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Miller Hull ranked sixth overall and 2nd Firm in Sustainability by Architect 50

11-11-2019 | Press Releases

 In the latest installment of Architect Magazine’s annual ranking, Miller Hull is recognized as a committed leader of sustainable design excellence for the second consecutive year.


SEATTLE (Nov. 11, 2019) — The Miller Hull Partnership is proud to announce its ranking as the 2nd Firm in Sustainability by Architect Magazine and 6th overall for the 2019 Architect 50.

“With sustainable design at the core of our practice, it is powerful to be continually recognized as an industry leader and to see so many firms making strides to drive an industry-wide shift toward a healthier built environment,” said Managing Partner Ron Rochon. “We are also thrilled to see our overall ranking, which demonstrates that good design and sustainability are closely aligned.”

Since earning the rank of Top Firm in Sustainability for the 2018 Architect 50, Miller Hull has continued its consequential work in a wide range of market sectors for both public and private clients, striving to make positive change in the world.

In 2018, the firm had five different Living Building Challenge projects on the boards, spanning building types and scales: a school master plan in Idaho, modular homes for the homeless through The BLOCK Project in King County, Washington, an extensive renovation of a single-family home known as Loom House on Bainbridge Island, Washington, The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Georgia, and Miller Hull’s own studio space in San Diego.

A homecoming for the firm, Miller Hull’s San Diego studio moved to a larger space in The Wharf at Point Loma Marina, which was the firm’s first project in San Diego and was designed by its late founding partner, Robert Hull. With sustainability at the heart of their work, they designed a tenant improvement for the new space that is pursuing Living Building Challenge Petal certification, including Net Positive Energy, targeted for 2020.

“As a firm, we’ve recently made significant advancements in our sustainability efforts, from project goals to performance tracking,” said Jim Hanford, principal and building performance lead at Miller Hull. “We’ve always had an environmentally-responsible mindset, but we are really looking for new ways to make a difference for clients, institutions and the general public.”

From the beginning, Miller Hull has been committed to moving sustainable design forward to create positive change in the built environment. In 2009, the firm was one of the original signatories of the AIA 2030 Commitment and drafted the first version of their Sustainability Action Plan. Since then, their Sustainability Action Plan has become publicly available on their website and they have continued to expand the scope and reach of their plan, including measurable accountability tracking.

Over the course of the firm’s history, Miller Hull’s approach to design has created a culture of collaboration, empathy and trust—an environment where people can have open and honest conversations around difficult subjects and consequently, the produce their best work. This approach to the architectural practice supports Miller Hull’s belief that beautiful architecture and sustainable architecture are one in the same and everyone should be designing for the for the future.

Sustainability portfolio judges for the 2019 Architect 50 included Margaret Montgomery, FAIA, a principal and global sustainable practice leader for NBBJ and Jean Carroon, FAIA, a principal at Goody Clancy. For the complete ranking of the 2019 Architect 50, visit

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About The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP
The Miller Hull Partnership is an architecture, planning, urban and interior design firm that creates dynamic and environmentally-responsible buildings, striving for a regenerative and inclusive future. The firm has a studio in Seattle and San Diego with work extending across typologies for public and private clients, including single-family, multi-family, mixed-use, civic, commercial, higher education, independent K-12, community, cultural, gateways, infrastructure and public safety. Widely recognized for innovative, timeless designs and a partnership-driven practice, Miller Hull has received over 350 local, regional and national awards for design excellence, including the AIA National Firm Award and Architect 50’s Top Firm for Sustainability. For more information, visit

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The Miller Hull Partnership, LLP