Urban Design

RYD urban design practice focuses on place-making with the intention to create inspiring environments. With a clear understanding of municipal land use planning and transportation policies, building design, landscape architecture, civil engineering, development economics, and environmental stewardship, RYD has been employed to develop specific area plans, downtown revitalization strategies, neighborhood plans, corridor design strategies, Transit Oriented Design (TOD), and to conduct public workshops and charrettes.

Bridging the gap between planning and architecture, RYD has worked with both the public and private sectors in a multi-disciplinary approach in creating a strong sense of place.  RYD uses the best practices of place-making including complete streets and the principles of sustainable urban design integral to the process from concept development through to implementation.

Master Planning

Master planning involves a variety of tasks from visioning and strategic planning to design development. Emphasizing a multi-disciplinary approach, RYD often works with other land-use planners, architects, economists and market analysts, transportation planners, amongst others.

Past projects involve large and small-scale land and site planning for residential, mixed-use districts, commercial office and industrial parks.  From conceptual diagrams through detailed illustrative plans for land use studies, development plans and design presentation RYD can provide a full range of master planning services.  

The strength of RYD lies in methodically understanding the municipal regulations and plans while working with the existing policies to develop master plans that are sensitive to existing conditions, imaginative and practical.  

Building Design

With a Master of Architecture degree, years working with and for architects in Seattle and Portland, and a clear understanding of building codes and ordinances, RYD is prepared to explore building design at certain scales. Residential, small-scale commercial and office, retail tenant improvements, building feasibility studies and façade improvements are all within the scope of services provided by RYD.  From schematic design through design development (in certain instances, contract documents) and project presentation, RYD has the experience, knowledge and skill to provide you with a level of service that will assure a successful project.   


“Selling the sizzle” is often used when referring to project illustrations.  RYD is experienced and skilled in a variety of illustration types in different mediums providing services from concept illustrations and progress diagrams through presentation graphics and renderings.  From eye-level perspectives to birds-eye views of your project, RYD will provide the appropriate illustration or graphic for your needs at every stage of your project.