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Working with Carl J Colson – Architect

Getting started

In our first meeting, we’ll get acquainted as we talk about what you want to create (a home that works better, a new home, a cottage or multi-family development). We’ll also discuss the site, and your needs and expectations for the project. I’ll explain the stages of the design process and estimate the time frame needed to complete your design.

Each site has its own possibilities and restrictions; your needs and hopes are unique; and construction budgets vary from project to project (based on project type, size, location, and current construction costs.) These possibilities are the building blocks I’ll use to create a home (or development) that truly reflects your wants, needs, and dreams – as simply and efficiently as possible.

I will learn enough about your project in our first meeting that I can develop a detailed proposal for you. The proposal will outline the scope and services required to create a design for your project. There are a lot of variables and unknown information that must be researched and alternate design concepts to be explored in the early phases of design. Because of this, I charge by the hour for work performed during these stages.

Once you have approved the final design concepts, I can provide a fixed price for completing the construction documents and construction administration phases. Since each project is unique, the services required for your project can be adjusted to reflect your needs.


People come first. I design for my clients’ needs, not my own.

My designs are so creative they often exceed my clients’ expectations and dreams, while always respecting their budgets.

I take a positive “let’s work together” approach to working with you. I listen intently so that I can create designs that match your desires, needs, aesthetics, budget, and time frame. This collaborative process produces homes and living spaces that are high quality, extremely functional, work well with their surroundings, and are thoroughly appreciated my clients.

My clients tell me that I listen well, encourage their involvement in the creative process, and make the whole process smooth, rewarding, and enjoyable for them.

I thrive on the challenges that each project presents, and I listen carefully to my clients to thoroughly understand and translate their vision into reality.

Turning Your Building Ideas Into Reality.

Carl Colson
Carl Colson

With more than 35 years experience, Carl is an expert in all aspects of architectural design and construction. He has designed a wide variety of buildings, planning, and architectural designs in the greater Seattle area – from office buildings, retail spaces, and hotels, to site planning, mixed-use, multi-family and single family homes – but designing homes of all kinds brings him the greatest satisfaction. This is where he feels his creativity really shines.

Carl is just as passionate about giving his clients what they want and need as he is about design itself. He treats his clients’ needs and goals for a project with great respect. He has a talent for synthesizing seemingly disparate needs and considerations into finished designs that work well, respect budgets, and please his clients.

Carl takes the Building Permit phase seriously. His accurate construction documents get approved more quickly because of his attention to detail. Committed to using technology, he is using Revit, a 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) system, to present design concepts to his clients and planning authorities.

In retrospect, Carl was destined to become an architect. From an early age, he loved to create fun, useful things from everyday materials. Growing up all over the South, he was fascinated by the developments springing up around him. Scraps of lumber from the construction sites often found their way home, to be transformed into tree houses, go-carts, and forts.

Architecture is more than a job for Carl: he lives and breathes it. Visiting old neighborhoods for inspiration, he is intrigued by the ways communities have evolved around structures and the way buildings influence each other. In his free time – besides touring old houses and neighborhoods – Carl enjoys hiking, reading histories about exploration and discovery, and learning about wooden boats.

Design awards

New Hampshire AIA “Excellence in Architecture Design Award”


University of Houston – Bachelor of Architecture

Boston Architectural Center – Advanced Architectural Illustration


Licensed in Washington and has the experience and credentials for licensing in all 50 states

References are available on request