Shoegnome Architects Logo_longShoegnome Architects is located in the Maple Leaf neighborhood of Seattle, Washington. We primarily focus on custom residential, but are open to discussing any project of any scale. Collaborating with the right clients—such as ones that understand dining rooms are used more for game nights than Thanksgiving dinners—is more important to us than project type.

Our website isn’t like other architecture firms: it currently has no individual projects for you to peruse. Instead it is filled with an ever expanding hoard of articles dedicated to exploring the practice of Architecture in the 21st century, from BIM and technology to understanding what it even means to be an architect these days. We’d rather have you spend time reading about the way we see the world than looking at pretty images of projects we’ve done. Of course, if you also want to see some of the projects we’ve worked on, click here.

Send us an e-mail or call us at 206.504.3075. We’d love to talk with you.

The Architect

Jared 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 (dba Shoegnome Architects) in the State of Washington as a full service architecture firm. Shoegnome Architects 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 Banks 2015 small

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.

The Secret Weapon

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. 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. Jared started the Minnesota ARCHICAD User Group in 2009 and began blogging about ARCHICAD in 2010. In July 2012, Jared started writing for BIM Engine, the official blog of GRAPHISOFT North America. He has numerous 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.BIM Convergence

The Fairytale

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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Some Disclaimer Language

Do you like what you’ve read here on Shoegnome? That’s awesome.

Want to share it with people you know? Please do. All my writing and graphics are copyrighted, so please attribute the work to me. Seems fair, right? Links back to the source material would be nice too.

Want to repost entire articles on your site without asking? NO WAY. That’s just a dick move. Ask first. I just might say yes. But if you lift entire posts and put them on your site without asking, even if you give copious links, that’s just shitty and unethical. And a poor way to run your site. Of course if you ask me to write something for you, or ask to include one of my articles in your website, magazine, publication, etc… that’s a completely different story. I sure like the sound of that.