Sostane Seattle

Anna Howden

D+A Studio


D+A Studio has experience in custom residential, commercial, land-use, site planning, feasibility, remodel, multi-family, and mixed use projects. We offer design counseling services for home owners and Realtors, including feasibility studies and remodel consultations for a straight-forward fixed fee, in order to make design services more accessible. Studio How, our design build team, provides general contracting services. We strive to create elegant, sustainable solutions by working closely with each client. We recently worked with an owner-builder to design a simple straw bale home which is currently under construction. Our San Juan Channel House, completed last year, was an AIA Seattle Top 10 What Makes it Green? Project. This home features geothermal heat, advanced framing, non-toxic, low-VOC and recycled finishes, and salvaged materials such as doors and plumbing features. D+A Studio has two offices, on San Juan Island and in Seattle. Principal Anna Howden runs the main office on San Juan Island,

Green Steps Taken

We have two offices in order to cover more of the area without excessive transportation. Our San Juan Island office is out of our Principal?s self-designed award winning home. The Seattle office is a co-working space shared with 2 other small businesses, which is accessible by walking or biking. Principal Anna Howden is a National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Certified Green Professional. We are members of Built Green of King and Snohomish Counties, EcoBuilding Guild Central Puget Sound Chapter, and of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), under which Project Manager Anne Hamilton became a LEED Accredited Professional in 2006. These affiliations and continuing education allow us to provide expertise and sustainable design for every project, even for those projects where the clients had not planned to build green.

Surprising Successes

Winning AIA Seattle Top 10 What Makes it Green award (young, female-led design team competing against more established, mostly male-led larger firms), being published in Seattle Magazine (Northwest Home ?Smart, Sustainable Design? Issue, July 2009)

Having Trouble With

Maintaining the integrity of the sustainable aspects of projects from beginning to end, especially when the project passes to other trades such as contractors and engineers, or budget issues arise and elements of sustainable building, which will save money in the long run, are cut to lower the construction cost.

Giving Back

San Juan Island (Principal Anna Howden): Speaker for the San Juan Island Navigating Our Future Conference; Volunteer for the Downtown Design Committee; Volunteer for the local Transportation Committee/Volunteer member of the Historic Preservation Board; Support local sustainable stores such as ?Compost It? and the local Food Coop. Seattle (Project Manager Anne Hamilton): Volunteering doing taxes for low-income people through United Way Free Tax Campaign (personal income taxes and a pilot program doing Schedule C?s for sole proprietorship’s, such as home daycare)-6-8 hrs weekly during tax season; personal donations to KUOW and Seattle Public Library each year; member of Central Co-op?s Madison Market; volunteer time and personal donations to Treehouse for Kids.