top of page

Recent Residential Work

These projects were done after the closure of WORKSHOP 3D Design Studio, working alone for individual clients. To some extent, they represent an effort to develop a more consistent and unique architectural vocabulary or signature "style" than had previous been in place at the firm, where there were multiple voices and vision that informed our work.

This new direction was based on an exploration of the juxtaposition or interpretation of tradition forms with more contemporary materials, details, and rules of composition.

click image for more...

click image for more...

click image for more...

Unbuilt Residential Projects

Unbuilt works, especially when the project is abandoned early in the design process, are often highly concentrated design gems in the rough. These designs appear in their pure form, unadulterated by the limitation of budget and the realities of construction.

As with the built works above, these were done on my own after my architectural firm had closed.

How fun it would be to see how these would have ended up.

Projects with Castanes Architects

For several years, I ran my office out of a desk at Castanes Architects, P.S., even though I didn't work for the firm. However, on occasion I helped out with I.T., drawings, and  even collaborated on projects with Jim.

The Hood Canal Cabin has been much published in books and magazines, and even though the folks on reddit don't believe it, it's really off the grid. It features it's own well and composting toilet, and although there's a generator, most of the lighting is propane lanterns.

The modern interior is a house built by our good friend and my mentor Peter Bilder, currently occupied by his daughter, for whom we executed this project.

Thematic Buildings

Projects where the style of the building was prescribed by the client or others to conform to an existing or pre-ordained aesthetic.

The New Kent Clubhouse was done as Director of Design at Mike Rosen Architects for a developer client who was a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright, while the Renton Clubhouse was done as a consultant to Stephenson Design Collective  for another aesthetically pre-disposed client.

The San Dimas project was the result of a very prescriptive Design Review process.

Mixed Use and Hotel Projects

My office was never big enough to tackle a project of this scale, but I got these opportunities as a design consultant to other firms. At Mike Rosen Architects, we worked with developers who did projects of all scales, and Mike himself was invested in these Wildwood projects.

In 2010, BHA in Beijing was short-listed in the competition for a very high profile project only a few blocks from the Great Hall of the People and Tiananmen Square. There was one special requirement that benefited me. They had to bring in a famous American architect to work on the design.

Office Interior Projects

Interiors are all about creating spaces that are both useful and fun to be in day after day. In these spaces, I was fortunate to have the entire palette of design options available, in that I not only did the layout, but designed the furniture and light fixtures as well, and picked the colors.

From the desk-height interior windows at Seattle Musician's Union to the reconfigurable furniture at Progressive Media, these spaces were specific to both the functional requirements and the organizations' self-images.

Our own offices were our first job!

WORKSHOP 3D Retail Projects

Our first retail project was all about infrastructure. At the Zebraclub, individual manufacturers provide their own 100 s.f. displays within an overall environment that has to hold it all together. In the end, some of the vendors hired us to design their fixtures and displays, as well.

This approach informed all of our later retail projects, regardless of who was designing the fixtures. We set up the system first, and then filled it in with fixtures, vignettes, backdrops, displays, cash desks, dressing rooms, and more.

WORKSHOP 3D Residential Projects

These residential projects were each very unique, based on their circumstances, their sites, and the needs and desires of the clients.

At this point, we were promoting our skill as problem solvers, but still had a keen interest in developing an appropriate and consistent visual vocabulary.

Numerous small residential projects, remodels, additions, cabins, and other projects were done between 1986 and 1996 with Izzie Lewis, Doug Drape, Betsy Manger, and others in the office.

Pre-WORKSHOP 3D Projects

Before starting WORKSHOP 3D (originally with Peter Greaves) in 1986, I worked on a number of significant projects in other architectural firms in Boston and Seattle.

I was extremely lucky that the management at Perry Dean discovered that I was a big fan of James Stirling, and put me on the project to detail the exterior of the building. As a junior employee, I didn't get to meet the man until the very end of the project, but I got to send my questions into meetings in the meanwhile!

Theoretical/School Projects

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to hone my skills at the Harvard Graduate School of Design for three and half years, largely under the mentorship of Alex Kreiger, who encouraged me to push myself and my ideas to the extreme.

Also influential were Stephanie Mallis, and her project "in the style of James Stirling", bad boys Wes Jones and Neil Denari, and of course, Val Warke, who was, among other things, bemused by my antics.

These are two of my favorites.

bottom of page