Geoff Prentiss is a native of San Juan Island, Washington State and has had his own practice in Seattle since 1989. In 2016 Geoff joined with Tom and Dan to form Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects. Geoff studied undergraduate architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, and was awarded a Masters in Architecture from the University of Washington in 1985. Between undergraduate and graduate studies Geoff developed a successful landscape design and contracting company in the San Juan Islands. While doing his thesis for his Masters, Geoff was awarded a Monbusho Fellowship, studying in Kobe, Japan from 1984 through 1986. His study during this period married his interests in architecture and landscapes, focusing on the heightened experience of transitional spaces and elements between interior and exterior in architecture. Traveling, kayaking, reading, gardening, consuming delicious food and wine and just generally loving life take up the rest of Geoff’s waking hours.
Tom has been with Balance Associates since the beginning, and is thrilled to have joined Geoff and Dan to form Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects. He likes the challenge of coming up with creative solutions to design problems, and claims “projects are like kids: I really don’t have a favorite. They are each different, and it’s fun to watch them develop over time. Handing over a completed house to the owners is like high-school graduation. Hearing how much a client likes their house, winning an award, or seeing a house I’ve designed in a book makes me feel like a proud parent.” Tom grew up building things. In fact, Tom’s first “toy” was a bunch of scrap 2x4s that his father brought home. Tom used the scraps as building blocks, and played with the lumber more than any other toy. When not designing for his clients, Tom skis, bikes, hikes, travels and enjoys dinner with friends. Tom’s real claim to fame, however, is that he skied from Russia to Sweden across Finland in a week.
Born and raised in the Northwest, Dan has been designing buildings for the past twenty years; with Geoff for the past thirteen. In 2016, Dan joined with Geoff and Tom to form Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects. He studied architecture at the University of Washington and then earned his Masters of Architecture degree from the University of California Los Angeles. Dan loves the challenges of architecture, using the constraints and opportunities each project provides to develop uncommon solutions and well-designed spaces. When spare time can be found, Dan enjoys working in his shop, waterskiing, and meeting friends for coffee and he still hasn’t given up the ghost on basketball. Dan is married and together with his wife, enjoys discovering the world again with his three small children, especially when this involves hiking, traveling and exploring urban spaces (particularly bakeries).
Margo joined the team in October 2007. She is an architect who lives in Winthrop, Washington with her husband and two children. Margo has an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College and a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Washington. In 1993 she received a fellowship to study architecture in Norway, where she cultivated an abiding interest in Scandinavian design. She also loves the work of Roland Terry and a number of other mid-century Pacific Northwest architects. Over the years, Margo has worked at several firms on a range of projects, from institutional to residential. She hikes, bikes and skis with her family and plays the violin.
Brian is a licensed architect, competitive rower, amateur woodworker, struggling gardener, and fugitive from the East Coast. Before settling in Seattle, Brian collected degrees from the University of Maryland and Washington University in St Louis, periodically skipping town to study at the American University in Rome and the Helsinki Institute of Technology. He joined our team in 2010, but can most often be found rowing backwards around Lake Union or hiking forwards in the Cascades.
Kelby joined the team in February 2010. He graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Kent State University, and spent a semester studying in Florence, Italy. He attained his architectural license in 2007 while working at several Seattle firms with projects ranging from high-rise mixed use to small scale residential. Kelby likes soccer and has season tickets to the Seattle Sounders. During the off-season, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children who are very understanding of his obsession.
Kyle is an inveterate guitarist, dedicated maker of all things, inventor, and father of two. Problem solving is his specialty, and he relishes testing his ability to imagine his way out of any box. Knowing he wanted to imagine and create for other people, he mastered his technique at the University of Kansas before fleeing the Midwest for a view of the ocean. When not getting dusty in his workshop, Kyle can usually be found at the various playgrounds of Seattle’s Madrona neighborhood (probably with coffee).
Shawn joined us in March 2013. He graduated with a Masters of Architecture from University of Washington, and studied abroad in the UW Rome Program. He has worked at several Seattle firms on projects both public and private, large and small. He’s found residential work the most gratifying for its intimacy with the architectural process. He believes great architecture is shaped by its environment and its users, which at its best, creates spaces that delight and inspire. When not writing his bio, he is creating mixed media art, working on graphic design projects and performing in his improv comedy group, Quiet Monkey Fight.
Bronwyn is a perpetual explorer, with a raven-like attitude about collecting found objects to use in fabrication. After exploring different professional realms -- from writing, to biology, to costume design -- Bronwyn realized that there is one special field that encompasses them all, and pursued her Masters of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis (M.Arch with Honors, 2013). When not at work, Bronwyn is doing her best to get lost in the woods.
Taylor is a recent graduate from Montana State University, and loving every minute of it. Passionate about design for the way it directly affects people, he strives to make the experience an invitation for the moments of life to occur. When not designing he is exploring, woodworking, metal working, and generally living life to its fullest!
Genevieve (who once upon a time called herself “kitty”) is a fiber artist by trade and preference, and an office manager by inclination. She keeps the office organized in an intricate web – not unlike the spools of yarn she dyes for her business, “Kitty’s Curiosity”. Having studied architecture for its precision/science and feeling/art she has worked hard to craft her ideal life, and landed at Prentiss + Balance + Wickline Architects because it combines her love of architecture and design-type people with her itch for organization and management.