Dan Joseph Architects – Best in the World?


United Kingdom – http://www.DailyMail.co.uk

UK’s Daily Mail with 45.348 Million Unique Visitors (world’s leading website newspaper); recently published….

Dan Joseph Architect’s Montana Cabin “could easily be crowned best in the world as it looks like something straight from a nostalgic family film.”

Thank you Daily Mail…we appreciate your generous compliments; watch for future film interest that are sure to follow!  #djawest


Dan Joseph Architects Awarded AIA Honors


Dan Joseph Architects Awarded AIA Honors #djawest

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Honor Awards program recognizes achievements for a broad range of architecture in order to elevate the general quality of professional practice, to establish a standard of excellence against which all architects can measure performance, and to inform the public of architectural practice, its breadth and value.

Recently, the Montana Chapter www.aia-mt.org solicited submissions from all Architecture firms located throughout the state. Completed projects were sought from 2009 to present and could include out-of-state commissions.  Colorado’s Fentress Architects www.fentressarchitects.com of International Fame, most noted for the Denver International Airport was selected as an impartial jury in blind review to all works gathered.

The Highest Achievement and Recognition attainable is the AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Design; and was bestowed upon Architect – Daniel J Turvey of Big Sky, Montana for the year 2014.

Principal and Owner of Dan Joseph Architects www.djawest.com, Daniel Turvey states “Recognition at this level in particular as acknowledged from such an acclaimed jury of practicing professionals is both substantial and noteworthy; and serves to illustrate that even a sole practitioner or small office can accomplish wonderful things.”

Dan Joseph Architects – New Office Location


Dan Joseph Architects – New Office Location  #djawest

Due to increased client demand Dan Joseph Architects announces the opening of their newest office now located in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.  Professional Services are available throughout the Western Region ranging from Whitefish & Big Sky, Montana; to Jackson & the Star Valley areas of Wyoming.

Dan Joseph Architects, LLC
PO Box 12770
Jackson Hole, Wyoming  83002

(307) 733.3735 – (800) 800.3935

Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch - Jackson, Wyoming

Bar BC Ranch Entry Gate – Jackson, Wyoming

Architect’s Journal Entry

BAR BC RANCH – Jackson, Wyoming:  Greeted with warm smiles and hardy handshakes, I was recently welcomed as a visiting Architect and well received guest at a Ranch House BBQ hosted by Hillwood; a Perot Company http://www.hillwood.com/ and Sotheby’s International Realty of Jackson, Wyoming http://www.jhsir.com/

To say that I felt at home and amongst friends would be an understatement; this group of top-notch professionals shared in conversation and aspiration as though I had been a valued acquaintance that could be measured in years.  But then again the Bar BC is no stranger to camaraderie, laughter and the simple enjoyment of people gathered at a magnificent setting.  Fact is…stories of Bar BC Cowboys and Cowboy want-to-be’s began in 1912 and by the 1920’s was known as one of the most famous Dude Ranches in the region.

Embracing a rich heritage and the significant remembrance of place held within the hearts of generations, Hillwood concluded that all ranch improvements would be rooted in stewardship and an absolute appreciation for the land.  Roads and trails would blend with natural scenery, scenic overlooks and majestic views.  The dual mission would also conserve wildlife corridors, while also providing for private use and enjoyment of this one-of-a-kind setting.

Upon leaving and thanking my hostess for a good time had by all, a small herd of elk was seen grazing in the lush grass found in abundance surrounding a larger pond located interior to this unique community.

When you have the time, drop by and visit the Bar BC Ranch – Jackson, Wyoming http://www.barbcranch.com/ and check out Dan Joseph Architects http://www.djawest.com/ schematics prepared for your enjoyment and preview found within the yurt located at parcel 12; or alternatively at the gate house leading to the few remaining parcels expected to be sold in the near term.  #djawest

Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp Awarded Residence of the Year

Yellowstone Club's - Headwaters Camp

Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp by Dan Joseph Architects

YELLOWSTONE CLUB’S – HEADWATERS CAMP #djawest : Based upon utilization of historic Architecture, respect for cultural heritage, outstanding natural beauty and the incorporation of sustainable design principals, a Western States Architect has designed Mountain Living’s ‘Most Responsible’ Residence of the Year. 

The project Headwaters Camp, located in Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, Montana “is carefully cradled in a world defined by the orderly needs of program and the random artistry of nature in the extreme,” says the architect Dan Turvey.  Set upon the edge in a series of ponds, streams and falls designed by Turvey, a rustic cabin appears to hover over the sparkling waters of a high mountain alpine lake.  “Developing our Master Plan on this 22 acre parcel from among others available was a critical decision made by the owner,” says Turvey.  “It wasn’t readily apparent that such potential existed on a site that lent itself more to limitations than an envisioned family encampment.”

Designing a structure in the Rockies at 8000 feet, proximate to Yellowstone National Park presents many challenges; including an active seismic zone, annual snow fall approaching 8’-0” and an underlying geology that must be considered well in advance to undertaking any formal response.  Within these constraints the Architect looked to the National Park and our collective early century architectural heritage for creative inspiration.  “The idea was to showcase and celebrate an enduring, regional vernacular that conveys strength, permanence and a sense of confidence amongst an overwhelming panorama of majestic mountains and weather extremes,” says Turvey.  “The added practical benefits of this vocabulary allowed us to seamless integrate moment frames, shear panels and a wide flange ridge beam, while also accenting the dwelling with rafter tails, reclaimed dimensional timber and log assemblies throughout a substantial structure.”

The difficulties of achieving energy efficiency in a rustic vocabulary, which by this example utilizes the appearance of dove-tailed, hand hewn, sand chinked timbers, dry stacked stone and old world planking, was accomplished with an artistic approach of applying materials to a conventional wood framed structure.  The final result is a modest sized, 1800 sf, rustic dwelling that reflects sustainable values that have been honored at the highest possible level by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) – Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

This LEED-Platinum designated home is the first in Southwest, Montana and the third home in the state to receive any certification from the USGBC.  “The vision for Headwaters was to create a family camp that feels and looks like it has existed for 100 years,” says owner Todd Thomson.  “I was also determined to build a home that reflects my values as an environmentalist and board member of the World Resources Institute.”

Yellowstone Club's - Headwaters Camp

Near view of Headwaters Camp – Guest Cabin

Photo Insert:  The Guest Cabin as seen from the near side of a high altitude pond, which provides for family enjoyment while serving as a thermal mass for a WSHP exchange loop.The primary axis of the structure aligns to a water feature and another towards a magnificent view of the nearby Pioneer Mountain located deep within the Madison Range. 

Notice how this home gently keys into the waters edge, complimenting the rustic structure’s connection to the landscape.  (Photos by Audrey Hall) 

“Really what makes this project so special was the commitment on behalf of all the parties to push Headwaters Camp to a level that currently has no equal” says Turvey.  “In the big picture of things, the end product is a reflection of an Owner’s exceptional vision and directive.” while adding “The contractors collective commitment and determination to make the mark cannot be understated; without the teams applied effort, certification would not have been possible.”

Dan Joseph Architects shares the true power of architecture with a breathtaking example of a modest sized, rustic dwelling that reflects sustainable values.

 Green Building

‘Green Building’ often evokes images of rectilinear like structures with clean, geometric lines. So how is it possible for a Rustic Cabin that appears to have been built decades before, to receive a LEED for Homes Platinum rating: a top designation for residences awarded by the United States Green Building Council?

Consider for one…that the Headwaters Camp – Guest Cabin is an original design and likely the most efficient ever built; for instance eliminating problems of uneven settlement, air and insect infiltration normally associated with buildings of this type, a fully insulated Chimney and Fireplace enclosure and a WSHP- Pond Loop sized for Cabin and Home alike.

 Design – Performance Accomplishments

 1.  Hidden Seismic and Live/Dead Load Engineering – Wide Flange Ridge Beam, Micro-lam Roof Framing, Moment Frame, Shear Panels and Shear Walls all disappearing seamlessly into a structure that appears to have been built 100 years earlier.

 2.  Applied Reclaimed Finishes – Eliminating Air and Insect Infiltration typically associated with Rustic Dwellings; utilizing Dove Tailed Timbers, Dry Stacked Stone, Standing Dead…Log Beams & Columns, Rustic Wall/Floor Planking, and Dimensional Rafters/Beams.

 3.  Unique fully insulated, tube steel framed Fireplace and Chimney, utilizing an Isokern Fire Box and Chimney Chase.

 4.  WSHP – Pond Loop, Radiant Flooring, Air Exchange Units, Grey Water Reclamation, etc.

 5.  Super Insulated Structure (combined closed cell spray foam and batt overlay) and Triple Glazed Window Units

 6.  Conventional wood framing at prescribed, increased spacing, saving material and money

 7.  Over 100 – third party certified points in the designation of LEED Platinum.

Celebrate the universal capacity of Good Planning and Outstanding Design with Dan Joseph Architects

Regardless of vernacular, the principals of ‘Green’ building still apply; with DJA…Rustic and Western Design can now share in the same positive attributes that other environmentally responsible buildings enjoy; fostering sustainable building practice as a good steward of our natural resources.

 Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp:

 ‘Single Source’ Professional Services provided by Dan Joseph Architects

Construction Administration and Oversight · Site Master Planning: Building Envelopes, Aquatic Design (Ponds and Streams) · Infrastructure and Site Access Planning · Civil Engineering Coordination · Geothermal WSHP Engineering Coordination · Building Design – Schematics, Design Development, Construction Docs: Cabin, Horse Barn and Primary Residence · Structural Engineering Coordination · Architectural Review Committee submittals · Mass Modeling and all other related Professional Service tasking for this outstanding and unique High Mountain encampment.

Todd & Melissa Thomson
Headwaters Capital: Todd Thomson Walks the Walk

Project  Location  Yellowstone Club – Big Sky, MT

Architect & Construction Administrator
Dan Joseph Architects – Big Sky, Montana

Architect’s Consulting Engineers
Civil:  Allied Engineering – Bozeman, MT
Structural:  Bridger Engineers – Bozeman, MT
Geothermal:  Major Geothemal – Wheat Ridge, CO
Solar:  Independent Power Systems – Bozeman, MT

LEED Consultant    Kath Williams – Bozeman, MT

General Contractor
Highline Partners – Big Sky, MT

Interiors  Carole Sisson Design – Big Sky, MT

Photos by Audrey Hall

Dan Joseph Architects – The Best is Recognized


Dan Joseph Architects – The Best is Recognized

At Dan Joseph Architects, ‘It’s in Our Nature’ to deliver professional services with a relentless work ethic, honesty and integrity, but did you also know that our Principal and Owner, Daniel J Turvey, AIA is the highest awarded, Montana based Architect for 2014?  Were you aware that one of our projects was recently documented for a pending ‘Destination America’ program; or that Mr. Turvey is a Founder of an Engineering News Record – Top 500 Bid/Build Contracting Firm?  Or perhaps that Dan Joseph Architects delivered Southwest, Montana’s first LEED Platinum project; was awarded ‘Mountain Livings – Project of the Year’ and is a perennial mention as ‘Mountain Living’s – Top Mountain Architect’?

As our Awards and Recognition continue to stack up, we know that our role and continued success requires that we passionately deliver your mission, program and values; we believe that our future can only be assured by delivering your deepest aspirations; give Dan Joseph Architects  www.djawest.com a call today and let us go to work for you! #djawest

Top Mountain Architect

A TOP MOUNTAIN ARCHITECT #djawest :  Dan Joseph Architects has been selected by the editorial staff of Mountain Living for a recent edition of ‘Top Mountain Architects & Interior Designers’; an exclusive guide to the most talented and influential Architects, Design/Build professionals and Interior Designers at work in the West today!

Even more exciting, Dan Joseph Architects is now headquartered in Jackson Hole, Wyoming to better serve the Rocky Mountain West.  As always, we’re only a phone call away for those throughout North America and beyond.