Pattee Canyon Overlook Residence
Missoula, MT
Completed 2006

OZ Architects
531 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

This residence overlooks dramatic views of the valley from a prominent knob above Missoula’s Pattee Canyon. The home was oriented to maximize views as well as a sensitivity to its visual impact on the hillside from below. The house is designed in the style of a Montana lodge structure, but with an added sophistication. The heavy timber connections are custom steel knife plates giving them a clean, more contemporary appearance. The exterior utilizes locally quarried stone combined with cedar siding and a zinc roof. Heavy timbers beginning on the exterior and extend into the interior to provide a comfortable warmth to the spaces.

Pattee Canyon Overlook Residence
Missoula, MT
Completed 2006

OZ Architects
531 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

This residence overlooks dramatic views of the valley from a prominent knob above Missoula’s Pattee Canyon. The home was oriented to maximize views as well as a sensitivity to its visual impact on the hillside from below. The house is designed in the style of a Montana lodge structure, but with an added sophistication. The heavy timber connections are custom steel knife plates giving them a clean, more contemporary appearance. The exterior utilizes locally quarried stone combined with cedar siding and a zinc roof. Heavy timbers beginning on the exterior and extend into the interior to provide a comfortable warmth to the spaces.

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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