What Compels Us
Our journey through life produces a story that can manifest itself in the way we build our surroundings.
Our stories are spoken through the details, materials, and volumes of the buildings in which we live, learn, and play. These elements, when arranged in a meaningful way with their context, are what help buildings enrich the lives of their inhabitants.
First Lamp is in search of your story.
Why Design Build?
Our attraction to this way of working has both practical and philosophical roots.
Residential architecture is unique from the remainder of the building industry in that it allows those who conceive the plan to build as well, allowing projects to mature through construction with the same creative focus that began their conception.
Not only does our working knowledge of construction increase the efficiency with which our projects are built, but it also increases the depth of their meaning. When the hands that hold the pencil also drive the nails, everything changes. The physical acts of building (touching, climbing, holding) open otherwise untouched avenues of creative thought and thicken the bond between body and building. Ideas become more practically and philosophically relevant to the project.
In the fifth grade Taylor wrote his first book report on what he aspired to be. His childhood friend at the time was the son of an Architect that allowed them to tag along to job sites thus inspiring Taylor to choose that subject for his report. Since that time he has been hooked.
Throughout college, studying abroad and early in his career he developed a passion for the craft of building. Understanding how things are made and the true nature of materials are what began to inform how he thought about design. Those fundamentals in conjunction with his passion for sustainable design and desire to make spaces that enrich the lives of the people that use them are what drives him today.
Taylor’s projects have been awarded the AIA home of the Month, been published in Seattle Homes and Gardens and featured twice in Seattle Metropolitan magazine. The mountain house was recently published in the book “Perspectives on Design, Pacific Northwest”.
He studied Architecture in Vicenza, Italy and earned a Master of Architecture Degree at Texas Tech University.
Born into a family of draftsmen, tradesmen and carpenters, Kevin represents the fifth generation in his family that has earned a living through the design and construction of residential architecture. He began working on homes during summers in high school, and later his architectural education at Texas Tech taught him to dovetail the acts of drawing and building in order to deepen the creative and functional integrity of a home.
His work is characterized by a strong emphasis on materials, detailing, proportion, and a sober sense of functionality. Completion of his Master Degree program in 2002 included travel and architectural study in Italy. Throughout his education and career, he has worked on the design and construction of over 40 homes in Texas, Colorado, and Washington State.
Kevin is a LEED AP certified Architect and a member of the Seattle Chapter of the AIA. He actively pursues oil painting, woodworking, and fatherhood.