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Eerkes Architects works to make bonds between people and places they inhabit. We create architecture which acts as a lens focusing our attention on both the subtle and the obvious aspects of the places we love. Our commitment to a collaborative process merges traditional with digital practice, taking the best of both approaches. We place a high value on the personal relationships we build with our clients, collaborators, and in our community.

Les Eerkes

Principal and Founder

Les grew up on Whidbey Island located at the east entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Immersed in this dramatic landscape, he developed a reverence for nature which he seeks to express in the work of Eerkes Architects. Les was mentored by Jim Olson and Tom Kundig during his 20 year tenure with Olson Kundig Architects. He was a Principal and Lead Designer at Olson Kundig, blending both of his mentors influences into his work. He was an early adopter of Building Information Modeling in the firm, and brings large firm capabilities to his emerging small practice. In 2015, Les founded Eerkes Architects to spend more time with his family and to explore his take on the relationship of art, technology, and nature to architecture.

Paul DeJong


Paul's experience working in architecture and construction management as well as teaching and traveling abroad contribute to his generalist approach to design. He is intrigued by the inner workings of things and the dynamic relationship between practicalities and elegant design solutions. He is inspired by spending time in the mountains and on the ocean, and most importantly with his wife and three kids. 

Brandon Patterson


Brandon approaches design and all things creative with a depth of curiosity and passion. He values architecture that explores the poetic connection between art and nature. Brandon delights in proportional systems, grids, and clean rigorous design. He is a Tacoma native who finds inspiration in nature, tinkering on vintage Volkswagens, banging on drums, and spinning his extensive collection of records. 

Alan Abdulkader


Alan sees architecture from the perspective of a poet and artist. Born in Kurdistan, a culture awash in poets and musicians, he is drawn to create bridges between poetry's world of words and ideas and architecture's physical space, light, and sound. He teaches graphic design and photography and creates photographic and video artworks in the narrow windows of time that he and his wife are not raising their two young children.