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Our Book

"Stateline No.7 Architects" a 168 page portfolio of projects and a "How-To" approach to design. To obtain a copy contact ART 321 in Casper, WY at 307-265-2655.

About the Firm

Stateline No. 7 Architects is composed of up to 7 trained and dedicated professionals including a rescued lab-ridgeback mix, Buddy, whose focus is office morale.  The firm is consciously organized horizontally rather than the traditional vertical hierarchy which allows the principals to be involved in all facets from schematic design through construction administration.  This horizontal stratification along with informal atmosphere ensures that design goals remain in focus and project objectives are obtained.  The firm has a wide range of experience in diverse building types ranging from the complexities of medical facilities and large commercial developments in environmentally sensitive areas to the intimacies of private residential design.

The firm has gained respect and recognition for architecture that is sensitive to its environment and creatively integrated into its surroundings.  And despite working in a region lacking historic tax credit incentives, the firm has found a niche in repurposing existing buildings and leading by example.  A great respect is placed upon existing structures that are repurposed whether historic or not.  The existing building design is honored while adding the conveniences of modern technologies and re-integrating the structures into their contemporary context.  One of these repurposed structures, T Square, includes an historic run-down structure on a prominent corner of downtown Casper that now serves as the firm’s offices, a loft space for the founding firm principal and an ongoing project to renovate additional space for a co-work office space in the difficult-to-rent basement.

Stateline Architects core values include a belief that architecture should respond to its particular place and be a natural partner with the environment.  Emphasis is placed on extending the design beyond the structure to carefully consider each project’s place, not only the immediate site context, but the greater urban fabric and connectivity.  When designing within the urban landscape, the firm brings a level of commitment and accountability to their work, providing more than a glossy design.   Integrating locally-sourced materials, vernacular design, and time-tested construction appropriate to the region, Stateline No. 7 Architects extends the traditional boundaries of ethicality and provides contextual structures that endure, service their function admirably, and bolster the community’s investment.  The firm’s designs evolve from an appreciation for pragmatic solutions within the honesty of modernism and remain reflective of the grittiness that persists on the high plains of Wyoming.  An easy coexistence of industrial, raw, free-spirited, utilitarian and Western traditions are expressed with authentic material cladding combined with unwavering emphasis on form and function in simple rendition.

The signature of our work – in contrast to the age of prefabrication and automation – invokes the craftsmanship of the everyday tradesman; sustainability and energy conservation is achieved no-nonsensically; and client involvement for the duration of the project is essential.  An unwavering emphasis on quality is mediated with a high degree of technical competence while immense pride in our work, professionalism, surprising uses of reclaimed materials, and an easy going manner guides our approach.

The firm is deeply engaged in the community and the architecture profession.  Firm culture actively encourages involvement of the staff in community architectural review committees, local boards, AIA Wyoming boards and committees, architectural speaking engagements, collaboration in architectural documentaries, hosting high school and other public tour groups, lectures, pro bono services, collaborating with higher educational entities for architectural research, participation in local community development forums and leading community charrettes.  The firm has sponsored three participants who have graduated from Leadership Casper program.  In addition, the firm principals and staff embrace continuing education and repeatedly attend numerous professional development programs to stay highly informed about recent developments within the architecture profession, ensuring well-rounded architects who are also effectual global citizens.

The firm is regularly recognized in the media for their work in redeveloping structures and designing developments within the urban core of cities and towns across the region, including two documentaries that air on the public learning channel, over 40 articles featuring their projects, and several publications including their own recently published book.  Stateline No. 7 Architects was awarded the Norman E. Nelson Preservation Achievement Award by the City of Rapid City, South Dakota, for historic preservation excellence in the rehabilitation of the 1886 Windsor Block Loft project, which marked the firm’s first historic rehabilitation project.  The firm is also just one of seven recognized by the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office as qualified for historic preservation consultation and collaborates continually with the Alliance for Historic Wyoming and the Wyoming Business Council’s Main Street Program to promote urban core rehabilitation and preservation efforts around the state.

▪ Principal Architect:
   Lyle T. Murtha, AIA

▪ Principal Architect:
   Anthony R. Jacobsen, AIA

▪ Intern Architect:
   Kelly Fox
▪ Intern Architect:
   Landon Friesz
▪ Interior Designer:
   Andrea Godfrey