The practice of architecture is a highly personal service. Particular attention must be paid to the people involved in the conceptualization and construction of a successful project.

Castanes Architects presents almost thirty years of architectural work on a variety of building types throughout the Pacific Northwest. We are a small, client-oriented office with a fun, unique and constantly evolving collaborative approach to design projects.

From the initial site development, to the most intricate details, our work represents the culmination of clear communications and careful management of the expectations of our clients.

Relying on design and technical proficiency, our goal is to deliver a project that provides a positive sense of achievement for the entire project team of owner, architect and builder.


Jim Castanes

Award winning Architect Jim Castanes, AIA, founded Castanes Architects in 1984 with the goal of creating spaces that enhance the environment and the community as a whole. The influence of his extensive European travels can be found in many of the firm’s projects. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Luxe Magazine, Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Northwest Home, and many other regional publications.  Castanes Architects is a Seattle based studio focused on a client-oriented approach to design for select, fun projects.  We are a small team of architects dedicated to design & technical proficiency in a variety of building types.


Jordan Cowhig

Jordan is originally from the midwest, but came to Seattle to study Architecture and Construction Management at the University of Washington. As a recent graduate, she is slowly immersing herself in all that the Seattle design community has to offer.

Rachel Ravitch

Rachel is from the Pacific Northwest. She studied art and design at The University of Washington in Seattle and graduated in 2007. She has worked on a variety of residential and commercial projects in the region including Dunn + Hobbe’s new commercial building in Capitol Hill – Chophouse Row. She is a dedicated member of the design community and as a member of PPUNC has strived to build stronger community ties with commercial developers in Capitol Hill, Seattle’s most densely populated neighborhood. Her community involvement also extends toward empowering emerging artists through connections with public space and discourse. She recently spoke as a panelist on “Less is More” at the 2015 Design in Film Festival at Northwest Film Forum.


Elliot Bogdonovich

Elliot's roots are located in the Midwest, where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2013. He has spent time working at both residential and commercial design-build firms in Madison and Milwaukee, Wisconsin before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. As a new member of the Seattle design community, Elliot can often be found attending AIA-Seattle Young Architect forums, as well as Young Professional functions around the area.