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Ryan Adanalian

Associate | Architecture

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.

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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
Going Green

Questions To Ask About Sustainability

Board & Vellum’s first employee is starting off on a new adventure. As a farewell blog post, he asked people around the office about something really important to him: what questions they ask themselves — and think others should ask — about sustainability in terms of homes, landscapes, and workplaces.

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Custom Residential, Going Green

Approachable, Sustainable Ideas to Save Money in Your Home

People assume that green building, or using sustainable practices, will cost them more money. But, while some upfront costs may be higher, often, the long-term costs are lower. Here are five approachable and sustainable ideas you can explore to help make your home healthier for you and your family while being better for the environment.

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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

ADU and DADU

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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Other Tangents

Building a Different Way

Ryan shares a couple of videos he finds interesting about new ways of building structures: 3D printing, and robotic construction.

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Firm Culture

My First Year at Board & Vellum

It's been a whole year since Board & Vellum's first hire, Ryan, started! Here, he takes a moment to look back, listing five things that have really stood out.

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Other Tangents

You May Be an Architect and Not Even Know It

Ryan took some time off for a camping trip to the Olympic Peninsula and found that picking a spot to set up, and pitching the tent, is not unlike what he does at work designing houses.

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Custom Residential, Going Green

Passive House

Ryan starts his journey into learning about Passive House: what it is, why it matters, why building "Passively" is potentially the way of the future.

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Custom Residential

Small Spaces

This video shows how to get the most out of a small space.  Who would have thought that you could get a full multi-room house into less than 350sq feet. It might be hard to throw a party...

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Custom Residential

5 Reasons Why I Love Heavy Timber Frame Homes

Ryan lists his top reasons why he loves heavy timber homes.

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Firm Culture

Introducing, Ryan!

Meet Board & Vellum's first employee, Ryan Adanalian. This is a big leap, and we're both super excited to be working together.

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