About Alan Ness
Architect and Principal, Ten Directions Design
I founded Ten Directions Design in Seattle in 1990. During the previous twelve years I worked with major architectural firms across the United States.
Registered in the State of Washington, #10449.
Boston Architectural College, Boston, MA. Bachelor of Architecture, 1982.
Hampshire College, Amherst, MA. Bachelor of Arts, 1975.
AWARDS AND PUBLICATIONS
NWEBG Green Home Tour, New House in Shoreline, April 2012
NW Eco-Building Guild 10x10x10 Green Design Alternate, September 2008.
PNA Home Tour, second-story addition and interior renovation, May 2008.
Parent Map, quoted in The Joy of Cozy by Fiona Cohen, July 2007.
NW Eco-Building Guild 10x10x10 Green Design Award, September 2005.
MEMBERSHIP AND VOLUNTEER
Northwest Eco-Building Guild Member since 1994.
United Way: MAP (Management Assistance Program)
Food Bank, Tahoma Coordinating Council, Maple Valley, WA.
Food Bank, Jewish Family Services, Seattle, WA.
Design Consult, Multi-Faith Works, Seattle, WA.
Design Consult, Habitat for Humanity, Seattle, WA.
TEACHING AND OUTREACH
Phinney Ridge Well Home Program, Design and Remodel of Second Story Additions, Dormers and Attic Conversions, since 2007.
Phinney Ridge Well Home Program, Design and Remodel of Basements, since 2005.
Phinney Ridge Well Home Program, The Design Process, 1991 - 2005.
KUOW: Weekday, Not So Big House discussion, 2002.
UW Experimental College, Move or Remodel, (co-taught w/Realtor) 1995-1996.
Home Business Network, Improving Your Home Office, 1991.
Retirement Housing Fair, Adapting Your Present Home, 1991.
Continuing Education Units per State Requirements, since February 2012.
Sustainable Material Rating - PHAROS, August 2008.
Developments in Lighting Design, December 2007.
Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems, September 2006.
Solutions for Wood in Green Building, March 2006.
Improving Indoor Air Quality, February 2006.
It's Not Easy Being Green: Green Building Retrofit, February 2006.
Build Green Conference, October 2003.
Mold and Moisture in Buildings, November 2002.
Green World Conference, May 2001.
Healthy House Training, American Lung Association, April 2000.
Sustainable Building NW Conference, October 1997.
Building with Value Workshop, October 1996.
Earthquake Hazards Class, Historic Seattle, October 1995.
Eco-Building Guild Topic Meetings, since 1995.
Lighting Design Lab Classes, since 1992.
Indoor Air Quality Seminar, Healthy Building Associates, March 1992.
Coordinating the Building Process, Harvard University Special Programs, 1983.
I have many sources of inspiration as a designer. My early studies in Environmental Psychology were an attempt to understand the relationship between people and their environment. This led to Architecture School, where I encountered fundamental lessons about working in space with three-dimensional reality. It was only after my initial professional training that I encountered the deeply-thought and yet practical advice of the "Pattern Language" approach. Finally, working with Contemplative Design taught me further harmonizing of the patterns and styles of our life.