Miller Hull

Jim Hanford

FAIA, Principal

Seattle Studio

How can we co-exist with the earth in a way that doesn’t destroy it? This is the question that Jim constantly asks. As leader of Miller Hull’s building performance and sustainability efforts, he’s had quite a few opportunities to answer. “It’s really just being smart about things — thinking efficiently about daylighting, ventilation, mechanical systems…” Jim’s education as an engineer helps with his ability to mentally dissect a building into parts, looking at each and every system as its own machine. “It’s through a process of leveraging disciplines and systems to do what they do best that real performance solutions happen.” His technical background also enables him to serve as the intermediary between designers and engineers, helping them to understand each other so nothing is lost in translation. Again, efficiency. “Because when the aesthetic side and the performance side work together, it’s pure magic.”

Lectures & Juries

  • 2024 AIA Seattle Climate Summit: Manuel Castaneda & Jim Hanford
  • 2024 NAIOP Washington State Chapter: Jim Hanford
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  • Bothell City Hall & Civic Center
  • Bothell Fire Stations
  • Bullitt Center
  • Cascade Residence
  • College of Architecture & Environmental Design Concept
  • Fairbanks Field Office, United States Fish & Wildlife Services
  • Fishermen’s Terminal
  • Hotel Westland
  • The Kendeda Building for Innovative Sustainable Design
  • Lake Union Piers
  • Lease Crutcher Lewis Headquarters Renovation
  • LOTT Clean Water Alliance Regional Services Center
  • Natural and Environmental Science Testing and Teaching Center (NESTT) Concept
  • New U.S. Embassy Campus, Niamey, Niger
  • Renton Library
  • San Ysidro Land Port of Entry
  • Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences STREAM Building
  • Tacoma Paper & Stationery
  • Vancouver Community Library
  • Washington State Library Archives Building