Larchmont Building
Missoula, MT
Completed 2010

OZ Architects
531 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

The owners purchased this once vacant space envisioning a progressively designed office building to house their dental practices and other businesses. Minimal modification to the existing building was a main objective. The existing street-facing storefront was replaced with contemporary brick clad, while the concrete block walls were painted and became a backdrop to an aluminum screen system. A dramatic cantilevered canopy was added to the main entry. Inside, all office suites open into a central day-lit circulation space.

Larchmont Building
Missoula, MT
Completed 2010

OZ Architects
531 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

The owners purchased this once vacant space envisioning a progressively designed office building to house their dental practices and other businesses. Minimal modification to the existing building was a main objective. The existing street-facing storefront was replaced with contemporary brick clad, while the concrete block walls were painted and became a backdrop to an aluminum screen system. A dramatic cantilevered canopy was added to the main entry. Inside, all office suites open into a central day-lit circulation space.

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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