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Seattle Residential Architecture Firm

At Ectypos Architecture, we believe a house must live in harmony with its people, the physical site, and the surrounding environment. As residential architects, we see of our role as being the spark at the intersection of these aspects.

Founded in 2001, Ectypos is a residential architecture firm that listens to its clients’ creative dreams as closely today as it did the day the studio opened.

Residential Design

At Ectypos Architecture, we create contemporary residences and versatile live/work areas that improve our customers’ lives. To reach that goal, we depend upon collaboration from our clients.

Our first step is to pay close attention to our client’s objectives. This level of awareness is essential, whether a new home or a major remodel. Each project is one-of-a-kind. Each project might include unique requirements. These requirements can have anything from space for an impressive car collection to complete ease of access (ADA). Also, we think about the complexities of the building site as well as its surroundings. The resulting residential frameworks are both modern and timeless.

At Ectypos Architecture, we recommend sub-consultants as well as contractors with meticulous attention. We pay particular interest throughout the building stage of the project. This attention to detail a causes a job that that is consistent throughout all building disciplines. Lastly, in all scenarios, we work with the city to accomplish an effective permit outcome.


Firm Leadership

Lucia Pirzio-Biroli
AIA, principal

As an architect, Lucia Pirzio-Biroli holds true to her personal philosophy: good design is practical, elegant, and timeless.

It’s a belief that came naturally. Raised in the Pacific Northwest on Mercer Island, Lucia’s family had an appreciation for design, art, and landscape—everything a house can provide a natural home to.  Eventually, her personal appreciation for the everyday values of beauty and functionality took a professional turn.


  • Washington State Licensed Architect (No. 7785)
  • Accredited professional: LEED AP
  • Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania (1991)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design, University of Colorado, Boulder (1985)

Public service

  • Mercer Island Planning Commission (2016-2021)
  • A Regional Coalition for Housing (ARCH), Citizen’s Advisory Board (2018-Present)
  • Mercer Island Design Commission (2004-2012)
  • Island Vision: founder of non-profit dedicated to sustainability education
  • Mercer Island Green Ribbon Commission

Michele Marquardi

Michele Marquardi’s design philosophy is focused on simplicity.

“I believe the most important tool of the designer is not the pencil but the eraser,” says Michele, who looks to bring balance and symmetry to every client challenge. To know Michele’s personal story is to know how “balance” became a critical part of his professional ethos.


  • Dottore in Architettura, Università IUAV di Venezia (1990)
  • Baccalaureato, Topography and Surveying, Istituto Tecnico per Geometri GianGiacomo Marinoni, Udine, (1973)

Public service

  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) for Mercer Island, Post Disaster Damage Assessment
  • Building Board of Appeals, Mercer Island (2017-2017)
  • Fine Arts Advisory Council for the Mercer Island School District (2012-2017)
  • Arcade Journal: Architecture/Design in the NW, Editorial Committee (2002-2007)
  • Secret Park House
    Secret Park House
  • Casa Mini exterior at dusk
    Casa Mini
  • ChiaroScuro
  • Firmitas
  • Kiora
  • The Thicket
  • The Pier
  • Roly Poly
  • La Loggia
  • Blue Green Park
  • Torrefazione Italia
  • Caffé Tazza
  • Canales
  • Barcon
  • The Shop
  • Wallula
  • Duckfarm
  • The Lantern
  • Colonial Redux
  • California Senior Housing
  • El Greco
  • Caffé Umbria
  • 3D Colors
  • Interweave
  • ChiaroScuro Stairs
  • Headstart
  • Furness
  • Window Canvas
  • Yakima Valley Regional Park
  • Castello di Brazzà
  • Fogolar