Why a workshop?
A workshop is a place of collective effort. It is a place where intense investigation, ongoing discourse, prototypes, and models are used to explore ideas through physical form. We build things to better understand our work; work that we recognize as being specific to our clients objectives and to a particular place and time.
This model of a practice inspires us to pursue design critically, insightfully, and imaginatively. It creates a framework for each project that responds to the unique opportunities of each context and client. Through this methodology, we arrive at strategic, clear, and mutually understood concepts and resolve each project to a high level of detail.
Our rigor has resulted in a portfolio of projects that address the dramatic range of urban and rural conditions, climate, building types and uses found throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The foundation for this body of work lies in the integration of strong building forms and environment, the considered use of materials and daylight, and the clear expression for the human experience of a place.
As Seattle based architects, our architecture projects span the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Although our practice does not have an office in Anchorage AK, we have completed many projects in Alaska and have a strong base in this community as Alaskan architects.
"Adding residential capacity to Seattle's neighborhoods while keeping their character intact is a hot topic. Enter the Colman Triplex, three tidy units (including one family-sized) tucked into the skin of a single-family home. Thoroughly modern and warmly contextual, the triplex offers a great model for denser, more flexible housing option in a changing suburban landscape." ("Future Shack: Architects building our tomorrow." Pacific Northwest Magazine Sept. 2009.)
"What we love: That the architects designed a complex yet elegant system to fit three apartments, each with generous outdoor living space and views, within just 3,800 square feet." ("The West's Best Homes: 2009 - 2010." Sunset Magazine Mar. 2010.)
His body of work comprises institutional, cultural, commercial, and residential projects. While varied in scope, style and complexity, each project is linked by a set of values. The careful response to the specific conditions of a site and the goals of the client, the integration of strong building forms with exterior space, and the considered use of materials and daylight are the foundation for Steve's work.
As the founder of Workshop A|D Steve manages the overall operations and directs the design and development of all projects. Under his leadership the workshop has completed projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Successfully working within a dramatic range of urban and rural conditions, climate, and building uses, each project responds to the unique opportunities presented by context and client. By embracing the physical, ecological, cultural, historical, and economic issues of the project, the resulting architecture presents a thoughtful synthesis of use, material, context, and form.
His work has been published and honored with numerous design recognitions including AIA State and Regional awards. He was a 2004 Rotch Scholar. Two forthcoming books, "Modern North: Architecture on the Frozen Edge," and "True North: New Alaskan Architecture" feature the recently completed Nearpoint Residence in Anchorage, Alaska.
Steve serves on the Advisory Board to the Mayor's Office for the Livable South Downtown Seattle Initiative and the Board of Directors for Book-It Repertory Theatre. He currently chairs the Strategic Planning Committee and Building Committee for Book-It. He has been an Adjunct Professor of Architecture at Washington State University and regularly sits on design juries at the architecture schools in the Pacific Northwest.
Dan is committed to the exploration of culture and the progressive formation of our built environment. He believes the architect should not merely design buildings, but should know how to craft them - openly working with builders to facilitate construction. Motivated to pursue economical and reductive approaches to design and fabrication, Dan has developed a disciplined attitude about the systemic making of things. His approach contributes to the straightforward, expressive, and responsive projects like the Nearpoint Residence, Gig Harbor Marina and Prospect Workshop.
Dan is active in the Seattle community as a volunteer coach with the Seattle Junior and Sno-King Hockey Associations. He also regularly sits on design juries for various architecture schools in the Pacific Northwest. Prior to Workshop A|D, he was a designer at Mithun in Seattle, WA, and Brinsmead Ziola in Edmonton, Alberta.
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