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Leadership

Our history is hewn by place and experience. JLF began in a log farmhouse on the banks of the Yellowstone River more than four decades ago. An authentic setting for authentic work. The buildings Paul Bertelli and Jonathan L. Foote built blended into the Montana landscape as if grown from the sites themselves, framed by salvaged century-old barn timbers and floorboards. Though the scope and scale of the firm has grown, the core values remain the same: honesty of materials, respect for regional context, deference to scale, commitment to comfort, and allegiance to simplicity. Reclaimed wood and stacked stone remain hallmarks of JLF designs, although now, contemporary intrusions of steel and glass add contrast. Still, a sophisticated sparsity pervades, a serenity felt, not forced.

PARTNERS

Travis Growney

Partner

Over the course of a decade at JLF, Travis has displayed a rare drive in his architecture practice, the desire to work closely with clients and his design-build partners to create an experience rooted in tradition and place. A graduate of Montana State University with a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Master’s of Architecture, he values creativity and the skill required to turn inspired ideas into treasured realities. A third generation Montanan, Travis grew up in a small town in north-central Montana, amid the value system of exploring the mountains as a family, a legacy he continues to uphold with his wife and three children by logging time together skiing Bridger Bowl and Big Sky, rafting one of the many mighty rivers around Bozeman or biking down a local trail.

Jake Scott

Partner

A Vermont native, Jake migrated West for graduate school, earning his Master of Architecture from Montana State University in Bozeman. With his freshly-minted degree, he scored an internship with JLF & Associates in 1999, and has since risen through the ranks to become a Partner. In managing projects ranging from small guest houses to ranches and resort facilities, he works closely with clients and team members from programming through construction to make every project a banner success. Beyond his credentials as an architect, he is also a LEED Accredited Professional and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Jake and his wife, Stacey, spend their summers camping in Montana’s beautiful backcountry. In the winter, they enjoy traveling to more distant locations.

John M. Lauman

Partner

Like the backstory scrolling behind the opening credits of an 80s movie, John’s personal history captures the scrappy ambition coursing through the Rocky Mountain West: Raised in a small mining/farming community in southeastern Idaho, he studied architecture at Montana State University, and began his career in Jackson, Wyoming. After two short years and a chance meeting with some JLF employees, he began working for JLF & Associates in 1997. Over the years, he has grown from a green intern to trusted Partner, helping expand the company’s resume of diverse projects and satisfied clients. In everything he does, he strives to surpass the client’s expectations and help mold a bright, enduring future for JLF. John is a devoted husband, loving father of two daughters, and obsessive fly-fisherman of the incredible waters of Montana and the world.

Ashley Sullivan

Partner

“I am proud of what I do, and of the honesty that we all bring to the table. I want to give the clients their expectations in the best way possible.”

Ashley’s design-build background began with Samuel “Sambo” Mockbee’s legendary Rural Studio: her first year with the program as an architecture student at Auburn University found her building a hay bale house, an experience that instilled in her a profound respect for clients’ needs, place-based design, and craft. Then as now, she continues to cultivate her design-build expertise by working closely with her partners and fellow artisans. A native of Nashville, Tennessee, she has formed her own hybrid style, folding her Southern charm into the relaxed Mountain West lifestyle. Ever inspired by nature, she can often be found rafting the Yellowstone river, making turns at Bridger Bowl or Big Sky, or backpacking in the Absaroka-Bear tooth ranges. Beyond her Montana home, she embraces the expansive mindset of travel. Friends and family know her best as a lively conversationalist, a lover of laughter and inspiration.

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Logan Leachman

Partner

“Our goal is to not surprise clients. We give them the tools to make informed decisions ahead of time.”

Logan began his career in 1992, under the resolute leadership of Jonathan Foote. Upon his mentor’s retirement in 2000, Logan joined Paul as Partners and Founding Members of JLF Architects. A driving force behind many of the firm’s most successful projects, Logan initiated many of the design-build methods JLF practices today, an integrated process he continues to champion and refine alongside his other responsibilities overseeing design, project management, company policy, and corporate analytics. Logan studied architecture at Western Kentucky University, where he met his wife Jamie. Together, they moved west. He loves having raised his three children in Montana, immersed in the outdoors. Beyond job sites, he enjoys traveling around the world usually with his bike in tow. At home, he spends his free time skiing in the mountains and gardening. He takes pride in his daughter Morgan’s decision to study architecture after interning at JLF, carrying on his passion for beautiful, responsible design.

Paul Bertelli

Partner/Design Principal

“We pushed the design beyond the sole idea of a mountain retreat, giving it regional context and anchoring it in the past.”

Paul joined Jonathan L. Foote in 1979, a move that melded his passion for pristine place with his academic achievements in architecture and environmental design at Boston Architectural Center and Montana State University. After two decades of working with Jonathan, Paul purchased the firm with Partners Logan Leachman and Ashley Sullivan. The partnership has grown since. Committed to the Bozeman community, he currently serves as a trustee of the Montana State University School of Architecture, an advisory board member/founding trustee of the Yellowstone Business Partnership, and on the advisory board of the Yellowstone Park Foundation; past service includes a term on the Museum of the Rockies board. When not practicing architecture, Paul can be found fly-fishing pristine waters, skiing the steep slopes of Bridger Bowl and Big Sky, cooking gourmet meals paired with fine wines, or hiking front country trails with his wife Jillian and stepdaughter Amelie.

ASSOCIATES

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Matt Orrantia

A native Montanan, Matt was fortunate to have an observant math teacher in high school: It was she who suggested a trajectory in architecture after learning of his love for art, science and building. Montana State University was his next stop where he earned his Master of Architecture degree. While completing his studies, Matt framed houses which helped hone his communication skills and emphasized the importance of attention to detail.

Influenced by international architects Tadao Ando (Japan), and pioneer of modernist architecture, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (Germany), Matt understands the dramatic effect of form and space designed with exactitude. An Associate with JLF Architects, the twelve-year veteran looks forward to every day; no two are ever the same and there is always something new to learn.

While not in the office, Matt enjoys traveling, photography, and spending time at the family cabin with his wife and daughter.

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Ian McGee

Growing up in East Tennessee in a family of artists and tradesmen, one could say that Ian was destined to become an architect. His natural attraction for design and construction grew as he studied the work of architects who had come before him, most notably, Luis Barragán. “His sense of scale, spiritually engaging spaces, and elegance using only a few architectural forms resonates with me.”

After beginning his college years at the University of Tennessee, he relocated and finished at Montana State with his Master of Architecture. Ian is an Associate with JLF Architects where he began working in 2011. He enjoys mentoring and investing time in new talent as his family invested in him. It brings full circle the traditional arts and honors his past.

When away from the drafting table, Ian spends most weekends hauling his soccer-playing kids around the Treasure State. Summers are often spent floating the rivers and camping in the mountains. His family is also known to take long road trips home to Tennessee on occasion.

OUR TEAM

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Emily Benish

Emily Chavez

Alyssa Cudworth

Joni Diehl

Chad Fraser

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Graham Hanson

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Satu Jackson

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Audrey Kane

Karolina Koniec

Kim Lewis

Mike Nguyen

Pablo Prats Mira

Ally Priest

Carlos Restrepo

Mitch Robison

Renee Sabo

David Sinnott

Lindsey Teply

Becky Traucht

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Olivia Tyson

Laurel Van Epps

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