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
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 and redevelopment projects within 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 has served and continues to serve on numerous local and state boards and commissions, currently including the Downtown Billings Improvement District Board (Chair) and the Downtown Billings Partnership board. He 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.