When smart, passionate, creative individuals come together, the real work begins.
President & Principal Architect
Dwayne Brown earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University and has been President and Principal Architect of Slate Architecture since its establishment in 1997. He, his wife, and two daughters reside in Omaha, Nebraska where he gained a love for architecture through art and science! Dwayne leads all aspects of the project design at Slate and is an amazing communicator and activator of creativity. His spare time is spent enjoying improv comedy, providing service through Rotary club, and project restoration.
Vice President & Principal Architect
“Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.” ― Michael Jordan
Originally from Flaxville, Scott works as Vice President and Principal Architect at our Helena, MT location. He earned his Master of Architecture degree from Montana State University. Scott is an incredible listener, great problem solver, and always finds creative solutions to help our clients reach their goals and fulfill their visions. After hours you can find Scott geeking out over Dodge trucks, camping with friends and family, and playing the drums! He and his wife, Tana, have a son who is currently attending Montana State University. Go Cats!
“Be the type of person you want to meet.”
Jacob is a Principal Architect for our Helena, MT office, by way of Greeley, Colorado. He earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University, inspired by creating functional, beautiful spaces. His strength lies in his positivity, consistency, and passion for achieving goals. When he’s not achieving greatness with Slate, you can find him skiing, golfing, camping, and spending time with his beautiful wife and three amazing children.
“The true test of a man's character is what he does when no one is watching.” - John Wooden
Jeremy is a Principal Architect, working in our Omaha, NE office. He enjoys overseeing and being involved in every aspect of the process, from initial client meeting to schematic design, all the way through the construction process. Jeremy earned his Master of Architecture degree from University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He was inspired during high school to pursue architecture, after working with a local architect on a special design project, he’s been hooked ever since. When he’s not working with Slate you can find him spending time with friends and family, playing golf, and “sampling” beer and whiskey.
“Make it simple, but significant.” - Don Draper
Originally from Fort Benton, MT and located at our Helena, MT office, Kelly Axtman earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University-Bozeman. His greatest strength is communication and working with contractors and clients. He grew up around construction, inspiring to pursue this path, joining his family of designers and architects. When he’s not designing with Slate, you can find him golfing, hunting, and helping his family and friends with farming and ranching.
“Enjoy every day to its fullest.”
Riley is an Architect from our Helena, MT office. As a young lad he was enamored by the big machines in the construction industry, inspiring him to earn his Master of Architecture from Montana State University. His biggest strength is his determination, and although he doesn’t get to play with big construction equipment on the daily, he has combined his passion for computers and construction to pursue his interest in building design. When he’s not designing, find him playing table-top games, hunting and fishing, and spending time with his gorgeous wife and beautiful baby daughter.
Senior Interior Designer
“Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” ― Rumi
Originally from Kearney, NE, Crystal works as an Interior Designer in our Omaha, NE office. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, knowing she wanted to pursue a creative profession. She has always been fascinated with how spaces effect people. Her greatest strengths lie in her ability to build relationships and plan strategically. When she’s not working with Slate you can find her creating art, practicing yoga, and watching documentaries.
“A short pencil is better than a long memory.”
Originally from the Detroit area, Tim works as a designer in our Helena, MT office. Influenced by a childhood of playing with Legos, he chose to earn his Master degree and follow his career path to becoming an architectural designer. His greatest strengths lie in his organizational skills. When he’s not at Slate, you can find him racing Formula 1, playing soccer, or traveling with his wife and two sons Levi, and Ollie.
“Life is a conundrum of esoterica.” ― Lemony Snicket
Corey works as a Designer in our Omaha, NE office. He chose to earn his Master of Architectural Design degree, inspired by a love of both art and science, relishing the opportunity to create solutions to challenges with a programmed set of restraints. His greatest strength is ideation. He is fascinated by finding new ways to look at the world. Outside the office, he enjoys creating art, watching soccer, playing strategic games, and spending time with his two daughters who bring immense joy into his life.
"Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." -Teddy Roosevelt
Jake Ballweber is a native Helenan, working in our Helena, MT office. He earned his Master of Architecture from Montana State University – Bozeman. Jake is extremely detail oriented and excels in team scenarios and collaborative projects. He was inspired to go into architecture after as short career in construction. Building other people’s designs didn’t sit well with him, knowing he could do better. After work you can find Jake practicing competitive shooting, skiing, or woodworking. He has strong community ties and loves to spend time with his wife, Rachel, who is also an architect!
“Starbucks run, anyone?”
Originally from Saint Peter Minnesota and working as a designer in our Helena, MT office, Megan earned her Master of Architecture from South Dakota State University. She is a great harmonizer and all-around creative type, which inspired her path toward architecture and design; learning she was disinterested in computer programming after shadowing her father at a day of work. Her goal is to integrate interior and exterior architecture, so the designs are in sync. After work you can find Megan crafting, drinking coffee, and reading.
“You gotta do, what you gotta do, if you wanna do what you wanna do.”
Originally from Pierre, South Dakota, and located at our Helena, MT location, Seth Varty earned his Master of Architecture in 2020. He is very detail oriented and passionate about building assemblies and means of construction. His love of visualizing and creating all things, leading him on his design/architecture journey. In his spare time, you can find him hunting, fishing, or camping.
The Slate team has been fantastic to work with. Feel very fortunate to have such a great partner guiding us through the process and designing two new facilities to support our customers and employees.
In addition to being local, we felt their small and efficient team offered great customer service and problem-solving abilities. They were a very responsive and personable team. We look forward to working together on another project.
I have been continually impressed by Slate's enthusiasm for attacking complex project issues and resolving them as best is possible for the Client. I am confident teaming with them in the future will bring continued success.