Our History

MAKERS is an award-winning architectural, urban design, and planning firm providing services to clients throughout the Pacific Northwest and the United States. Founded in 1972, the firm provides a client-oriented 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 addresses the fundamental community, economic, social equity, 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 Key Practice Areas

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, we look at our plans and projects through a social equity lens, offer creative and effective facilitation and staff/public engagement, and include an implementation strategy tailored to the unique needs of our projects and clients.

Federal Facility Planning

Asset Evaluations
Installation and Area Development Plans
Encroachment Studies
Special Studies

Facility Planning

Strategic Facilities Plans
Site Selection, Space Needs, and Facility Programming
Site and Campus Master Plans
Port and Waterfront Master Plans

Community + Regional Planning

Neighborhood, Subarea, and Corridor Plans
Downtown and Town Center Plans
Regional and Environmental Plans
Comprehensive Plans

Urban Design + Architecture

Urban Design
Design Guidelines and Regulations

Our Team

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.


ud-definition-thumbnailUrban Design: A Definition, Approach and Conceptual Framework

Author: John Owen
PDF Document

An in-depth look at the practice of urban design from its fundamental principles to its use in addressing current challenges.


Visualizing Compatible Density

Author: Bob Bengford
PDF Document

A closer look at various densities in Washington State communities and a summary of design elements that help to make density more compatible.


sign-codeSign Code Update: Finding the Sweet Spot between Flexibility & Clutter

Author: Bob Bengford
PDF Document

A case study in integrating form-based and street graphic approaches into the sign code update for the City of Lacey.


google earth 0Google Earth – A City Planner’s Best Friend

Author: Bob Bengford
PDF Document

Google Earth should be a part of every planner’s toolkit.


PUD 0Planned Unit Developments – Real World Experiences

Author: Bob Bengford
PDF Document

An examination of planned unit developments in the real world.

open space 01Providing for Usable Open Space with Multifamily Developments

Author: Bob Bengford
PDF Document

A study on usable open space in new multifamily development as a regulatory strategy for creating compatible and livable infill development.


ProtectingSFneighborhoods 1Protecting Existing Neighborhoods from the Impacts of New Development

Authors: John Owen, Rachel Miller
PDF Document

An examination of achieving compatibility between new multistory development and existing smaller-scale neighborhoods.


form based code 3A Hybrid Approach to Form-Based Code in the Northwest

Bob Bengford
PDF Document

Case studies on hybrid form-based codes in the Northwest.


walkable 0Creating Walkable Neighborhood Business Districts (PDF only)

John Owen, Gregory Easton (Property Counselors)

What does it take to support a neighborhood business district around which to focus a walkable, cohesive community?