Bruce Hawtin

Bruce A. Hawtin, FAIA / NCARB / Principal Architect

Bruce started his own office in 1971 in Jackson, Wyoming, following work experience that took him to the District of Colombia and overseas to Denmark. He completed twelve years as a member of the State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects, serving as president for five years. He is a past president of the Wyoming Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and was made a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 1998. He has won four recent AIA Merit Awards for projects completed at Hawtin Jorgensen Architects. Bruce was elected to four terms as a trustee at St. John’s Medical Center. Bruce has served on multiple nonprofit boards, including; Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance, Latino Resource Center (One 22), Center for the Arts, and Habitat for Humanity. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Oklahoma.

Bruce feels more connected to the valley than anywhere else he has been; over five decades of living in a place will do that. This sense of belonging translates to his relationship with clients as well. He takes tremendous pride in the projects that his firm has completed, feeling that each one has made a positive contribution to the fabric of the Jackson Hole community. “At our firm, we take the time to have detailed discussions and develop a well-thought-out plan before we ever embark on a project. Getting to know the client is the key element of developing a successful building.”

With strong roots in the community, Bruce and his wife would often go for hikes in Grand Teton National Park and treasured the opportunity to visit Yellowstone. They would work out at their gym, travel, read and visit with their grandchildren as well as play with their dog, Buji. Bruce maintains close ties to the University of Oklahoma, where he began his career in architecture after serving in the U.S. Army in Korea.

Professional Education: Bachelor of Architecture, University of Oklahoma


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Arne Jorgensen

Arne O. Jorgensen, AIA / NCARB / LEED® AP / Principal Architect

A native of Jackson, Wyoming, Arne joined Bruce Hawtin, Architect in 1989, forming Hawtin Jorgensen Architects ten years later. Arne manages a variety of project types and has a long-standing interest and involvement in community planning, sustainable building, and housing issues. He is a member of the Jackson Town Council, serving since 2018. Arne is currently an emeritus and founding board member of the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust, a nonprofit that provides affordable housing to individuals and families in our community. He is also an emeritus and past board member of the Wyoming Community Foundation, which funds a variety of nonprofit organizations.

Arne has served on the Wyoming State Board of Architects and Landscape Architects for over twelve years; as well as the Yellowstone Sustainable Framework Design Team and Certification Task Force; and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. He serves on the advisory board of the Jackson branch of First Interstate Bank. He has won two AIA Wyoming Awards and holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from Montana State University.

“The physical area around the Town of Jackson is as remarkable as the people who live here. The combination of wild land and human community is unmatched.” Such awareness has compelled Arne to give back to his community. His architectural work has led to community involvement with a variety of organizations, including Wyoming Community Foundation and Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust.

In working with his clients, Arne enjoys it best when he can join them to explore site conditions in the full of Jackson’s unique weather patterns. He feels this experience helps both architect and client realize all the possibilities inherent in a building site. All his clients bring their own skill sets to the table, whether as a petroleum geologist, venture capitalist or IT specialist. Commercial and nonprofit clients benefit from Arne’s involvement because he wants the finished building to reflect their culture and values as well as ease their workload. “At Hawtin Jorgensen Architects, we try to be down to earth and unpretentious in our approach.”

You can find Arne cruising the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone or camping at Leigh Lake in Grand Teton National Park during summer getaways with his wife and daughter; hiking in the mountains above the Elk Refuge with Agate, the family dog.

Professional Education: Masters of Architecture, Montana State University


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Lila Wheatley

Lila Wheatley, Office Manager

Lila is the Jill of all Trades at Hawtin Jorgensen Architects, managing the front office. Multi-tasking is her specialty, with duties like payroll, billing, shipping, file management and preparing iPhoto presentations for clients as part of her day-to-day repertoire. Hers is the voice on the phone, and she oversees the contact database, assists with IT issues and works her wizardry as an all-around problem solver. Lila arrived in Jackson over two decades ago, attracted by the snow and outdoor lifestyle, which catered neatly to her love of animals. She holds a bachelor’s degree in pre-vet animal science from University of Connecticut.

Lila’s work with the second largest sled-dog tour company in the lower 48 states led to her current ongoing home business of boarding horses and dogs. Lila is a past chairmen of Teton Back Country Horsemen. She was a member of Jackson’s Women’s Ice Hockey team and continues to volunteer for the Jackson Police Citizen’s Mounted Unit before taking up residence in Star Valley to have more room for her two horses, one mule, three dogs and two cats—and counting! She is the chairperson for the Star Valley non-profit Alpine Trails & Pathways’ largest fundraiser, The Coney Classic Alpine, which donates funds raised from the event, to Lucky’s Place animal shelter.