Strouse Davis Architecture Celebrates First Year After Rebranding

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Seattle, WA based firm KSI Architecture and Planning becomes Strouse Davis Architecture, PS. Sara Strouse Davis, AIA and Kyle Davis, AIA join William Strouse, AIA as partners. Firm celebrates one year since new Partnership and name change. Firm celebrates licensing of Heather Crain, AIA in summer of 2019

After 39 years in the business, Seattle Architect William Strouse, AIA, sole proprietor of KSI Architecture & Planning, welcomed new partners Sara Strouse Davis and Kyle Davis on January 1, 2019. With the new partners came a new name: Strouse Davis Architecture. As we welcome in the new year, the firm celebrates its first official year with new partners, a new name, and a new logo.

Sara and Kyle Davis have been working with Sara’s father, William (Bill) for several years, but the family-run business took to a new level when each of the three took on equal shares of the company with the new partnership. Of the family business, Sara said, “We’re often asked how we manage working so closely together, but I’ve been working side-by-side with my father since I was hired as a youngster to sweep his office and with my husband for our entire professional career, so it feels completely natural.” Sara also mentioned that, though it’s been exciting, the name-change was more challenging than anyone had anticipated. “There are so many small details, so many places the old name shows up, it took the whole first year to make the change, and I’m sure there are still things to do. But it was worth it; KSI no longer stood for who we are.” KSI – short for Kallsen Strouse Ishihara – represents the original partners of the firm, which was founded in 1991. Phil Kallsen left the partnership in the 2009 recession, and Steve Ishihara left Architecture all together in the late 90’s. When Bill Strouse decided to bring his daughter and son-in law in on this family endeavor, they agreed it was time for a name change.

Strouse Davis Architecture is a full-service design firm located in the Industrial District of Sodo. The firm is made up of four registered professionals after celebrating the licensing of Architect Heather Crain, AIA in the summer of 2019. Their window-lined office located in the KR Trigger Building is lit up twice a day by the building’s collection of vintage neon signs that fill the atrium. One of the rebranding items the firm is most excited by is their own neon sign – designed and fabricated by local artists at Noble Neon – which can be seen in the window when driving south on 1st Avenue. The bright neon sign was their first purchase once the new logo was created by Holly Ray of Odd Dog Media.

The firm is excited to see what the coming year brings as they head into their second year with their new name and partnership. To learn more about Strouse Davis Architecture, visit their website at http://www.strousedavisarch.com

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