SKL is a team of architects, designers, and artists with a particular passion for adaptive re-use challenges. We work on a wide variety of projects, from residences to academic and cultural institutions, all with the guiding philosophy that buildings should give back more than they take: to the communities and clients that depend on them and the environment that sustains them.
We love to take old buildings and, with creativity and imagination, adapt them to new uses. Often the best part of adaptive re-use is finding the “serendipity moments,” spaces unique to a time period or a building type, that can be transformed into centerpieces of the new building. We look forward to discovering them with you.
Cultural buildings—libraries, museums, and even marketplaces—are important neighborhood centers that must be inviting, democratic, and sustainable. SKL has designed a wide range of facilities with these goals in mind.
We work closely with educational communities to create healthy and inclusive buildings that contribute to a positive learning environment for the modern student. Our process, from planning to the first day of school, is community based, cost effective, and environmentally progressive.
We specialize in custom homes crafted and designed in the tradition of Pacific Northwest Modernism. Our designs are simple, intuitive, and span across a wide range of costs.
SKL is committed to working closely with our clients to create spaces that are beautiful, functional, and timeless.
Twelve years into her career as an architect, Gladys Ly-Au Young took one year off to pursue a Master of Science in Sustainable Design. She brings this knowledge and commitment to all of our projects, which range from an off the grid retreat in the Oregon wilderness, to one of the most energy efficient schools in the state of Washington. Several of these projects are highlighted below.
The Sundberg Architectural Initiative (SAI) is a pro bono program within our office, whose mission is to provide architectural design services to under-served communities in order to achieve a positive and lasting social, environmental, and economic impact. Begun by Rick Sundberg, the Initiative collaborates with local community leaders, builders, and sustainability experts as an integral part of the design process, creating beautiful, functional, and resilient structures.
SKL’s master planning department, led by John Kennedy, actively engages with our clients to plan for the long term and to successfully navigate Master Use and HOA approval processes.  We use geographical, topographical, environmental, and historical conditions to let the site guide us, always trying to reduce automobile impacts.