New architectural designs and ideas emerging out of Washington, from sustainable design to the cutting edge.

Orcas Island Retreat

When Marie Gladwish was 17 years old and living on the east coast, she took a summer cruise to tour the San Juan Islands. Upon arriving at Orcas Island for the first time, she had a surprising and heady reaction, despite having never seen the place before. “I got very welled up and felt like I was coming home,” she said. She decided she would someday live on the island. Decades later, she made good on that promise.

The Death of Sustainability

Cork floors? No-VOC paint? Reclaimed barn wood? No longer is the act of doing less environmental harm good enough. As earthlings overseeing global environmental degradation, we may be too far gone for that. Regenerative design demands that each building project actually improve the environment and, perhaps, even boost human well-being, a more elusive goal.

East Cascades Home

About a decade ago, a Seattle couple fell in love with a dilapidated barn on a few hundred acres in the eastern foothills of the Cascade Mountains and decided to transform it into their city escape.


What’s Going Up in Washington: University Buildings

Most of us would like to imagine that our college campus stays just as we left it, preserved in amber. But universities—and their campuses—move on, and these ones are building facilities for their newest students.