Workshop for Architecture | Design is a Seattle based architecture and design practice led by Steve Bull. Our current projects include single-family residences, rural retreats, compact multifamily dwellings, retail environments, office space, and modern adaptations of existing urban buildings.
A workshop is a place of collective effort. It is a place where intense investigation, ongoing discourse, prototypes, and models are used to explore ideas through physical form. We build things to better understand our work; work that we recognize as being specific to our clients objectives and to a particular place and time.
This model of a practice inspires us to pursue design critically, insightfully, and imaginatively. It creates a framework for each project that responds to the unique opportunities of each context and client. Through this methodology, we arrive at strategic, clear, and mutually understood concepts and resolve each project to a high level of detail.
Our rigor has resulted in a portfolio of projects that address the dramatic range of urban and rural conditions, climate, building types and uses found throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. The foundation for this body of work lies in the integration of strong building forms and environment, the considered use of materials and daylight, and the clear expression for the human experience of a place.
Steve Bull was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1968. He holds both a Masters of Architecture and a Bachelors of Science in Art and Design from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
His body of work comprises institutional, cultural, commercial, and residential projects. While varied in scope, style and complexity, each project is linked by a set of values. The careful response to the specific conditions of a site and the goals of the client, the integration of strong building forms with exterior space, and the considered use of materials and daylight are the foundation for Steve’s work.
As the founder of Workshop A|D Steve manages the overall operations and directs the design and development of all projects. Under his leadership the workshop has completed projects throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Successfully working within a dramatic range of urban and rural conditions, climate, and building uses, each project responds to the unique opportunities presented by context and client. By embracing the physical, ecological, cultural, historical, and economic issues of the project, the resulting architecture presents a thoughtful synthesis of use, material, context, and form.
Dan Rusler was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1979. He earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Oregon preceded by an Architectural Technology Diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Dan is committed to the exploration of culture and the progressive formation of our built environment. He believes the architect should not merely design buildings, but should know how to craft them — openly working with builders to facilitate construction. Motivated to pursue economical and reductive approaches to design and fabrication, Dan has developed a disciplined attitude about the systemic making of things. His approach contributes to the straightforward, expressive, and responsive projects like the Nearpoint Residence, Gig Harbor Marina and Prospect Workshop.