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Staff Spotlight: Keith Golde

August 10, 2017

This winter, intern Keith Golde joined the DA+ project staff. By way of introduction to this invaluable addition, here are a few things about Keith:

Where did you live before moving to Seattle?

I was born in NY and lived on Long Island until my early teens when my family and I moved to Raleigh, NC. I stayed in Raleigh for about twenty years before moving to Brussels, Belgium with my wife and son. After being in Brussels for two and a half years we moved back to Washington, DC. We were only in DC for about two years before moving out to Seattle—I’m hoping we’re done moving now.

Tell us about your family.

I have two sisters, one living in Alabama and the other in NY. My parents are still in Raleigh. My father operated some small businesses while I was growing up and recently retired from driving tractor trailers for UPS. My mother has managed several medical offices and should be retiring soon. My father has eight brothers and sisters, so I have more cousins than I can count.

What drew you to DeForest Architects?

I was hoping to get into a small firm working on residential architecture when we moved to Seattle. It should go without saying, but I like the design aesthetic at DA. More importantly, I wanted to work for a firm with a strong emphasis on the design process and on building strong client relationships, all of which I found here. You wouldn’t believe how hard it is to find firms that still value hand drawing and physical modeling. I think DeForest has struck a nice balance between using new technology, such as VR, and more traditional design methods such as hand drawing and physical modeling which, in my opinion, are still the most valuable design tools.

When did you know you wanted to be an architect?

Although I came back to architecture later in life, It first struck me in middle school. The local high school brought in some of their work from an art/architecture class and presented it to us. I remember loving the small-scale models and hand drafted drawings.

Do you have a hidden talent?

No, all my talents are out in the open!

What is your favorite thing about Seattle?

The weather and the scenery. I like the rain and I detest the heat, so the weather in Seattle is perfect. You can’t beat all the greenery and the mountains either.

If you could do one thing to change the world, what would it be?

To truly equalize the quality of, and access to, education.

What super-hero power would you like to have most?

I want to be able to transport myself anywhere instantly. Being stuck in traffic and flying commercial stinks.

What is your favorite thing you’ve made? Bonus points if you can provide a photo.

I took a chair making class while in school. The idea was to make an Aalto styled Adirondack chair. It wasn’t perfect by any means and I’d change a few things about it if I had to do it over again, but it was pretty good for a first try and I enjoyed working at a 1:1 scale.