Principal Architect, LEED A.P.
Michael is the principal architect at Hoffmann Morgan Associates. Over the 29 years of his career in Montana, Idaho, and Oregon, he has steadily diversified his range of project typologies and finds them all to be interrelated and mutually informative.
Michael maintains his client’s budgets and programmatic needs as a top priority and seeks honest solutions with maximum potential.
Michael’s projects emerge from a design aesthetic influenced by the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain West, in which the built and natural environments have a strong dialogue, and where the sense of craft and materiality is evident in the architecture. He explores how environmental factors and context can interact with concepts of urban design to create flexible environments that promote healthy living and community.
Michael was raised a third generation masons son in the Pacific Northwest where his interests in architecture were born. He graduated in 1987 from the University of Idaho with a Masters of Architecture, then apprenticed in Portland and Idaho before becoming principal of his architecture firm in Sun Valley for 15 years.
Michael, his darling sweetheart Shawna Van Beek, and their three boys Davis, Kramer, and Caleb, fell in love with Montana in 2006 and made it their permanent home in 2010.
Michael joined James Hoffmann & Associates in early 2010. Jamie’s passion for affordable housing, neighborhood infill, and historic preservation, and Mike’s passion for ecological consciousness and Mountain West Contemporary, evolved to form Hoffmann Morgan Associates when Michael became principal in 201l. Michael enjoys seeing Jamie’s returns from retirement for consultant based services because one’s passions never really cease or ever stop influencing others.
Founding Principal Architect
Jamie has made western Montana his home since 1971, after having been born and raised in San Francisco, California. Jamie received a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture in 1970 from the University of California at Berkeley, and has attended the Brooklyn Museum Art School, Art Students League in New York City, and the San Francisco Art Academy. He has worked in architectural offices in Berkeley, San Francisco, New York City and Montana. In 1975, James formed a contracting firm in Missoula with two partners. After two years, he left to form his own architectural practice. He has been licensed as an architect in the state of Montana since 1978. Jamie retired in 2012 and continues working on a consulting basis.
AIA, LEED AP
Don has over 30 years of diverse architecture and design experience. He is licensed to practice architecture in several states and has completed numerous buildings and developments throughout the mid-western and western regions of the country. He is passionate about the challenges and possibilities of creating exceptional designs that meet clients’ needs, harmonize with the environment and are energy and resource efficient.
Over 20 years ago Don formed a private practice, Briggs Architecture + Design, Inc. in Springfield, Missouri after refining his design skills under the tutelage of several firms in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Springfield, Missouri. During this time Don served as a corporate architect at Bass Pro Shops where he was instrumental in the masterplan and development of Big Cedar Resort, a remote haven in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. During this massive project Don led a team which designed and managed not only the hotel lodges but many individual building in the resort including, retail shops, administrative offices, restaurants, cabins and site infrastructure.
During the late 1990s the Briggs Architecture firm completed many projects in the northwest and ultimately moved its practice to Montana in 2001. Over the years Don has completed several award winning custom residences, ranches and resort developments in Missouri, Montana, Washington State, Colorado, Wisconsin, Wyoming and Michigan.
At this point in Don's career he draws on his experiences and successes of the past while remaining flexible in exploring new solutions for current clients.
Originally from Santa Fe, New Mexico, Emett studied architecture in Boston, Massachusetts and Oulu, Finland where he received his Bachelors of Architecture degree in 2010 and later his Masters of Architecture degree in 2015. Emett has spent most of his professional life in Finland where he ran his own Design/Build firm specializing in custom homes and historic restorations. Designing and building homes in the far north has instilled in him the fundamental importance of healthy building physiology and good construction detailing. Emett has over 10 years building experience and brings to the firm a practical knowledge of construction that is rare in the field. He couples this invaluable skill with exceptional design talent and managerial skills. Emett moved back to the States in 2015 with his wife and three children, making Montana their home, and is well on his way toward his architectural license.
Corey’s interest in architecture and engineering started when he was growing up in Arkansas where he spent his summers building and remodeling houses with his father. He received his degree in Drafting and Design in 2001 and has been involved in various engineering and architectural projects. He and his wife have made Montana their home since 2008 to raise their 3 children. He has spent many years as a structural steel detailer working on commercial, industrial and hydraulic projects. He also worked on crane rigging and moving large structures, including moving the Space Shuttle Endeavour to its final home at the California Science Center. But his passion has always been architectural design and has experience in residential and multifamily housing, as well as commercial buildings. Using his deep experience with Revit and AutocCAD Architecture, and his committed work ethic, Corey continues his pursuit to provide the best possible experience for our clients.
Shawna Van Beek
Director of Marketing & Real Estate
Shawna was raised on a farm near Boise, Idaho and it was there that she learned how to work. Shawna excelled in Real Estate and Marketing in Boise, Idaho for 18 years specializing in New Home Construction and Residential Homes. In 2002, Shawna was Marketing Director for CBH Homes (Largest volume homebuilder in the Northwest) In the Spring of 2005, Shawna started her own company, River Run Investments and excelled in Real Estate with her team of agents in the Boise Valley. Shawna worked primarily with Builders, Developers and Investors in the land acquisition for residential and commercial use
In 2007 Shawna founded her lifelong Dream “Camp River Run”, a summer camp for kids who are battling Life Threatening or Medical Illnesses. In everything Shawna does she radiates kindness, passion and love. After living in the Boise area for 46 years with her two wonderful boys Davis and Kramer, in spring of 2010 she and Michael, the love of her life moved to the Missoula Valley. In her spare time you’ll find her in the great outdoors fly fishing, camping, snowboarding, motorcycling, gardening and enjoying life.