Our top projects.


Across our disciplines and markets, these are the projects that make us most proud. Each singularly embodies our vision: Creating places of balance for people, communities, our clients, and the future.

Ⓒ Cleary O'Farrell

One block from Seattle’s Pike Place Market, the West Edge Tower is a destination in and of itself. The highly crafted exterior of this 39-story mixed-use building gives way to an elegant interior experience, revealing moments of exploration and discovery that tie to the nature, local culture, and architecture found surrounding the site. The design features three distinct types of residences, each laid out to maximize the views and engage residents in the natural beauty of the area. Materials and finishes in each apartment reflect the outer landscapes and environments of the Seattle region. Penthouses provide a new offering with unmatched size, quality, and views. Beautifully designed amenities further highlight this interplay between architecture and interiors and the outside world. But nowhere is this connection more powerful than directly inside the lobby. Here, the Green Jewel Box—a naturally-lit glass enclosure containing a living Japanese maple tree—holds stillness in the heart of Seattle.

Creative people and thriving businesses are attracted to Portland’s reputation for high-quality craftsmanship and resourceful ingenuity. 250 Taylor offers them both in the heart of the city’s downtown core. As the 2019 winner of the CRE Transformer Award, the 10-story office building is considered one of the most transformative commercial real estate projects of the year by the Portland Business Journal. Our straightforward design embodies the composition of Yamhill Historic District at a human scale—revitalizing the pedestrian experience at a key transitional block. Rooted in place, the project is designed to promote access to air, light, and wellness.

Cornish College of the Arts is a small, private liberal arts school dedicated to educating students in an environment that nurtures creativity and prepares them to become artists, citizens, and innovators. Located in the rapidly expanding South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle, Cornish was in urgent need of housing for 300 students due to an expiring lease. Our team designed a 20-story high-rise that accommodates student housing, academics, and academic offices that was delivered on an aggressive, 28-month schedule—from conception to opening. Our team streamlined communication and worked closely with the owner, developer, and contractor to shorten timelines and lower costs. The LEED® Gold for Homes Mid-Rise is a new live/learn center that's become an icon for the campus.

This is the story of designing for dignity, for equity and diversity, through a beautiful West Tacoma neighborhood with decent housing for everybody. More than that, it’s about creating the social and biophilic connections we all need—children, seniors, young adults, sick or well, regardless of how much we make or what health support we need—to grow a new place out of no-place. Our project with the progressive Tacoma Housing Authority began with our master plan for affordable, student, and market-rate housing planned around mass transit in West Tacoma. This is about how we designed a mixed-use, mixed-income, pedestrian-oriented destination for the surrounding community—and how we hope our work can transform West Tacoma for the better, in years and decades to come.

Designed for seniors who want to remain connected to the greater downtown Portland community, Mirabella is a 30-story high-rise in Portland’s South Waterfront district that sets a the bar for a truly urban continuing care retirement community (CCRC). The first LEED Platinum CCRC in the country, this 30-story curved tower provides all levels of continuing care: independent and assisted living, skilled nursing, and memory care. With over 400 residents and 140 staff members, Mirabella exemplifies successful urban senior housing.

In the Esterra Park neighborhood of Redmond, Washington lies a tale of two hotels—different brands, one location. Aloft Hotel is the hip, fun younger sibling to the more refined and professional Element. Seamlessly merging the two very different brands into one cohesive hotel was the challenge our designers faced. Gray stone tile, wood composite panels, patterned metal, and colorful cement panels lend an upbeat, electric vibe to Aloft, while muted, natural earth tones, and soft, warm materials bring a feeling of wellness and calm to Element. Throughout this Aloft/Element Hotel, consistent materials blend the two hotel brands, yet expresses the unique character of each. Spanning two brands with 281 keys, Aloft/Element just as easily caters to professional travelers working abroad, youngsters exploring the world, and families visiting the area.

Verdant Health Commission strives to educate and empower individuals and families to take control of their own physical health and emotional wellbeing. Their vision was to convert a non-descript, dreary building into a warm, welcoming community hub for area residents. Our design transforms this 8,000 SF former bank building into a whimsical center that educates and engages the community. An inviting collection of spaces help people decompress, interact, and learn how to live a healthier lifestyle. The renovated structure provides Verdant with a flexible program of spaces to meet the diverse needs of their community. The facility, which provides space for Verdant’s administrative, financial, and marketing teams, includes two large classrooms, several smaller conference rooms, consultation rooms, and a demonstration kitchen for teaching healthy cooking classes.

Ⓒ Sally Painter

How does an established global retail brand engage thousands of sports fans, follow their brand standards, and push the experience forward into an original moment? Through expert coordination, streamlined communication, and smart, informed decisions that bring the client’s vision to life. The result is a brand-specific, completely original retail brand experience at a 3,100 SF bank inside a major urban sporting facility.