Our Firm

Our Mission

We believe that we have a duty in architecture to serve those around us.  We are a community storytelling architecture firm that not only creates space, but is involved in the community we strive to serve.  We see architecture as a synthesis of the contributions of the many people involved: clients, architects, engineers, consultants, contractors and at times the community at large.

Our Practice

Any firm can design a building, but only a handful of firms will not only LISTEN to what a client has to say, but actually HEAR what you are saying and help YOU bring your thoughts and ideas to fruition.  Our design approach is based on a  very interactive process between all team members.  This allows each member the opportunity to contribute their ideas, expertise, and technical knowledge, ultimately creating projects that are uniquely tailored to fit the needs and desires of our clients.

NE45 combines the intimacy and one-on-one mentoring environment as a small practice but with the extensive knowledge of a major design firm.  Our reputation is based on the personal relationships we develop with our clients, and we carefully and constantly monitor each other throughout the firm to make sure we have the time to develop these strong partnerships.

Our design approach focuses on the occupants of our design.  We strive to create buildings and home that transcend function to transform places and improve people’s lives.  It all starts with the client and our style is a reflection of that.  Every client is different and therefore so is every project.  Ideally our work is a reflection of you, your style, way of life, site and budget.  We honor honesty, demonstrate active trust and make principled decisions.

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With over 29 years of experience in architecture and construction, Ron has been working
exclusively in the industry since the early 1980’s. Ron knew early-on that he was going to be an architect, and has focused a majority of his professional time and efforts in the education and community sectors. Along with this vast experience, Ron’s proven leadership skills and team oriented approach to architecture and design have made him a valuable team member on over 500 building project.

As Principal and Owner of NE45 Architecture, Ron excels at client interaction and communication, and his personality is an asset when it comes to conflict and/or dispute resolution.  Ron began his career in the construction industry prior to becoming a registered architect in 1994. This experience provides him a very strong technical background in the materials and methods of construction, and also promotes efficient coordination of Architectural, Engineering and Construction professionals.

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Ben was born and raised in Havre, Montana. He received his Master’s in Architecture from Montana State University. He is an extremely energetic, enthusiastic, passionate and dependable person. He has brought these traits to every project that he has been involved with over the years and Ben not only listens to client’s wants and needs, but actually hears what they are saying. This ability to use his professional expertise to translate an owner’s idea to paper is one of his strong points, and his artistic eye, attention to detail, and amazing people skills strengthens his value for a project.

Ben has a wide range of project experience but a majority of his career has been focused on community design work.  As an Owner and Principal of NE45 Architecture, Ben works closely with clients, consultants and contractors to create a “teamwork” approach which is the secret behind every great project. Also his experience in REVIT, CAD, Sketch-up, Photoshop and other design programs will allow each and every client to have the most current and up-to-date technology for their project.

Jeff Lusin

As a Principal, Jeff collaborates with his fellow partners to provide effective and meaningful service to every client while striving to positively impact the surrounding community.  With experience in residential, commercial, hospitality, and healthcare architectural sectors, from time spent working in San Francisco, Portland and Seattle, Jeff finds himself back home in his native Bozeman.  He is a champion for mentorship and continued education as he believes they are key components to cultivating design.  Enhancing his own professional journey, Jeff finds time to engage in the local community.

Jeff has primary firm responsibility for project quality control and will lead the team in detailing from beginning to end. He provides the team with superior communication, programming and design development skills. He provides construction and control oversight on all office projects from concept development to final construction, constantly challenging the team to produce insightful and creative architectural solutions.

Tanner Skelton

Tanner Skelton brings a broad range of project experience including master planning, multi-family residential, single family residential and commercial. Tanner comes from the plains of Oklahoma, but left for the blue ribbon trout streams of Montana. In May of 2011, he received his Master of Architecture at MSU and has worked for local firms since then. Skelton resides in Bozeman with his wife Vanessa and daughter Millie.

Aaron Overstreet

Aaron Overstreet brings a broad range of project experience including arenas, sports facilities, installation master planning, multi-family residential, higher education and graphic branding packages. Aaron has a passion for graphic design and diagramming and is continually exploring new ways to communicate designs and ideas to clients enhancing the visualization experience while gaining a deeper understanding of the project. Aaron resides in Bozeman with his wife Jordan and son Easton.

Ali Vasarella

Ali Vasarella has designed and managed a wide range of projects, including small residential remodels, doctor’s office tenant improvements, and K-12 new construction and renovation, as well as being an integral part of larger higher education and commercial projects. She has successfully worked closely with homeowners, business owners, planning committees, and school boards to transform their thoughts into reality. Her professional interests include programming, graphic communication, computer modeling, and client interaction. When not at work, she enjoys spending time with her two kids and husband and being an active member of local community groups.


Heather grew up in Durango, Colorado and after spending four years in Indiana for college, she decided to leave the corn fields, lightning bugs, and humidity of the Midwest for mountain life once again. She completed her Master’s of Architecture degree at Montana State University and since then has worked on single family residential, multi-family residential, and health care projects, including several large hospital renovations in South Carolina and Georgia.