Michael Knowles has over 25 years of experience with residential and commercial projects. He believes that good design is a result of balanced simplicity and consistently demonstrates an attention to detail reflective of his interest in the craft of building. Michael is a graduate of Washington State University where he received his Bachelor of Architecture degree. He is a licensed architect in the states of Washington and California. Michael has joined the team, and is accepting new projects, at DeForest Architects.
6 Houzz Awards
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4 Reviews for Michael Knowles, Architect
Quantum Windows & Doors
We are currently in a working relationship with Michael Knowles and have come to recognize his exemplary ability to reconcile unique architectural challenges. Specific to our current project, an extensive addition to a recording studio, Michael has contributed impressive insight in maintaining architectural integrity at the same time addressing particular engineering needs, namely acoustic elements. Working with Michael has proven to be our pleasure.
My wife and I both love the work Michael has done, and we enjoy working with him. He's been our architect since mid-2007, designing our extensive remodel in 2008-09, as well as a second phase in 2011. He really understands the style we're looking for, and has executed it consistently throughout our house. Many architects tend to push their aesthetic onto their clients, but Michael really tries to understand what we're looking for, and achieve it. We would recommend him to anyone.
I found Knowles PS on Houzz and hired Michael after interviewing a number of firms. After a six month remodel, we've just moved in and couldn't be happier with Knowles' work. We especially appreciated Michael's design esthetic and astute attention to detail. While we didn't change the footprint of the home, we renovated almost every room and each step of the way, Michael provided thoughtful space planning recommendations, creative problem solving and most importantly, quality design. His wife Colleen provided invaluable advice on fixtures and finishes and together were able to address all our renovation needs. We had a vision of the updates we wanted, but Michael & Colleen took our ideas to a level we couldn't have imagined. Not only were the design concepts spot on, they are both a joy to work with. A great listener, Michael gathered input from us but also worked seamlessly with our contractors, who especially appreciated his very detailed plans. And Colleen was able to take an idea and find just exactly the right solution, whether it be a paint color, fabric or tile. All in all, it was a great partnership. The results are fabulous and the process of getting there, well planned and executed. I hope to have the opportunity to work with Knowles PS on future projects. Truly a great team.
Michael Knowles designed our home 10 years ago. We loved working with Michael, who grasped what we wanted within our first meeting. Michael is a consummate professional -- thorough, meticulous, responsive. He is highly creative and always came up with ideas and alternatives that surprised and delighted us. We worked closely during almost a year of design and planning plus 10 months of construction. It was consistently a pleasure to work with Michael, and the end result, as my husband once said, is a "sculpture we get to live in." We wish we could build something else with Michael!