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Eggleston Farkas Architects
It's nice to have our work included alongside that of friends and colleagues. There are a few other factors that I think strengthen the local design. In no particular order (and partially repeating the points in your article):

• Indoor/outdoor living - despite the area's reputation for rain, the climate is actually pretty mild - not too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter. This allows for year round indoor/outdoor living - promoting designs that integrate interior and exterior space.

• Topography + water = views

• A community of architects and an active chapter of the AIA which hosts an extremely competitive awards program every year. It pushes us to stay at the top of our game.

• A community of contractors and crafts people who are capable of actually building whatever we draw. I think this started with the woodworking skills you'd expect in a timber harvesting area, but it has expanded to include, steel, glass, etc.

• A community of clients who are interested in design as well as sensitivity to "place".

I'm sure there are other factors, but these are the ones that come to mind.

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