History and Background

Howard Cherrington, AIBD-CPBD is the President and design principal at Integrated Design Concepts, Inc. Howard studied architecture at Ohio State University in the mid- 60's and began his career in 1969 working for consulting engineers in Ohio and California. In 1972, Howard started a design/build business in Berkeley, Ca, developing  plans and building office and residential remodels and additions, including designing and building cabinetry, doors and windows and custom furniture.

Upon moving to the Methow Valley in 1976, Howard worked for two years as a sawyer at the Second Mile Sawmill while establishing a connection to the community. In the fall of1977, Howard apprenticed under Jim Gerlach, a transplanted California architect who had studied under Bruce Goff, an advocate of organic architecture. Howard worked with Jim as an architectural draftsman and collaborator while establishing his own design/build business, Integrated Design Concepts.

Howard designed and built his first passive solar, earth sheltered log residence in the Methow Valley in 1979. Howard continued his independent studies in passive solar and earth sheltered concepts and energy efficient designs while continuing to design and build stick frame and log homes and additions in the Valley. In the late 80's, Howard began working in association with Ark II Log Homes of Twisp, Wa. developing designs and construction documents for log and timber frame homes built throughout the Northwest and for export to Japan. In 1992, having designed and built 15 homes and several additions, plus designing  a number of homes built by other contractors, Howard retired from construction to devote his energy to full time residential and commercial building design. Howard has continued to develop his understanding of energy efficient and sustainable design concepts while working with hundreds of individual clients to develop designs and construction documents for both residential and commercial projects in the Methow Valley and throughout the Northwest.