Katie Forster

Katie Forster

Laurel, MT, US



My name is Katie Forster and I am a Graduate of Montana State University, having successfully completed my Masters in Architecture. I have also received my Bachelors in Environmental Design (MSU) and my Associates in Drafting (Northwest College). Although my area of study was architecture my interest in design goes far beyond that.

With strong drafting skills, accuracy, and attention to details, my passion for design and the field of Architecture will not disappoint. An understanding of Building regulations/codes combined with excellent visual presentation and design skills ensure good quality work for architectural practice.

Currently I work in the engineering / planning and scheduling department for a refinery. It is a deadline driven environment, where high standards regarding being independently motivated and organized, as well as a team player, communication and interpersonal skills are highly expected. 



CHS Refinery, Turnaround Administrator

Mar 2011 - current

CHS Refinery, Engineering Assistant

Summer position with the engineering department of the refinery.

May 2008 - Aug 2008

CHS Refinery, IT assistant

Summer position with the IT department of the refinery.

May 2007 - Aug 2007

Wes Yardstrom, general construction worker

Summer position with a small scale general contractor. Framing, interior & exterior renovations, demolition, resurfacing (walls, floors and ceilings) etc...

Mar 2007 - May 2007


Montana State University, MArch, Architecture

Dec 2009 - Dec 2010

Montana State University, BArch, Environmental Design

Aug 2006 - Dec 2009

Northwest College, Drafting

Recieved my Associates in Drafting.

Aug 2004 - May 2006

Laurel High School, High School, High School Generals

Sep 2000 - May 2004


MSU Presidential Service Learning Award (2009), Award

Thomas E. McNab, Adjunct Assistant Professor, and Director of the Community Design Center in the School of Architecture along with his community partner Will Patterson, Trails Coordinator for the City of Lewistown were the 2011 recipients of the President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning award. McNab was nominated by Dr. Fatih Rifki, former Director of the School of Architecture for the service learning work done by Tom and his students to develop the Lewistown, Montana Rails to Trails Master Plan as part of the course Architecture 450: Community Design Center Studio (CDC). The CDC’s goals are to assist community groups and non-profit organizations representing underserved areas or under funded projects and to work with State agencies, city departments, and other regional governmental entities including the federal government with challenging community initiatives. The CDC also offers students an opportunity to hone and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their first three and a half years of their education by working with a real world projects and client. Students participating in the Rails to Trails Master Plan project were responsible to generate a planning document that included research, design, and documentation for the Lewistown, MT trails system. Over the course of the project, students learned to document meetings by writing minutes and responding to questions from the city and interested citizens; learned to develop a critical path schedule, coordinate with other groups to develop milestones; track their teams process within the schedule; appreciate the special conditions of the site context they were designing in; and came to understand the responsibility that architects assume when working with clients.


Billings Architectural Association Contest / Scholarship, Scholarship

The contest was to depict,graphically (model, image etc.), how science and design were "linked".


TIBS Patent (pending), Other

A group project, worked on during Graduate school is in the "Patent Pending" phase.


AIA Scholarship Recipient, Scholarship

Awarded to a student showing promise in the Architectural field.


Areas of Specialization