Story

storysketches

Urbanadd is a Seattle-based architecture, planning and design firm that serves clients throughout North America. We specialize in civic/cultural, commercial, and residential projects. Our team has designed world-class projects while working at some the Nation’s most prominent firms, but founded Urbanadd to practice differently – smaller, more collaborative, and with a passion for the vitality of our communities.

While every project in our office is different, the common thread is our enthusiasm and stewardship of our clients’ goals. We take responsibility and ownership to ensure that our role as stewards comes through – for the environment, for the budget, and for our clients’ vision. We’re passionate about what we do, everyday, with our clients. And we want that excitement to be contagious – to spread through the team and the community to help cultivate better built environments.


We begin by exploring a multitude of ideas and possibilities – ensuring the best design ideas evolve into your project. Evaluating their strengths and weaknesses is our strength, all the while gathering feedback from the team. This collaborative and proactive approach has been proven again and again.

Our work is highly contextual. We work hard to ensure our projects tell good stories and complement their surroundings. From distilleries and residences to banks and offices, every project is carefully and thoughtfully integrated into the existing condition.

Buildings are deeply implicated in the consumption of our limited natural resources. Through elegant design and innovative problem solving, facilities can consume less and last longer, providing exemplary performance and longevity.


ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

  • Programming & Pre-Design
  • Site Assessment & Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Building Design & Documentation
  • Construction Administration

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING

  • Master Planning
  • Property Assessment & Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Transportation Planning & Station Design
  • Land Use Analysis
  • Zoning & Code Research

INTERIOR DESIGN & SPACE PLANNING

  • As-Built Documentation
  • Programming & Space Needs Analysis
  • Workplace Design & Tenant Improvements
  • Furniture & Finishes Specification
  • Post-occupancy Evaluations

We’re passionate about getting the most out of life . . . and we carry that zeal into our work. Our brains are more engaged, creative, productive, and resilient when we’re in a positive state. So it’s important for us to connect with our clients, colleagues and partners on a human level – to collaborate with people we enjoy working and spending time with.

Just as important is our commitment to the causes that inspire us. Both in the nature of our work itself and in our philanthropic efforts, we strive towards goals that include:

ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

Buildings are deeply implicated in the consumption of our limited natural resources. Through elegant design and innovative problem solving,  facilities can consume less and last longer, providing exemplary performance and longevity.

URBAN VIBRANCE

Density offers hope: In order to sustain precious natural ecosystems beyond the limits of cities, we need to concentrate on density inside those boundaries. Smart design and intelligent growth yields vibrant urban centers where we want to live, work and play.

BALANCE

Working hard for our clients focuses our energy. Playing hard recharges our batteries. From our Urbanadd Racing pursuits in biking, sailing and triathlons, to varied community activities, we know that balancing work with our life goals leads to a better design practice.

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN

  • Programming &Pre-Design
  • Site Assessment & Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Building Design & Documentation
  • Construction Administration
  • Expert Witness

URBAN DESIGN AND PLANNING

  • Master Planning
  • Property Assessment & Analysis
  • Feasibility Studies
  • Transportation Planning & Station Design
  • Land Use Analysis
  • Zoning & Code Research

INTERIOR DESIGN & SPACE PLANNING

  • As-Built Documentation
  • Programming & Space Needs Analysis
  • Retail & Store Planning
  • Workplace Design & Tenant Improvements
  • Furniture & Finishes Specification
  • Post-occupancy Evaluations

Team

Urbanadd’s leadership collectively brings decades of experience across a breadth of project types and scales. Our practice allows us to provide a high level of leadership engagement on all of our projects.

jmb

Jim Brown

Founding Architect
skyler

Skyler Bonser

Architect
andrew

Andrew Lawrence

Architect
jecklund

Jana Ecklund

Designer

Join our team!

We’re always on the lookout for talented team members. If you have a passion for great design, send your resume and portfolio to employment@urbanadd.com