Spark Architecture, B-CORP & Ballantyne Design Associates join forces


Keith Ballantyne joins as Chief Design Officer and second shareholder of Spark Architecture, B-Corp:

Sophia Sparklin is pleased to announce that effective immediately Spark Architecture, a Woman-owned B-Corp that brings expertise in human-centered design to projects and work culture, will be joined by Keith Ballantyne, AIA, founder of award winning Ballantyne Design Associates LLC (BDA) and Pique Architecture. Keith is joining Spark Architecture as a shareholder and Chief Design Officer,  and is bringing projects such as the new Gibson Hotel (formerly Graystone) to the Spark portfolio. Additional changes are planned behind the scenes, but the guiding values of Health, Clarity, Accountability, Learning and Excellence are staying the same.

Keith Ballantyne, Co-Founder and Principal, said, “After years knowing Sophia and admiring the work of Spark Architecture, I am excited to capitalize on this opportunity to join and work toward realizing the goals and aspirations of our merged firm. I wholeheartedly embrace the spirit and the functional aspects of operating as a B-Corp. I look forward to bringing my complimentary skill set to all of our projects, providing enhanced design and expanded services to our clients.” 

Sophia Sparklin said, “I’m inspired by Keith’s design work, both in Montana and as part of the international collaboration, Pique Architecture. I trust and respect Keith as a person, and look forward to elevating our work under his leadership. Philosophically, we share an interest in demonstrating that life and work can successfully coexist, and provide excellent service and better projects along the way. With Keith as a partner, I have the confidence that we will support the mission and growth goals of our newly formed B-Corp architecture firm, which began operations as a sole proprietorship in 2012.”

Spark Architecture continues to provide full architectural and interior design services. Current clients include Vision Net;  Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks; Montana Department of Transportation, several residential and commercial clients, as well as real estate developers. Spark continues to grow and is currently interviewing for architects to join our team. 


Sophia Sparklin

Growing up in a family with generations in medical practice, Sophia discovered her passion for architecture during an internship 1996. Since then Sophia received formal and informal education in Germany and the US. At Arizona State University she was honored by the Henry Adams Certificate for graduating on top of her (Master of Architecture) class in 2005.