At Ectypos, we’re all about elegant, functional space. It’s the thought we hold as we approach each commercial, or multi-use project. It’s also the cornerstone of our practice when it comes to planning.
As architects, we’re committed to high-quality design as well as to supporting a healthy community and environment. We believe our clients are too.
At Ectypos Architecture, we look to identify the opportunities– and the challenges– particular to each multi-use or commercial style job. Multi-use and commercial styles can be complicated. However, those complexities often raise the profile of the design outcome. Intricacies can include the job’s program, site, budget, code constraints, and other external elements.
In every circumstance, our objective is to fulfill the developer’s needs and the individuals who will eventually live, work, or visit the building. In doing so, our design outcome serves to raise both job and revenue capacity.
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.
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.
“Lucia and Michele designed a beautiful house for John’s mother. It was designed to be a zero-energy house—and it’s perfectly integrated and adapted to its site and to our family. The design respects the heat and cold of the Southwest high desert and its intense thunderstorms.”
“We hired Ectypos after looking at their other projects. At the start, our thought was that we would rehab our one-story home, but the house was so poorly built we decided to use the foundation and build two stories above. Their design work is flawless.”
“Ectypos created the design for the renovation of our 100-year-old house in Sydney, Australia. They kept the footprint of the house almost completely intact, yet at the same time opened the space up from within to reveal a light, airy, sustainable home. It’s the perfect house for us.”
“We've been in our house for six years, and we don't think there’s anything we would change. The design, advice, and supervision Lucia and Michele provided was outstanding.”
“Michele Marquardi has a great eye for Pacific Northwest modern. He was always patient with us as we switched direction during planning. He’s very easy to work with.”