Specializing in creative, responsible design that is uniquely suited to modern island living. We believe that building in the islands requires a sensitivity to local resources, local materials, and our island microclimate.

Good design matters.

The Stoltz Kau Approach

Stoltz Kau Architects is a small office with a residential concentration located on Orcas Island in Washington’s San Juan Archipelago. Our focus is on well designed, thoughtful houses that reflect our unique island circumstance, as well as the families that call them home.

Architects Susan Stoltz and David Kau have been collaborating on projects for over 20 years, both as Stoltz Kau Architects, and formerly as Project Architect and Principal at Fernau and Hartman Architects in Berkeley, CA. Their practice specializes in designing innovative solutions uniquely suited to client and site. The starting point for each design is a rigorous study of site, client needs, microclimate and built context. Their designs focus on natural daylighting strategies, color, material juxtaposition, a dynamic use of space, and a respect for the landscape and environment. Intentionally keeping the practice small with a limited number of projects allows a “hands on” approach from initial brainstorming sessions to moving day.

In the last 20 years they have completed a wide range of residential projects ranging from the remodel of a 350sf guest house to master planning and design for a 15-acre compound.

In 2001 they opened their office on Orcas Island and refocused their practice on work in the San Juan Islands. Their collaboration extends outside the office to include raising their three children.

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