We are passionate about buildings…old and new, existing and proposed, urban and rural. This portfolio gives a sampling of some completed projects, as well as projects in progress. Click on the project type you are interested in for both general information and specific examples.

Featured · Passive House

This will be a home for at least three and possibly four generations of the same family who want to live in a house together. It is designed to meet the Passivhaus standard. The house will accomodate two parents and …

Featured · Passive House

My prospective client arrived, in a flurry of creative energy, just as the building in which I have my office was beginning its annual open house, the Tour de Vance. Along with my officemates Cascade Bicycle Club we had three …

Passive House

Park Passive is the first certified Passive House in Seattle. Dan Whitmore’s Courtland Place Passive House, and Joe Giampietro’s Mini-B Passive House (since moved to Clearwater Commons in Bothell), lay well-deserved claim to being the first and second Passive House …

Featured · Residential

This 1,100 square foot near-Passivhaus cabin sits on a west-facing slope in high desert second-growth fir, Ponderosa pine and tamarack forest near Wauconda, WA. Our clients had been camping on the site for several years, getting to know the site …

Featured · Residential

Our clients have lived on this plot of forest and farm for over ten years, always intending at some point to replace the existing, poorly constructed 1992 house with a new energy efficient home. The acreage includes about 80% sustainably …

Featured · Residential

Here we have two preliminary design studies for a Passive House retrofit or addition for a ’70’s A-frame cabin on Lake Margaret. The retrofit option keeps the existing A-frame. The addition option replaces the A-frame with a second story master …

Here we are showing the preliminary design for a micro-ecovillage of four new houses on the Wilhelmina Rise above Diamond Head in Honolulu. Though they are located within reach of both water and power in Maunalani Heights, the houses will …

Renovation

This project was an extensive renovation of a Craftsman house in the wine country of Easten Washington, including a separate new small modern building to house a commercial kitchen. The kitchen was to be used for making and selling artisanal …

Featured · Residential

With this second story addition for Shaun McBride and photographer Marco Prozzo, our intention was to respect the context of the neighborhood with the design of the exterior of the house, while making a throughly modern interior. More to come.

Featured · Residential

As the formwork was coming off the concrete of the foundation walls, “Nursery” replaced “Study” in the plan annotations for the second bedroom on the main floor of this new house in Woodinville. Construction was completed ten days after Tim …

Featured · Residential

Our goal was to make a simple, modern workshop outbuilding to be used for hobby cabinetmaking and appropriately reverent storage and display of our client’s vintage Mercedes 230SL convertible. The idea of a planted roof came up early in the …

Featured · Residential

Planted roofs, also known as green roofs or eco-roofs, are enjoying a surge of interest in the Northwest, brought on in part by the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild’s Eco-Roof Project. They have many advantages. They’re beautiful. They reduce the intensity and …

Featured · Residential

The design and construction process for this home involved an extraordinary number of collaborators, many of whom are neighbors and friends of the owners. As the architects we provided the basic cloth which was then embroidered, with considerable craft, during …

Featured · Residential

This 1,450 square foot three bedroom cabin sits on a five-acre sloping wooded site on the banks of the Chiwawa River near Plain, WA. The cabin is a base for summer hiking and winter cross-country skiing. It could very easily …

Featured · Renovation · Residential

This is a modest residential renovation for Alan and Amy Thein Durning and their three children. Alan is the director of Sightline Institute and author of numerous books on sustainable culture, including This Place on Earth and How Much is …

Residential

This house design represents our best expression to date of the kind of work we most like to do — Northwest Romantic Modernism. That is, a contemporary architecture particularly appropriate to the Pacific Northwest that combines the warmth and generosity …

We designed these two small additions, a portico and entry gable, for a contemporary house in Redmond. The work was part of an extensive re-making of the garden and grounds by Scott Mantz, landscape architect.

Featured · Renovation

Renovation of a kitchen and two baths for a client with multiple chemical sensitivity and her family. The primary challenge here was providing a safe and healthier environment for our client – indoor air quality was paramount. Our client tested …

Addition · Featured

A second story addition to a Craftsman bungalow in the Mt. Baker neighborhood in two phases, the last completed in 1998. The owners wanted their exact house (which they loved as it was), except with two stories… to accommodate a …

This project was the first in which we used a new tool to speed the process of design – a design questionnaire. By the time you hire an architect, you’ve already been thinking for months (perhaps years!) about the kind …

Over the next few years, a small apartment building on Queen Anne Hill will be transformed into a giant pergola. The first phase included adding trellises and flower boxes to the exterior stair at the front of the building. Trellisses …

This urban retreat began as an unfinished basement and under house garage in a 1930’s Tudor house in Seattle’s Queen Anne neighborhood. Our client wanted “a luminous cave” with “more poetry, more whimsy!” – that is, a meditation room; an …

Residential

Just before leaving for what became three years of work overseas, one of my neighbors came to me with the idea of remodeling his house, including adding a second story. We kept a dialog going via e-mail and Express Mail, …

Renovating existing buildings rather than building new ones is one way to recycle on a large scale. In this project, a second story with a new master bedroom, deck, bath, and study was added to a 1950’s brick rambler in …

Renovation · Residential

Shared housing is an affordable and positive alternative for many. It can increase the density of urban neighborhoods without changing their visual character, and provide some of the beneficial community aspects of co-housing. In this demonstration project, a house in …

Interiors, including a series of built-in cabinets, custom furniture and custom light fixtures for an apartment in a pre-war building on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, done with Jeffrey M. Fine, Architect.

This project had an interesting program – a place for Amy to live, a working film and photography studio, and set for her vampire movie Because the Dawn…. The design was inspired by the 1919 German Expressionist film “The Cabinet …