Seattle, WA Architects and Building Designers

Is the scope of your home design project beyond simply replacing countertops or flooring? It’s the responsibility of a Seattle home architect to transform human needs and desires into visual concepts and habitable structures. When you hire an architectural designer, you are not only hiring someone for their architectural services, but also to manage and coordinate other parties involved in the project. As you search through Seattle, WA interior architects and designers, keep in mind the following tips to help you choose the perfect one: More
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Designs Northwest Architects is one of the Pacific Northwests leading residential architecture and planning... Read More
Seattle's Trusted Source For Residential Architecture
Licensed in Washington State, his experience spans a wide variety of scope, with projects ranging from small to...
I specialize in older and smaller home additions and renovations, as well as new houses. I have always been... Read More
Seattle's Dedicated Architectural Design Firm | Best of Houzz 2018
Whether you are working on the home of your dreams from scratch, want to remodel, or add to your existing home,...
BEST OF HOUZZ 2013-2018 Internationally recognized and based in Seattle, we design modern, highly crafted,... Read More
Seattle Well-Rounded Architecture Firm Best of Houzz 2018
Through the romance of river houseboats to the inexpressible comfort of custom homes, Integrate is - at core - a...
Board & Vellum is a design firm offering integrated architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture... Read More
Seattle's Premier Interior Architect - Best of Houzz 2014 - 2017!
Amy creates uplifting environments that are both physically and spiritually nurturing by drawing on her...
We are a team of four architects, led by Lane Williams, AIA, devoted to the design of modern, custom,... Read More
Seattle Architecture & Design Firm || Best of Houzz Award Winner
Floisand Studio is a husband and wife owned architecture and interior design firm serving the greater Seattle...
H2D Architecture + Design is a full service custom architecture and design firm. The Edmonds, WA based... Read More
Seattle Area's Premier Architect & Building Designer
We are a collaborator whose primary objective is to channel the values and desires (and whimsy) of our client...
Award-Winning Seattle Architectural Firm - Best of Houzz
Working with a small & dedicated support staff, Amy works with clients as collaborators, not customers, & every...
SHED is a full service architecture firm, offering a broad range of design services. From custom homes, remodels... Read More
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Seattle Area Residential Design Specialist | 7x Best of Houzz Winner!
Motionspace Architecture + Design is an experienced design company that strives to provide responsive service and...
Seattle Architect with International Awards Best of Houzz 2013 - 2018
At FINNE, we design modern, highly crafted, sustainable custom homes as well as furniture, lighting, & hardware! ...
Please visit our web site for complete details at www.garretcordwerner.com Read More
Kitsap County's Collaborative Architecture Firm
The theme of our work here in the Pacific Northwest is based largely on the dialogue between a building and its...
Seattle's Innovative Custom Residential Design Specialists
Providing custom design services since 2002. We pride ourselves on creating innovative designs for a wide range...
DAVID COLEMAN / ARCHITECTURE is known for creating spirited, refined, modern buildings that are timeless,... Read More
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Central Washington Custom Architecture
A small architectural design and construction company that focuses on providing thoughtful yet creative design...
Rhodes Architecture + Light is an award-winning Architect specializing in residential design, planning, and... Read More
Seattle and the Greater Pacific NW Award-Winning Architect
babienko ARCHITECTS is an inventive architecture firm whose approach is grounded in solid construction techniques...
Microhouse is an award winning collaborative passionate about the design of backyard cottages, small houses and... Read More
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Stock & Associates is a creative, technically accomplished, and committed group of professionals who have been...
BEST of HOUZZ 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2018 Established in 1999, CAST architecture is a small firm specializing... Read More
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Board and Vellum is a small and nimble Architecture firm focusing on custom residential, retail, commercial, and...
Fivedot is a Seattle based design collaborative focused on custom residential, public and non profit projects. We... Read More
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We design with the belief that nothing is impossible, and temper it with good old-fashioned pragmatism, embracing... Read More
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Our residential practice consists of a wonderful variety of opportunities and challenges from our clients,...
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Featured Reviews for Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
Dan Nelson, Designs Northwest Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"As General Contractors, we have had the privilege of working with Dan Nelson and the great folks at Designs Northwest Architects on many projects, some award winning. We recommend them highly and look forward to working with them on many projects in the future! ~ RGN Construction, LLC, Seattle WA"
- RGN Construction
Ten Directions Design, Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"TDD's Alan Ness was the architect for the remodel of a mid-century house which hadn't had any alterations since the 1970s. Since we were new to the area he helped guide us to a good selection of contractors. All the changes were to the interior - the major ones being a change from oil furnace to natural gas and modernizing the lighting. He is timely, a good listener, thorough in terms of design and organization, responsive to suggestions, and made two suggestions that we wouldn't have come up with that we are pleased with. He helped us keep the character of the house's original architectural style and helped us make informed choices about materials that were less wasteful and/or 'greener'."
- Candis Litsey
FINNE Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"Nils Finne has a deep knowledge of design, a modern appreciation for craft and detail, and an uncanny ability to design homes with a fresh spirit and vitality. We've worked with Finne Architects on an extenstion renovation and a new build in a remote location, and in both projects we were impressed with Nils' ability to carefully listen to and translate our needs and values into the homes we love today. He's a consumate professional: on budget, on time, incredibly responsive, and always a pleasure to work with. "
- lhaeger
Board & Vellum
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"Board and Vellum designed my retail store and did an absolutely amazing job! They were pleasant to work with, super creative, and affordable. I'm already working with them on my next project."
- Danielle Hulton
Lane Williams Architects
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"Lane Williams took our dated and very tired looking 1960’s one story, pitched roof home with a daylight basement and transformed it into a beautiful modern home with strong horizontal and vertical planes and cantilevered masses. Lane's vision for the house really came together when we decided to spend the money to expand the carport to two cars. We were thinking it might not work, but when he showed us the renderings we both just thought wow – it balanced everything out and got us a look that was spectacular. The finished house got great reactions from the neighbors, and it still thrills us when we overhear the bicyclists as they zip by saying ‘Cool House!’ http://coop15.com/images/house_shows/Enatai/Enatai2before.jpg http://coop15.com/images/house_shows/Enatai/Enatai3.jpg http://coop15.com/images/house_shows/Enatai/Enatai1.jpg"
- mthack
H2D Architecture + Design
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"We LOVE working with Heidi at H2D A+D. Down to earth, super creative, and exceptionally organized. Having completed projects of all types and sizes we know first hand how important it is to have an effective leader guiding things from the beginning. Each time we work with Heidi the plans are thorough, clear, & easy to interpret… so that by the time we show up to perform our tasks, we are set up to do nothing but succeed. Each job has that enjoyable, team approach and energy. And who wins? Everybody! Thanks Heidi!"
- GT Residential Contracting, LLC
SHED Architecture & Design
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"My wife and I began our yard remodel with a very fuzzy idea of what we wanted. We had just finished a 2 year remodel of a 1939 Paul Thiry house in Seattle's Denny Blaine neighborhood. Turning our attention to the yard, we knew we needed design help to both create a completely new outdoor space while maintaining the relationship between the house and the future yard. In our research for an architectural firm, we were lucky to disocver SHED. Everything in their online portfolio resonated with us—these were our people. Fast forward to present day and the concrete wall, patio, floating bench, ipe sheds and plantings are complete. We get an equal number of compliments about the yard as we do the house—because of SHED's smart design, the two work in concert. I've heard from some home owners that at the end of a big project you are often "done" with your architect—the experience can deflate the initial high of finding a creative partner. The opposite is the case with SHED. We've made friends and are always happy to have SHED over to show off their stellar work to other clients. Prentis, Thomas, Cindy, Chris, Greg and Alex are welcome guests at our house as their yard redesign has been such an awesome addition to the house and our active outdoor lives. Thanks SHED!"
- Daniel Spils
Garret Cord Werner Architects & Interior Designers
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"When I was looking into renovating my condo, I was a bit overwhelmed with the choices and all the different perspectives that people had for my design project. After sifting through a couple of firms I kept coming up short on finding the right one who understood my design aesthetic and could meet my budget and time frame. I was referred to Garret Cord Werner by a good friend of mine at a party and after reviewing his firm's work online, I decided to make a call and see if it was a fit. After contacting Garret, I was immediately reassured that I could have a modern and contemporary space that was actually livable and functional at the same time. Garret and his team provided expert advice and guidance when selecting the final design, sub-contractors and finishes. I can't tell you how much I appreciate my new home and would highly recommend Garret and his firm to anyone."
- totokaelo
David Coleman / Architecture
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"It's been a delight working with David on designing our retirement home in the Methow Valley. We came to him with some ideas which he was able to incorporate into a design beyond our dreams. We are moving towards starting construction and are also very pleased with the relationship/communication between David and our general contractor. David is very professional, budget conscious, respectful of our needs and wants, and quite enjoyable to work with."
- marciaraeives
Rhodes Architecture + Light
Architects and Building Designers in Seattle, WA
"My wife and I have a difficult lot to build a house on due to its irregular slope, steep in some areas. In order to have a view of Puget Sound the main floor had to be as high as possible. Before hiring Rhodes Architecture + Light we met with a few builders who do their own design work. They were unable to come up with an acceptable way to achieve the floor height we need. This drove us to look for an architect. We selected Tim Rhodes because we liked his portfolio of completed projects and after meeting him felt we could trust him to do the job. Tim came up with a very clever design that incorporated all our requirements. We've been living in the house 14 months and are quite pleased. Tim's design gets many compliments from first time visitors. The only reason I didn't give Rhodes Architecture + Light five stars is cost estimation and control. Our construction cost ended up 40% above my desired target. To be fair this is common when building a house."
- Marcus
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How do I find the best Seattle architect for my home design project?


It is best to hire a home architect who will be involved in all phases of the design process, from the initial concept to the completed construction. The architect is often the first person you will hire for your project. If necessary, they might also help you select and hire Washington subcontractors, which can include the builders, engineers and landscaper. Interior architects are also involved in negotiating contracts for all involved participants. It is for these reasons that it is extremely important for you to have a good relationship with the Seattle residential architect you hire. He or she can be the tie-breaking vote between you and the general contractor and can be your biggest advocate during the construction process. Different architecture firms in Seattle, WA provide different services, so the scope of the work can span from pre-design environmental impact studies to selecting furniture and finishes, depending on what your specific needs are.

What sort of process can I expect from a residential architect?


As far as the process goes, the architecture firm or individual that you choose will start with concept drawings and finish with construction drawings and documents. Some firms even design with 3D renderings and videos, but that should not be assumed. There should be plenty of meetings between you and your building designer until you have agreed upon a design that you are completely happy with. Always keep in mind that the designer will have building codes to follow, and likely pre-existing design limitations when dealing with a remodel, so while they might not be able to execute your exact ideas they always have your safety and aesthetics in mind. One of the most important duties of a residential architect is to serve as managers and supervise most aspects of construction, as well as facilitate communication between all other contractors, so you can expect them to be present throughout the entire building process to ensure everything is executed as planned.

It is very important to hire the right professional for the job. Remember that the most well-known or established designer might not provide the best architectural services for your needs. It all comes down to the individual project. Research and ask people whose work you like for recommendations. It's important to have somewhat of an idea of the style of house architecture that you prefer, as well as the amount you would like to spend. Residential architects in Seattle, WA are natural problem solvers. They will assess the entire situation and help you to solve your problems too. Don't settle for a single company too early. Call and interview a few. Make sure that you feel like your personalities will mesh well and that you like their professional perspective.

Questions to ask prospective Seattle interior architects:


  • What is your fee structure?
  • What does the cost include?
  • Do you have professional liability insurance?
  • Can you handle my special requests (ADA, LEED etc.)?
  • What types of renderings (3D, video, illustrative) will you produce?
  • What is your experience with similar projects?
  • When do you expect to start and be finished with the project?
  • What do your services include? (It's best that the services are until construction is completed.)
  • What happens when the cost exceeds the budget?
  • Can you provide me with references?
  • Would you say your work has a defining style? (This is important in case the architect's personal style will interfere with your vision.)
  • Will you help with hiring a general contractor and subcontractors?
  • What do you estimate the cost will be?
  • What will I need to provide?
  • Are there any complications you foresee with this project?


Find a home architect in Seattle, WA on Houzz. Narrow your search in the Professionals section of the website to Seattle architects. You may also look through photos of Washington projects to find interior architects and building designers who have worked on a project similar to yours. You can find more architects & building designers in Ballard, Bellevue, Ames Lake, Renton and Kirkland.

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