The Brandt Design Group is a Seattle-based design firm focused on the integration of art and function to create beautiful, grounded spaces. Projects are developed with careful consideration given to the social, physical and environmental context in which they sit, leading to responsive and responsible design.
We believe that “green” design, for lack of a better term, is an integral part of good design. It is not an add-on, it is not distinct; it is an integral part of who we are and what we do. So when people ask us if we are “green architects” we say no, we are simply architects who will provide you with remarkable design that, as a matter of course, has the fundamental values of “green architecture” built right in.
Colin Brandt, principal of Brandt Design Inc., is a licensed Architect whose expertise includes residential, retail, restaurant and hospitality work. A native of New York State, Colin earned his Architectural degree at the University of Oregon, specializing in sustainable architecture, and moved to Seattle in 1997 to establish his practice. He is known among his clients for his highly collaborative style, extraordinary design sense, and emphasis on livability. Colin has completed projects throughout the greater Seattle Area and across King County, the San Juan Islands, New York, Pennsylvania, Alaska, Idaho and the British Virgin Islands.
Bree Medley earned her Architectural degree at the University of Oregon and then moved to Santa Barbara in 1998 to work for Cearnal Architects. While with Cearnal Architects, Bree was in charge of a vast variety of projects including the award winning Maravilla Senior Community along with many notable high-end custom residential designs throughout Santa Barbara County. In 2008 Bree Medley Designs was founded and was known among clients, contractors and regulatory personnel not only for its high level of design, but expertise in maneuvering throughout the complicated intricacies of the Santa Barbara building process. In 2014, she returned to her native Seattle roots when she joined forces with Brandt Design Group, bringing with her years of custom residential experience and spearheading the groups entry into the Santa Barbara market.
Kate Miller grew up in Connecticut and earned both her Bachelor of Science and her Master of Architecture degrees from Northeastern University in Boston. She has studied abroad in Florence and traveled throughout Europe, developing a love for historic architecture. She has been working professionally since high school on a diverse range of project types including commercial, retail, mixed-use multifamily and custom single family residential. Kate is a licensed architect in the State of Washington and is a LEED Accredited Professional. In her free time, Kate enjoys hiking, sailing, traveling, and volunteering her time to mentor others in the profession through the AIA Laddership program.
Michal Okonski has a diverse background in the built environment as well as the arts. He has both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Architecture from The University of Washington. His education includes a concentration in sustainable design and a lighting design certificate. Michal has worked in residential, multifamily and commercial projects in Seattle, The San Juan islands, Whidbey Island, Napa, Sonoma and Malibu. Michal also brings much experience and knowledge of low voltage systems and lighting design from his previous career as an audio video systems engineer. When he’s not working on architectural projects, Michal has many hobbies including cycling, photography, videography, music, reading and making furniture.