Marvin Anderson Architects PLLC is a small, full-service architectural practice specializing in residential design and renovation of historic buildings. We believe architectural principles of harmony, proportion, and balance are found in all beautiful architecture, traditional or modern, from the overall plan to the smallest detail. Our design approach combines these principles with the contemporary needs of our clients to create homes and buildings that are both functional and respectful of tradition.
Our practice is one of collaboration, working with clients, builders, and craftspeople as a team. We bring to each project a breadth and depth of experience in design, materials, systems, sound construction, and historical precedent that are complemented by the expertise of interior designers, engineers, and other consultants appropriate to the needs of the client and project. Combining leadership and outstanding service with attention to the unique details of each project, we listen to and work with all team members throughout the design and construction process in order to find a solution that meets the client’s budget, schedule, and design objectives.
Marvin J. Anderson is a registered architect and architectural historian with more than thirty years of experience. After receiving his architectural degree from the University of Oregon, Marvin began his career in Minneapolis where he worked on the renovation and restoration of numerous buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1988 he returned home to the Pacific Northwest and soon thereafter began working with Stephen Sullivan Architects. Since then, Marvin has been working with clients on the design and renovation of fine homes throughout the northwest and beyond.
Marvin combines his practice with continuing scholarship in architectural history. He received his Master of Arts in Architectural History from the University of Washington in 2003 and is currently completing a doctoral dissertation on “The Society of Beaux-Arts Architects and Academic Ideals in early Twentieth-Century American Architecture.” His work has been published in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians and presented in lectures throughout the United States.