Our History

1986 - 1991

Lane Williams' first custom home design, created in 1986, wins the AIA/Seattle Times Home of the Year Award, followed by a Pacific Coast Builder's conference award for Best Custom Home, establishing Lane as a voice in Seattle's emerging modern home design realm. Lane becomes a Principal Architect in a 25 person firm, where he is responsible for several more new home designs. Lane moves into his own new custom home on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill in 1988, with another nomination for the AIA/Seattle Times Home of the Year Award.

1992 - 1995

Lane Williams Architects opens its doors, located in the lower level of Lane's home, and Lane is joined by the first of his many intern architects. The first completed design by Lane Williams Architects is honored with an AIA/Seattle Times Home of the Year Award in 1993, followed by another in 1995. The winning project is featured on the cover of Pacific Magazine, one of several cover stories featuring our work in regional publications.

Photo: Raye Street House, 1995

1996 - 2004

The firm grows to Lane plus three staff and moves to larger quarters in Lane's second home on Queen Anne, a mid-century modern brick home on the south slope. We complete our first out-of-state projects and our work becomes widely published in national magazines. Our staff outgrows the house and we temporarily rent offices nearby while Lane seeks another property.

Photo: Lake Sammamish House, 2001

2005 - 2009

Our studio is relocated to new offices next to Lane's third home on Queen Anne, a new house at the intersection of First Avenue North and McGraw Street. Jill Lewis, AIA, becomes a Principal, after many years on our staff. The company is given a new name, Coop 15, referring to our "coop" at 15 McGraw Street. Jill leaves for new opportunities in China, and later settles in Argentina.

Photo: McGraw Street House, 2005

2010 - 2014

Lane's fourth home is at 2214 Queen Anne Avenue North, in a renovated 1907 residence that was formerly a clock repair shop, and our offices occupy the main floor. Our work is now a frequent feature on national and international websites and design blogs, such as ArchDaily and HOUZZ.

Photo: Sunrise Vista House, 2012

2014 - Present

Lane’s fifth home on Queen Anne is a remodeled 1925 brick Tudor, at 2420 8th Avenue West. Offices are nearby in the Interbay neighborhood. A dozen of Lane’s former staff have gone on to successfully start their own firms. Lane, Trevor, Kellen and Jamie continue the focus on custom home design, with active projects in the Pacific Northwest and California.

Photo: 2420 8th Avenue West, 2014

Featured Recognition


Seattle Homes & Lifestyles Design Achievement Award

AIA Commendation

AIA Merit Award

AIA / Seattle Times Home of the Year Award

AIA Commendation

AIA / Seattle Times Home of the Year Award

AIA / Seattle Times Home of the Month Awards
1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2001

Merit Award for Best Custom Home (under 3500 sq ft)
Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 1990

Grand Award for Best Custom Home
Pacific Coast Builders Conference, 1990