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Local Element Architects offers a diverse range of services and design aesthetics that pairs originality with the dreams and aspirations of our clients. Local Element Architects focuses on quality design in every step of the process.  Every project is executed with a collaborative process that explores and assesses every aspect of the project, insuring a cohesive, on budget, and beautiful building that is more than just a place, but an experience.





Chris Yeley founded Local Element Architects in 2018 to create a unique architecture firm that provides an emphasis on delivering original design, development solutions and exceptional client service.

Raised in Bozeman, Montana, Chris followed his design passion and received his Masters degree in Architecture from Montana State University in 2012.  With over 14 years in the building industry, Chris has worked as a carpenter on luxury homes, executed over 500,000 square feet of custom residential projects, managed large hospitality and commercial projects, and design built his own residential developments.

Chris is a licensed architect in Montana and Arizona and is a NCARB Certificate holder, giving him the ability to obtain a license in any state.




Jonathan is originally from Mexico and grew up in northern Wyoming in an environment where hard work, responsibility, and honest morals were instilled at a young age and remain the basis for Jon’s work ethic today. Throughout his collegiate studies as well as working professionally, he has learned that architecture can provide a deeper sense of value beyond aesthetics and design.

Jonathan graduated from Montana State University in 2018 with his Master’s degree in Architecture. He has been practicing Architecture since 2016 with local firms in Bozeman, such as Locati Architects where he worked on commercial and residential projects in Bozeman and Big Sky. At SMA Architects, Jonathan assisted on Commercial, and Educational Projects around the State of Montana. 


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