Greg Bjarko and Chris Serra met in Bozeman, Montana as architecture students and upon graduating headed to the West Coast. After gaining experience with architecture firms in Los Angeles and Seattle, they established BjarkoSerra Architects in 1992. Since then, the firm has built a portfolio of distinguished work in the Seattle area. Their work encompasses a broad spectrum of project types, such as new and transformed single-family and multifamily residences, religious institutions, daycare and community centers, fitness and health facilities, and several restaurants and microbreweries.
Many of the firm’s most interesting projects have been achieved through creative yet economical solutions. These successes are the cornerstone of the practice. BjarkoSerra Architects have been recognized for design excellence on a number of occasions, including an AIA Honor Award commendation for the First Christian Reformed Church addition and AIA Home of the Month designations for the Fuoco/Liu Residence and the 42nd Street Condominiums. They have also had projects published in the New York Times, Luxe, Arcade, Dwell, Seattle Homes and Lifestyles, Seattle Magazine/Northwest Home and Garden, Pacific Northwest, and Seattle Metropolitan. Northwest Home and Garden currently list them as one of the top 50 Northwest Architects.
In addition to the quality of the final result, the firm believes in a quality service and process. The small office size and organization allows for a principal to personally manage each project.
Since venturing to Seattle from Montana in 1983, Greg has pursued architecture with the belief that even the smallest project can have a profound impact on the people who experience it and the place where it is located. His collaborative approach to design is central to engaging clients and colleagues, and underlies the successful execution of each project.
When not working or off having adventures with his wife and two sons, Greg is dedicated to community involvement. He has served on the board of directors for Hilltop Children’s Center, a progressive child-development center in Seattle, as well as on the board of the Queen Anne Community Council and as vice-chair for its Land Use Review Committee.
Prior to cofounding BjarkoSerra Architects in 1992, he gained experience at Northwest firms working on a variety of private, public and commercial projects, including residences, financial and religious institutions, and health-care and retail facilities
Chris’s design philosophy combines a thoughtful pragmatism integrated with a passion for simple spirited modern design. He views each project as an opportunity to improve the quality of life of it’s occupants through modern design that is approachable and visibly rooted in it’s place and use. He has always pursued architecture as a personal passion and continually seeks opportunities to inform and inspire his practice through travel, photography, and other endeavors.
Chris Serra has practiced architecture for over 20 years. His early employment with small design firms in New England and Los Angeles provided a foundation for independent practice in Seattle relatively early in his career. In addition to extensive experience working with private clients to transform or create their residences, he has also worked with corporate clients, public agencies, day-care centers, churches, restaurants, and developers on a wide range of projects.
Licensed Architect, State of Washington
Licensed Architect, State of California
Licensed Architect, State of Montana,
National Council of Architectural Registration, Boards certified,
American Institute of Architects member,
Bachelor of Architecture, Montana State ,University, 1983