Brett Charles, AIA, NCARB
Growing up in the Bitterroot Valley, I was lucky enough to call the mountains of western Montana home. I love the diverse landscapes Montana has to offer and feel incredibly lucky to not only live here but to help architecturally influence how it is shaped moving into the future. I graduated from Montana State University with my Master of Architecture degree in 2017. During my time at SMA, I have had to opportunity to be involved with many community-centered projects, primarily K-12 education, healthcare, and general commercial projects.
To me, architecture aims to find the balance of social, cultural, economic, and environmental principles that make up the context of place. By considering and integrating these principles throughout the design process while working together with clients, we create an economic and environmentally sustainable design that becomes responsive, giving back to the context in which it resides and to the people who utilize it.
Like many in the office, I love to take advantage of the great outdoors. Given the season, you may find me fly fishing on a mountain stream, heading out for a weekend of hunting, hiking and camping, or hitting the slopes for a day of snowboarding. I also enjoy traveling and I am always inspired by visiting new places and learning from different cultures.