Randy Hafer FAIA, LEED AP BD+C
President, Co-OwnerWith a lifelong passion for architecture and strong belief that it can change the world for the better, Randy always knew he wanted to do more than design buildings: he wanted to make his community a better place to live. After spending 11 years of his professional career in Chicago, Illinois, Randy returned to his hometown of Billings in 1992. He rekindled his love for the High Plains, a unique landscape that requires an equally unique style of architecture, and opened the doors to High Plains Architects in 1999.
When Randy started High Plains Architects, he set about renovating a 1918 downtown warehouse where he relocated the office in 2001. The renovated warehouse is now listed in The National Register of Historic Places. The building also contains the first “loft” style residential apartments to be built in Billings and set an example for future High Plains projects. As the business continued to grow, Randy decided to renovate another building and moved High Plains Architects into the Klos Building, an 1893 former saloon, in 2008. Luckily, the move was only across the street. The building received LEED® Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in June 2009. He has since completed eleven LEED Platinum Buildings, eight certified historic tax credits projects and been the recipient of numerous green building and historic restoration awards. In 2014, he and Janna Hafer were awarded Small Business Persons of the Year for Montana by the Small Business Administration.
Since that first redevelopment, he has developed numerous additional downtown projects in Billings. Recently, he began to expand beyond Billings and has successfully completed feasibility studies on numerous historic buildings in other Montana communities. Beyond architectural design and consultation, he also provides development services for clients, as well as sustainability consulting for individuals, agencies, larger scale projects and institutions. Randy also serves on numerous local and state boards, including the Downtown Property Owners Association and the Montana Heritage Preservation and Development Association, and often travels around the state and country to speak on topics of sustainability, historic preservation and urban redevelopment, including giving a TEDx talk.
Randy is a licensed architect and LEED Accredited Professional with a Building Design & Construction specialty. He was elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (FAIA) in 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architecture from Stanford University and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale University.