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Nicholas Cole

PRINCIPAL ARCHITECT / NCARB / AIA

Founding partner of NC Design Studio, Nicholas Cole has explored the aesthetic interplay of architecture and nature for nearly 20 years. Nicholas continues to be one of the region’s most sought after architectural designers. His work has received multiple design awards throughout the years. Though best known for his houses, Cole has recently designed some prominent institutional and commercial projects. Cole, a fifth generation Montanan, grew up in Missoula and then attended Montana State Architectural School. His favorite activities away from work include biking, skiing and most of all, spending time on Flathead Lake.

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Scott Friend

PROJECT MANAGER

Scott joined NC Design in 2012. He is very passionate about design and his long list of successful projects speaks for itself. Cole first noticed Scott’s strong abilities and keen work ethic while teaching one of MSU’s first year design courses in 2004. By chance they ran into each other again at a Griz Game in 2012. Since then, Scott has been a very valuable member of NC Design Studio. Scott also grew up in Missoula and attended Montana State Architectural School for his Bachelors and Masters degree. He loves to ski up at the local ski area and spend time hiking many of Montana’s beautiful peaks.

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Mike Bond

PROJECT MANAGER

Mike has been a member of NC Design Studio since 2015, and has 14 years of experience in Architecture. He takes pride in being an architect, with a strong interest in building construction and architectural technologies. He has played an integral role in design, production and management of a variety of high-end residential, and multi-family projects. In addition to working on residences, Mike has also worked on commercial and medical projects around the State of Montana. A number of projects that Mike has contributed to have received awards, including Montana AIA Honor Awards, Historic Preservation Awards, and LEED Accredited projects. Mike has considerable expertise in the management of complex projects and working with community groups and local government, including projects for the City of Missoula, University of Montana, Montana State University, and several Hospital Boards. Mike holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois.

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Victoria Balfour

OFFICE MANAGER

Victoria is the newest addition to the NC Design team; joining in the fall of 2015. She holds two graduate degrees in the natural science and supplies a refreshing new tone to the office. Vicki was born in Glasgow, Scotland and grew up in Massachusetts. She has spent the majority of her life traveling the country and world, settling in Missoula, MT over 10 years ago for the rivers, mountains and a wonderful community. When not traveling she enjoys spending time in nature and learning new skills.