MAKERS is an award-winning architectural and urban design firm providing services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and the United States. Founded in 1972, the firm provides a client-oriented business approach stressing attention to project requirements, design quality, and budget. Our specialties include urban design, community planning, and facility planning. MAKERS is a certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).
Emphasizing implementation through effective action, MAKERS uses a strategic approach aimed at the fundamental community, economic, functional, and design challenges inherent in each project. The name MAKERS – coming from a root word meaning “to bring together, to combine parts, to compose, to cause, and to construct” – distills this philosophy.
Our plans achieve results because we seek to balance the complex issues that come with every project. We offer professional services to clients of all sizes. From local community design guidelines to large-scale master plans for U.S. Navy bases, our plans and projects all include an implementation strategy tailored to the unique needs of our projects and clients.
The heart of MAKERS is our creative and talented staff. We’re also proud of the fact that our partners do not sit on the sidelines and merely supervise. They have active, hands-on project involvement from beginning to end.
MAKERS is a proud contributor to the Municipal Research and Services Center (MRSC). Click below to download articles written or co-authored by MAKERS staff, or to view on the MRSC website. Articles are organized by year of publication.
A case study in integrating form-based and street graphic approaches into the sign code update for the City of Lacey.
An examination of planned unit developments in the real world.
A study on usable open space in new multifamily development as a regulatory strategy for creating compatible and livable infill development.
An examination of achieving compatibility between new multistory development and existing smaller-scale neighborhoods.
Case studies on hybrid form-based codes in the Northwest.
What does it take to support a neighborhood business district around which to focus a walkable, cohesive community?