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On the Living team, we love our work. As designers, it’s our job to listen, collect, and capture; and to inspire clients’ dreams using simple sketch paper and markers, often evolving into immersive digital models. Architecture is an art, after all, and we believe the process needs to be creative and personal, yet expressive and interactive, ensuring no ideas are left in the marker box. Architecture is also a science, however, and our team of engineers works closely alongside our designers, ensuring all dreams are grounded in reality, and that your home is as high-performing and long-lasting as it is jaw-dropping.

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In numerous cities, suburban living is declining, with many – ranging from young professionals to baby boomers – preferring to now live in rented environments central to work, food, and fun. CTA designers achieve successful multi-family structures by understanding and helping guide these trends; and by generating designs for thoughtfully laid out, long-lasting, multi-family micro-communities. Through innovative and efficient design, our goal of improving the lives of everyone that lives in, works near, or visits these multi-family communities is realized.



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Meet Our Living Team



Principal-in-charge of CTA’s Living team.  |  Architecturally speaking, believes simpler is always better.  |  Huge fan of team-building and creative design charrettes with clients and staff.  |  Award-winning designer, with a bunch of acrylic trophies on his shelf to prove it.  |  Top-quality husband and father of three raucous children.  |  He will hug you, if he gets to know you well enough.  |  Avid mountaineer and rock climber, and extreme huckleberry-picker.  |  Cuts his own hair, since 2013.

“Life is short. Build something beautiful.”

CTA_LivingTeam_AdamJanakADAM JANAK | AIA

Architect.  |  Builds homes and furniture in his free time.  |  His next project: Airstream restoration.  |  Getting married soon!  |  Town of Jackson (WY) Planning Commissioner.  |  Grew up the son of a contractor, providing invaluable experience in construction that continues to inform his decisions.  |  Loves fishing and hiking with Emily (fiancé) and Finn (lab).  |  Raised in Idaho, but Wyoming is home.  |  Is a proud University of Idaho Vandal.

“Keep it simple.”

CTA_LivingTeam_CharlieDeeseCHARLIE DEESE | AIA

Architect.  |  Focused on integrated design where form and function are one and the same.  |  Designed his own home from top to bottom, providing a new perspective on challenges and myriad of necessary decisions.  |  Loved when Louis Kahn said, “I try to create homes, not houses.”  |  Husband and father of two (one human, one furry).  |  Coaches high school lacrosse in the spring.  |  Born in Chicago, raised on the East Coast, seasoned on the West Coast, and now lives in the mountains.

“Architecture, and homes especially, are a reflection of both the heart put into them and the context surrounding them.”


Leader of CTA Bozeman’s Living group.  |  Always seeks balance and harmony in both life and architecture.  |  Loves designing, and working with clients to bring their dreams into existence.  |  Has a passion for discovery.  |  Fantastic husband.  |  Friend and master to three rescue German Shepherds (“the best dogs”).  |  Could walk forever in the mountains, and spend all his time riding their slopes and fishing their streams.  |  Something of a John Muir acolyte.  |  Avid ping-ponger.

“I believe in the power of design to connect us to each other and the earth. Design for life.”


CTA associate and project manager.  |  Architect with a minor in interior design.  |  LEED Accredited Professional.  |  Believes successful architecture is derived from specific site parameters and influences, not just an idea.  |  Detailed-oriented and thrives on the various particulars of a project.  |  Known to keep Kalispell office mate Mr. Koel (above) on-task and focused.  |  Loves fly fishing and whitewater rafting on Montana rivers.

“I enjoy residential design; there is something unique about the bond created with the client along the design process.”

CTA_LivingTeam_JesseVigil2JESSE VIGIL | NCARB

Architectural designer and project manager for CTA’s Living market.  |  Doesn’t come to the table with a preconceived design or direction.  |  Experienced in rustic to contemporary design.  |  Great at providing counsel during disagreements on style or direction.  |  Grew up working in the construction industry.  |  Has an appreciation for constructability and craft.  |  Loves the outdoors and fly fishing.  |  Likes golf and skiing, but still learning to stay upright and out of the trees with both.

“Design shouldn’t be constrained to preconceived design styles, but instead driven by how you live.”

CTA_LivingTeam_JimmyTalarico2JIMMY TALARICO

Associate designer at CTA.  |  Big picture kind of guy.  |  An introverted people-person.  |  Teaches design on occasion at Montana State University’s School of Architecture.  |  Loves fly fishing.  |  Says husband and daddy duties are the most important, most rewarding, and most fun.  |  An artist at heart. |  A Chicago Cubs fan: “This is our year, I just know it!”  |  Spent childhood between Chicago and Missoula, providing great perspective on both urban and rural living.  |  Has the same reaction to spreadsheets as kids have to eating green beans.

“If we’re all going to show up today, we might as well have some fun.”

CTA_LivingTeam_JoshHersel4JOSH HERSEL | NCARB

Associate and architect on CTA’s Living and Commercial teams.  |  Believes in catering to client needs and wants.  |  More recently has focused on multi-family projects.  |  Uses every client interaction as an opportunity to learn something new.  |  Loves hunting, sturgeon fishing, jetboating, and any lake activity alongside his wife and two daughters.  |  Favorite place on earth is where he was born: McCall, ID.  |  Swears up and down that if he won the lottery this weekend, he’d still be back to work at CTA on Monday.

“My goal is to be a trusted adviser — a client care manager that’s always there.”

CTA_LivingTeam_NathanHelfrichNATHAN HELFRICH | RA

Architect.  |  Believes great architecture helps achieve an outstanding quality of life.  |  Has orange hair (though it’s difficult to tell in a greyscale photo.  |  Passionate about architecture, writing, and illustrating.  |  Laughs often.  |  Jokes often.  |  Loves camping, hiking, snowshoeing, and hunting.  |  Still enjoys the art of designing on the drafting board.  |  Feels most alive and free when being creative.

“I haven’t yet had time to send a quote to the guy who runs the website, but I will soon!*”   (*Written by the guy who runs the website.)

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