Steel Architects PLLC is an architecture practice focused on designing contemporary buildings and historic renovations in thoughtful, innovative and sustainable ways. Our project portfolio includes single-family residences and remodels; apartment and condominium communities; and educational and community buildings throughout the Pacific Northwest.

At the core of our practice is the conviction that design is a collaborative service to others. Each project inspires partnerships; sharing in goals, values and strategies with clients, communities, consultants and contractors. Our integrated design process embraces discovery, with each project leading to an original solution. We design buildings and renovations that are energy efficient, site and orientation specific, prudent in resource usage, and durable in material.


James Steel, AIA, LEED AP, is a registered architect with 20 years experience in design and construction. Prior to founding Steel Architects, James led the design of custom residences, multi-family communities and educational facilities for accomplished architecture offices in Washington State and Massachusetts. He holds a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Washington State University. 

A Tacoma native, James returned to his hometown to establish a practice because of his commitment to the city and belief that architecture improves lives and sustains communities. He has served on both the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Seattle chapter and the Board of Directors of Space.City, an independent not-for-profit organization dedicated to the discussion of art, architecture and urbanism in Seattle. James is an active member of the City of Tacoma’s Landmarks Preservation Commission.