Shoegnome, LLC is an architecture firm located in Seattle, Washington, with a primary focus on custom residential. At Shoegnome we are interested in how to practice Architecture in the 21st century. The majority of our website is a blog filled with an ever expanding hoard of posts and articles dedicated to exploring all the associated issues, from BIM and technology to understanding what it even means to be an architect these days. If you want to see some of the projects we’ve worked on, click here. We’re not your traditional architecture firm; that link is just the tip of the iceberg. It’s best to just send us and e-mail and then we can talk in more detail.

An Architect

Jared Banks 2015 smallJared Banks, AIA is a licensed architect in the State of Washington (State of Washington, License 11137) and Minnesota (Minnesota, License 47661). Jared was raised in New England (Connecticut), educated in Texas (Rice University), and worked in Minnesota for eight years before moving to Seattle, Washington. Jared founded Shoegnome, LLC in 2010 to promote the use of BIM in residential firms. Since then he has written over 750 articles and blog posts about BIM, ArchiCAD, and the relationship between the practice of architecture and technology. In 2015, Jared reincorporated Shoegnome, LLC in the State of Washington as a full service architecture firm. Shoegnome, LLC is part of a collaborative of small firms, working closely with Grayform Architecture (Houston, TX), Studio-134, LLC (Hopkins, MN), and westerbeck|architecture (Kenmore, WA) in addition to a number of other firms around the United States. 

Jared has been a member of the AIA since 2010, the AIA Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) Communications Committee since 2013 and joined the AIA CRAN Advisory Group in 2015.

A Secret Weapon

BIM ConvergenceShoegnome wants to help you and share opportunities. Don’t worry, there’s enough to go around. We’re interested in you—whether you’re our client or customer; whether we’re your client or customer. We are dedicated to BIM and helping other architects work in a smarter, more efficient manner. That involves building a proactive and supportive BIM community. There’s too much to do, so we need to subsume BIM into our processes and make it invisible. And soon. If you use ArchiCAD—our favorite BIM software—we have some specific services here that might help you. You can also download our ArchiCAD template here. And if you don’t use ArchiCAD, we don’t care. Let’s talk. If you don’t know what BIM is, this short video will help.

Jared started the Minnesota ArchiCAD User Group (MNAUG) in 2009 and began blogging about ArchiCAD in 2010. In July 2012, Jared also started writing for BIM Engine, the official blog of Graphisoft North America. Additionally he has a number of articles on various other sites; you can find a list of those off-site articles and essays here. Since July 2014, Jared has been organizing and running the Seattle Area ArchiCAD User Group. In addition to traditional architecture work, Jared is always looking for opportunities to speak, write, and teach about ArchiCAD, BIM, and the future of architecture.

A Fairytale

What Type of Architect Are You (small)Why is an architecture firm called Shoegnome? It’s from our favorite Brothers Grimm story, the one about the cobbler and the elves. We are the elves. Jared noticed that wherever he was working, people would come to him to “save” their projects. Coworkers would go home and he’d stay fixing projects and making everything wonderful. Something felt very familiar. Jared misremembered the Brothers Grimm story as the cobbler and the gnomes. The concept of being a shoegnome was born. For a longer explanation, read this blog post.

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