Ian Butcher

Ian Butcher

Seattle, WA, US



Ian Butcher received a Master of Architecture from the University of Washington, and a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Design  from North Carolina State University.  He recently launched the architecture firm Best Practice whose work focuses on a balance between content, beauty and function. The projects at Best Practice currently range from residential remodels to major office interior makeovers. The firm’s goal is to expand the scope of the residential and office projects while pursuing retail and hospitality work for high-profile clients. Prior to Best Practice, Ian worked for over eleven years at several award winning firms including internships with NBBJ and Mithun, nearly four years as an associate with E. Cobb Architects and most recently as a principal at Domestic Architecture.

His work has received two AIA awards and been published in numerous books and magazines including The NY Times Magazine, Wallpaper, Case de Abitare, and the LA Times magazine.

In addition to his work as an architect, Ian has taught design studios in the Interior design department at Cornish College of the Arts, and currently serves as a board member for Arcade Magazine.



Best Practice Architecture, Seattle, WA, US, Principal

Oct 2010 - current

Domestic Architecture, Seattle, WA, US, Principal

In charge of the development and execution of all projects in the office both as lead designer and under the direction of artist and principal designer Roy McMakin. Responsibilities include concept development, management of staff architects, designers, and support staff; talent acquisition; contract negotiation; client, contractor, and consultant communication and coordination; physical and digital modeling; specification writing, management of all aspects of construction administration.

May 2003 - Feb 2011

E. Cobb Architects, Seattle, WA, US, Associate

Project Manager and design team member responsible for client communication; design development and detailing; permit and construction drawings; specification writing; shop drawing review; consultant and contractor coordination.

Jun 1999 - Dec 2002


University of Washington, MArch, Architecture

Sep 1996 - Apr 1999

North Carolina State University, Bachelors, Environmental Design in Architecture

Aug 1991 - May 1995