About Our Principal

Mike Dowling, AIA, NCARB


        Raised in Helena, MT, Mike received his Bachelor and Master’s degrees in Architecture from Montana State University, graduating at the top of his class with Highest Honors. Upon graduation he was recruited to an award winning Architecture and Planning firm, RTKL Associates, Inc in Baltimore, MD where Mike quickly rose to the status of Associate with the firm working on a wide variety of urban scale architecture and planning projects.
        Returning to Helena in 1994, Mike started his practice in 1995 with a desire to make a positive contribution to the built environment where he established his roots. Nothing less than the highest level of design and service based on collaboration formed the foundation for a growing practice. Architecture at a human scale and striving for appropriate design solutions has always been a goal that Mike searches for with each project. Excellence in design can be found everywhere when the right solution is reached.
        Mike empowers each team member at DSA with the tools to reach their highest potential. A studio based office keeps communication open and design flowing. Mikes expertise includes building design, planning, project management and consensus building, problem solving, “big picture” thinking, project budgeting and pro-forma development.
        Giving back to his community, Mike has served on many volunteer boards including the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce, Helena Parking Commission, Helena Business Improvement District, Montana Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and has always taken a leadership position as President or Board Chair.