Ryan Adanalian – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum Team

Ryan Adanalian


Ryan grew up in Southern California, and knew he wanted to be an architect the moment he won his fourth-grade community park design competition. He traded the sun for snow, and earned his degree at the University of Colorado, Boulder, studying between snowboarding trips.

Following graduation, he wanted to get his hands dirty, so he took a job at a cabinet shop making furniture, installing flooring, and honing his craft with finish work. After a satisfying year working with his hands, he was ready to put his architecture degree to work, and chose Seattle for his next move.

Ryan was the first employee to be hired at Board & Vellum, and remains the heart and soul of the company.

Read Ryan’s introductory blog post.

Explore articles by Ryan Adanalian from our blog.

Advice for Young Architects
Ask an Architect
Custom Residential
Firm Culture
Going Green
Interior Design
Other Tangents
Custom Residential, Interior Design

Designing a Kitchen on a Budget

Just because you are designing a kitchen on a budget doesn't mean you have to skimp on style! Let us show you how combining IKEA cabinets with a couple of custom details where it shows can make your kitchen look like a completely custom job without breaking the bank.

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Ask an Architect, Custom Residential


What is an ADU, and what is a DADU? Ryan Adanalian explains the ins and outs of Accessory Dwelling Units and Detached Accessory Dwelling Units (according to the City of Seattle), with an example of a DADU by Board & Vellum featuring a sliding wall to help solve the many challenges of a small space.

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Advice for Young Architects

What Does It Take to Become an Architect?

So, what does it take to become an architect? Just like everything else, there is no clear answer to that question. The real answer: "It depends." The details keep changing, and they vary by location! Ryan Adanalian breaks it down for you, at least how it works right now, in 2015 in Washington.

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Other Tangents

Summer Hikes by Ryan

Work/life balance is really important to us here at Board & Vellum! So, Ryan is here to tell you a little about some of the hikes he's gone on lately, working his way up to a 100 mile goal for the summer.

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Firm Culture

“Pellepeering” is Sweeping the Nation

If you're not new to our blog, or us, you've probably seen or heard us use the term "Pellepeering" and wondered what we are even talking about. Well, you're in luck because here, Ryan will clear a little of that up.

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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.

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