We are a mission-driven, design-first firm, committed to delivering the highest caliber work with the smartest, nicest and most collaborative teams in the profession. Our practice is founded on a process of listening. Listening to our clients, communities, environment, partners, and teams – it’s in our DNA.
Omer Mithun, a beloved professor at the University of Washington, founded the practice in 1949, and grew the firm with award-winning work throughout the Pacific Northwest. While Omer passed away in the early 1980’s, his legacy and ethos live on not just in the firm name, but in our steadfast commitment to education, environment, urbanism, integrated design and civic engagement.
In the 1990s, the practice took a strong leadership role in the emerging sustainable design movement. With cutting-edge project work, investments in research and development, and a curious and innovative spirit, Mithun continues to be recognized as one of the seminal national thought leaders in this area.
In the 2000’s, as the firm’s reputation continued to grow, our work quickly expanded up and down the west coast and to a national scale with significant commissions across the country. Mithun opened a San Francisco office in 2008, and in 2013 merged with the award-winning design firm, Daniel Solomon Design Partners. The San Francisco office quickly grew with new work, and the development of an integrated team of architects, landscape architects, interior designers, urban designers and planners.
Today, our “one office, two doors” spirit is held by more than 120 professionals, each of whom is inspired and empowered to realize our mission of “Design for Positive Change.” We are deeply grateful for the visionary leaders who helped build and evolve our firm, and hold a tremendous spirit of optimism and promise for our collective future.