When my family and I moved to Seattle, Washington in 2014, I began the slow process of evolving Shoegnome, LLC into Shoegnome Architects—from a consulting business that focuses on helping other architects to an architecture firm whose primary goal is working directly with homeowners. Many of the projects I worked on over the past decade are scattered across the internet on other firms’ websites. Much of it doesn’t even have my name on it because I so often collaborated in the background. Which is fine. The point was always to work with great people and do nice work.
Below is a tiny sampling of my recent work, and links to a few favorite projects from my last few years living in Minnesota. If you have questions or want to see more, send me an e-mail or call:
Jared Banks, AIA
In 2015, I collaborated with Westerbeck|Architecture to design a garage for a family living in Maple Leaf (the Seattle neighborhood where I live). Yes, sometimes even tiny projects are a good excuse to collaborate with friends. The garage will probably never have a car in it. The homeowners treat it more like a backyard cottage or detached family room. Instead of sharing photos of the finished project, I thought I’d show you a sun study I made of the computer model. It shows from sunrise to sunset on September 2nd.
Scenic Ridge Remodel
I went to school down in Texas at Rice University. My good friend and frequent collaborator, David Jefferis of Grayform Architecture, never left Houston. As a result, we’ve done a lot of work together in Texas. In 2015 we tackled a remodel of a nondescript ranch home in the Houston suburbs. Our major design moves included removing a ton of walls and the ceiling. The entire space used to have eight foot ceilings. Here’s an article I wrote about sharing images of this project with some prospective clients. In that article you can see some before and after plans and 3D views.
From late 2007 through early 2012 I worked at SALA Architects in Minneapolis. During the four and a half years with the firm, I had the pleasure to work closely with a wide variety of talented architects. Together we created some amazing projects that cover just about any style you can think of. Here’s some links to a few of my favorites:
- Third Coast Beach House
- Rapson Redux
- Porch Cabin Two
- Zumbro Zen
- Bergeron Addition
- North St. Paul Public Works