INTRODUCTION  TO THE STOREFRONT STUDIO

Beginning as a graduate design studio, operating out of a vacant storefront on a beleaguered shopping street near campus, the studio has gone on to do work on the ‘forgotten’ American Main Streets of small communities throughout King County including; White Center, Auburn, Renton, and Skyway. Kent and Des Moines are scheduled for the following year. Before the first Storefront closed, the second community was offering funding. There is now a waiting list. An examination of the success of this architecture studio focuses on the confluence of three related innovations; digital tools, studio location, and sustained duration.