Designing and Building Your Dream Home

Integrating LIGHT, PLACE and TIME into the Design of your Custom Home

Our guest today is David Coleman, of David Coleman Architects. David was named one of the 100 foremost residential architects in the world by Architectural Digest Magazine. He is a member of the American Institute of Architects distinguished College of Fellows, his work is highly published, and he has received numerous design awards.

He describes the way he and his team work this way; “We believe that a well-designed home sets the scene for a better life. We design our client’s homes in a way that instills warmth, joy, connection to the outdoors, and a sense of belonging. Our holistic approach merges architecture, interiors and landscapes. David will walk us through a few of the homes he’s designed, describing how we crafted them.

Although great design must take the lead in the creation of a custom home, David helps us to see that energy systems like geo-thermal, radiant flooring, solar panels and heat recovery ventilation can be almost invisibly built into a custom home making your dream home, not just a custom home, but a high-performance custom home. You can learn more about his work at his website; His phone number is 206.443.5626 or you can reach him via email at

Guest:                                  David Coleman, FAIA

Bio:                                       David has over 40 years of experience in the field of architecture and has completed buildings and projects in eight states. Early in his career, David worked in the office of AIA Gold Medalist Michael Graves. He is a registered architect and NCARB certified for reciprocity in all fifty states.

David’s work has received numerous design awards and is widely published in books, magazines and on-line, including Architectural Digest, Architectural Record, The New York Times, ArchDaily, Design-Milk and Curbed. In the 1990’s he won a prominent commission in the highly acclaimed town of Seaside, Florida. Shortly after he was named one of the 100 foremost residential architects in the world by Architectural Digest. In 2006 he won the Design Achievement Award for Architecture, and in 2011 he was elevated to the American Institute of Architects prestigious College of Fellows for, “significant contributions to architecture and society on a national level”. Most recently he won the Gray Award for Residential Architecture.

David has served on an advisory board for the “House as Architecture” program at the University of Washington, where he has lectured, served as guest critic and taught graduate design studio. He has served on a number of advisory boards and committees, including the Solar Association of Vermont, and Allied Arts of Seattle, where he was co-chair of the Urban Environments Committee. While in Vermont he spoke at the Governor’s Conference on Design & the Built Environment. An active member of the American Institute of Architects, David has spoken at AIA events, is past co-chair of the AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, and was a founding member of SPARC.


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