AIA, LEED AP, NCARB – Sr. Managing Partner

It’s critical to really listen to what the owner wants and needs and to respect both their budget and timeline. By working together to envision a great finished design, we can plan and organize every step of the project to create value, function, and beauty for our clients.

Dale, Senior Managing Partner, founded Nelson Architects in 2005. He has built a profitable and thriving practice by truly understanding the needs of owners and delivering high quality projects on-time and on-budget. Dale personally oversees and guides the firm’s projects with a wide variety of private and public sector clients. In May of 2012 Dale expanded his firm by forming a partnership with Ryan Smith, a well-known and respected architect.

Nelson Architects was featured in the September 2015 issue of Healthcare Design’s coveted Annual Showcase for their work in remodeling Benefis Health System’s Eastview Senior Care Center.

Dale brings more than 23 years of experience as an architect, consultant, builder, planner and construction manager to each project. His in-depth knowledge of every aspect of the building process makes him an invaluable designer as well as consultant to owners. Owners will tell you that Dale is “one of the most business-minded design architects and construction managers we have ever worked with.”

Dale’s unique ability to envision the finished design makes him a master at planning large, multi-faceted, and complex projects involving many players. He excels in finding efficiencies in the building process – connecting great design with functionality – that result in high quality designs saving the owners both time and money.

Dale is also a leader within his industry. In 2011, he was one of just five individuals to be appointed by, now former, Governor Schweitzer to the Montana Board of Architects and Landscape Architects. In 2016, Governor Bullock extended that appointment. Dales is now serving his third, three- year appointment. The board supervises the state licensure for architects and landscape architects and oversees and guides ethical business practices, fair competition, and managing issues or complaints. In his own words, Dale says:

“I have a passion for my profession. It’s important to me both personally and professionally to ensure our industry maintains their integrity, credibility, and abides by the code of ethics. Being part of this board is a great opportunity to serve not only the profession but to represent the customers that we all serve.”

Civic and Professional Affiliations

  • Great Fall Society of Architects, Member (past Board Member)
  • Montana State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects, Board Member
  • American Institute of Architects, Member (past President)
  • National Council Architectural Registration Boards, Member