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Winter 2019

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BY JAMES SLONE CONTENT SPECIALIST MBAKS To celebrate 110 years of MBAKS history, we're spotlighting the long-serving members who have helped make the association what it is today. G elotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture has dedicated more than three decades to the artistry and craft of custom home design Founded by Curtis Gelotte as Curtis Gelotte Architects in 1983, the firm was initially focused on designing spec homes for local builders and developers but has since expanded into every aspect of custom home design and construction Curtis Gelotte was born and raised in Juneau, Alaska and earned a degree in architecture from the University of Gelotte Hommas Drivdahl Architecture A TRADITION OF EXCELLENCE Washington before establishing the firm in his garage Right from the start, Gelotte's work was heralded by his peers and was awarded his first of many Major Achievements in Marketing and Excellence (MAME) awards from MBAKS in 1985 The firm quickly outgrew Gelotte's garage and moved to the Chaffey Building in downtown Kirkland Initially the only principal, Gelotte assembled a team of talented residential designers dedicated to art through architecture over subsequent years PHOTO: JOHN GRANEN PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO: JOHN GRANEN PHOTOGRAPHY PHOTO: BENJAMIN BENSCHNEIDER 45 WINTER 2019 master builder membership value

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