Based in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, architect Paul Michael Davis and his team provide design services for residential and commercial projects with a focus on innovative practicality.
PMDA is staking out a middle ground between northwest regionalism and global formalism. Our work is rooted in the practicalities of building in this region: deep roof overhangs to shed rain, big expanses of glass to bring in the scarce winter light, and showcasing local, natural materials. We love to think of these realities as opportunities to be innovative. As Paul Michael Davis explains, “I'm always looking for a source of rigor in the design process, something that's an added challenge: you've got the limitations from the site, limitations from the client, limitations from the budget, but really good architecture adds some other limitation, basically in the form of a concept or a goal. It's almost like a puzzle.”
Whether a project is in the rainy mountains of the Pacific Northwest, the wildfire-prone hills of Southern California, the concrete canyons of Manhattan, or the tropical environs of Florida, PMDA's work is as tailored to context as it is to our clients. Our work is distinguished by artful geometric resonance; each room inspires without demanding attention. Since the office was founded in 2010, PMDA has grown to an enthusiastic and skilled team of several designers.