Balance Associates resists the limitations of a particular architectural genre. Instead we integrate your vision, lifestyle and site to design an inspired structure that reflects your personality while blending seamlessly with the surroundings, whether traditional suburbia or a rocky terrain. We apply a modern sensibility to the design of each unique home. Then we add modern convenience as we oversee the whole project for you, from pre-design to construction.
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Tom has been with Balance Associates since the beginning. He likes the challenge of coming up with creative solutions to design problems, and claims "projects are like kids: I really don't have a favorite. They are each different, and it's fun to watch them develop over time. Handing over a completed house to the owners is like high-school graduation. Hearing how much a client likes their house, winning an award, or seeing a house I've designed in a book makes me feel like a proud parent." Tom grew up building things. In fact, Tom's first "toy" was a bunch of scrap 2x4s that his father brought home. Tom used the scraps as building blocks, and played with the lumber more than any other toy. When not designing for his clients, Tom skis, bikes, hikes, travels and enjoys dinner with friends. Tom's real claim to fame, however, is that he skied from Russia to Sweden across Finland in a week.
Margo joined Balance Associates in October 2007. She is an architect who lives in Winthrop, Washington with her husband and two children. Margo has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Washington. In 1993 she received a fellowship to study architecture in Norway, where she cultivated an abiding interest in Scandinavian design. She also loves the work of Roland Terry and a number of other mid-century Pacific Northwest architects. Over the years, Margo has worked at several firms on a range of projects, from institutional to residential. She hikes, bikes and skis with her family and plays the violin.
Lauren joined Balance Associates in October of 2006. She received her Bachelor of Environmental Design from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001, and graduated from the Master of Architecture program at the University of Washington in June of 2006. After working for a large firm in Seattle doing commercial work, she was looking for a change of scale in both project and office size. A Seattle native, Lauren enjoys working on projects that are derived from site influences such as view, climate, and vegetation. She believes the dramatic and varied landscape of the Northwest has been instrumental in her desire to become an architect. In her free time, she enjoys travel, cooking, mountain biking, skiing and snowshoeing.
Kelby joined Balance Associates in February 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University, and spent a semester studying in Florence, Italy. He attained his architectural license in 2007 while working at several Seattle firms with projects ranging from high-rise mixed use to small scale residential. Kelby likes soccer and has season tickets to the Seattle Sounders. During the off-season, he enjoys spending time with his wife Kelly and daughter Audrey who are very understanding of his obsession.
Alaina joined Balance Associates in July 2011. She received a BA in Architecture from the University of Washington in 2010. During her time in school, she was fortunate enough to study abroad in Mexico City where she fostered a love for contemporary, regional design. Since graduation she has traveled to far off places including Luxor and Sparta and can't get enough of the built environment, both ancient and modern. Having grown up in the suburbs, she now enjoys living in the city where her interests include wandering around, attending concerts and plays, catching those elusive rays of sunshine, and most of all spending time with family and friends.