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GRAHAM BABA ARCHITECTS is a vibrant Seattle architecture firm recognized for the successful place-making of commercial, residential and arts spaces. Whether through the renovation of existing buildings or in new construction, the firm believes authenticity can - and should - be found in every building by use of honest materials such as metals, wood and glass celebrated in their natural state.

Through subtle and economical design moves, Graham Baba creates places that tell a story, places that people are drawn to and spaces that encourage social interaction and community.  The Graham Baba team is driven by thoughtful creativity and collaboration and works to celebrate the embedded qualities of spaces as well as the potential of a site and program and client vision.  Graham Baba’s twenty-four employees are all deeply involved in their project development processes; they are essential in producing the project designs and design deliverables required by each unique client and project. 

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PRINCIPALS

 

JIM GRAHAM has been working in architecture for over 20 years and brings a keen sensitivity and relentless creativity to his projects.  He excels at leading large collaborative teams through complex projects and his boundless and contagious enthusiasm for each project results in a fun and exciting design process for the entire team.  Jim seeks out of the box solutions and has an exceptional ability to create social opportunities for a variety of users within an environment.  He is committed to the craft of building and is active in the design, construction, and craftsman communities.   This depth of understanding from the overall project to the ultimate detail brings a rich insight to creating an inviting and welcoming place for all.

BRETT BABA is an award-winning architect with over 30 years of experience.  He is known affectionately within our offices as the “Zen Master” of design and detailing, and is the go-to person for staff (young and old) when they have questions about how things are done.  His enthusiasm for the complete project, from the biggest gestural idea to the finest construction detail, allows him to maintain a consistent design intent throughout his work.  

 

AWARDS


2018
AIA Institute Honor Award for Architecture
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

Wood Design & Building Honor Award
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

WoodWorks Wood Design Award - Low Rise Comercial
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

German Design Award
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

 

2017
Gray Award for Commercial Architecture
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

AIA Seattle Honorable Mention
325 Westlake

AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Merit Award
325 Westlake
    
AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Citation Award
Cowiche Canyon & Icehouse Bar

Architizer A+ Award
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

Chicago Athenaeum: Architecture Award
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.
 

2016
AIA Seattle Merit Award
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

AIA Seattle Honorable Mention
Chophouse Row

AIA Northwest & Pacific Region Honor Award    
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.
    
WA Society of Landscape Architects Merit Award
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.

Governors Smart Communities Award
Kenmore Town Green & Hangar

Best of the West Honorable Mention
Washington Fruit & Produce Co.
 

2015    
AIA Seattle Honorable Mention
Cowiche Canyon & Icehouse Bar

AIA Central Washington Citation Award
Yakima Central Plaza
 

2014    
NAIOP Redevelopment of the Year Award
325 Westlake

Historic Preservation Award - Excellence on Main
Pybus Public Market

AIA WA Council Civic Merit Award
Pubus Public Market
 

2011    
AIA Seattle Future Shack Award
Capitol Hill Perch

Preserving Neighborhood Character Award
Melrose Market
 

2010    
AIA Seattle Honor Commendation Award
Building 115

AIA Seattle Honor Commendation Award
Kolstrand Building

AIA Seattle Future Shack Award
Building 115