Local Architect goes Nationwide

Posted April 26, 2016 at 5:47 am by

Geoff Prentiss - Contributed photo

Geoff Prentiss - Contributed photo

Geoff Pren­tiss of Pren­tiss Wick­line Archi­tec­ture and his busi­ness part­ner Tom Lenchek have merged with a Seat­tle firm and are now look­ing at nation­wide expansion.

Geoff grew up com­ing up to San Juan Island to vis­it his grand­moth­er and extend­ed island fam­i­ly and to play on the beach­es and hike in the woods.

Both of his grand­par­ents were ear­ly res­i­dents of the island. Geof­f’s fam­i­ly first home­stead­ed here in 1861. Geoff has remained tight­ly tied to the island and its beau­ty his entire life. He made San Juan his full time home start­ing in 1975 when he built his first home.

After start­ing an archi­tec­tur­al prac­tice in Seat­tle in the late 1980s, he now splits his time between the San Juans and Seat­tle. Geoff spends about 50% of his time at his cab­in on San Juan, which sits on a piece of land his grand­fa­ther bought in 1918, sur­round­ed by family.

Here’s an offi­cial press release about the merger:

Promi­nent North­west Archi­tec­ture Firms, Pren­tiss Wick­line Archi­tects and Bal­ance Asso­ciates Archi­tects Merge to form:

New­ly merged firm will head­quar­ter in Seat­tle while its foot­print of projects expands nationwide

Geof­frey Pren­tiss and Tom Lenchek – respec­tive prin­ci­pals of Pren­tiss Wick­line Archi­tec­ture and Bal­ance Asso­ciates Archi­tects – today announced the merg­er of their two firms to launch Pren­tiss + Bal­ance + Wick­line. Long time Pren­tiss part­ner, Dan Wick­line, will serve as the prin­ci­pal of the new­ly merged firm, which will have its head­quar­ters in Seat­tle. Terms of the pri­vate merg­er are not disclosed.

Col­lec­tive­ly, the two firms have amassed more than 50-years of award win­ning expe­ri­ence in busi­ness, an impres­sive staff of archi­tects and design­ers, and have had their com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial designed projects fea­tured on broad­cast and print media nationwide.

“The merg­er allows us to fill gaps each firm had and expand our indi­vid­ual net­works tocov­er the nation,” said Pren­tiss + Bal­ance + Wick­line prin­ci­pal, Dan Wick­line. “Our design style, cor­po­rate cul­ture, and approach to the future are in such lock­step the tran­si­tion has been seam­less. This merg­er allows us to accel­er­ate growth, but more impor­tant­ly allows us to deep­en our skill sets and insights, pro­vid­ing our clients more expertise.”

Both firms design with bal­ance between nat­ur­al and built envi­ron­ments, a client’s vision and real world para­me­ters, and ulti­mate­ly between beau­ty and utility.

The new­ly merged firm already has more than 40 projects under­way and is com­bin­ing new tools and insights to allow for greater effi­cien­cies and design perspectives.

About Pren­tiss + Bal­ance + Wickline
Based in Seat­tle, Pren­tiss + Bal­ance + Wick­line is an award-win­ning archi­tec­ture firm with its roots firm­ly plant­ed in the Pacif­ic North­west and empha­siz­ing­warm, mod­ern design. The firm has designed res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial projects nation­wide that have won the acclaim of The Amer­i­can Insti­tute of Archi­tects and oth­er promi­nent indus­try awards, and media out­lets such as LUXE and DWELL Magazine.

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One comment...

  1. Hooray, Cousin! I am so proud of you!

    Comment by Shaun Hubbard on April 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

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