Education Libraries Cultural Spiritual Office Home Planning Workplace design All projects
Meaningful materials Strategic use of daylight Energy & water Gathering places Activating cityscape Magnifying landscape
New construction Renovation Collaborations In progress


Welcome to my blog. I document my adventures in travel, style, and food. Hope you have a nice stay!

Architecture Hall, University of Washington, Seattle

A beautiful but faded building has regained its significance, learning environments are revitalized, and our faculty and staff now enjoy healthy work environments.

John Palewicz
Director of Strategic Programs, University of Washington

Seattle, Washington
48,000 SF
Completed 2007

Client Notes
Revitalize the interior of Architecture Hall while respecting its grand exterior and historical significance as one of the few surviving buildings from the 1909 Alaskan-Yukon Pacific Expo. Encourage interaction and foster discovery in the Architecture Department through studio and collaborative spaces where students can freely explore. The building also requires critical seismic upgrades, accessibility improvements, and updates of all major building systems.

Designer Notes
Due to its lean budget, this project was an exercise in finding efficiencies and exposing the natural beauty of the existing building. We chose to leave studio spaces raw, exposing the building's 'bones' as much as possible, and giving architecture students a true connection to their building's structure. By removing inaccessible mezzanine restrooms, we created an entirely new light-filled meeting and pin-up space that showcases the masonry and terra cotta facades of the historic building. Careful restoration of the central cast iron stair brought life back to the only original interior component to have survived prior remodels, and uncovering existing skylights in the studios improved natural lighting conditions while revealing more of the building. Sustainability strategies throughout the building focused on light, air, and the creation of healthy interiors.

Neuberger Hall, Portland State University

Neuberger Hall, Portland State University

Mercy Corps Global Headquarters

Mercy Corps Global Headquarters

← Return home