Ryan Walters is a Jackson Hole native. He earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental design and a master’s degree in architecture from Montana State University in Bozeman.
Before turning to architecture, he co-founded Caravan Skis, where he designed handmade skis. He also built custom steel-fabricated furniture. His background in furniture and ski design trained his eye for details. He understands small-scale design and thinks about the entire home, from the framing to the finishes and how it all goes together.
After 10 years in Bozeman, Ryan knew he wanted to return to Jackson, where he now works for Farmer Payne. He’s drawn to mountain-modern designs, using contemporary styles and features with materials that fit the western vernacular. He also likes to work with sustainable building materials.
Ryan loves how architecture blends science and art. He likes to push the bounds creatively with his contemporary designs, while keeping the home functional and place-based. He creates unique, livable homes informed by their location.
If not in the office, Ryan is skiing in the winter, or climbing and mountain biking in the summer. He also still works a couple of shifts as a bike mechanic at a local shop.