John “Ty” Morrison, AIA, NCARB

Lecturer, Construction Management Department, College of Engineering at: Boise State University


Graduate, Bachelor of Architecture, University of Arizona, College of Architecture, 1983

Active in American Institute of Architects (AIA) since 1986.

Officer in AIA Central Section and AIA Idaho, all posts

AIA State Government Network member  1993-2000, 2014 – present

AIA National liaison to NCARB 1998-1999.

NW & PR Summit 2000 Conference committee co-chair 1997-2000.

AIA Idaho Design Awards Chair 2014, 2016.

Idaho QBS founder and board member 1999, 2016 to present

Idaho Region Future City Presentation Juror 2017, 2016, 2014


National Scholastic Arts Scholarship, 1978

Teaching Assistant, College of Architecture, University of Arizona, 1981

CNWC Architects, 1983-1988, Tucson, Arizona 1983 -1988

License, Arizona since 1986

Kulseth & Associates, Tucson, Arizona 1988-1990

Hummel, LaMarche & Hunsucker, Boise, Idaho 1990-1993

License, Idaho since 1990

NCARB, since 1990

Olson & Associates 1993-1999

National Retail Development with Albertsons/SuperValu, Boise, Idaho 1999 – 2007

Regional Retail Development with WinCo Foods LLC., Boise, Idaho 2007 – 2011

Boise Office & Manager, SCJ Alliance – Civil, Transportation, Landscape & Planning, Olympia, Washington 2007-2011

Certified Permaculture Designer, Permaculture Research Institute 2013

Principal/Owner, archeTYpe llc, Architectural Design & Permaculture, Boise, Idaho since 2011

Lecturer, Construction Management Department, College of Engineering, Boise State University since 2015


I cannot think of a facet of architecture and the building industry that does not interest me and spark a thirst for knowledge of forces that affect what we do.  Fundamentally, I see the building industry team, as a whole, that includes some of the best problem solvers in history.  Such a broad claim and long duration is mostly because the need for shelter (a type of building) has obsessed humans for as long as we know or have discovered.  Even codes that shape how we do what we do, have been around since King Hammurabi, that’s nearly 4,500 years of code enforcement!


Recently, technology has accelerated the pace of project delivery and the complexity of solutions, such that a team of specialists is often required to meet client goals.  Not everyone on that team can fully appreciate the skill-set of other team members: they just know others have to do their part.  Frequently this leads to gaps in communication, where ideas and answers fall through the cracks, and that usually breeds discontent.   My focus has been to help the team look beyond their individual comfort zone, envelop, silo or specialty and grasp the big picture.


I love that we have so many methods now to improve communication amongst the team.  I fully adhere to sharing what I know (open-platform) so that it might help others in a processes that is unique, partially repeatable, and improves how we initiate a (usually) unique archetype solution from initial desire to completion.  During this process, I believe it is imperative to motivate the team to strive successfully to accommodate the user, visitor, occupant and even passer-by with the best, safest, most efficient solution we know and can envision how to produce.