410 Sept./Oct. 2020, page 122 or A Rustic Colorado Ranch, Reborn

One Architects 970-728-8877

Sante Architects 970-728-6102

Tommy Hein Architects 970-728-1220 March/April 2019, page 110 or A Historic Telluride Victorian is Reinvented Sept./Oct. 2021, page 142 or 7 Powder Rooms With Pow: Set in Stone

Trulinea Architects 970-708-1445

Winter Park/Granby

Munn Architecture 970-887-9366

Vail/Beaver Creek/ Avon/Edwards/Eagle

Berglund Architects 970-926-4301

Current Architects 970-331-6345

Gies Architects 970-328-9280

Judge + Associates 970-949-7034 Nov./Dec. 2019, page 162 or This Dog-Friendly Home Is Elegant & Fun

K.H. Webb Architects 970-477-2990 Nov./Dec. 2020, page 134 or This Vail Home is Both Glam & Masculine

Pierce Architects 970-476-6342

RKD Architects 970-926-2622 Women in Architecture August 2020, page 88 or 2020 Women in Architecture: Sally Brainerd

RMT Architects 970-949-0916

Shepherd Resources 970-949-3302

Sipes Architects 970-236-1519

Tom Cole Architecture 970-401-3066 August 2020, page 108 or A Colorado Mountain Home Makeover

Suman Architects 970-479-7502

TAB Associates 970-766-1470

Zehren & Associates 970-949-0257


Coeur d’Alene

Sun Valley/Hailey/Ketchum

De Reus Architects 208-928-7750

Jarvis Group 208-726-4031

Mark Pynn Architect 208-622-4656

McLaughlin & Associates Architects 208-726-9392 Legacy Award Winner May/June 2019, page 138 or Set in Stone

RLB Architectura 208-726-5608

Scape Design Studio 208-720-9714


Designed as a “kind of glass house,” this Big Sky home offers incredible views of Lone Peak, Spanish Peaks and the Pioneer Mountains. Locati Architects oriented the rustic-yet-refined home to capture the multiple mountain views from as many rooms as possible. The resulting retreat offers endless vistas and ample room for visiting friends and family. | Photo by Gibeon Photography


Big Sky/Bozeman/ Livingston/Billings

45 Architecture 406-577-2345 March/April 2021, page 142 or An Empty Nester’s Bozeman Abode

Bitnar Architects 406-587-1983

Centre Sky Architecture 406-995-7572 Jan./Feb. 2019, page 150 or Slope-Side Living in Montana Jan./Feb. 2022, page 190

Cushing Terrell (formerly CTA Architects) 406-248-7455 July 2019, page 138 or Down by the River

Design Partnership 406-587-3434

JLF Architects 406-587-8888 Legacy Award Winner Women in Architecture Jan./Feb. 2020, page 128 or A Wyoming Vacation Home With Custom Upgrades Sept./Oct. 2021, page 98 or Taking Root in a Home Along the Snake River Jan./Feb. 2022, page 190

Locati Architects 406-587-1139 Legacy Award Winner Jan./Feb. 2021, page 136 or A Serene Montana Retreat Made for Aprés-Ski

LTS Architecture 406-333-0533

Miller-Roodell Architects 406-551-6950 Legacy Award Winner Jan./Feb. 2020, page 172 or Happy Trails Sept./Oct. 2021, page 190 or An Elegant and Rustic Montana Home

Pearson Design Group 406-587-1997 2019 Home of the Year Nov./Dec. 2019, page 132 or 2019 Home of the Year: Alpine Chalet Chic July/Aug. 2021, page 190 or A Mountainside Aerie Near Red Lodge, Montana Sept./Oct. 2021, page 170 or Three Generations Come Together in a Rustic Montana Home

Reid Smith Architects 406-587-2597 Jan./Feb. 2020, page 156 or A Cozy, Minimalist Home in Big Sky

SMA Architects 406-219-2216 August 2020, page 116 or The Rustic Farmhouse of Their Dreams

Studio Architects 406-586-4777

Studio H Design 406-587-9968 July 2019, page 122 or Upcycle Chic March/April 2021, page 84 or Into the Woods: 4 Stunning Open Kitchens: Transitional & Textural Sept./Oct. 2021, page 136 or 7 Powder Rooms With Pow: A Room With a View

Studio Ryker 406-220-1099 Women in Architecture August 2020, page 90 or 2020 Women in Architecture: Lori Ryker


Altius Design Group 406-862-7373 March/April 2021, page 124 or A Modern Mountain Masterpiece in Whitefish

Fullerton Architects 406-837-1550 Jan./Feb. 2020, page 164 or Montana High Style July/Aug. 2021, page 120 or A Lakeside Pavilion Perfect for a Party

Missoula/Columbia Falls

MMW Architects 406-543-5800 May/June 2019, page 130 or Redux Farmhouse

The Copper Mountain home with agrarian roots and industrial touches was designed by PLAAD for a family of ski racers. The architects tackled the land’s trapezium shape by creating a barn-shaped structure and breaking it in half. Wood and stone give the house warmth. | Photo by Vondelinde


Lake Tahoe/Truckee

Dale Cox Architects 530-550-9144

Faulkner Architects 530-582-7400

JLS Design 530-587-5232

Marsden Architects 970-846-0321

The Sandbox Studio 530-583-8822 August 2019, page 138 or A Home With Lakeside Allure March/April 2021, page 135 or A Roomy Vacation Home Built for Family Gatherings

Todd Gordon Mather Architect 530-414-4662 August 2020, page 52 or At Home in an A-Frame

Walton Architecture + Engineering 530-583-3690 Women in Architecture July 2020, page 104 or Rooms With a View

The homeowners of this Lake Tahoe getaway believe “the more, the merrier,” so they asked Architecture Allure to create a home that would comfortably accommodate visiting family and friends. The result is a roomy, classic Tahoe-style home with a modern twist: two steep-pitched gable forms as organizing features and a natural materials palette of cedar and stone. | Photo by Lindsay Salazar


Park City/Deer Valley/Salt Lake City

Denton House 801-333-8156

Jaffa Group 435-615-6873

Lacroix Design 435-602-9014

Lloyd Architects 801-328-3245

Sparano + Mooney Architecture 801-746-0234 Women in Architecture August 2020, page 84 or 2020 Women in Architecture: Anne Mooney May/June 2021, page 86 or A Modern Take on the Iconic American Farmhouse



Hoedemaker Pfeiffer (formerly Bosworth Hoedemaker) 206-545-8434

SHED 206-320-8700


Uptic Studios 509-850-3698 March/April 2021, page 59 or A Retreat Perched on the Shore of Whitefish Lake

This Jackson home was created from a 19th-century barn, shipped from upstate New York’s Mohawk River Valley. Goss says of the homeowner’s request, “Fundamentally he was asking me to take a 200-year-old barn and create his family home around it.” The exterior is 100-percent reclaimed hemlock and pine, and the home overlooks a pond that holds water year-round. | Photo by Tuck Fauntleroy


Jackson/Teton Village

A43 Architecture 307-200-1790 March/April 2020, page 140 or A Cozy Home Inspired by Love at First Sight

Berlin Architects 307-733-5697

CLB Architects 307-733-4000 2018 Home of the Year July 2020, page 94 or A Destination for Friends & Family at the Base of the Grand Tetons May/June 2021, page 138 or This Jackson Hole Home is Cozy and Colorful Sept./Oct. 2021, page 62 or Homes That are In Tune With Nature Sept./Oct. 2021, page 138 or 7 Powder Rooms With Pow: Pretty Smart

Dynia Architects 307-733-3766

Eliot Goss Architect 307-413-6837 Sept./Oct. 2021, page 182 or A Rustic, 19th-Century Hay Barn—Revived

Ward + Blake Architects 307-733-6867 Sept./Oct. 2021, page 87


Dan Stalker Architect 307-752-9708 Sept./Oct 2019 page 128 or Bunkhouse Style

Defined by materials like stucco, cedar and porcelain, the modernist duplex by Brandon Architects features cantilevered forms that hover over the picturesque property along the White River National Forest in Vail, Colorado. At night the home glows like a lantern. | Photo by Katie Harmon

Additional Top Architects with Work in Mountain Territories


Costa Mesa

Brandon Architects 714-754-4040 Jan./Feb. 2021, page 144 or A Sleek and Modern Ski Retreat in Vail

Oakland Mark Becker 510-658-6889 Jan./Feb. 2022, page 182

San Francisco

Architecture Allure 650-208-1204 August 2019, page 130 or A Family-Oriented Tahoe Home



PLAAD 651-336-1393 May/June 2019, page 146 or An Interior Designer’s Colorful Jackson Home



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