Dan was raised in Everett, Washington and received his first degree in Philosophy from Pacific Lutheran University, and later pursued an Architecture Degree from Boston Architectural College and his Masters at Columbia University in New York. He joined Designs Northwest Architects in 1990 and acquired his architecture license in 1991 with the State of Washington. Dan's design philosophy emphasizes the importance of creating a cohesive design that considers the clients' needs and the site’s components. In addition to his creativity and functionality of design in residential, ecclesiastical, municipal and commercial projects, Dan is widely recognized for his ability to develop good rapport with clients and the public. His public involvement programs focus on keeping the community involved and informed of a project’s progress as it advances through programming, design and construction. This helps his projects gain wide acceptance and understanding with his clients, as well as the communities in which the projects are being designed for.
Dan's residential work has been published in international (The Lake Union Float Home was featured in the June/July 2012 issue of the French publication Architecture BOIS), national and regional publications such as Better Homes and Gardens publications: Weekend Homes, Home Plan Ideas and Remodeling Ideas. His houses have also been featured in Seattle Homes and Lifestyle Magazine, Northwest Home Magazine and Sunset Magazine. Recently his work has been featured on several popular architectural web sites including: Contemporist, Architizer and Freshome.
Under Dan’s design leadership Designs Northwest Architects has received over 15 design awards including 10 for design excellence from the Northwest Washington Chapter of the American Institute of Architects.
His professional affiliations include the American Institute of Architects (AIA).