A&E Design

Billings, Montana

As CEO of A&E Design, one of the region’s largest and longest-standing design firms, Dusty Eaton leads the practice with talent, heart, and drive.  He is passionate about design, and holds the rare ability to make others not only feel his passion, but adopt it for themselves. Dusty leads with the philosophy of “fail fast,” encouraging staff to explore new ideas, learn from failures, and keep moving forward. While he is strategic in all actions, he is realistic about failure and transparent about its inevitability. He understands that it is how one responds to failure, not failure itself, that is most important.


  • Medicine Crow Middle School, Billings Public School System
  • Norm Asbjornson Hall (Montana State University), Lead Architect
  • MSU Innovation Campus (Montana State University), Principal-in-Charge

Public/Professional Service: Leadership Billings. Eagle Mount and Western Security Bank, Board of Directors

Education: Master of Architecture, Montana State University, B.A. in Environmental Design, Montana State University

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