Dan Joseph Architects – New Office Location

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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

(406) 600.2284  (800) 800.3935

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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

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.

Dan Joseph Architects – It’s in My Nature

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It’s in My Nature #djawest

Remaining faithful to nature and thus to a greater truth is organic architecture’s yardstick.  Organic architecture should begin and evolve naturally; allowing buildings to emerge from the ground with a sense of belonging.  Nothing is arbitrary, but rather a natural harmony or rhythm as opposed to something strained.

These attributes have also defined my career of assisting clients and companies; refining goals and achieving aspirations alike.  Rare and uniquely qualified, I am a multi-talented and broadly experienced Architect and Construction Administrator; naturally evolving within a challenging and demanding profession.

Beginning as a competitive Bid-Build Contractor, I founded one of the top Contracting firms in the nation. It was during this period that I recognized knowing how to build was a matter of science and technology that often times calls into question ethics and aesthetic responsibility.  Equipped with this knowledge, my desire has been to empower Owner’s from a critical, responsible and fully informed perspective.

I truly enjoy the practice of Architecture.  Applying a comprehensive understanding of the built environment with a professional and artistic response, I design and create unique solutions including structures, relationships and results that are deserving of your consideration.

Specialties: Architecture, Engineering & Construction (AEC) as a “Single Point of Contact Service.”
Award Winning Master Planning & Design
Dependable Cost Analysis
Owner’s Project Representation

Dan Joseph Architects, LLC
Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Djawest.com

 

If your Life was measured in Summers, where would you spend them?

If your Life was measured in Summers

View of Teton Range interior of the Bar BC Ranch

IF YOUR LIFE WAS MEASURED IN SUMMERS #djawest Tired, perhaps even a little sore you rise for another morning; one more cup of coffee and a tense commute to the office…the trip home will likely be more of the same.  Undoubtedly, the sacrifices have all been worth while; the kids are in college or have transitioned into promising careers, the mortgage is manageable and a little personal time for reflection seems to be more of the norm.

So what will be next in the grand scheme of things?  If you are like me, “quality of life” seems to occupy my thoughts more than I’d care to admit.

Pausing for just a moment, go find a tape measure; put your left thumb on your current age and place your right on 72.  This approach provides a great visual for really comprehending the number of quality years remaining as contrasted to say an average person.  Now let’s take that number and convert them into summers.  And so there it is…if your remaining life was measured in summers, where would you spend them?

For me remote jagged mountains and blue skies speak to my most inner passion and love of life.  There are few other places that really affect me as deeply and spiritually as does our unspoiled western landscapes of the Rocky Mountains; and very few that speak as loudly as Jackson Hole’s Bar BC Ranch http://www.barbcranch.com/ (see pic inset).

Humbled describes best how I feel when visiting this very special community; an historical 1,400 acre Ranch located in one of Wyoming’s most scenic corridors and at the confluence of the Snake and Gros Ventre Rivers.  It doesn’t really matter what your life’s circumstance may be…the Teton Mountain Range, Teton National Park and blue skies for as far as the eye can see will absolutely command your attention.

In final word, I find it comforting knowing that some things are difficult to measure in years or inches; that there are ridgelines and river bottoms I may never walk, snow flakes and fish I’ll never catch…and just knowing that they exist certainly adds to my quality of life; God willing…the remainder of my summers will be spent in the splendor of our beautiful American West.  http://www.djawest.com/

Interview: Pure West – Christie’s Great Estates

Interview: Pure West - Christie's Great Estates

INTERVIEW: Pure West – Christie’s Great Estates #djawest

Q. What brought you to the Bozeman area?

A. Montana State University, love of the outdoors and related recreational opportunities. I had created and operated a large competitive Bid-Build Commercial Construction practice in Ann Arbor, Michigan (200 plus employees at a high point), and after fine tuning the organization, the lack of an ongoing challenge gave me pause and time to reconsider my career path.

After a few family vacations to Montana, we decided to move to Whitefish in 1991. It was there when serving as an Owners Representative to a large school remodel/expansion project that I became eager to formally blend my construction experience and creative interest as an Architect. Not wanting to leave Montana, I became aware of Montana States well respected Architecture program and we quickly relocated to Bozeman in 1992.

We remained in Bozeman for approximately 10 years; life’s circumstance brought us back to Michigan for a period of time. Our love of all things Montanan has now brought us back full circle to our adopted home state.

Q. What is the approach to your craft?

A. My approach is to carefully balance the needs of budget, programming and the sensitivities of place or location. I like to share with my clients that Architecture is similar to music; in other words what would you like to hear or see? Let’s pick the vernacular and then talk about volume. For instance we may talk about “Mountain Rustic”, but as such there is not a one size fits all approach to this vocabulary. One client may be visualizing something that is close to say turn-of-the century (loud) and another may be thinking accents of rustic with perhaps more modern finishes (soft). It’s all in the range of how one prefers to feel or hear his or hers particular preference, vocabulary or song.

Continuing, in my opinion there are three things that define great design…they are: Site Specificity, a Sense of Transparency and Expression of Structure; like a three legged stool the absence of any one leg and the project won’t stand up to curb-side scrutiny.

Lastly, it is important to remember that Architecture is an expression of art rooted in technical competency. It is important for me to feel a sense of place, to be inspired by the context of location; often times it can be the subtle little things of place that speak the loudest. Think of it this way…a lot of people can play a piano, but how many can move you to tears. Technical competency alone will not add value or interest in a built solution.

Q. Can you discuss past projects and designs?

A. Michigan seems to support a straight line approach to need; in other words most design commissions available are about adaptive reuse, commercial, institutional and like work opportunities. This is not to say that a higher level of design is not valued, high design is appreciated in all walks of life. It’s just that the opportunity to focus on the Art of Architecture is rare in certain areas of our country. My love for the west actually resulted in our “Faithful” brand series or concepts.

It was kind of like this; I am a fly fisherman and like any good fly fishermen, we often times enjoy our sport more so for the process and place that we experience. Faithful began that way; as wanting to be faithful to a place and a remembrance, I began to doodle in my spare time. Those doodle’s or in the passion of place and art eventually found its way to some very capable people. I suspect they sensed something in me that that was sincere and genuine. Combined with a love of place, competency and the ability to administer their better interest, I have been extended some unique opportunities.

Most notably Headwaters Camp; which included Master Planning, Aquatic Development, infrastructure, Geothermal Pond Looping, Solar Arrays, Cabin(s), Horse Barn and a significant Primary Residence. The first of three Guest Cabins proposed has been honored at the highest level by the US Green Building Council; and a significant National Award utilizing a different set of criteria that will be announced publicly for this same project in March. As an obscure and fairly unknown, these recent recognitions are pretty exciting stuff. Incidentally we were measured and contrasted to a number of well known Architects for this special and unique project assignment; I am very humbled and appreciative to have been extended the opportunity we were given.

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Yellowstone Club’s – Headwaters Camp by Dan Joseph Architects

Q. Tell us about Beaver Creek, Faithful and the Grizzly Ridge Lodge?

A. Beaver Creek Cabin started as a sketch rendering of a high end, High Mountain Cabin requested by Rustic Book author Ralph Kylloe. Since our publication in the Big Sky Journal, we have received inquires of interest for this Cabin from Southern California, Jackson Hole and Texas. It will be interesting to work on the Owner’s requested programming, remaining elevations and see where it ultimately ends up actually being constructed.

Schematic Design

Beaver Creek Ranch ~ Schematic Design by Dan Joseph Architects

The Faithful – Home came very close to being constructed in the Yellowstone Club; however instead we delivered a different look and much larger program, on a very unique ski-in, ski-out parcel. Our Faithful – Home continues to inspire others and has led to other project opportunities reflecting individual owner wants and desires.

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Faithful ~ Private Residence by Dan Joseph Architects

The Faithful – Lodge is a franchise opportunity for a Rustic Structure of accommodating proportions and western character. There is a huge demand for destination places of substance and experience and our Faithful Lodge Franchise has the potential to become a Coast-to-Coast phenomena. To drive home this point, when you see people flocking to Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s to eat, meet and marry the demand is very transparent. Michigan with all of its shore lines, Great Lakes and Mackinaw Bridge takes a back seat to the number of visitors ascending in record numbers on a retail center that has now become the number one tourist attraction in the State. This retail outlet allows but a glimpse of a real Rustic–Western experience. Not everyone can travel to the Rocky Mountain West and our urban centers are begging for this built acknowledgement. Our Faithful Lodge is a reflection of interest and desire to position ourselves as a provider to a National demand for a quality destination facility. Presently we are organizing concepts for equity investment partnering.

Faithful Inns

Faithful Lodge by Dan Joseph Architects

Grizzly Ridge is a high-end custom home that was originally designed for a client that has since evolved into a second iteration of development and appearance. This particular client has made this first design response available to the public through our services. A one time purchase of completed plans is available and can be modified to suit ones particular taste and want. “Jason, thank you so much for including us in your Pure West website.”  Check out Dan Joseph Architects at http://www.djawest.com/

Grizzly Ridge

Grizzly Ridge ~ Private Residence by Dan Joseph Architects