The mission of Studio Hamlet is to create exceptional architecture through the sensitive study of each project. Careful evaluations of the client’s needs, budget and insights as well as the particulars of site, means of construction, regulatory obligations and material possibilities are the basis for creating this architecture. My work is also influenced by an environmental responsibility and informed with a search for authenticity and simplicity.
Humans are only one piece of the complex system we share on this planet. I believe we must respect and honor the whole web of life. This includes a deep reverence for the environment and a dedication to minimize the impact of building on the land.
Each project has its own unique set of circumstances. A challenge of creating good design lies in the ability to reveal and evaluate these. Attempting to most fully express the true nature of the work, I approach each project with mindfulness toward purposeful design combined with an intuitive aesthetic.
It is important to get to know the building site in order to fully appreciate its unique aesthetic. Designing the building with this heightened sensitivity integrates it into its setting. Buildings that fit in the land reveal themselves more fully in their nature and beauty.
I grew up in Vermont on a small farm with parents who embraced the back-to-the-land movement. I had 60 chickens, raised sheep and tapped
sugar maples. It was a time when hippies were moving to the state with great expectations and a plethora of creative ideas. In the 1970’s Vermont
was alive experimenting with alternative building methods and home energy ideas.
My dad was an architect and I was awed as a kid by his beautiful pen and ink renderings...
Brandon was raised on Bainbridge Island and then spent seven years in Los Angeles where he earned a BFA in Environmental Arts/Design from Otis College of Art & Design before moving back to the island. His architectural experience includes working on a wide range of residential, commercial and agricultural projects, from feasibility through design and construction. Brandon has a lifelong love for art and architecture. He is a gifted artist with a diverse body of work including drawing, painting and sculpture. Working out of his Fernwood Studio, Brandon brings his creative energy and artistic talent to our firm.
Kristin is a northwest native and attended the Evergreen State College. She also has a degree in visual communications from the Art Institute of Seattle. Kristin worked as an art director in the Seattle area for several local companies before moving to Bainbridge Island in 2002, where she currently lives with her husband and two children. Kristin's enthusiasm and ability for solving design problems is a real asset to our firm.