Sawmill Gulch Residence
Missoula, MT
Completed 2009

OZ Architects
531 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

This residence is a one-of-a-kind home nestled in the mountains near Missoula. The project team worked together to bring to life the client’s vision of a contemporary home with traditional accents. The house was sited to take advantage of the exceptional views — the landscaping was designed to frame these views and seamlessly blend into the native environment. The low slope roof and deep overhangs keep the building connected to the site as well and reinforce the sense that the home is neatly tucked into the mountainside. The exterior is clad in small panels of weathering steel and accented with wood and concrete.

Sawmill Gulch Residence
Missoula, MT
Completed 2009

OZ Architects
531 N. Higgins Avenue
Missoula, MT 59802

This residence is a one-of-a-kind home nestled in the mountains near Missoula. The project team worked together to bring to life the client’s vision of a contemporary home with traditional accents. The house was sited to take advantage of the exceptional views — the landscaping was designed to frame these views and seamlessly blend into the native environment. The low slope roof and deep overhangs keep the building connected to the site as well and reinforce the sense that the home is neatly tucked into the mountainside. The exterior is clad in small panels of weathering steel and accented with wood and concrete.

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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