light : light : \’lit\     a : something that makes vision possible     b : a celestial body     c : spiritual illumination     d : something that enlightens or informs


place : place: \’plas\     a : an indefinite region or expanse     b : a building or locality used for a special purpose     c : archaic : the three-dimensional compass of a material object


time : time: \ ‘tim\     a : the measured or measurable period during which an action, process, or condition exists or continues     b :  a nonspatial continuum that is measured in terms of events which succeed one another from past through present to future





David Coleman / Architecture is a small studio of talented architects specializing in modern, custom homes and remodels in Seattle, the Pacific Northwest and beyond. We believe that well designed buildings and environments contribute to a better life. Our buildings, interiors, furniture and landscapes are designed to instill happiness, connection to the outdoors, and a sense of belonging. We provide our clients with personal service, helping them to manifest their dreams and guiding them through the process of design and construction with confidence and a wealth of expertise and experience.


Our approach to design is rooted in Scandinavian modernism, refined over four decades in service to hundreds of clients throughout the United States. Our buildings are highly responsive to the their sites and custom tailored to the needs and aspirations of our clients. We consider abundant ‘light’ to be a magical quality of joyful living; endearing and memorable spaces to be essential to creating a sense of ‘place’; and ‘time-less’ design to be the key to lasting value.


We bring a holistic perspective to our work, blending architecture, landscape and interior design in a seamless process, assuring continuity of vision. We incorporate environmentally sustainable practices, innovative materials and systems, and strong, livable visions. Our designs are spirited and modern, transcending the mundane, inspiring the senses, and nurturing the soul.


Born and raised in New York, David Coleman, FAIA, studied fine arts and environmental design at Pratt Institute before taking up architecture at the Rhode Island School of Design. He completed his studies at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture, focusing on residential and community design.


David has over 30 years of experience in the field and has completed buildings and projects in eight states. Early in his career, David worked in the office of AIA Gold Medalist Michael Graves. He started his own firm in Vermont in 1986 and in the Northwest in 1996. He is a registered architect and is NCARB certified for reciprocity in all fifty states.


David’s work has received numerous design awards and been widely published in books, magazines and on-line, including Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, Metropolitan Home, The New York Times, and Pacific Northwest. In 1990 he won a prominent commission in the highly acclaimed town of Seaside, Florida. In 1991 he was named one of the 100 foremost architects in the world by Architectural Digest. In 2006 he won the Design Achievement Award for Architecture. In 2011, he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects prestigious College of Fellows, in light of his “significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level”.


David has served on an advisory board for the “House as Architecture” program at the University of Washington, College of Architecture & Urban Planning, where he has lectured, served as guest critic and taught graduate design studio. He has served on a number of advisory boards and committees over the years including the Solar Association of Vermont, the Burlington Waterfront Board, and Allied Arts of Seattle, where he was co-chair of the Urban Environments Committee. In 1989 he was invited to speak at the Governor’s Conference on Design & the Built Environment at the Vermont State Capital. An active member of the American Institute of Architects, David has spoken at AIA events and is past co-chair of the AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture program.


Groups we support:
Seattle Art Museum
The Methow Conservancy
Confluence Gallery & Art Center
The Block Project
The Smile Project