Mahlum is an architecture firm committed to creating healthy and enduring communities to support the lives of future generations.
As a community of practice, Mahlum creates places that promote healing, wellness, and learning all within a strong context of community. We seek work that serves the whole rather than the individual as we believe in the power of design to connect us to each other and to the earth. Deeply rooted in the Pacific Northwest, our commitment to design guides every aspect of the firm. By creating spaces which consistently express the culture, aspirations, and identity of the communities we serve, the distinctive character of each is honored resulting in an architecture that is poetic, enduring, and inspiring.
Founded in 1938, Mahlum has created some of the region’s major landmarks, signature public buildings, and private sector facilities. We work on small-scale projects and major design initiatives with equal vigor. And, we enjoy the diversity of challenges. All of our work reflects an abiding interest in enriching the human experience. Within the firm, our structure is permeable. We prefer a simple, non-hierarchical organizational scheme so that teams are empowered to work independently, with a unifying sense of purpose and values. Four leaders share responsibility for the overall health of the practice – serving clients, guiding the design process, and running the operation day-to-day.