As a community of practice, Mahlum makes places that promote healing, wellness, learning and more. 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 Northwest, strong design values guide every aspect of the firm. We strive to design architecture that is poetic, enduring and inspiring. By creating spaces that consistently express the culture, aspirations and identity of the communities we serve, the distinctive character of each is honored.
Founded in 1938, we’ve created some of the region’s major landmarks as well as signature public work and private sector design up and down the West coast. We work on small-scale projects and major design initiatives with equal vigor. And, we enjoy the diversity of challenge. 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. Three leaders share responsibility for the overall health of the practice — serving clients, guiding the design process and running the operation day-to-day.