Professor Román Montoto, AIA NCARB

Román studied architecture at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, his hometown, earning a BSAS and MArch in addition to a bachelors in Art History & Criticism.  He is a licensed architect with NCARB certification and a member of the American Institute of Architects in addition to a professor of architecture in the College of Art & Architecture at the University of Idaho.  With over 20 years of experience in both architectural practice and academia, Román has been involved with a wide variety of nationally & internationally recognized writings, presentations & award winning projects.

In additional to the description above, COAXIAL refers to the multi-disciplined nature of the practice (graphic, time-based, and architectural).  With architecture as the primary disciplinary spine, the trans-disciplinary approach of the practice requires that intimate understandings of client needs & conditions are established for arriving at design solutions that carry innovative resolve.  This allows the work of  COAXIAL to transcend disciplinarity; finding unique solutions for the needs of 2-, 3-, and 4-dimensional challenges.


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COAXIAL: MONTOTO DESIGN is an architectural design practice founded professor Román Montoto, AIA NCARB with the goal to transcend distinctions between experimentation in academia and administration of services in professional practice.  After many years of experience in both the academics and professional practice of architecture, it became clear that design knowledge, technique, and strategy from one could, and should, support the other in a way that advanced the practice of the discipline.  Here, the academic design studio emerges as a laboratory where hypothesis, experimentation, and critique reveal unique possibilities for practice.  The result of this philosophy allows the primary elements to any architectural design problem, people, place, function, and experience, to charge the practice with co-axial synergies; where creative & experimental freedom serve as catalyst to creatively and effectively pursue design problems in service to client projects with innovative resolve.  While the focus of project is primarily residential and small scale retail & commercial, the methodology and capability of  COAXIAL: MONTOTO DESIGN is suitable for a broad spectrum of project types.