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Introducing, Christopher!

You know what time it is? Time to say hello to another new B&V’er! Meet Christopher, a licensed architect with over twenty years of experience on projects ranging from zoos to historic preservation to affordable housing. His passion for architecture is underpinned with a love of world travel and photography.

August 9, 2018


As a newbie here at B&V, I’m excited to get to know this talented group of architects, landscape architects, and interior designers.

I grew up in the suburbs of Detroit, in a house my father designed. His father and grandfather had both been developers, while one of his brothers, my uncle John, was a structural engineer, and another, my uncle Francis, an architect. It’s as if buildings are in our blood. For the child version of me, that meant tree forts, legos and lots of drawing. I was the artsy kid.

Christopher Palms, AIA – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

My life truly opened up the day after high school graduation, when I boarded a plane for France. A year in Strasbourg, two in Paris, three on the east coast, and then four in Japan as an English teacher, cemented my loves of learning, travel, language, discovering cultures (especially through music), and photography.

Christopher Palms, AIA – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

After the passing of my mother, I finally gave some hard thought to what I wanted to be when I grew up. Architecture combines artistry with practicality, with the opportunity to contribute something positive to our community. And it’s universal! So I returned to Michigan to get my Master of Architecture degree.

Christopher Palms, AIA – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

This time after graduation, we loaded up the pick-up truck and trailer, and drove out to Seattle. I started working at Boyle + Wagoner, which morphed into BOLA, a firm that specializes in historic preservation. It was a great way to learn about Seattle. I then worked for three years at PJA working on zoos. After that, I spent the next 14 or so years working on affordable housing and shelter projects at Tonkin Hoyne Lokan, Environmental Works, and Schemata Workshop. It was rewarding work, and offered a view into one of our region’s more pressing challenges.

Christopher Palms, AIA – Meet a B&V'er – Board & Vellum

When not working, I’m puttering around the house and yard, listening to or playing music, reading, traveling, snorkeling while traveling, taking photos or scanning old negatives.

I’m excited to be here working with all of you.

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Introducing, Taylor!

Say hello to Taylor, a landscape architect joining our team at Board & Vellum. Taylor has a deep curiosity for the environment and its complex systems, both natural and social. When he is not in the office, he is likely exploring in the mountains or people-watching at the park.

Introducing, Aaron!

Meet Aaron Dornsmith, a new B&V’er joining our custom residential architecture studio! Aaron is a northwest native from southern Idaho. He carries a love of a family cabin in the woods forward with a fervent belief that our homes should engage with nature to not only shelter but nourish us, even in the city.

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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.

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