Every project tells a story, and we design places of meaning that build upon those ideals.

Design Process

Our relationship with clients and communities becomes a partnership, where vision and pragmatism are intertwined. Through a research based process, we balance function and environment with long term vision. 

People

We are makers who advocate for the physical and ephemeral moments of design that elevate the human experience of place.

Design for people first

The design solution starts with the people who will use it and the place it occupies in the world. Developing a clear set of design goals inspired by history and culture to community and narrative, the story of the place becomes intertwined with the project. We ask: what is the story you want to tell about this place?

Signal strives for design expression that elicits the story of a place within its context, be it a public facility, home, park, cabin, or progressive infrastructure. At once of the place and for its people, we strive to make inspiring places to live, work, reflect, play, and learn.

 

Environment

From the regional context to the interior experience, we seek the outstanding and quiet patterns between place, material, and form to set the stage for life.

Whether rehabilitating a historic icon, envisioning a new home or designing a public facility, our projects seek time as a design factor, resulting in a balance of place, history, culture, future use, and longevity.

We see an interdependence between nature and building systems to inspire site specific sustainable design solutions. Materials, systems, climate, and users reveal the design potential, because it is made with them, for them.

We ask: How do you see yourself in this place in one year, twenty, fifty – and how will this architecture inspire you?

 

Research

Through a design process based in research and discovery, the studio tests and plays with the relationship between the real and intangible things that inspire delight. 

Design Process

Begin at the beginning: we foster a research-based design process that reveals and builds upon the project vision, using trust, collaboration, and information as key criteria for a strong starting point. Leading with inquiry and listening, this effort establishes the functional, aesthetic, and quality requirements for a clear design approach that results in architecture that simultaneously reveals intangible and pragmatic ideas of placemaking and how we occupy physical space.

Partnership is critical to design ambition. With collaboration and the identity of the project clarified, we design to reveal the potential of shared visions. Functions, materials, systems, and the relationships between them are aligned and the architecture and experience of the place takes shape. Working with user data, physical and digital models, and a robust dialog, we build upon ideas and language to interpret needs into physical space and building form that celebrates the place and people it serves.

We ask: What does this project need to solve?

Team

Signal is a team of architects and designers who strive to synthesize reality with the intangible. We are curious advocates for exploration and discovery. By listening and collaborating with our clients and teams, we create and navigate the path to inspired design solutions.

Accolades

Architectural Review
2021 New into Old Awards - Short List
Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center

Architizer
2021 Architecture + Finalist, New Materials
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

AIA Seattle
2020 Washington Architecture Honor Award
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

Arch Daily
2020 Building of the Year
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

Architects Newspaper
2019 Building of the Year, Education Category
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center

AIA Seattle
2009 Honor Award
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

King County
Green Globes Award
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center

Architectural Review
Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center
August 18, 2021

Parks and Rec Business
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
March 15, 2021

Outdoors NW
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
June 29, 2020

ArchDaily Brazil
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
June 2, 2020

Parks and Rec Business
Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center
June 1, 2020

Treehugger
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
April 20, 2020

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Encompass Snoqualmie
January 26, 2020

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Georgetown Wet Weather Treatment Station
December 19, 2019

Parks & Rec Business
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
December 13, 2019

Architects Newspaper Best of 2019
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
December 11, 2019

Inhabitat
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
October 10, 2019

Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce
Cottonwood Canyon Experience Center
December 12, 2018

Proud Green Home
E-9 Trekking Cabin
March 21, 2018

Building Design and Construction
Coos History Museum & Maritime Center
December 12, 2017

Facilities Management
Coos History Museum & Maritime Center
December 11, 2017

Daily Journal of Commerce
Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center
November 6, 2017

Daily Journal of Commerce
Northwest Railway Museum Archives
September 25, 2017

Port Townsend Leader
Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center
April 7, 2017

Port Townsend Leader
Fort Worden Building 305 Art and Education Center
July 13, 2016

Modern Steel Construction
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
August 14, 2015

Seattle PI
Mercer Slough Environmental Education Center
January 26, 2009