who we are
Patano Studio Architecture LLC are a full service architecture studio that works in the Pacific Northwest and beyond with broad experience in transportation, parks, educational, performance and residential projects. Our practice has been built on successfully delivering complex projects with unusual parameters.
Patano Studio Architecture take only five projects in active design at any time to ensure our full capabilities are dedicated to our clients. This ensures that Christopher Patano, AIA - Studio Director and Erik Barr, AIA - Director of Practice are involved in every project undertaken by the studio.
The latest technologies implemented by the studio enables our nimble team to execute large scale projects with an efficient process. Patano Studio utilizes cutting edge building information modeling and energy modeling software to develop award winning high performance, low energy use buildings for our clients. We emphasize locally sourced materials and building techniques to create beautiful structures with finely tuned spatial experiences.
Patano Studio Architecture have been recognized as a Regionally Emerging Firm by the Seattle AIA in 2010 and have been distinguished with a national WoodWorks 2015 Green Building with Wood Award, a COTE Top Ten “What Makes it Green” Award in 2008, AIA Citation Awards in 2004 and 2014, an AIA Honor Award in 2014 and three Best Use of Idaho Wood Awards in 2012 and 2014. Our work has been featured in Dwell Magazines #12 Favorite House and on World Architecture’s 50x50, Architizer and ArchDaily.
Christopher Patano, AIA grew up the son of an architect amid the stunning landscapes of Idaho. He attended the University of Idaho where he was selected as the Henry Adams Medal Winner in 1995. Christopher then worked for the internationally recognized Miller/Hull Partnership until departing for Philadelphia and Graduate School at the University of Pennsylvania. Upon returning to Seattle, Christopher teamed up with Laura Hafermann to co-found Patano+Hafermann Architects in 2003. With Christopher as Studio Director the practice evolved into the award winning Patano Studio Architecture in 2013.
Christopher's architectural vision emphasizes a structural resolution and specific material language inserted into straightforward programmatic assemblies that explore a less precious approach to architecture and construction. His experiences on the rivers and in the forests of Idaho yield an architectural language that juxtaposes a certain amount of ruggedness with carefully considered details. The built results harness an energy that is often lacking in modern architecture. Christopher's buildings are meant to weather and grow more interesting with age.
As Studio Director Christopher establishes the design parameters for our work, he is involved with every client and project the studio takes on. Our studio structure ensures that our clients work with Christopher from the first meeting through project delivery. Practicing architecture for over nineteen years he has delivered $128mil of successfully executed projects that include parks, aviation facilities, schools, factories, corporate headquarters, transportation facilities, higher education buildings and private residences.
In addition to his role as Studio Director, Christopher both teaches and is a visiting critic at several northwest architecture schools. He has been a Visiting Professor at Washington State University since 2003, a Guest Lecturer at the University of Washington and Visiting Professor at the University of Idaho.
Erik has been with Patano Studio Architecture for 4+ years and has been named the Director of Practice. With over eighteen years of architectural experience on the east coast, inland northwest and the Pacific Northwest as well as extensive experience in commercial and residential construction, casework design and production and furniture design and assembly, Erik brings vital design and construction knowledge to the studio. Erik is responsible for the technical detailing, project documentation and construction administration that takes place at Patano Studio Architecture. Erik has the rare talent to combine dedication to design with the technical background to put the concepts together. He applies this approach as the Director of Practice with the architects and designers in the studio reporting to him for approval of the quality of work and documentation.