Christopher Gutsche, NCARB, Architect, LEED AP


Superlative Service

“Chris Gutsche was the architect on our sustainable, eco-healthy project at Peacock Family Center. In many ways, Chris acted as the overall project manager. He was able to design the interior of our child care center in a way that maximized the light, floor space (very important for state licensing), practical use of the space, and beauty. He helped us choose beautiful, functional, and cost-effective materials for our build out. He was very easy to work with, supportive of our vision, and a visionary himself. I would hire Chris again for either residential or commercial use. He was simply amazing!”
—Kelly Sparks

“Chris has great depth of knowledge of the complex aspects of the architecture business these days and a holistic sense of good design, combined with a relaxed attitude that permits him to persevere through regulation and setback to deliver a wonderful project.”
—Alfred Bay, CEO, Alfred Bay Inc. Architecture

“Chris is a very experienced project manager/designer/construction detail expert. Our firm—an early leader in sustainable design—recruited the best talent I could find and Chris fit the bill. Highly recommended for his thoroughness and knowledge of systems and detail.”
—Sim Van Der Ryn, Executive Director, Ecodesign Collaborative

“Chris guided us through a remodel of our home. We greatly valued his expertise, guidance, and suggestions. He gave us lots of good information, but gave us lots of freedom to make sure our vision came through. He also has a lot of experience in navigating the local government codes and helped get our paperwork through very quickly. We were very pleased with Chris’s work and would recommend him to anyone.”
—Adrian Qua



Collaborative Creativity

“After reading Chris’s reviews I was left wondering what more I could add. My wife and I were building our house designed by her architect parents, who passed before completion of the build. After years of not agreeing on a kitchen design we did agree that we needed an architect if we ever wanted the kitchen of both our dreams. We simultaneously said Chris, who we have known for around forty years. After a few meetings, Chris brought us together on an innovative and creative plan that included elements from both of our ideas thanks to his skill as a facilitator and his architectural knowledge. We heartily recommend Chris and Ecosmith to anyone who wants an honest, straight forward, intelligent architect who will work with you to create a plan which combines form and function in an artistically pleasing manner without ever charging more than a fair price for his work.”
—Jim Halstead

“Chris Gutsche was an invaluable contributor to our makeover of a 1920s Seattle bungalow project. He was responsive to our needs, and paid great attention to detail. He helped us navigate the challenging permit system and our project would not have been possible without his skills and team based approach. He is easy to work with, very professional, positive, and did an excellent job of taking our vision, goal, and budget into consideration. We would recommend Chris for any remodel project.”
—4R Builders, LLC

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with Chris for nearly 10 months in 2012, on a new construction single family residence that was to be designed and built to meet or exceed LEED standards. Chris is an outstanding practitioner, listener, and collaborator. He designs to the needs of both the client and the environment, simultaneously being respectful to both. His creative style and deep knowledge of sustainable design and construction makes him an asset to any project. I can highly recommend Chris Gutsche as an architect.”
—A Kitchen that Works, LLC

“Chris is a very sensitive and creative architect. Humble by nature, he is a thoughtful listener, who has the end user of a project always in mind. His meticulous style shows through in the attention to the smallest details in his work, which help create a sense of harmony and warmth. Since our days at Van der Ryn Architects I have always enjoyed my time with Chris; I know you will too. It is a pleasure to recommend Ecosmith Architecture and Consulting.”
—Danciart Architecture



Cost-Effective Solutions

“We hired Chris to help add a room on to our home. We weren’t sure exactly what we wanted and Chris was incredibly helpful by providing suggestions on what might be possible within the limit of our resources. I also wanted the room’s design to be as environmentally sustainable as possible and again Chris had the experience and knowledge to provide us with options.”
—Sharon Negri



“We were looking for ways to increase the resale value of our home previous to listing it with a realtor, and so we consulted with Chris. After a walk-thru, he listened thoughtfully to the feedback the realtors had given us, and then developed a number of extraordinary solutions that no one else had even considered, addressing the realtor objections. He is especially excellent at combining his structural engineering expertise with creative thinking and aesthetics, helping us find cost-effective ways to significantly increase our go-to-market values. We implemented his solutions and everyone benefitted.”
—Ann Warman

Sustainable by Design

“My husband and I were looking for an architect with experience in sustainable design. We found Chris to be knowledgeable, likable and a great listener. Chris helped us come up with a sustainable remodel design, which included a fabulous 3D model. I would definitely recommend Chris, especially if you care about sustainability and want to work with a really nice person.”
—Julie Mihalisin

“We hired Ecosmith to design a dormer room pop-out for us to create a new bedroom in our 1100 sq ft townhouse. We were very happy with Chris’ work, he was knowledgeable, professional and was able to help us understand the process and work within our budget, while keeping environmental concerns at the forefront.”
—Kibby MacKinnon

“Chris Gutsche is wonderful to work with. He’s creative, patient, flexible, and listens superbly to needs and concerns. Chris goes the extra mile, being very involved in the building process from beginning to end. It is clear that he loves what he does and is committed to sustainable building practices. We are pleased with every aspect of working with him!”
—Judy Friesem




Your Vision, Our Expertise

“My wife and I had decided to remodel our house, and we had some ideas about what we wanted, including building out on an existing footprint and installing a propane fireplace. Chris was able to provide excellent guidance and developed a plan which made it possible for us to incorporate all our requirements. He came up with creative solutions and was easy to work with.”
—David O’Sullivan

“We wanted to remodel the second floor of our 92-year-old craftsman house including adding a bathroom. Our situation is complicated due to chemical sensitivity issues and a limited budget. We were very pleased working with Chris Gutsche of Ecosmith Architecture & Consulting to go through the design process to look at our options for both space design and materials in a mostly non-conforming house (i.e., 2x4 framing, narrow steep stairs, no insulation, etc., do not meet current building codes) and where most commonly used building materials do not work for us. Chris worked with us to develop several creative options for solving some of our primary usage issues with the house and suggested an approach to tackling the project that fit within our budget.”
—Dennis Clark

Attention to Detail

“I highly recommend Chris Gutsche’s architectural services. Chris designed our home remodel (dining room addition and kitchen remodel) and was efficient, careful, and responsive to our needs, and we achieved just what we were hoping for. While ours was a relatively small project, Chris gave us the kind of attention, responsiveness, and professional deliverables that might be expected in the case of a very large client. And, he was a pleasure to work with!”
—Bill McCoy

Chris is an extraordinary blend of conscientious and experienced project architect/project manager—and thoughtful designer/conceptualizer who always keeps the big picture in mind. The breadth of his skills make him an especially valuable staff member as he has expertise through the whole architectural process. Particularly important is Chris’s reliability in getting a job done right. Chris can tackle any task and you can rest assured that it will be done accurately, efficiently and beautifully. It was a pleasure to work with Chris and I believe anyone who has the chance to work with him is very fortunate.”
—Dave Deppen, Architect and Planner, Dave Deppen Architect