James Bar
Missoula, MT
Completed 2007

MMW Architects
125 West Alder Street
Missoula, MT 59802

The north end of downtown Missoula used to be home to numerous gritty bars serving the railroad population. In 2007, MMW took some of the gritty aesthetic and stories from the past and incorporated them into James Bar. A concrete panel façade with windows emulating steel warehouse windows are accented with steel channels. Quotes from Hunter S. Thompson and Jimmy Buffett are sandblasted onto panels at the front and rear entrances. The interiors are warm and sexy, offering a variety of seating options, depending on one’s mood.

James Bar
Missoula, MT
Completed 2007

MMW Architects
125 West Alder Street
Missoula, MT 59802

The north end of downtown Missoula used to be home to numerous gritty bars serving the railroad population. In 2007, MMW took some of the gritty aesthetic and stories from the past and incorporated them into James Bar. A concrete panel façade with windows emulating steel warehouse windows are accented with steel channels. Quotes from Hunter S. Thompson and Jimmy Buffett are sandblasted onto panels at the front and rear entrances. The interiors are warm and sexy, offering a variety of seating options, depending on one’s mood.

How to Be an Architect

Architects must be licensed before they can practice as an architect or call themselves an architect. There are three main steps in becoming an architect: education, internship and examination.

  • Education: The Montana State University School of Architecture offers a Master of Architecture professional degree that is fully accredited by the National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB). In the United States, most state registration boards require a degree from an accredited professional degree program as a prerequisite.
  • Internship: Most state architectural registration boards require architectural graduates to complete an internship in order to become licensed.
  • Examination: All states require the completion of the Architect Registration Examination, in order to gain licensure within the 54 jurisdictions covered by the National Council of Architectural Registration Board (NCARB).


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