GEORGE OSTROW principal (206) 529-9356

Registered Architect, State of Washington
LEED Accredited Professional
Masters in Architecture, University of Virginia

George began his career in Vermont at the office of Turner Brooks, then lived in a third world village in Fiji for two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer with his wife. A lifelong bicycle enthusiast, George enjoys his daily commute on two wheels. He lectures regularly on green building and is a member of the Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, Built Green, and Passive House Northwest.

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JOHN NOVAK associate (206) 596-2996

Certified Sustainable Building Advisor (sbaprogram.com)
LEED Accredited Professional
Bachelors of Architecture, Washington State University

John is a longtime resident of Washington state, growing up in Edmonds. He has over 10 years of experience designing a variety of building types, including restaurants, zoos, and custom homes - big and small. Like George, John really digs his daily bicycle commute from his small home in Ballard, rain or shine.

When not enjoying life in the office or meeting with enthusiastic homeowners, he spends his free time with his wife and young daughter hiking in the North Cascades and the Olympics. He also enjoys reading, weightlifting, and tackling home improvement and landscaping projects (even if they involve several trips to Home Depot). John regularly participates in Northwest EcoBuilding Guild activities (ecobuilding.org).

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BEN TODA associate (206) 596-3996

Masters of Architecture, University of Oregon
Bachelors of Arts in Entrepreneurship, University of Hawai'i

Ben earned his Master of Architecture from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a focus in craft, fabrication and technology. He is interested in the fine details of construction as well as in the broad scale issues of how architecture can support ecological stewardship and community development.  

Prior to studying architecture, Ben worked as a carpenter for 5 years after earning his B.A. in Entrepreneurship from the University of Hawai‛i. He grew up in Hawai‛i and has lived in Vermont, Oregon, and Washington. He enjoys working with his hands, and outdoor recreation of all kinds.

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Everything went well, better than anticipated. George met all the commitments, was prepared at every meeting. Great communication throughout the project. Followed up with contractors appropriately. Kept to the initial budget. Very knowledgeable, professional, and easy to work with. I am very pleased with the project and working with George.
— Carole, Seattle, WA