Significant areas of focus:
Master Planning • Commercial • Healthcare • Professional • Liturgical • Industrial • Renovations + Interiors • Living
Co-Founder / Principal / Architect
Michael brings over three decades of experience to every project, yet it’s his ability to understand at a deep level the client’s vision which sets him apart. Originally from Petaluma, California, Michael earned his degree in architecture at the University of Oregon before moving to Montana to live and raise a family. Spending time in nature has always been important to Michael. As a backdrop, Montana’s mountains and prairies, rivers and badlands create a bold palette of inspiration for Michael’s designs.
Working collaboratively with clients through every step of a project ensures exquisite melding of the client’s needs with the structured environment. As a project transitions from inspired vision to reality, the client relationship transitions to a cherished friendship. An added value is Michael’s appreciation for his community, which he and his wife, Sherril, deeply support through active volunteerism and philanthropy.
“Success is in the relationships we build with our clients.”
— Michael J. Burke
Co-Founder / Principal / Architect
When Sherril first meets with a client, she listens with an artist’s ear. An experienced architect, Sherril knows that a strong design speaks to both the function and the experience of a space – and details matter. Sherril attended the University of Oregon where she earned a degree in architecture. She returned to Montana, her home state, with husband, Michael, to raise their family and work together as a team.
Sherril’s architectural artistry is inspired by natural wonders found uniquely in the Beartooth Mountains, a place she visits often. When she isn’t working or walking in nature, you’ll likely find Sherril serving a non-profit organization as part of Sherril and Michael’s ongoing commitment to giving back to community.
“We start at the artistic stage then progress to the technical stage. It’s a discipline that encompasses a lot.”
Project Manager / Designer
As a youngster, Jeff was fascinated with taking things apart to see how all the pieces fit back together. In high school, he took classes in technical drawing and worked construction for a firm specializing in high end projects. Taking notice of Jeff’s talent and attention to detail, the contractor encouraged him to explore architecture.
Jeff studied design at Montana State University where he earned a degree in architecture in 1994. Although he had lived in many different places, including England, Jeff chose to live and work in Billings – a place he feels offers the perfect blend of urban and rural inspiration. When Jeff isn’t working on a design, he can be found spending time with his family and friends, playing and coaching sports or enjoying the great outdoors.
“While every project is different, all successful projects begin by listening closely to the client’s needs and desires.”
— Jeff Winkler
Van believes that the strength of an architect lies in his or her passion (heart), knowledge (mind), and pencil (hand). Nurturing this passion, informed by the mind, to guide the hand puts art back into architecture.
As a college freshman Van started studying civil engineering. But a lifelong love of drawing eventually led him to enroll in the School of Architecture at Montana State University earning both an undergraduate and master’s degree. After graduation, Van worked at several different firms in Montana and Alaska before joining HGFA Architects. Van’s extensive experience includes such diverse project genres as airports, museums, large retail, financial institutions, hospitals, high rise towers and residential.
Van and his wife have adopted eleven kids, ages 3 – 21 years, with whom he enjoys sharing the art of creative expression. He also enjoys researching technology trends and gadgets, songwriting, and poetry.
“Energy from the client is the initial spark in every project.”
— Van Dane Hagestad
Abdul understands that architecture impacts the human experience across all scales, affecting everything we perceive in our environment. Using this knowledge, Abdul brings a laser focus to every project, connecting the dots to find the right solution for each.
Originally from Saudi Arabia, Abdul studied architecture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. His design experience is broad, and includes technical spaces, laboratories, corporate interiors, and commercial architecture. For inspiration, Abdul analyzes the context of a project to determine how the design will relate to the environment, and ultimately how people will react.
Abdul recently relocated to Montana from California with his wife, an interior designer, and 3-year-old daughter. He sees Billings as an emerging city with many possibilities – and very hospitable people. When not working on a design, he enjoys reading – especially about history.
“Architecture is a field where many disciplines converge and affect everything we perceive arounds us.”
— Abdul Alfayez
Koriana Myers knows that the built environment directly impacts people in their everyday lives. As an experienced interior architect, Myers embraces the opportunity – and responsibility – to create spaces that provide an enjoyable and healthy interaction.
“My goal is to have people feel good in the spaces I design, even if they aren’t sure why they feel that way.”
Originally from Great Falls, Koriana earned an advanced certificate in environmental design from Helena College – University of Montana in 2018. Since graduating, she has worked on diverse projects including healthcare, higher education, retail, multi-family properties, and senior living facilities.
Koriana notes that interior design is a rare profession, merging an analytical/mathematical focus with creative. “I’m intentional and thoughtful about how the space is used first, then I focus on making the well-functioning space look and feel beautiful.”
Koriana enjoys the many outdoor amenities Montana has to offer. Weekends you might find her at a local campground, relaxing in one of the many campers that she’s renovated.
“It is rewarding to know that I’m contributing to the well-being and beautification of the place I love and care for the most.”
— Koriana Myers
For Chaundra, the joy of a client seeing their dreams become reality is one of the most invigorating parts of architecture.
Chaundra earned a BA in Environmental Design from Montana State University and began working as an associate with HGFA in 2017. Research, she notes, is the root of her designs.
Walking through the heart of an old town, no building replicates another. That uniqueness presents in Chaundra’s approach to design – different clients, different locations, different spatial adjacencies, different goals.
A Billings native, Chaundra uses history to partake in mending the future of her hometown. She also celebrates the proximity of the natural environment – rivers, woods, and mountains.
“I believe that the abstraction of everyday things can create something beautiful when viewed in a new light.”
— Chaundra Monical
Receptionist / Office Administrator
A 2012 graduate of the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss), Chanyfehr’s career has crossed very diverse business sectors, such as working as a financial analyst for a global company and as a buyer/manager in the fashion industry. Inspired by both structure and creativity, Chanyfehr joined HGFA Architects as the Office Administrator – a position which she says is a perfect blend of these two realms.
Family is important to Chanyfehr. With eight younger siblings, she grew up in a full house with what she calls “a rambunctious living room.” Chanyfehr moved to Billings to be close to her extended family. Being able to enjoy the calendar-like picturesque views she sees in every direction is a bonus.
“I love the structure of a checklist mentality, but I also flourish in the creative and ornamental. Architecture is the perfect blend of these two realms.”
— Chanyfehr Buchanan
HGFA is committed to actively supporting non-profit organizations through volunteer service, financial gifts and in-kind donations. These are a few of the organizations that HGFA is proud to support:
Qualified applicant’s MAIL resumes to:
HGFA Architects, PLLC
Attn: Sherril Burke
222 North 32nd Street, Suite 800
Billings, MT 59101
HGFA Architects, PLLC operating out of Billings, MT has an opening for 1 Project Architect. Duties include the following: Meet with clients to determine objectives and requirements for structures. Prepare structure specifications. Direct workers who prepare drawings and documents. Prepare scaled drawings, either with computer software or by hand. Prepare contract documents for building contractors. Manage construction contracts. Visit worksites to ensure that construction adheres to architectural plans. Seek new work by marketing and giving presentations. Proficiency in Revit, AutoCAD, Sketchup, Rhino, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe Photoshop.
Minimum Requirements: Applicants must have Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture, with 2 years’ experience with the job duties. Must be presently licensed in Montana with Architect License or eligible for licensure.
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