Our Team

Designs Northwest Architects is one of the region’s leading, architecture, urban design and planning firms, recognized for its innovative exploration of design. Established in 1990, the firm is known for its wide range of experience in complex building types for residential, commercial, and institutional use.

Designs Northwest Architects, responds to the needs of its clients and to the context of each project’s surroundings. Principals and Associates are renowned for bringing each commission a fresh spirit, celebrating its distinctive characteristics, and enhancing the experience of daily living, work, and play.

We have earned the reputation of being creative in our approach, responsive to our clients’ needs, and capable in our negotiations. Many times the success of a project lies in the ability to find compromises that move the project forward while protecting the project goals. We pride ourselves in helping our clients achieve win-win solutions to the complex issues that now surround most projects.

With a staff of six, our professional services include: Architectural Design, Interior Design, Landscape Design, Programming and Space Planning, Urban Design and Planning, Feasibility Studies, and Construction Administration Services. We have completed projects throughout Washington State, working in counties and cities from dense urban areas to rural communities. For all projects, the Partners and Principals provide a high standard of personalized and responsive service from initial planning through completion.

DAN NELSON AIA Principal Architect

Dan was raised in Everett, Washington and received his first degree in Philosophy from Pacific Lutheran University, and later pursued an Architecture Degree from Boston Architectural College and his Masters at Columbia University in New York. He joined Designs Northwest Architects in 1990 and acquired his architecture license in 1991 with the State of Washington.  Dan’s design philosophy emphasizes the importance of creating a cohesive design that considers the clients’ needs and the site’s components. In addition to his creativity and functionality of design in residential, ecclesiastical, municipal and commercial projects, Dan is widely recognized for his ability to develop good rapport with clients and the public. His public involvement programs focus on keeping the community involved and informed of a project’s progress as it advances through programming, design and construction. This helps his projects gain wide acceptance and understanding with his clients, as well as the communities in which the projects are being designed for.

Dan’s residential work has been published in international (The Lake Union Float Home was featured in the June/July 2012 issue of the French publication Architecture BOIS), national and regional publications such as Better Homes and Gardens publications: Weekend Homes, Home Plan Ideas and Remodeling Ideas.  His houses have also been featured in Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, Northwest Home Magazine and Sunset Magazine. Recently his work has been featured on several popular architectural web sites including: Contemporist, Architizer and Freshome. Under Dan’s design leadership Designs Northwest Architects has received 12 awards for design excellence from the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

TOM ROCHON Senior Project Designer

Tom has a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Washington and has over twenty years of experience designing various residential and commercial building types throughout Washington State. He has developed a detailed understanding of the integration of materials, forms and spatial relationships, which separate him as a truly artistic designer. He offers the opportunity to create an architectural form that is specific to the client’s desired building image. Tom has proven himself to be a team player and leader. His respect for architecture and his diversified experience is beneficial for both clients and consultants. He takes pride in his work and in developing good working relationships with all involved in a project.

KIM WILLIAMS Project Architect AIA

Kim has over fifteen years of architectural experience and received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California. She has experience in developing master plans, commercial facilities, residences and public safety facilities. She thoroughly understands zoning ordinances, code issues and government approval processes. In 2003 she became a registered Architect in California and is currently pursuing reciprocity for the State of Washington. Her professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA).

MATTHEW RADACH Project Designer

Matthew graduated from the University of Washington College of Architecture and Urban Planning with a Masters degree in Architecture in 2005. He has a thorough understanding of computer technology and the application of computers to design. Matthew is also an excellent graphic designer and architectural model builder. As an employee of Designs Northwest Architects Matthew has been involved in a variety of residential and commercial projects giving him a broad view of architecture and planning.


William graduated with honors from the University of Southern California with a B.S degree in Architecture. He has over twenty years experience designing residential, commercial, and institutional projects in both California and Washington. He is also actively engaged with the community via his membership in Island County Planning Commission. As an employee of Designs Northwest Architects William’s LEED certification has enabled him to provide insight on multiple projects that benefit the residents while reducing the amount of energy that a building will use on a daily basis.