Pb elemental was in the fall of 2004 by Chris Pardo and David Biddle. The firm's first projects primarily focused on urban infill housing. We began these projects with three simple goals; to challenge the predominant traditional Northwest aesthetic, to provide homes with spaces sized appropriately to the way people live and reject that bigger is always better and to establish that clean, modern design can be achieved for all budgets.
Founder of Chris Pardo Design- Elemental Architecture, Chris Pardo’s architectural work is best described as simply modern.
Influenced primarily by Asian and Scandinavian contemporaries, his buildings exhibit an adept understanding of form and a purity of material. Largely self taught in the field of architecture, Pardo spent eight years living/studying across the West Coast before returning to Seattle to attend the University of Washington’s Masters of Architecture program. While students he Co-founded Pb Elemental Architecture along with former partner Dave Biddle. The firm grew quickly focusing not only on design, but also construction, development and real estate. In less than five years the duo had successfully designed over 500 projects. In 2007 he was honored with an AIA commendation award for the design of the Sterling Residence, received the 2008 Design achievement award from Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Magazine, in 2009 was named to the “20 under 40 top architects” as well as honored as one of the “Top 25 innovators” by Seattle Business Magazine. Recently he was named in the “Worldwide Architecture: The Next Generation” as one of the top architects under 40 in the World, and was named as “Decades Best” by Seattle Magazine. In 2011 Pardo was honored as one of Seattle’s “Most Influential People” by Seattle Magazine. He has been prolifically featured in national/international blogs, magazines, books, and newspapers. Pardo has found success practicing a true elemental architecture, interpreting buildings as utilitarian sculpture rather than a commodity. Each design portrays a strong elemental language allowing the massing to define the language and character of the space.