Creating Homes of Real and Lasting Value

Greg Robinson

Greg Robinson is a sole practitioner who enjoys collaborating with others to create meaningful architecture that possesses real and lasting value. For over twenty-five years Greg has been creating places that reflect his passion for design, respect for the site, and the diversity of his clients. His approach is based on listening, understanding, and clear communication.

Growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina Greg spent his time exploring the woods surrounding his home and dreamed of being an astronaut. In high school he discovered a knack for drawing and building things. As a result he went to college and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design from North Carolina State University.

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After graduating Greg hopped into an old truck and drove to Seattle, Washington to explore the western United States and pursue a Master’s Degree in Architecture at the University of Washington. While in Seattle he worked for the Campus Planning Office, a multi-disciplinary design firm specializing in zoo and aquarium exhibits, and earned a Valle Scandinavian Exchange Scholarship for six months of travel and study in Norway.

There he studied wood conservation and traveled the country visiting Norwegian Stave Churches built in the 11th and 12th centuries, which are among the oldest wooden structures in the world. It is in Norway where he discovered his love for wooden architecture.

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After receiving a Master’s Degree in Architecture he went to work for the National Park Service. He was part of a team in Mount Rainier National Park documenting and recording historic park structures. In Rocky Mountain National Park he designed trail and campground improvements along with the parks landscape architect. He worked for Grand Canyon National Park designing new park housing, backcountry composting toilets, and rehabilitating historic park housing.  

 

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In 1996 Greg moved to Bellingham, Washington to work for Cascade Joinery, a design build firm specializing in timber frame fabrication and installation. As their only architect he created and managed a design department that offered a full range of architectural services to over 200 residential and public clients in eleven western states, and British Columbia. Here Greg developed a reputation for working with beautiful and challenging sites, and received six Northwest Chapter AIA design awards.

 

Greg's designs are featured in numerous publications including The Cabin Book, and The Face of Home. Most importantly, he understands the magic that happens when architects and craftsmen collaborate.

Greg is licensed in Washington and Hawaii and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP).

He continues to work with a diverse range of clients with beautiful sites, for whom good design matters. He maintains close relationships with builders and craftsmen that wish to successfully collaborate on meaningful projects. Greg enjoys the work and the community that forms when people collaborate to create.

 

What of architectural beauty I now see, I know has gradually grown from within outward, out of the necessities and character of the indweller…
— Henry David Thoreau