Our Clients want more than just great design they want to be apart of the creative process, discovering new things about where they live, work and play. We've built our practice on new ways to do just that.
From model workshops to mock-ups and homework assignments, our unique approach is driven by our desire to be innovative not only in what we design, but in how we listen, learn, and work together.
Connecting with the client's core values, experiences and immagination helps us go beyond preconceptions about what great design—both the process and the end results—looks like.
A native Seattleite, John DeForest received architectural degrees from Yale University and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Married, with two young children, John founded DeForest Architects with a vision of developing a more collaborative, creative approach to design and a passion for making new connections among people, building and ideas.
FUN FACT: His great-great-somebody was the inventor of the radio tube
In addition to a Masters in Architecture, Brett Smith earned an English degree from U.C. Davis and has ten years of experience as a carpenter and construction superintendent on residential and small commercial projects. Brett enjoys every opportunity to explore the mountains of the Pacific Northwest with his wife, daughter and faithful canine, Siski.
FUN FACT: Was a certified search-and-rescue dog handler for five years.
Stephen Click is a licensed architect with a strong background in the design of modern residences. After receiving his Bachelor of Architecture in 2002 from the University of Arkansas and working for a design-build studio for several years, Steve moved from Arkansas to Seattle with his wife and yellow lab.
FUN FACT: Suffers from a serious addiction to chips and salsa.
Rosie Donovan is a licensed architect with wide-ranging experience, including museum and transit projects in New York, and the Beacon Hill library in Seattle. An outdoors enthusiast, she recently helped develop a sustainable design for a five-story Seattle townhouse. Rosie and her husband are world travelers…and the proud parents of two very independent cats. Rosie is currently working part-time while on maternity leave with with her new baby Toby.
Meredith Kelly grew up in Chicago, Illinois and moved to Seattle to attend graduate school at the University of Washington where she received her Master of Architecture degree. Her experience includes residential, industrial, recreational and commercial projects and as a LEED A.P., she has particular interest in sustainable modern design. In her spare time, she enjoys gardening, finding new breakfast places, pottery and the company of her husband and their pup, Wrigley
Ted Cameron has 30+ years of experience in residential, mixed use and educational architecture. Ted joined DA in 2005 and has performed in a wide variety of roles taking projects from inception to completion. An abstract thinker, Ted brings innovative solutions to planning and design problems while remaining grounded by a thorough knowledge of the science and technology of building. Ted is also a painter and an avid sailor who has sailed the Pacific from Mexico to Alaska.