Living Shelter Architects offers innovative design solutions for healthy and resilient homes, businesses, and organizations, with the goal of positively impacting our community and our planet. We strive to make sustainable design affordable and accessible.

Our firm’s name is a nod to the many ways in which shelter intersects with life. Shelter provides us with comfort and refuge, and supports our daily needs. Shelter itself is not static – it evolves over time in appearance and function as our needs and preferences change. Shelter can incorporate natural resources and materials into our everyday environment and enhance health and well-being.

Meet the team


Terry Phelan

Founder & Principal Architect
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Roy Stark McGarrah

Project Designer
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D. Troy Howe

Project Architect
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Lia Sommer

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If you’re looking for access to sustainable products and integrated design services, visit Yakima’s Leading Force Energy and Design Center, a Central Washington community resource for experts and novices alike. 

We recommend free podcast downloads available through our companion website, The Eco-Logical Home.

As building science continues to evolve, we stay on the leading edge of new sustainable design techniques, strategies, and materials through active memberships in organization such as:

Northwest EcoBuilding Guild
International Living Future Institute,
Built Green