Firm Personnel by Discipline:
Founding Partners: 2
Student Interns: 1
Administrative Personnel: 4
Marketing Personnel: 3
Types of Work:
Private Institution: 30%
Commercial, Office, T.I. 20%
Industrial Facilities: 9%
Pro Bono Services/ 1% solution: 1%
After graduation from Washington State University, both David Miller and
Robert Hull served in the Peace Corps in Brazil and Afghanistan, respectively.
Upon returning, they worked separately in various offices including Marcel
Breuer and SOM prior to coming to Seattle to form The Miller Hull Partnership
in 1977. In 1985 Norm Strong was named partner, and in 1994 Craig Curtis
became the fourth partner. In 2008 the Miller Hull Partnership added three new partners,
Sian Roberts, Ron Rochon and Scott Wolf. The offices are located in downtown Seattle
and have a staff of fifty five. In-house capabilities include master planning,
urban design, full-service architectural, interior design, and space planning.
We have projects in Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California, Washington
DC, Arizona, Illinois, Wisconsin, Montana, Nevada, Idaho, British Columbia and Alberta Canada.
With their experience in the Peace Corps, both David Miller and Robert
Hull believe in socially responsible and humane public architecture. Since
70% of our projects involve public funding, we have learned that certain
responsibilities come with public work. We encourage public input as it
enriches the design and makes it truly representative of the community
for which it is intended. Working with advisory committees and citizen
groups is a rewarding experience, and we support the process of interactive
decision making. We do not believe that public buildings need to be institutional
in appearance or functionality. All public buildings are public architecture
and as such must contribute in a positive way to their communities. Our
interactive process is applicable to private clients as well and our collaborative
way of working leads to very successful projects.
In 35 years and with hundreds of millions worth of completed projects, our
work base is composed of a diverse assortment of project types — from
neighborhood park structures to a $577 million border crossing. Miller Hull specializes in projects
such as schools, higher education facilities, nature centers, community centers, mixed-use buildings,
laboratories and corporate offices. In addition, we are noted for the design of innovative and affordable residences.
Commitment to Quality and Service
Miller Hull's excellent record of performance proves our dedication to
being a service-oriented firm. We have built a strong reputation and have
been rewarded for our efforts by repeat commissions from clients such
as the University of Washington, Washington State University, Seattle
Pacific University, the cities of Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, Issaquah,
Auburn and others. Miller Hull is highly skilled at project management
and through excellent communication, accurate scheduling and cost control,
is able to bring projects in on time and on budget with minimal clarification
required during the construction phase.
Commitment to Design
The Miller Hull Partnership's design reputation is based on simple, innovative
and authentic designs. Since its inception in 1977 the firm has pursued
a rigorous logic in its design approach in the belief that architectural
programs are best solved directly and efficiently. Throughout the firm's
history Miller Hull has received over 200 design awards
and has been published in numerous national and foreign design journals.
Miller Hull's design philosophy centers around two essential architectural
ideas. One is to use a building's structure to create a significant place
within a site, and the other is to be sensitive to climate and to respond
to environmental demands with the form of the building. These ideas evolve
from an appreciation of the extraordinary beauty of the natural environment
and have allowed Miller Hull's projects to have an unusually clear fit
to their surrounding context. Founding partners David Miller and Robert Hull,
both raised in Washington
State, have explored the development of two dominant themes in America's
western regional architecture: the need to establish a defined place within
the landscape and the art of rational building. Their attitude toward
building in the landscape takes advantage of a mutual inflection in which
architecture and landscape seem to need each other for completion. In
their residential architecture they attempt to capture the spirit and
vitality of the West by focusing on the tensions between nature and materiality;
detail and structure.
Miller Hull is a firm that will always work within the modern tradition,
and recognizes modern ideology as evolving and not static. Miller Hull
strives to make a significant contribution to a better modernism.