Apartments, townhomes, residential amenity spaces, mixed-use…
What type of multifamily housing would you like to design, develop, or remodel?
In dense and diverse urban environments, homes come in all shapes and sizes. Like single-family homes, multifamily buildings are an essential component of the urban fabric, helping to build vibrant, healthy communities by creating housing solutions tailored to neighborhoods.
Whether designing new construction or renovating an existing property, our passion lies in working with clients who are committed to being good neighbors. More than the size of a development, we seek to collaborate with teams who value designing and building long-lasting and special projects.
From mid-rise residential or mixed-use apartment buildings to low-rise townhomes and residential complexes, we strive to make every neighborhood we work in more livable, more sustainable, and more able to support the health and wellness of the community.
Zoning Assessment, Site Analysis, Feasibility & Capacity
Feasibility and capacity studies can be either a standalone service to evaluate a potential property, or function as the first phase in any multifamily development project, regardless of scale or scope. Our team’s deep knowledge of how to evaluate a site enables us to provide an efficient summary of a property’s development potential, including different development scenarios.Learn more.
New Residential & Mixed-Use Buildings
With in-house design services in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, our dynamic teams collaborate on new mid-rise apartments and mixed-use developments. We are passionate about designing buildings and spaces to please the residents who live there, the developers behind them, and the surrounding community they share.Learn more.
New Low-Rise Housing Units and Communities
Whether small urban infill projects or larger communities of dense urban housing, our multidisciplinary team lends an experienced design eye to townhouse developments. Our goal is to create positive impacts on neighborhoods by providing well-designed, beautiful, sustainable dwelling spaces contributing to the diversity of housing options it takes to weave a healthy urban fabric.Learn more.
Refreshes & Renovations of Multifamily Properties
With in-house teams in architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture, we are uniquely positioned to collaborate on the reinvention and repositioning of aging multifamily housing stock. Whether or not you already have a refreshed brand for the community, we’ll design the environment to attract your target resident, and breathe new life into your multifamily development.Learn more.
Balancing the numbers with the designed experience.
We design multifamily housing to please not only the building developer, but the people who live there.
Successful multifamily projects balance the requirements of the building as a whole with the needs of individual homes within, all while being an asset to the surrounding community. Buildings that delight lease up quickly.
Jurisdictional and code requirements for multifamily development play an outsized role on a project — while they limit what you can build, where, when, and how, we consider them an intriguing component of the puzzle. When you know the code inside and out, you know how to find creative solutions to the design challenge.
Making the numbers work is essential. Our team is skilled in analyzing square footages and proforma, and maximizing efficiencies, while achieving a unique aesthetic that is warm, friendly, and fits into the neighborhood. We constantly balance the numbers with the “look” to distinguish the property in the market.
We facilitate transparent communication and fluid project coordination, allowing our design team to quickly identify opportunities to create lasting results appreciated by owners, developers, residents, and the community.
Navigating the permitting process.
We are intimately familiar with Seattle and neighboring jurisdictions’ complex permitting processes.
Whether or not you already know the ropes (or red tape?), let us leverage our experience and connections on your behalf to efficiently guide your project through the permit and development process. Our team stays on top of changes in the evolving Pacific Northwest housing market so we always have a good grip on current trends and jurisdictional and code requirements.
The City of Seattle permitting process — especially for multifamily housing development — is comprehensive with many time-sensitive and interrelated moving parts. As appropriate for your project, we’ll shepherd it through everything from Early Design Guidance and meeting with the Design Review Board, to obtaining Master Use Permits, building permits, phased permits, early grading permits, and more.
With decades of collective experience in the Seattle market, we are deeply embedded in the nuances of the process. We speak the language. We ask all the right questions. We understand the timelines and the deliverables and their impact on the project schedule, and therefore the owner’s budget. We can help.
Our skill at navigating permitting applies to jurisdictions across the Pacific Northwest.
Our team’s deep and ever-evolving knowledge of how to guide multifamily projects through the entitlement, review, and permitting processes also extends to jurisdictions outside the Seattle area.
We regularly work on projects around the state of Washington — from Bellingham to Wenatchee to Spokane — and we have active projects in other states, as well. We know which questions to ask in a new area so we can get up to speed quickly and keep your project moving efficiently.
While Washington is our home turf, if you are considering a project further afield, don’t hesitate to ask. We maintain licenses in multiple states, and we can also partner with design firms in your project’s locale to provide collaborative services.
Can I hire your architecture, interiors, or landscape architecture teams independently?
Yes. We advocate for the advantages of an in-house multidisciplinary team, but our teams can and do work independently or partnered with other design firms.
Do you work out of the Seattle area?
Frequently. Though we are based in Seattle and most of our projects are in Washington, we have licenses in several states. Out of the region? Ask us!
Do you work with private owners?
Absolutely. We are comfortable working with sole owners who may be new to developing property, as well as seasoned developers. We customize our services to meet your needs.
Elevating design by leveraging efficiencies.
The secret sauce of an interdisciplinary practice.
They say you don’t know what you don’t know, and surprises can seriously throw a project off track — and schedule, and budget. With fully integrated architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture practices under one roof, we see the whole picture. We know who needs to be at the table when and who needs to be a part of which conversation, so decisions are fully considered at the right time, not the eleventh hour.
The complexities of larger project teams with more moving parts and dependencies — not to mention more eyes on the bottom line — makes an interdisciplinary studio an especially valuable partner on multifamily projects. We avoid the cost implications and schedule impacts of late-breaking suggestions from an outside team. Our design approach is comprehensive and informed right from the start, eliminating the fits and starts of discrete teams taking their turn at the drawing board.
And interestingly, an unspoken synergy happens amongst the various disciplines, even when it wasn’t intended. We learn from each other almost by accident. Ideas float freely and new solutions materialize like magic. Best of all, with plenty of runway for great design at the start, we save time while delivering beautifully integrated projects.
Here are some highlights from our multifamily portfolio.
No matter the type or size of project, we design buildings and spaces to please residents, owners, developers, and the larger community.
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