Mira Steinbrecher is the registered architect who founded the firm in 1991. Working primarily in the Pacific Northwest, she has designed seaside, mountainside, small town and wilderness homes. Her current work extends into Montana.
Mira has a broad base of knowledge acquired through time and practice. She has decades of experience designing residential projects and consistently delivers inspired ideas that stand the test of time.
As a seminar leader, Mira also teaches generations, new and old alike, about ways to bring a home design to life. Speaking at conferences in both North America and Europe, she keeps a wide network of relationships with industry builders, engineers and designers.
Prior to founding the firm, she served as staff architect for a Canadian log building company with offices near Seattle. There she worked on projects in the U.S., Canada and Southeast Asia. While at Highland Log Builders, she began writing for several international shelter magazines. For Log Home Living, she initiated and wrote the "On Design" column for 8 faithful years. In 2018, Mira revived Log Building News, the professional journal of the ILBA.
Mira holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Texas. She maintains memberships in both the International Log Builders Association (ILBA) and the Timber Framers Guild (TFG). She is active in both.
In an earlier life, Mira worked in the professional theatre as a designer and costume pattern maker. She now hones that skill while making patterns for buildings...
The firm was once known as Jean Steinbrecher Architects. When Mira amended her first name, the business changed its name as well, then added Mira Plans as an alternate DBA.
Karen Connor, architectural consultant, ably assists in the work. Various experienced structural engineers are engaged as needed. The design practice consistently puts together accurate and detailed construction documents ready for bidding, permitting and building completion. Construction phase services are available.
Willow-the-Wonderful-Dog faithfully guards the premises.
Our full-service residential architecture design team is dedicated to creating beautiful homes that serve the individual needs of their owners. Ourdesign portfolio exhibits the diverse residential building styles, types, materials and techniques we use to create one-of-a-kind buildings woven from dreams.
Each structure we design is unique, particularly in the way it responds to its location. We consider local weather patterns, on-the-ground conditions and particular views. We chart the path of the sun throughout the day and through the seasons. Addressing these parameters is our Super Power.
Whether building a cabin, cottage, accessory dwelling, conventional structure or addition, habitable treehouse or retirement dream home, at Architecture, etc., we provide ideas, design services and built projects that are workable, flexible, serviceable, long-lasting and beautiful. That's our job; that's our commitment.
"You designed my favorite place in the world. "
Susan S, Orcas Island WA
"Thank you for your architectural artistry, Mira. We hope to enjoy the fruits of your labor for many years to come!"
Ed C, Seaback WA
"It's ow-r dweam house."
Luke C, 6 years old, Seabeck WA
"My dreamer, my listener, and implementer!... What a joy that I have … in meeting you and experiencing your talent and tolerance! Thank you, Mira. You have given us a dream."
Cheri O, Whidbey Island WA
"Thank you for being the architect on our now 21 year old home... We wouldn't change any design element."
Karen F, Whidbey Island WA
"We find ourselves delighting in our beautiful home and it's surroundings and continue to appreciate your fine work. It has been almost nine years since we have been living here."
Kolin T, North Bend WA
"You did a phenomenal job capturing 'our essence'. It feels welcoming, comfortable and peaceful. Great Work Mira! "
Nancy B, Belfair WA
"I still marvel at your forethought in the design of this house or was it just luck? I do not think so… Good design!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Jim P, Plain WA
"We truly appreciate your role in bringing this glorious home of our dreams to reality.Many, many thanks."
Linda S, Orcas Island WA
"Thanks again for your work on our Whidbey home. We love it dearly…”
Connie B, Whidbey Island WA
"We truly appreciate your role in bringing this glorious home of our dreams to reality. Many, many thanks."
Terri & Alan, Whidbey Island WA
"It has been wonderful working with you. We just love our house...."
Kathryn S, Whidbey Island WA