About Us

Richard M. Shanahan Architects started in Bozeman, nurse Montana in 1973 grounded on principles of integrity, design excellence, and construction knowledge. Richard was introduced to design and construction at the age of 12 in the family’s masonry construction company. Those early lessons in quality, medicine
craftsmanship, and figuring out how buildings are constructed has proven a bedrock to his design expertise.

Our Vision and Approach

We provide responsive, comprehensive architectural services focusing on imaginative individual design with a basic understanding of function, aesthetics, and economics, all with a sensitive response to the environment. We work hand-in-hand with our clients to identify and meet their exact needs, beginning with detailed working sessions to listen to their requirements and ideas. These sessions allow us to completely understand all aspects of our client’s objectives and the site requirements. Each design is unique to the owner’s needs and sensitive to the natural and built environment — a critical component in locations of unsurpassed natural beauty.

We embrace state-of-the-art computers and the Autodesk® Revit® Building Information Modeling (BIM) program. We employ sophisticated systems to establish realistic and accurate list of construction estimates and confirm those estimates with local contractors and suppliers. We provide a complete permit service for obtaining community, development, fire department, and building department permits. In short, we provide comprehensive architectural support including feasibility designs, conceptual designs, permit drawings, and working drawings, including fully detailed “as built” plans.

Our Projects

Our firm is now a multi-disciplined architectural practice and has been involved in projects throughout the western United States. The projects vary from large projects to small additions, all of which required and included multi-purpose spaces and maximum flexibility. We have extensive experience in historical preservation and adaptive reuse facilities including working for the National Park Service’s Historical American Building Survey Program. Our firm has been involved in several preservation and restoration projects — some resulting in saving the structure from demolition and some included total replacement and upgrade of the entire mechanical, electrical, and fire systems. All required accessibility access design.


Richard M. Shanahan Architect’s projects and design quality have been recognized in Architectural Record, Redwood News, Kitchen and Bath Concepts, and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle.

Richard M. Shanahan Architects looks forward to working with YOU on your special project. Contact Us Now!