At Ectypos Architecture, During the process of land use planning, we consider everything from site conditions to public input to client needs and project requirements to make sure our land is treated responsibly.
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.
Land use planning and territorial design start with a deep understanding of the land. It’s essential to understand the biology, hydrology, topography, metropolitan foot-print, and land cultural profile. These elements offer a foundation for a comprehensive site analysis that articulates existing aspects and future development potential.
Ectypos Architecture’s services consist of in-depth code analysis as it applies to advancement capacity. Our research also pertains to assisting with program scoping, coordination between experts, and phasing of site advancement. We likewise create futurized style visions that deliver additional value to our clients.
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.”