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Seattle Commercial Architect

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.

Multi-Use & Commercial Design

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.


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