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Terry Phelan

Founder and Principal Architect

Terry was born and raised in Washington, and has lived and worked on projects in both sides of the state. Never being one to take the most traveled path, she apprenticed for many years rather than going the college route, before taking the licensing exams to become a registered architect. Her awards and recognition vary from Street of Dreams homes in the 1980’s to the ecological design and business practices that have characterized our work since 1992.

Terry established Living Shelter with education as an important part of our mission. To this end she created and recorded over 80 interview format podcasts that are available for download on our companion website, The Eco-Logical Home.

Terry is passionate about having healthy and joyful elements in her personal life as well. She lives with her husband and dog in historic Old Town Issaquah, and enjoys spending time in her garden growing food, cooking for small and large groups, bicycling around town for errands, and finding solace in the deep woods of the Cascade and Olympic mountains.