Pearson Design Group offers a broad range of design aesthetics, which is reflective of our inventive and creative spirit. Focused on originality, we approach every project with a well-managed, collaborative process, which explores the opportunities and assesses the constraints in order to craft an architectural experience that evolves into an integrated and original story — a whole, a home, a legacy.


While architecture may begin with something sublime — an attraction to site, a quality of light, or a dream of space, it quickly proceeds to innumerable choices. In all projects, large or small, we work hard to develop a dynamic response to the site and to the client. By listening to our clients, we have honed the conception process to the highest degree; ensuring a building experience replete with integrity and a focused delivery.

Our projects range from large multi-structure ranch and family camps to intimate, highly detailed retreats, all of which are defined by a true sensitivity to scale, attention to detail, obsession with light — ultimately forging a symbiotic relationship between architecture and nature.

Interior Design

Working in concert with our Architectural Group, Pearson Design Interiors creates cohesive environments that reverberate our practiced attention to every design detail, accompanied with an organic, handcrafted sensibility. Our surroundings are intrinsically enhanced through lighting, fixtures, artwork, fabrics, antiques and furniture. PDG offers a continuum of services from Conceptual Design to Procurement to Installation. Exceptional interior design should honor the architectural structure of a place, instead of distract. At Pearson Design Interiors, we celebrate the resonance and character of the space that surrounds us.

Our Team


LARRY PEARSON, Founding Principal

Larry Pearson is a storyteller; distinct narratives are revealed in his designs. Each tale begins with an individual client, and then is born of the landscape, reflecting the subtle historical context of character and space. Larry’s dwellings chronicle the balance between inherent knowledge of surrounding and the technology allowing for a contemporary lifestyle in a modern home.

Closely aligned with his professional practice, Larry’s personal history has been shaped by the setting of his youth, summers hiking in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and travels to Europe and Asia. After receiving his degree in Architecture from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Larry launched the Pearson Design Group in 1997, creating a unique design niche inspired by regional materials and exceptional landscapes, reinforcing the storied relationship between structure and surroundings.

With the introduction of his three partners as principals in 2010, the Pearson Design Group now offers, not only Larry’s personal vision, but also the collective depth of his partners. Even so, Larry’s perfect day starts and ends at the drafting table: the story still emanates from pen on paper.


JOSH BARR, AIA, Principal

Working with the Pearson Design Group since 2002, Josh is driven by the tradition and practice of architecture through the collaboration of client and architect. Involved in multiple aspects of the firm from office and project management to the development of construction documents and design, Josh has helped influence the creative use of traditional regional materials to create modern, unique, livable, and aesthetically contextual spaces.

A principal at Pearson Design Group, Josh is a licensed architect in Montana, Utah, and Colorado. Originally from Dubois, Wyoming, Josh received his Master of Architecture from Montana State University.



An integral part of the Pearson Design Group since 2004, Justin Tollefson collaborates in all aspects of the firm, from design, to office and project management. Growing up with an architect father, Justin inherently appreciates the value not only of creativity, but how to manage creativity. Inspired by the simultaneous pursuit of tradition and modernity in design, Justin embraces a holistic practice and process of architecture, ensuring quality, integrity, and professionalism.

A licensed architect in Montana, Colorado, Utah and Wisconsin, Justin received his Bachelors of Arts in Sociology from the University of Colorado and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Minnesota. As part of the Pearson Design Group, Justin enjoys working on projects throughout the country, experiencing these diverse locations instills an appreciation of the subtleties of regional architecture and its unique sense of place.


CHRISTI BRADBURY, CPA, Chief Financial Officer

In her own words, Christi Bradbury is often the friendly voice on the other end of the phone at Pearson Design Group. After 12 years working in a public accounting firm, Christi was selected by PDG for her knowledge and familiarity with the business of architecture firms. Christi’s responsibilities range from budgeting and projections, cash flow management, tax planning, and implementing policies to increase efficiencies. A true Montana gal and Bobcat fan, Christi grew up in Havre, MT, and received her Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Professional Accountancy from Montana State University.


JOSH BURDEN, Project Manager

With eight years at Pearson Design Group under his belt, Josh Burden deftly handles PDG’s construction administration, tending to design and construction documents. Josh exhibited an early interest in the planning and building of structures, so when he attended California Polytechnic State Institute he double majored with a B.S. in Construction Management and a Bachelors of Architecture to complement his chosen career. A native Californian, Josh now enjoys a typical Montana routine, a bit of hunting and fishing, mixed in with caring for two ugly dogs.



Currently pursuing professional licensure, Brady Ernst joins Pearson Design Group providing skilled drafting and documentation coordination, along with adept computer graphics contributions. Originally from Lewistown, MT, Brady received his Masters of Architecture from Montana State University and worked in Alaska before returning to the splendor of his home state. When not occupied by drawing, photographing, and writing about all things architecture, Brady enjoys playing with his cat when the weather doesn’t cooperate for a nice game of tennis, or a snowy stint on Alpine skis.


PATRICK JOHANSON, AIA, Project Architect

Adding to PDG’s impressive design resume for the past eight years, Patrick Johanson draws his inspiration from Montana’s unique personality and environs. Always cultivating his passion for good design, art, and photography, Patrick, ever since he was a child, is never without a pencil and sketchpad. Patrick received his Masters of Architecture from Montana State University. A native of southwest Washington, Patrick takes full advantage of Bozeman’s generous geography by skiing, camping and hiking.


Leisa Kolstad, Interior Designer

Leisa’s passion for art and design was inspired in part by her grandmother, who taught her to paint and sketch. After graduating from The Art Institute in Seattle in 2010, Leisa lent her talent to projects spanning from the Bahamas and Mexico to California and Montana. At PDG, she loves exploring the creative maze that is her mind. Learning about different eras of art and design and interlacing them allows her to create spaces that feel fresh. Her passion persists outside of work; she’s always on the lookout for unique pieces to invest in.


Christa Palecki, Interior Designer

Originally from the Philadelphia area, Christa moved to Bozeman in search of a more active outdoor lifestyle, Christa came equipped with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design, ready to contribute her experience and artistry to various PDG projects. Fueled by the outdoors, she finds inspiration in natural materials and sustainable products, and aspires to create artful, restorative spaces that focus on human health, safety, and sustainability. She grew up sailing and horseback riding, and she enjoys painting a multitude of subjects in acrylics and watercolors.

Jerome Steckler


A Missoula native, Jerome came to Bozeman to pursue his interest in architecture, and earned a Masters of Architecture from Montana State University in 2018. He has a passion for design that continually pushes the envelope, while creating interesting discussions along the way. At PDG, he focuses on creating 3D models, renderings, and graphics. Both inside and outside of work, Jerome is very interested in technology: electric vehicles, the new space race, and sustainable energy are his favorite topics. He’s working on obtaining a 3D printer for his house, and seeing where that takes him.



As a PDG intern en route to licensure, Derek melds his lifelong passion for creating with the built environment. A Montana native who couldn’t tear himself away from the outdoor lifestyle, he earned his Masters of Architecture from MSU, graduating in 2014. When he’s not snowboarding, Derek is happily lost in Montana’s vast wilderness, whether on foot and motorcycle or in a campervan. He’s continually on the go, and photography has become a creative outlet that challenges the way he sees the world and keeps him motivated.


JED THOMAS, AIA, Project Architect

More than just a project manager, Jed Thomas has been working at Pearson Design Group for nine years. Jed preps planning applications and documentation, produces detailed working drawings and specifications, helps coordinate the work of contractors, and resolves issues that may arise during construction. With a Bachelor of Environmental Design and a Masters of Architecture from Montana State University, Jed is currently pursuing his professional license. Hailing from Great Falls, MT, Jed is naturally one with the water, spending his time outside the office kayaking and rafting.

Mitchell Warthen

Mitchell Warthen, Architect in Training

After moving from Illinois to Montana as a kid, Mitchell fell in love with the Bozeman landscape. He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from Montana State University, and has followed that up with a Masters of Architecture. Mitchell enjoys helping clients see projects come to life, and at PDG his work emphasizes graphics and representation, including 3D renderings, models, and illustrations. Hands-on projects, such as carpentry and remodels, keep him occupied outside of work, as do outdoor adventures like hiking, backpacking, fishing, climbing, and skiing.


Jonathan Weber, Architect in Training

Jonathan moved from Colorado to Bozeman specifically for the architecture program at MSU and earned both BA and MA degrees, completing the latter in 2014. At PDG, he relishes the opportunity to exercise his creativity in a variety of ways. For Jon, who thrived in art classes from elementary school onward, the creative process is the key to what makes architecture so compelling. When he’s not at PDG, he can be found building cabinets and more in his home woodshop or spending time outdoors with his two young daughters.


Rachel Whipple, Office Manager

The daughter of an Army serviceman, Rachel grew up in Texas, Georgia, Germany, Kansas, and Minnesota before settling in Massachusetts, where she earned a BS in Education from Westfield State University. She moved to Bozeman in 1997. As PDG’s Office Manager, Rachel handles all the bookkeeping for both the Architecture and Interior Design departments. She also assists the Interior Design team on project contracts and budgets. When not at work, she’s busy raising two sons and enjoying a broad spectrum of outdoor activities through all the seasons in Montana.



After stints in such far-flung locales as California, Australia, and Illinois, Zyg moved to Bozeman and earned a Masters of Architecture from MSU in 2015. He’s excited to participate in many PDG projects in multiple stages to ensure a comprehensive experience. Diversity in design inspires him, and he relishes the chance to create something new as well as to learn traditional techniques. A lover of the outdoors, Zyg also has a passion for building things, whether a coffee table for his house or a tree fort in the woods.

Pearson Design Group
102 N. Broadway Ave.
Bozeman, MT 59715 (MAP)
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