Introducing, Lindsey Werkhoven!
Say hello to Lindsey Werkhoven, the most recent addition to Board & Vellum's Residential Studio. Lindsey brings 12 years of experience along with a passion for travel and a love of reused material. Crafty by nature, Lindsey recently reclaimed her front yard where she shares seeds with her neighbors from her Little Free Seed Library.
December 18, 2020
My name is Lindsey Werkhoven, and I am thrilled to join the talent on Board & Vellum’s residential team. I have been practicing architecture for about twelve years since graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2006. I worked in New York City for a year before returning home to Seattle where I have worked at several small design firms.
At the peak of the recession in 2010, I was lucky to receive a Fulbright research scholarship to study architecture and artisan techniques in Fez, Morocco for one year. My husband and I then spent four years in Salt Lake City where he flew for a cargo company and I worked for a lighting design manufacturer. We finally moved back to Seattle in 2015 with our 1-year-old boy and our Llewellin setter. We now have another son, and our dog is still alive at 16 years of age. We have also added eight hens and a beehive to the menagerie.
Architecture has been fulfilling to me in many ways since I declared to my parents at the age of nine that I was going to be “an architect in the day and a singer at night.” The only singing I do now is to put my kids to sleep but experiencing the remodel of our house at a young age was enough exposure to the transformative effect of architecture to keep me wanting more.
I have always liked to make things, especially things that can be useful. I like to quilt blankets and collage greeting cards, but there is nothing more satisfying than designing both beautiful and functional spaces for people to live in. There has also persisted a thriftiness in my nature that keeps me on the hunt for materials to repurpose or reuse. While saving money is nice, it is in doing my part to save just a little bit of our natural environment that I find joy. In my career, this has been especially useful in designing remodels. I love the challenge of updating a home to better suit the needs of a family while maintaining historic characteristics, all while keeping a project on budget.
We have been doing plenty of our own home remodeling since buying a 1910 Craftsman in the Hillman City neighborhood of Seattle in 2016. At the onset of Covid, we “reclaimed” our little-used front lawn and planted dozens of flowering bushes and trees. It proved to be a wonderful way to meet neighbors strolling by and a great place to sit for an afternoon ‘quarantini’. That led to the next project: the construction of a Little Free Seed Library where we share extra seeds from our garden with our neighbors. The idea was successful and even got a five-minute feature on King5 News.
I look forward to the day when we can travel again since exploring new parts of the world is a passion I share with my family. My oldest son is an animal lover and remembers the baby turtles we saw waddle out to sea on a trip to Costa Rica. We hope to travel to India someday where he can see tigers in their native habitat, and I can visit the Moghul palaces I learned about in architecture school, like the Taj Mahal. Until then we are chipping away at our next project – finishing our basement – and making do with trips to the zoo and animal-centric YouTube videos.
I am grateful to be healthy and enjoy the virtual company of my wonderful new co-workers and clients at Board & Vellum.