My name is Lee Kierig. I was born in Las Vegas, New Mexico in 1953. There were many trips to Santa Fe and into the wild lands, with my folks, experiencing the history and art of Native American culture. It punctuates my young years. My artistic intuition has been evident since that time through natural expression. We moved to Montana in 1964 so my father could continue his love for ranching and farming in a more favorable climate. Throughout these times, until high school graduation in 1971, I continued with artistic expression albeit unconcerted. In 1969 I enrolled in a correspondence art school (with money my folks didn't really have) that I never finished. My parents' support has always been to encourage - especially Mom. After some time in the military, I finally got to it in 1978 when I enrolled in the Montana State University School of Architecture. I reasoned that architecture would bring avenues for expression while providing a suitable income. I was hooked and filled with passion for it. Architecture indeed provided the avenue for expression that I craved. - but not holistically. In particular, my degree was obtained during a time preceding computer interference. Making designs, drawing, painting and rendering my own designs became my passion. I was taught in the old school tradition, rooted in the classics, of employing techniques of artistic expression in methods of graphite, watercolor and ink composition. The Ecol de Beauxarts and Viennese schools of expression exerted their influences upon me while usonian and organic concepts flourished. I have had many good teachers and mentors who supported my emerging "Lee Kierig" style. I wrote my college thesis on philosophy of aesthetic as derived from ethos- in particular, "the spirit of the art of architecture". The sojourn revealed; architectures' duality- anima and animus; the "ineffable silent language" and 'love is the same for all' - universals. After obtaining my degree in 1983, I moved to Seattle to experience the "mainstream" only to find trends and cookery. In 1996 I returned to hometown Montana where I practice architecture from our home studio. My wife, Reenie, is a partner and runs the business. I continue to execute my work in the traditional methods. There are no CAD units around here. We stress unique handcrafted works of art and science.
I volunteer extensively in our community - donating services to community institutions and not-profits. I am also an appointed member of the county planning board in a county that has no plan - "How about that?"
Lee Kierig received his bachelor of Architecture degree from Montana State University in 1983. During and after college, he worked as an intern for a number of Montana and Washington architectural firms to gain a wide scope of experience in drafting, detailing, historic preservation, design, construction technology, supervision and cost management. He worked with architects in the Seattle area for 10 years, including 3 years of sole proprietorship, before returning to his native Montana in 1996 to start Lee Kierig Architects, Inc.
Doreen Kierig has a bachelor's degree in psychology and a Masters in counseling. She's been with the firm since 1997 as Office Manager. Her sunny nature and knack for putting people at ease help make the office an inviting, welcoming place for clients. Her impeccable record keeping and keen attention to detail help keep staff, clients and sub-contractors happy.