SHED believes in architecture that solves problems. In partnership with our clients, consultants and contractors, we strive to realize work that is resource efficient, pragmatic and original.
The following beliefs are the foundation of our design approach:
We believe that architecture is a practical art.
We believe that a pragmatic approach yields progressive design solutions.
We believe that buildings must use resources wisely.
We believe that architecture must sustain the way people live, work and play.
This approach strives to create work with the following qualities:
Design solutions consider site, climate, material, light, and space holistically.
Design solutions use resources efficiently over the long term.
Design solutions are purposeful in their use of material, light and space.
Design solutions are more than the sum of their parts.
Design solutions are direct and durable.
Design solutions support the life of the client.
We are committed to designing projects that meet the highest expectations of our clients and highest design standards of economy, efficiency and quality. We look forward to discussing your project with you.
Prentis Hale received his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, has an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University, and has performed traveling research in Stockholm on a Valle Scholarship. Prior to establishing SHED, Hale worked as a lead carpenter for a Seattle design/build firm learning to build. From 1998 to present, Hale has worn the various hats of business principal, designer, builder and fabricator through the conceptualization and realization of a broad range of commercial, residential and fabrication projects. In addition to his professional activities, Hale teaches design studio on an annual basis at the University of Washington College of the Built Environment, participates in local architectural collaboratives and arts communities, and undertakes numerous independent architectural research projects.
Thomas Schaer received his Master of Architecture from the University of Washington and an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Babson College. As co-founder and principal of SHED, Mr. Schaer has been instrumental in establishing an architectural practice that combines design and fabrication. His extensive knowledge of steel fabrication and building construction has been applied across a wide range of historic preservation, residential and fabrication projects. In addition, Mr. Schaer remains involved at the University of Washington College of the Built Environment as an outside critic and studio instructor.
Greg Shiffler received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the Ohio state university in 1999 and a master of architecture degree from the University of Washington in 2004. Before coming to SHED he was involved in design build projects with the Northern Cheyenne Indians in Montana, for a primary school in Juitepec, Mexico, with the Yakima Nation Housing Authority in Eastern Washington, and for a private client in Galicia, Spain. He was licensed to practice architecture in 2009. He became the proud father of twin girls, Emma and Lucia, in November 2007.
Cindy Livni has an Interior Design degree from Bellevue College and is a LEED AP. She also holds a Masters degree in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine from Bastyr University. She has long been interested in green building and design, which stems from her past education in natural medicine. Ms. Livni has experience in space planning, materials selection, and bathroom and kitchen design. She has a passion for simple living and modern design.