About

The Details Matter…

It is relatively easy to satisfy the typical short list of big ideas every client presents — it is all the layers of little things and the numerous details that distinguish the best designs and often present the bigger challenges…

— Mark Elster, AOME Architects

Collaborating and creating since 1986

Since 1986, AOME Architects has partnered with our clients to explore and create architecture unique to their needs and dreams. Every project is special. AOME responds with personalized service and individual designs tailored to each client. From concept to completion the work combines creativity, imagination, and attention to detail.

AOME believes in an approach to design that respects both contemporary and historical contexts, while acknowledging the many modern developments that enhance comfort, livability and enjoyment.

Good design is easy—it takes something more to go to the next level. AOME successfully strives for the best in design by applying an abiding sense of proportion, massing, scale, light and volume, along with rigorous attention to detail and process. Clients seeking boutique architectural services find AOME the best value.

AOME also provides low cost feasibility studies during the critical property acquisition phase of projects—the step most likely to produce project failure. Countless owners have found our studies instrumental in selecting the right property, but more importantly, essential in avoiding the wrong property.

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • AOME Architects—Full Principal (upon licensure)

    1992-present

  • Full Time Associate

    1988-1992

  • AOME Architects co-founder

    1986-1988 — part time, cofounder while moonlighting two jobs

  • Master of Architecture

    University of Washington 1983-1988

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design

    University of Washington 1979-1983

  • Licensed Architect

    Washington 1992 - Present

  • Certificate of Historic Preservation

    University of Washington - 1985

  • NCARB National License in Architecture

    2013-Present (facilitates reciprocal licensing in all 50 states and Canada)

Mark Elster

It is all the layers of little things and the numerous details that distinguish the best designs and often present the bigger challenges…

Philosophy:
There is no doubt that the most important home in the world is yours. Elster relishes the challenge of designing to that high ideal and the very personal journey that client and architect embark on together. On the way, Elster carefully probes the client’s requirements, wants, and needs and those aspects that separate their current and their preferred lifestyle. It is through that journey and the incorporation of these elements that he makes the home truly become yours. With his refined detailed approach, designing your own custom home should be one of the most positive experiences of your life.

Process:
Elster finds that it is relatively easy to satisfy the typical short list of big ideas every client presents — it is all the layers of little things and the numerous details that distinguish the best designs and often present the bigger challenges — solving both simultaneously is what leads to the homes his clients cherish.

Professional Development:
From the beginning, Elster has pushed the firm to achieve ever higher standards of design, both technically and aesthetically, while simultaneously fostering ever better communication with our consultants, clients and the contractors we collaborate with. By setting an ever higher bar for himself and his colleagues, AOME has earned a reputation for relentlessly striving for excellence. 

Personal:
Ultimately, Elster simply enjoys applying his artful eye and inquisitive mind to the creative process and the discoveries that come with each unique project and client. Producing pleasant surprises, uncovering opportunities, solving problems, reassuring and guiding his clients through the potentially intimidating process of designing and building a custom home, while inspiring all the myriad people who will collaborate with him to do better than they’ve done before — all of these aspects and more continue to stir his passion for residential design.When work is done and it’s time to go home, Elster enjoys spending time with family and friends, actively volunteering in the community, and doing things for others. He has numerous hobbies and interests (including photography, book making, woodworking, painting and sketching, model ship building, railroad modeling, mineralogy, gardening, mountain climbing, biking, history, movie making, magic performance and teaching, and very occasionally, sitting around and doing nothing!). He takes time each day to celebrate the moments that happen while pursuing all of the above with family, friends and peers alike.

Interesting Personal Projects:
Elster occasionally engages in interesting design and construction projects outside of his professional life. Click here to see a timber framed roof he built for his brother and for an on-going kinetic architecture project involving a secret compartment within a fireplace mantle in their home.

 

  • AOME Architects—Full Principal (upon licensure)

    1992-present

  • Full Time Associate

    1988-1992

  • AOME Architects co-founder

    1986-1988 — part time, cofounder while moonlighting two jobs

  • Master of Architecture

    University of Washington 1983-1988

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design

    University of Washington 1979-1983

  • Licensed Architect

    Washington 1992 - Present

  • Certificate of Historic Preservation

    University of Washington - 1985

  • NCARB National License in Architecture

    2013-Present (facilitates reciprocal licensing in all 50 states and Canada)

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • AOME Architects

    1986-present — cofounder and principal

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design

    University of Kansas 1975

  • Master of Architecture

    University of Washington 1981

  • Licensed Architect

    Washington 1986 - Present

Dennis Marsh

It’s fun discovering what we can achieve together.

Homes are personal.
Everyone cares. It’s fun discovering what we can achieve together. Creating and designing something so personal is immensely rewarding.

Great architecture exploits an exceptional process to achieve a fantastic result.
The Process: Working together. Listening. Enjoying the interaction. Exploring opportunities. Respecting contributions. Appreciating contradiction. Finding creative solutions. Striving for more… Setting priorities. Balancing objectives. Providing guidance. Educating. Finding what matters. These elements help ignite an exceptional process.

The Result: Creative. Powerful concept. Strong character. Valuing context. Reflecting the Owner: responsive to the Site. Solving the program; managing constraints. Appreciating balance and composition. Rhythmic. Aptly manipulating volume and form. Understandable. Filtering fashion, recognizing substance and achieving presence. Blending both focal and background elements. Comforting while evocative. Spatially engaging. Employing thoughtful materials with extraordinary and attentive detailing. Acknowledging the present vernacular. Respecting our environment. Accepting our roots. These ingredients help produce a fantastic result.

Father/Grandfather. Architect. Friend.
Strengths & Weaknesses: Usually argumentative. Often persuasive. Prefers conversation. Accepts emails or texts. Dislikes paperwork …willing to acknowledge the need it fulfills. Likes humor. Appreciates candor as well as sarcasm. Detailed. Organized. Stays with the big picture. Attentive to the small things. Caffeine addiction…somewhat addicted to most technology… Belief in trust, respect and teamwork. Values competition through hard work. Wishes common sense was more commonplace. Farmkid. Likes urban…but would prefer less traffic. Likes rural…but prefers more choice. Curious. Free time consumed reading and learning from my kids/grandkids. Occasional movie. Skier. Gardener. Would like to hike/backpack more often…

 

  • AOME Architects

    1986-present — cofounder and principal

  • Bachelor of Environmental Design

    University of Kansas 1975

  • Master of Architecture

    University of Washington 1981

  • Licensed Architect

    Washington 1986 - Present

EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND

  • AOME Architects — Project Manager

    2020-Present

  • AOME Architects — Staff Designer

    2016 to 2020

  • AOME Architects — Office Manager

    1998-2001

  • Master of Architecture

    University of Washington 2004

Rebecca Dixon

No matter the media, I delight in the process of composing beauty from the chaos of disparate parts.

For an expanded history, please refer to LinkedIn.

  • AOME Architects — Project Manager

    2020-Present

  • AOME Architects — Staff Designer

    2016 to 2020

  • AOME Architects — Office Manager

    1998-2001

  • Master of Architecture

    University of Washington 2004

Will Beilharz

Scooby doo