Neiman Taber Architects
Neiman Taber Architects is a full service architecture firm specializing in urban housing. Our work is characterized by a unique focus on issues of livability, affordability, community, and access to housing for all.
We specialize in contemporary architecture that is responsive to the unique climate of the Pacific Northwest: both the gray skies and persistent rain as well as the wonderful time of year when they recede. Our work is a continual exploration of configuration, material, and technology that produces buildings uniquely suited to their place and time.
We employ a range of strategies to pursue affordability in the housing we design. For many projects, the emphasis is on creating small unit housing where space efficiency and land utilization creates housing that is less expensive than a conventional project. We work with incentive programs that produce units with discounted, stabilized rents. We design housing with unit diversity that creates niches for a range of housing needs, and we look for opportunities to partner with non-profit organizations to pair our housing with services and cultural resources that can enhance the lives of residents.
Living together in dense housing can be a positive experience that connects people to one another and builds community among residents. At a variety of scales, from courtyard townhomes to micro apartments, we have pioneered new approaches to urban housing that feature shared spaces and resources that bring people together.
In addition to our design and development work, Neiman Taber is deeply involved in public policy around housing issues. As architects, we have a unique understanding of the real-world effects of the rules governing design and development. We advocate for policies that help our housing supply catch up with the growth in our region, to alleviate the bidding war for scarce housing that has for many years kept our housing market artificially inflated, exacerbating issues of inequality and squeezing our most vulnerable populations. In addition to supply, we also advocate for policies that will break down exclusionary zoning policies that make it difficult for renters and people of limited means to live in desirable neighborhoods.
In short, we advocate for more housing for more people in more places.