Skyhouse
Lakeside, MT
Completed 2014

CTA Architects Engineers
13 N. 23rd St.
Billings, MT 59101
+seven more locations in Montana

Skyhouse was designed as a family retreat to allow the client, a friendly couple from Texas, privacy and solace as well as a place to entertain their friends. Surrounded by hills and trees, the site was selected in a remote area high above Flathead Lake, near the town of Lakeside, Montana, with an impressive panoramic view of the lake far below. Various plan arrangements were studied, but the style that suited them best was a simple "pod" layout, allowing each pod to essentially define itself and provide privacy to occupants and guests, while allowing impressive amounts of natural light into every single nook and cranny in the place.

While certainly not understated in form, the project was designed to appear elusive and viewed only fleetingly at best from far below, then essentially vanish until the proper road is discovered, leading guests to the entry side of the home where by contrast, guests are greeted with a long, outstretched entry canopy designed to beckon them with warm and welcoming hospitality.

This project was a 2014 AIA Montana Merit Award winner.

Skyhouse
Lakeside, MT
Completed 2014

CTA Architects Engineers
13 N. 23rd St.
Billings, MT 59101
+seven more locations in Montana

Skyhouse was designed as a family retreat to allow the client, a friendly couple from Texas, privacy and solace as well as a place to entertain their friends. Surrounded by hills and trees, the site was selected in a remote area high above Flathead Lake, near the town of Lakeside, Montana, with an impressive panoramic view of the lake far below. Various plan arrangements were studied, but the style that suited them best was a simple "pod" layout, allowing each pod to essentially define itself and provide privacy to occupants and guests, while allowing impressive amounts of natural light into every single nook and cranny in the place.

While certainly not understated in form, the project was designed to appear elusive and viewed only fleetingly at best from far below, then essentially vanish until the proper road is discovered, leading guests to the entry side of the home where by contrast, guests are greeted with a long, outstretched entry canopy designed to beckon them with warm and welcoming hospitality.

This project was a 2014 AIA Montana Merit Award winner.

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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