who we are
Patano Studio is an architecture and urbanism collaborative based in Seattle, WA. We deliver complex projects with unusual parameters across varying scales. We strive to design low energy use, high-performance buildings that feature locally sourced materials.
Patano Studio has completed an impressive variety of projects since our founding in 2003. We eschew the typical corporate approach of project specialization. Instead, we have extensive experience working with both private and public clients, and design expertise ranging from single family homes to airports.
Our 15 person studio has the capacity to work efficiently on the largest projects by providing design team continuity, but our nimble size allows us to build personal relationships throughout the project duration. It’s this combination of expertise, versatility, & design complexity in a mid-sized studio that sets us apart, giving us the tools to succeed and the ability to tell our clients “yes.”
- 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Projects – Commendation for Seattle C.A.P.
- 2016 Architizer - A+ Award - Lake Sammamish State Park Bathhouse
- 2016 AIA - Honor Award - Lake Sammamish State Park Bathhouse
- 2015 AIA - Home of Distinction Award, BLK Lab
- 2015 Wood Works - National Green Building With Wood Award - Reveley Classroom Building
- 2014 AIA - Honor Award - Reveley Classroom Building
- 2014 AIA - Best Use of Idaho Wood Award - Reveley Classroom Building
- 2012 AIA - Best Use of Idaho Wood Award - Riverstone Office Building
- 2008 AIA - What Makes It Green Award - Lake Sammamish State Park Bathhouse
Christopher grew up in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He studied architecture at the University of Idaho where he was awarded the Henry Adams Medal for excellence. Soon after, Christopher began working at the internationally known Miller/Hull Partnership in Seattle, WA. Two years later he left to study at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. After completing his Master in Architecture II degree Christopher returned to Seattle. In 2003, he cofounded Patano+Hafermann Architects with Laura Hafermann. 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 with the rivers and forests of Idaho yield an architectural language that juxtaposes a degree of ruggedness with carefully considered details. The built results exude an energy that is often lacking in modern architecture. Christopher’s designs age gracefully within the environments they inhabit becoming more nuanced with time.
As Studio Director, Christopher establishes the design parameters for our work and is personally invested in every project the studio takes on. Our structure ensures that every client works with Christopher from the first meeting through to project delivery. Practicing architecture for over twenty years, Christopher has 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 teaches and is a visiting critic at several northwest architecture schools. He has held positions as Visiting Professor at Washington State University, Guest Lecturer at the University of Washington, and Visiting Professor at the University of Idaho.
With over twenty years of architectural experience on the East Coast, and the Pacific Northwest, Erik brings vital design and construction knowledge to Patano Studio Architecture. He has extensive experience in commercial and residential construction, casework design, and production and furniture design and assembly. As Director of Practice, Erik has been involved with every award winning project at the studio since 2007.
In close collaboration with Christopher, Erik ensures the studio maintains the highest level of quality in our documentation processes. He oversees all technical detailing, project documentation, QA/QC, and construction administration at the studio. Erik uniquely combines a dedication to design with technical rigor which allows him to create unified architectural solutions that marry the practical to the aesthetic.