Design Philosophy

We believe that the most successful designs arise from the satisfaction of our clients’ particular wishes in a form which is carefully integrated into the fabric of the neighborhood, community, and region in which it belongs. Sometimes we recognize conflicts in these objectives which we view not as obstacles, but opportunities for invention. At other times, we look to the past for inspiration and time-tested responses to particularly challenging design problems. This multi-faceted approach to design underscores our objective to produce buildings of enduring value, which are simultaneously useful and beautiful, evoking comfort and warmth.

Porth Architects, Ltd.

Established in 1991, Porth Architects, Ltd. has completed nearly 200 residential and light commercial projects in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain West. Project scope has ranged from a single coffee table to multi million dollar homes with one constant: high quality design that exceeds the client’s expectations for visual appeal, function, and durability. 

Porth Architects’ work has been published in Luxe Colorado, Architecture Minnesota, Big Sky Journal, Better Homes and Gardens, Cowgirl, Food and Wine, and other regional and national publications.

Now operating from the Sun Valley area, the firm is perfectly located to serve projects in the states of Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.

Andrew Porth, AIA, LEED A.P.

Andrew Porth, AIA is the founder and president of Porth Architects, Ltd.. The firm originated in Minneapolis, Minnesota, moving to Montana in 2005 and Idaho in 2016.

A recognized authority on residential design, Andrew was the head juror for the 2010 AIA Housing and HUD Secretary’s Awards and has been quoted in the New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Residential Architect magazine, among others. A past National Chair of the Custom Residential Architects Network, a Knowledge Community of the American Institute of Architects (AIA CRAN), Andrew has also served as a member of the AIA Housing Advisory Group.  

Mr. Porth holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Williams College, a Master of Science Degree from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Architecture degree from Carnegie-Mellon University.  He is a licensed architect in several Midwestern and Rocky Mountain states and is a LEED accredited design professional. 

A dog lover and avid fly fisher, Andrew does his best conceptualizing with his friendly Labradors at his feet or the sound of a river in his ears.