Site is real – it’s within each of us and it’s where dreams, budget, location, program, material, design, engineering, construction, and operations come together to form an overlapping context of limit conditions composing multiple metabolic finished states typically greater than the sum of their parts, and always somewhat divergent from their intended goals.

Trained as a sculptor and an architect, I’ve worked in design and construction for roughly 20 years – methodically developing my technical expertise across materials systems, physical scales, and knowledge domains. Approximately 15 years ago, I decidedly transitioned from the world of large-scale sculpture fabrication to building design and construction – in order to help address growing, urgent sustainability concerns. My intent was, and still is, to exert the research-driven technical approach to making learned in the art world on the design and delivery of buildings – in order to harness process opportunities to realize improved end results. Since then, I’ve moved through specialty and traditional commercial and residential project types, successfully delivering a diverse range of projects from publicly-funded next-generation sustainable building technology, to bespoke residences, to mid-rise mixed-use multifamily. Along the way, I’ve started and run multiple currently-operating small businesses, including an integrated design-build company specializing in BIM-driven prefabricated facades, achieved various professional certifications, and been lucky enough to participate in internationally-recognized projects.

I continue to believe that it’s our job to build a better tomorrow – an inspiring, shared, and sustainable public commons. And I continue to employ my unique blend of technical skills to achieve such ends.

This website is a catalogue of my work.

Thanks for visiting.

seth wiley
pretty things, llc