This is not your average design firm.

We’re a group of passionate designers who care more about your projects than our egos.

Working in a design firm usually brings up connotations of late nights, ego-driven bosses, and grueling schedules. We have no interest in any of that.

Since our founding, we’ve dedicated ourselves to creating a culture where our team brings their full selves to the table. We don’t believe in having an elaborate hierarchy: we know we all have something to learn from everyone. We all play revolving project roles, and we are all committed to bringing up the team as a whole. The people who work here all do a bit of everything and we all take the responsibility our clients place in us very seriously.


Board & Vellum Office

Where are our titles?

Early on, we realized there was a benefit to having a flat structure, including job titles. Everyone here brings a different skill set to the table. We’re all trained in the same customer service and design skills, and act as ambassadors for all that we do.

We really care about work/life balance.

It’s no secret that creativity suffers when we are stressed out and sleep-deprived. We know that we all do a better job when we maintain a healthy work/life balance, and we make a point of encouraging it!

We’re leaders in being a great place to work.

Architecture firms have a notorious reputation. We’ve thrown out the book on how a normal design firm operates and have been consistently recognized as one of the top places to work in Washington. Happier employees means happier clients, it’s just that simple.

We’re changing the game.

The design industry can be a fantastic place to work!

We don’t settle for less, and neither should you. As it happens, offering great benefits is entirely possible: the numbers work out. And, we would love nothing more than to help raise the bar in the design industry.

Firm Culture

Disrupting the Design Industry with Great Benefits

The architecture and design industry is notorious for high-pressure workplaces that lack great benefits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. At Board & Vellum, we are proving that a design firm can offer great benefits: the numbers pencil out. Now, our goal is to help other firms join us to redefine the design industry.

Firm Culture, News

Five Ways You Can Create Great Work Culture

At the end of June, we attended the 2018 Seattle Magazine's Best 100 Companies to Work for Event, in the top 10 for small business for the third year! We are excited, of course, but it takes a lot of work to create work culture like this. Here are 5 ways we help cultivate our work culture.

Would you like to learn a little more about us?

Awesome! Feel free to explore the pages below, and — of course — feel free to reach out to us if you have something particular you’d like to ask.

Our Story

Board & Vellum is a young and vibrant firm built on the idea that an informed and engaged team leads to better design and happy clients. We wouldn’t be where we are today without passion and hard work, and those same two things keep us going strong today.

Our Process

Bringing your project from “idea” to fruition is a little different at Board & Vellum. We give personal care to each of our projects, and you’ll be in the loop every step the way. The bonus: we are an integrated firm, so each project has access to plenty of great knowledge — and that leads to better design.

Our Team

Over the years, we’ve built a team of passionate architects and designers who not only love the work we do, but love working together. Our enthusiasm translates directly to our projects, and we pair team members with clients and projects we think will be a great fit.

Considering a project? Or, just curious about something?

Send us your questions about design, architecture, interiors, landscape, third places, LEGO rooms… Anything, really. We’re always eager to meet new people, and we’d love to get to know you, your project, and your goals.

Get in touch.