Helping You Navigate Your Design Project With Confidence

Listening. Creating. Collaborating.

AKJ Architects is a Seattle residential architecture and design firm that specializes in a wide range of custom home design services. We listen, interpret, and transform your ideas into timeless architectural designs that take shape as finely crafted & energy efficient homes conceived with your unique needs and lifestyle in mind. Through a collaborative design process that focuses on your site, style, budget & schedule, we embrace & translate your ideas into creatively inspired Seattle custom residences, one detailed drawing at a time. Our thoughtful planning process, dedication to client service, sophisticated material selections & in-depth industry knowledge produce a solid foundation for renovations and building additions to take shape and make AKJ Architects unique among Seattle residential architects.

Our ultimate goal is to provide you with an enjoyable experience from our first meeting to the day you are handed your keys, a beautifully designed home where your family's needs are met, and a classic design that will endure thru time.

We invite you to view information and photos from our featured high-end home projects in the Seattle & Bellevue area. If you would like to schedule an initial consultation, give us a call at 206.427.0980 or contact us. We would enjoy continuing the conversation with you.

Design Process

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Here at AKJ Architects, our 7Step Design Process has been carefully crafted with our client's experience in mind. Our signature 7Step Process ensures that you'll move through all the phases of your project with ample opportunity to collaborate and participate creatively with Arlene and the rest of the project team. We've methodically planned our 7Step Design Process for optimum efficiency so we make the most of our time together, decrease the potential for project setbacks, and get you to project completion with ease. Arlene's experience shepherding a wide range of projects through all phases has informed the 7Steps Design Process and will carry the team throughout the duration of the project. Learn more about what we do in each of the 7Steps by clicking the button below.

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Design Services


Feasibility Analysis
Site Analysis
Concept Design
Building Additions
Interior Architectural Renovations

Interior Design

Space Planning
Staircase, fireplace, kitchen & bath design
Interior Finish Selections
Cabinets, Millwork & Doors
Custom Furnishings


Design Leadership Skills
Detailed Drawings & Specification Support
Collaborative Approach
Clear Communication
Timeline Sequencing

You can trust Arlene to listen to your vision, develop a design concept, and lead you through the innumerous design details from concept through completion to bring your dreams to life. Arlene offers a one-stop shop for architecture and interior design services, a process for managing your needs, and years of experience working with general contractors during construction. Her experience will save you time, provide you tremendous value, and keep your project on track.

As we navigate numerous changes in our world, you can feel confident that the services we provide will continue without interruption. For over twelve years we have operated from a home office using tools that enable us to meet and discuss projects virtually and in person. Today, we respect the appropriate social distancing measures for the safety of all. It's business as usual and we're here to help.

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"I couldn't have asked for a more attentive, talented and respectful person as you. If it wasn't for you this renovation would not be happening. I'm eternally grateful to you."