ming | architecture and design was founded by Grace Huang in 2001 to specialize in sustainable and healthy home building practices. Our projects are located throughout the Puget Sound region and our work has been recognized by green building programs and publications. Our custom home projects range from small remodels to whole new houses. We think of ourselves as the owners' coach and guide in the building process, and approach the house as a tailor would a well-fitted garment - the house needs to look and feel great for those living in it.
The way we work is guided by these beliefs:
Any home or building should be a healthy and sustainable place to live or work - a place for safety, comfort, rejuvenation and inspiration.
Owners should have fun during the design and construction process, and we work with them to make their project suit their needs while respecting their financial investment.
The best building process is a full collaboration between everyone involved - the owner, architect, contractor, consultants, and all the tradespeople who literally put all the pieces together.
Built Green Pioneer 2020
Master Builders Association T-Rex Award 2017
Northwest EcoBuilding Green Home Tour 2011, 2012, 2018, 2021
Northwest EcoBuilding Guild Green Building Slam 2006 and 2011
Seattle Times Pacific Northwest Magazine 2010
City of Seattle Case Study 2009
The Northwest Green Home Primer 2008
Northwest Home + Garden Magazine 2007
Built Green 1st 5-Star Remodel 2006
The foundation of my professional career was laid in Chicago in the 1990's, where I worked on high-end high-rise condominiums, classic Chicago 3-flats, warehouse loft conversions, mixed-use developments, and historic restorations. For many of those early years, I was a construction manager and learned valuable lessons in "real life" building processes that shaped how I approach the building process today. I moved to Seattle in 2000, drawn to the natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest region.
I am a registered architect in the states of Washington and Illinois, and received a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies and a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign. I am also a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional), a graduate of the Sustainable Building Advisory program, a certified Healthy Home building professional, and a certified Aging-in-Place professional.
I enjoy volunteering with non-profit organizations and community groups, and see sustainable building as a way to help preserve the natural environment that I love as well as improve the urban environment we live in. In my free time, I can be found practicing aikido, skiing, cycling, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.
NW EcoBuilding Guild
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
Passive House Northwest