Studio

Profile

Founded in 1999, Heliotrope has gained acclaim for a portfolio of bespoke residential and commercial commissions that have made a deep, lasting impact on the city of Seattle, the Northwest region, and beyond. Named after the heliotrope flower of myth, which orients itself towards the sun, we turn towards the idea that there is an intangible something that makes an exceptional place.

This intangible quality begins with a commitment to what is deeply human. It starts with the context of you. What will being here mean? What will being here connect you to? For us, this work also demands a promise to do right by the land. We seek design solutions that are low-impact, sustainable, and improve the sites where they exist. Lastly, an exceptional place must be rooted in the present and committed to the future. We strive for lasting resonance. Quality that weathers. A sense of heritage that is built in from the beginning.


Exceptional places change us. And that’s exactly why we set out to make them—in commitment to the land, in service to the future, and in ongoing conversation with you.

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Mike Mora

Principal

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Joseph Herrin

Principal

Renee Boone

Renee Boone

Associate

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Jonathan Teng

Associate

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Alejandra Rodriguez

Designer​

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Luke Anderson

Architect

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Chris Wong

Architect​

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Rachel Belcher

Designer

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Carsten Stinn
Architect

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Xiaorui Chen

Designer

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Evan Dobson

Designer

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Julie Marquart

Office Manager

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Sally Kim

Designer

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Glenn Easley

Designer

Clients

REI

Amazon

Aslan Brewery

Blackrock

Cake Skincare

Chef Holly Smith

Chef Meeru Dhalwala

Chef Rachel Yang

Chef Renee Erickson

Chef Shiro Kashiba

Ethan Stowell Restaurants

evo

evo Projects

Filson

Holland America Princess

Ibex - Merino Wool Apparel

LIKELIHOOD

Local Tide

Mainstay Provisions

Microsoft

Nordstrom​

Sea Wolf Bakery & Oxbow Bakery

Shinola

Sleeping Lady Lodge

Suncadia Resort

UNICO Properties

Washington Holdings

Awards

Merit Award

AIA NW & Pacific Honor Awards, 2022

Buck Mountain


People’s Choice Award, Bar

AIALA Restaurant Design Awards​, 2021

Project: Rupee Bar

Honor Award, Bar (Built)

AIALA Restaurant Design Awards​, 2021

Project: Rupee Bar

Outstanding Restaurant Design

James Beard Awards, 2020 ​

Project: Rupee Bar

Merit Award

AIA NW & Pacific Honor Awards, 2018

Project: ​Collector’s Retreat

Merit Award
AIA NW & Pacific Honor Awards, 2011
Project: Suncrest

Merit Award
AIA NW & Pacific Honor Awards, 2011
Project: Greenlake Passive House

‘Best of the Year’ Award
Interior Design Magazine, 2011
​​Project: North Beach

Honor Award
National AIA Housing Awards, 2011
Project: North Beach

Merit Award
AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, 2010
​​Project: Suncrest

Merit Award
AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, 2009
Project: North Beach

Citation Award
AIA Washington Civic Design Awards, 2007
Project: Ross Park

Merit Award
AIA Northwest and Pacific Region Design Awards, 2003
Project: WRA

Merit Award
AIA Honor Awards for Washington Architecture, 2001
Project: WRA

Recognition

Luxe Magazine, May 1, 2022

​​“See How This Seattle Home Honors Childhood Memories”​​

Fauntleroy Residence​

Sunset Magazine, July 13, 2022

​“Busy Street? No Problem. How They Hid This Beachfront Seattle Retreat”

Fauntleroy Residence

‘From the Top’

​Luxe Magazine

September/October​ 2020

Project: View Ridge

​‘Collectors’ Retreat’

Portrait Magazine

March 2019

Project: ​Collector’s Retreat

​‘A Vacation Home as Minimal as a Gallery’

​The New York Times

​November 21, 2017

Project: Collector’s Retreat

‘Gorgeously Grounded’

Pacific NW Magazine, Seattle Times

January 29, 2017

Project: ​Artist Residence

‘Paul Bunyan Shops Here’

Metropolis Magazine

February 2016

Project: Filson Seattle Flagship Store

​‘Food for Thought’

GRAY Magazine No. 25

December 2015

Project: ​Cafe Juanita

Interior Design Magazine, March 2011
Project: North Beach

C3 Magazine (Korea), January/February 2011
Issue #318
Project: Suncrest

150 Best Eco House Ideas, Marta Serrats, Harper Collins, 2010
Project: North Beach

Beach Houses, Carles Broto
Links Books, 2010
Project: North Beach

Juried exhibit of 12 selected firms ‘shaping the future of Seattle architecture’
New Edge/New Blood: Exhibition at the Seattle AIA, August/September 2008

‘Water Wise’
Northwest Home + Garden, May/June 2007
North Beach

‘What Makes it Green?’ Symposium and exhibition, Spring 2007
Project: Ross Park

DJC ‘Project of the Week’
July 31, 2006
Project: Ross Park

‘East Out West’
Custom Home: Kitchen & Bath Design Guide, April 2006
Project: Grant Creek

25 Houses Under 3,000 Square Feet, by James Trulove (Collins Design 2005)
Projects: Blue Ridge and View Avenue

‘Dream Catcher’
Custom Home, May/June 2003
Project: Horseback Ridge

Juried Exhibition
Both/And: Building Modern in the Context of Historic Architecture, 2003
Project: WRA

Seattle Times / AIA ‘Home of the Month’ Program, Spring 2002
Project: View Avenue

‘Standout Structure’
Spokesman Review: ‘In Life’ section cover, January 26, 2001
Project: WRA