Yo-Ju Courtyard House
© Andrew Pogue
We believe architecture should be based on connection to nature and experience, not about making new shapes and precious objects. Dwellings should be innovative and experimental, but also comfortable and cozy. Housing and landscapes should be modern and refined, but also have depth and richness of material and detail.
Wittman Estes came from the realization that in our cities and surroundings, buildings and landscapes were being designed as separate entities. The rapid densification of American cities, and our carbon footprint and environmental concerns were at the forefront of people's minds, but the way buildings were designed was stuck in the past. Modern housing, despite its ambition to elevate quality of life, was too often internalized and object focused, and was in sharp contrast to people's love of nature and a lifestyle that valued a connection to the outdoors.
We set out to offer clients an integrated design process, focusing on the play of natural light, smooth thresholds between inside and outside, a richness of natural materials, and most importantly, how people live in and experience the built spaces they inhabit. We are a dedicated team of architects and designers focused on bringing your project from concept through finished construction and lived reality. We have built a collaborative community of allied professionals to design, permit, and build projects with the goal of bringing the highest quality finished product for the least cost and fastest timeline.
Based in Seattle, the firm was founded by Matt Wittman and Jody Estes in 2012. Since then a team of talented designers have worked together with forward thinking clients on unique sites to deliver the best possible architecture and landscape design working from a studio in Seattle's Georgetown neighborhood.