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David Miller and Robert Hull met as undergraduate students at Washington State University, after which they joined the Peace Corps. Serving in Brazil and Afghanistan respectively, both were struck by the raw beauty of indigenous structures that were economical, spartan and elegant in their response to climate and cultural conditions–the very essence of sustainable design. This early exposure of working closely with people to construct and occupy buildings while making the most out of resources at hand had a lasting influence on The Miller Hull Partnership’s distinctive style–establishing a culture of connection and efficiency that is still foundational today. After starting their careers at other architectural firms, Dave and Bob founded Miller Hull in 1977. The work was inspired by Pacific Northwest Regionalism and they helped broaden its impact celebrating climate, geography and culture.
In early years the firm was primarily known for residential architecture. This was a natural, direct reflection of their strong feelings about the important role architecture plays in people’s lives. Beginning with homes and island cabins, over time the scope of projects has expanded to include everything from water treatment plants, to the busiest border crossing in the world, even U.S. embassies abroad. Our portfolio emphasizes public buildings, but we design everything from schools, higher education facilities, nature centers, libraries, mixed-use buildings, laboratories and corporate offices. And yes, we still do some residential work–which now also includes multi-family and mixed-use buildings.
Our two studios, in Seattle and San Diego, strategically bracket the West Coast. This enables us to apply our regionalist philosophy in other geographies and to be responsive to projects across the country, and beyond. Capabilities include master planning, urban design, full-service architectural design, interior design, and space planning.
Over nearly forty years the scale and range of our projects has grown, while still retaining the idealistic desire to make a positive change in the world that got us into architecture in the first place.