Coates Design Architects: Responsible Architecture
Coates Design Architects is a 14-person architectural firm located on Bainbridge Island near
Seattle, Washington. The firm provides professional design services for commercial, civic,
residential and healthcare projects throughout the United States. Services include architecture,
programming and planning, interior design, feasibility studies and sustainable design.
The firm’s managing partner, Matthew Coates, achieved international acclaim by winning the
“Cradle to Cradle (C2C)” Home Design Competition in 2005. He captured the momentum from
this accomplishment to create a firm dedicated to “Responsible Architecture.” The core values
of the firm are based on simple principles and strategies: do the right thing, take the long-term
view and create designs that benefit the environment, the economy and the community.
Team members with backgrounds in design, construction and the fine arts work together to
transform complex design challenges into elegant solutions. The firm works hand-in-hand with
our clients to ensure their goals, desires and specifications are met. Our clients have extremely
high design standards, and we’re constantly evolving, refining and improving our work process
to meet and exceed those expectations.
Coates Design Architects strives to address the reality that people spend 80% of their lives
indoors by contributing buildings and spaces to our communities that are provocative,
healthful and inspiring. We approach every project as an opportunity to design something
unique that reflects the needs and goals of the individual client and creates a meaningful
sense of place.
Our team seeks to reveal creative design strategies and technical innovation
inspired by our clients, the site and the ecological context. We are collaborative by nature
and we involve our customers early and often in the creative process. Our work reflects
clean and elegant forms, well-proportioned spaces and natural daylighting combined with a
“livable” touch which many designers overlook. We tailor innovative and livable design
solutions through a customized approach for each and every client.
We believe that better design leads to better living. We seek to create buildings that not only
do no harm– but also have a positive impact on the environment and the people who use them.