Since its founding in 1979 in Seattle, Washington, LMN Architects has dedicated its practice to the health and vitality of communities of all scales. Internationally recognized for the planning and design of environments that elevate the social experience, the firm works across a diversity of project typologies – encompassing higher education facilities, science and technology, civic and cultural projects, conference and convention centers, urban mixed-use projects, transportation, and other programs that celebrate community. Known for generous, enriching civic design in the public and private realms, LMN’s projects are always different, but share a common approach to how they work for people – whether in a campus, city, neighborhood, or workplace.
It is the firm’s deeply held belief that the best projects – places of great utility and imagination, spaces people naturally gravitate to and feel inspired by – result from open, honest, and inquisitive communication enriched by multiple perspectives. LMN’s reputation for rigorous attention to project delivery is matched by a “radically pragmatic” approach to design, starting with a fine-grained understanding of the unique conditions of place, program, and community that give each project its defining character.
The firm has successfully completed over 700 projects across North America, including the Vancouver Convention Centre West in Vancouver, Canada; Cleveland Convention Center & Civic Core in Cleveland, Ohio; Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas; and the Voxman Music Building at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Other significant projects in Seattle, Washington include PACAAR Hall and Dempsey Hall at the UW Foster School of Business; the UW Paul G. Allen Center for Computer Science & Engineering; Benaroya Hall; McCaw Hall; and the new Hyatt Regency in Downtown Seattle.
LMN Architects is led by partners John Chau, Sam Miller, Walt Niehoff, Wendy Pautz, Mark Reddington, George Shaw, Stephen Van Dyck, Rafael Viñoly-Menendez, and employs 170 talented professionals practicing architecture, interior design, and urban design. The quality of the work has been recognized with nearly 300 national and international design awards, including the prestigious 2016 Firm Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Examples of Projects
- Vancouver Convention Centre West, Vancouver, British Columbia
- The Octahedron, Seattle, Washington
- Burnham Mall, Cleveland Convention Center & Medical Mart, Cleveland, Ohio
- Duke Energy Convention Center Expansion, Cincinnati, Ohio
- Washington State Convention Center Addition, Seattle, Washington
- Benaroya Hall, Seattle, Washington
- Marion Oliver McCaw Hall, Seattle, Washington
- Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, San Antonio, Texas
- Museum of History and Industry, Seattle, Washington
- Voxman Music Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa