The design firms crafting innovative, visually stunning, historically respectful and sustainability strategic office spaces in Seattle are multitasking wizards, able to get into the mindset of a company’s distinct needs, while also representing the company’s brand in the subtle aesthetic of the interior and exterior design. This list below highlights varied firms, some with a wide range of project experience that reaches beyond office spaces, as well as more boutique firms growing their presence in Seattle’s commercial architecture field. Many of them share an impressive willingness to tackle challenging, historic renovations, as well as discover creative solutions for offices that require a unique combination of placement strategy, visual beauty, and layout flow.
AIA Seattle Project of the Month,
NAIOP Innovation Project of the Year,
Faith & Form/ IFRAA Awards
911 Pine Street, Floor Two, Seattle, WA 98101
Atelierjones is a multi-talented design firm that has been serving Seattle since 2003. It is experienced in reclaiming urban sites, churches, offices, homes, theaters, transit stations, sports courts, and gardens. At its helm is founder and American Institute of Architects (AIA) Fellow Susan Jones, who has nurtured a firm that believes in revitalizing the overlooked value in sites and buildings and hunting for inspiring new ways to implement sustainable building practices alongside visual appeal. The firm collaborates with several arts nonprofit organizations throughout the Pacific Northwest, including Arcade, Architects without Borders, and Suyama Space. Jones has taught at the University of Washington since 1991 and is also a visiting design critic at several national universities. She is LEED BD+C certified and an Affiliate Associate Professor of Architecture in the College of Built Environments. Atelierjones has received many esteemed national and local design awards under Jones’ leadership, including the AIA Seattle Project of the Month, the NAIOP 2008 Innovation Project of the Year, the Faith & Form/ IFRAA Awards, and the AIA Seattle Honor Awards – Honorable Mention.
The sustainable consulting firm Paladino and Company hired Atelierjones to renovate their 3,220-square-foot downtown Seattle office. What became a highly collaborative design and build operation transformed the space using local, reclaimed materials. Unique accents like wooden screens attached to steel frames create a quintessential Northwest aesthetic and adds warmth to the hip new space. In the commercial hub of Madrona, Pike Station includes ground level work and retail space, as well as a hand full of dwelling units. This project focused on adhering to the Cascadia Region Green Building Council’s Living Building Challenge. The result is both bold and functional, urban and communal. Rooftop gardens provide extra green space, and energy-efficient wall and fenestration systems provide reduced heating and cooling loads. The final product is a three-story L-shaped structure with large windows that invite in plenty of natural light.
1419 S. Jackson Street #14, Seattle, WA 98144
About Best Practice
Best Practice was founded in 2011, and it dedicates itself to providing unique solutions that balance function, content, and beauty. It has worked on a diverse range of project types, including work from the residential, office, restaurant, and cultural markets. At is helm is Ian Butcher, who received his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and has a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from North Carolina State University. He has taught in the Interior Design department at Cornish College of the Arts and serves on the board for ARCADE Magazine. The firm itself is no stranger to distinction: Best Practice has been recognized in Architect Magazine, Frame Magazine, WeAr, Gray Magazine, and Interior Design Magazine. It does not limit itself to one or two architectural themes and encourages diversity among its team, further fostering its expertise in a wide range of architectural styles.
The 20k-square-foot office expansion and tenant improvement in the Simply Measured building highlights the firm’s knack for blending diverse needs into a functional space that rests on flow and style. Glass walls for individual working units provide transparency and interconnectedness, while bold colors and creatively placed meeting nooks cultivate an innovative, urban vibe, as well as a unique variety of workspace options. The Eye Eye Care + Clinic needed to expand their footprint to encompass new office and clinic spaces, as well as a new display and reception area. The design takes advantage of the ceiling height to craft a sense of transparent compartmentalization through open framed walkways and simple hanging light fixtures. The space creatively fuses varied geometric shapes through structure, furniture, and mural art, to generate a clean, crisp aesthetic.
AIA Honor Award,
AIA Home of the Month
7001 Third Avenue NW, Seattle, WA 98117
Founded in 1992, BjarkoSerra Architects has established itself as one of Seattle’s leading architecture and design firms. It specializes in a variety of project types, including office spaces. The firm has had the privilege of being featured in a long list of noteworthy publications such as The New York Times, Luxe, Arcade, Dwell, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, Seattle Magazine/Northwest Home and Garden, Pacific Northwest, and Seattle Metropolitan. The firm is led by its founders Greg Bjarko and Chris Serra, who first met as architecture students in Bozeman, Montana, and ended up blending their expertise after gaining experience with other firms. BjarkoSerra has been honored with the AIA Honor Award commendation and the AIA Home of the Month designation.
BjarkoSerra worked in close collaboration with the core team of designers at FiftyThree — a company that creates graphic application software and tools — to carefully fold their vision and brand into a large loft in one of Pioneer Square’s historic buildings. Exposed brick walls and wood paneled ceilings, exposed wood columns, well-placed can lighting, and white locker desks make the office feel all at once rustic and urban. The development included 4,800 square feet of office space, two conference rooms, a group design review area, a kitchen and dining area, a shop space, and two standalone work rooms.
710 Second Avenue, Suite 1400, Seattle WA 98104
CollinsWoerman anchors its principles and processes on a highly-collaborative working environment and bases its themes on timeless, expressive, and most of all, sustainable designs. It has been serving Seattle since 1988 and to this day is personally overseen by its co-founders Arlan Collins and Mark Woerman. Together they have been planning and designing what now reaches an estimated $1B a year in construction value, and are adept at a range of project types, including office, healthcare, residential, and science/technology. Collins is a registered architect in Washington, Idaho, California, Utah, Massachusetts, Missouri, North Dakota, Hawaii, and British Columbia. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho. Woerman is an AIA member, as well as LEED AP BD + C certified, and he also received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Idaho and completed graduate studies in Arctic Engineering at the University of Alaska. CollinsWoerman owns Sustainable Living Innovations, a project delivery company that reduces construction timeframes by up to 60 percent.
Located in Seattle’s South Lake Union, the firm’s 400 Dexter project was lauded with the 2018 North American Copper in Architecture Award and was recognized with only 14 other firms across the continent. The project spans roughly 260,000 square feet and features eleven stories of spec offices and labs. Its major amenities include a south-facing public open space, while its ground level provides tenant spaces.
Graham Baba Architects
Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design Award,
AIA Seattle Merit Award,
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award,
AIA Central Washington Honor Award,
AIA Central Washington Citation Award
1507 Belmont Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle WA 98112
About Graham Baba Architects
Graham Baba brings its passion for subtle and economic design to every project it takes on, including restaurant, office, residential, and art spaces. It is the proud recipient of the 2017 Architizer Award, the 2017 Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture & Design Award, the AIA Seattle Merit Award, the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award, the AIA Central Washington Honor Award, and the AIA Central Washington Citation Award, among many others. Jim Graham and Brett Baba bring over five decades of combined experience to the firm. Its capacity for creative collaboration with clients, and its vision for the unique character embedded in space, makes Graham Baba shine as one of Seattle’s leading giants in architecture. It uses subtle but economical design and is known for its use of the latest industry techniques.
Graham Baba’s work on Artefact, a high tech/industrial design firm in the historic Pioneer Square district, gleams with an open floor plan, lovely wood ceilings, reclaimed wood columns, hyper-industrial lighting fixtures, and handsome wood flooring. Working in close collaboration with the vision of the team at Artefact, the space reflects the company’s desire to create interconnectedness between work flow areas. This adaptive reuse of a 1916 warehouse/toy factory takes advantage of Elliott Bay vistas and offers a commons area and a cafe and bar area, as well as a small library. The Mazlo space on Capitol Hill reflects Graham Baba’s style versatility beautifully. The office is home to a tech company focused on software that supports healthier lifestyles. It’s 2,730-square-feet on the fourth floor of a six-story, mixed-use building and uses corrugated ceilings, large glass doors, and simple color palettes to accentuate a sharp, fresh urban vibe. A balanced combination of office space and workout space brings the company’s focus on healthier lifestyles to life for its employees.
1401 South Jackson, Seattle, WA 98114
About Shed Architecture
Shed bases its design values around the healthy integration of pragmatism and idealism. Its team is highly versatile and works on restaurants, mixed-use commercial spaces, residences, and offices. Shed has taken on projects ranging from $250k to $25M. Principal Thomas Schaer received his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and received his undergraduate degree in business administration from Babson College. Principal Prentiss Hale also earned his Masters of Architecture from the University of Washington and has an undergraduate degree in history from Yale University. The firm’s work has been recognized in Gray Magazine, Inhabitat, 1889 Magazine, Remodelista, Curbed, the Seattle Met, Seattle Magazine, and the Seattle Times, among others. Its designs are ever-growing in theme and influence which is further heightened by its active mission to seek out new and challenging projects to further develop its skills. Although the firm does not confine itself to a group or particular architectural themes, its work is best recognized by its excellent use of space and light, as well as its thoughtful material choices and fine attention to detail. The firm emphasizes the importance of collaborating closely with its clients throughout the entire process, always keeping them in the loop.
The repurposing of a historical building in Seattle’s Pioneer Square created a contemporary, open office space that maintained original brick elements. The addition of cube-shaped quiet areas, hanging lightbulbs, exposed piping, and wooden ceiling beams, as well as a raw wooden interior furniture touches, imbues the space with a refined, rustic aesthetic. The Belltown Office Space tasked Shed with crafting accessibility, cost reduction and design appeal in the 21k-square-foot concrete and timber building. Shed envisioned seismic retrofit work, a simplified structural design, a basement parking level, a new elevator, and a grand rooftop deck. The interior’s original heavy timber and concrete finishes were revealed, and new core-containing bathrooms added.
AIA People’s Choice Award,
RealNetworks Seattle Local Architect National Merit Award,
International Design Award
2333 3rd Avenue, Seattle, WA 98121
About SkB Architects
SkB is a full-service architectural and interior design firm composed of over 40 talented professionals and craftsmen. It takes pride in its ability to create flexible, visually stunning, and high-performance environments. The firm was founded by Shannon and Kyle Gaffney and Brian Collins-Friedrichs in 1999. Shannon Gaffney has worked on diverse projects, from mixed-use to retail, residential, office, and restaurant. Kyle Gaffney focuses on designing structures that are cost and resource-conscious, and he is primarily responsible for SkB’s residential home practice. Brian Collins-Friedrichs brings decades of experience to the team and is an expert when it comes to balancing creativity and technical prowess. SkB was a finalist for the 2017 Architizer Award and the 2016 Mixed-Use Development of the Year Award. The firm also received the 2015 AIA People’s Choice Award in Urban Design 400 Fairview, the RealNetworks’ Seattle Local Architect National Merit Award, and the 2013 International Design Award for the Bel Henry Residence. The firm’s work has been featured in Interior Design Magazine, Portrait of Seattle, Luminous Spec, Dwell, and Simple Sanctuary.
Seattle-based furniture procurement and West Elm Workspace dealer, oBJEKTS, needed a space where they could work, host and entertain clients, and showcase the range of their brands. Located in a one-story 1940’s-era building—originally a foundry—in Seattle’s rapidly evolving Belltown neighborhood, this modest, 2,000-square-foot project is a study in contrasts. Outside, the building has been painted off-white, presenting a serene, neutral exterior to the streetscape. Inside, the architects stripped the space back to its bones, exposing masonry and cast-in-place concrete walls and concrete floors, and opened up the ceiling plane to reveal the building’s wood glulam truss system. Wood from the demolition was re-used to create a display wall. Glossy black Fireclay tiles clad a rectangular volume housing office utility functions that include the kitchen, bathroom, and storage space. A conference room is slotted in behind the tiled volume and is separated from the rest of the office with sliding translucent panel garage doors. An accordion window-wall system at the rear of the building opens up the interior to the alleyway, which functions as an urban porch. Swirling murals decorate the two exterior corners of the building facing the parking lot. The end result is a contemporary, open and welcoming workspace with a nod to texture and materiality.
Stuart Silk Architects
Luxe Interior + Design Gold List,
Masonry Institute of WA Honor Award for Excellence in Masonry Design,
Excellence in Masonry Design Award,
NAIOP Office Development of the Year Award
2400 N. 45th Street, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98103
About Stuart Silk Architects
Stuart Silk Architects enjoys being boundary pushers in the field of design and sustainability. The firm is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and supports LEED and King County’s Built Green Program. It commits itself to expanding and integrating its evolving knowledge of green architecture practices. Principal and founder Stuart Silk graduated from the Yale School of Architecture and founded the firm in 1981. He has since lectured at the University of California Berkeley, the University of Washington, the University of Edmonton, and at the Venice Biennale. Under his leadership, the firm has become a trailblazer in a variety of market sectors. The firm’s work has been featured in Luxe Magazine, Portrait of Seattle, the Seattle Times, The New York Times, Domus Plus, and Gray and Trends Magazine, to name a few. It is also proud to have been included in the Luxe Interior + Design 2017 Gold List and to be the recipient of the 2010 Masonry Institute of WA Honor Award for Excellence in Masonry Design as well as the 2012 Excellence in Masonry Design Award. Additionally, its work on a Lopez Island Cabin was voted “Home of the Year” by Seattle Homes & Lifestyles.
“I was inspired to become an architect by living in a highly sculptural 5-story jungle gym of a ski house in Vermont which one entered by crossing a 100-foot-long bridge thru tall fir trees.” – Stuart Silk
In the admiral district of West Seattle, the Orion Building is an impressive and finely designed, sustainable dental/office space that spans over 14,000 square feet. It features an eastern glass façade that invites light and brings an air of sleek professionalism to the structure. Certified by the USGBC to be LEED Silver for a Core and Shell building, the project used an alternative demolition strategy for the existing edifice, which diverted 90 percent of the debris from the landfill. It also locally sourced recycled building materials and a green roof. The Orion Dental Building was recognized with the Masonry Design Honor Award for Commercial Architecture and was the winner of the NAIOP Office Development of the Year Award. The Salmon Bay Landing Office Building tasked Stuart Silk Architects with the needs of a large industrial space that also had sustainable design features and aesthetic sensibility. The result, 34.5k square feet of office space that looks out on Magnolia’s ship canal, is the winner of Overall Best Project in Metal Construction News and employs various green design features, including bicycle storage commuters, an HVAC-designed building envelope for energy efficiency, salvaged materials, and easy-to-use recycling areas.
“The truly amazing thing about architecture is in its ability to transform the way we feel every day.” – Stuart Silk
Suyama Peterson Deguchi
AIA Seattle Medal of Honor,
AIA Seattle Merit Award,
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award,
Seattle Homes + Lifestyles Design Achievement Award in Architecture,
Excellence in Concrete Construction Award
8601 8th Avenue South, Seattle, WA 98108
About Suyama Peterson Deguchi
For decades since its establishment in 1971, Suyama Peterson Deguchi has been bringing its prowess for clean, bright, functional design to the Seattle area. In addition to office spaces, its versatility includes work on residential design, restaurants, and other commercial facilities and it takes pride in its Northwest contemporary design aesthetic. Suyama received the AIA Seattle Medal of Honor and is dedicated to creating an “ambiance of place” through his work. Business partner Ric Peterson is also an AIA fellow and has been working with Suyama since 1978. AIA member Jay Deguchi completed graduate school at UCLA. He joined the team in 1992 and became a partner an entire decade later. Some of the notable awards the firm has received include the AIA Seattle Merit Award, the AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award, the Seattle Homes + Lifestyles Design Achievement Award in Architecture, and the Excellence in Concrete Construction Award.
The user experience research and design firm known as Blink needed a new 9,000-square-foot office to house a versatile array of services, including trainings and event areas, client meeting and worker collaboration rooms, and an art gallery. The goal for Suyama Peterson Deguchi was to create function and flexibility in the multi-use space that would also allow for a growing staff. The simple, sleek interior is accentuated by the use of concrete, sharp lines, basic color palettes, and contemporary hanging light fixtures. Suyama Peterson Deguchi collaborated with AIA Seattle, the Seattle Architecture Foundation, Design in Public, and the AIA Washington Council to create their new office space and home, the Center for Architecture & Design. Industrial, open, bright and airy, this space includes exposed wood ceiling beams, a mix of collaborative and private working areas, long gallery walls for exposition, and rugged, exposed brick on some of the interior.
Pacific Northwest AIA Merit Award,
AIA Award Honor Award for Washington Architecture,
Future Shack Award Program
710 Second Avenue, Suite 1400, Seattle, WA 98104
About Workshop AD
Founded by AIA member and LEED-certified architect Steve Bull, Workshop AD dedicates itself to a practice that can adapt to urban and rural design needs while expressing the human experience of place. Bull has led his team to work on projects throughout the Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and the Intermountain West. His work has been recognized with AIA State and Regional awards. He also previously received the Rotch Traveling Scholarship, which took him to South America to document historic and modern adaptations of architecture to landscape. Bull received his Master of Architecture and his Bachelor of Science in Art and Design from MIT, and he serves as an adjunct professor at Washington State University. The firm has been the recipient of the Pacific Northwest AIA Merit Award, the AIA Award Honor Award for Washington Architecture, and the Future Shack Award Program, among others.
Workshop AD’s work on the Interurban Building, which is nestled in the Pioneer Square National Historic District, required careful collaboration with engineering consultants to ensure that successful space modifications could be made to allow heightened efficiency and a more open feeling. The original masonry and wood-framed edifice was constructed in 1894 and had a lot of potential remaining in its historic charm. Workshop AD envisions the 36k-square-feet structure to include new mezzanine stairways, entertainment venues, retail and office space. The Reedo Building, a turn-of-the-century, three-story brick warehouse that was damaged in the Nisqually 2001 earthquake, required restoration, renovation, and repair, including the addition of a lofted fourth floor. Two mezzanines are linked by steel bridges, skylights invite interior natural light, and rooftop views of the Olympic Mountains are accessible from industrial windows and doors. The space was leased to the offices of a coffee company in 2007 and demonstrates Workshop AD’s strong renovation vision for historic structures.