Great design starts with great conversations. Communication guides everything we do at Ripple Design Studio. Getting to know our clients—their dreams, passions and goals—is where it all begins. Just like our homes, we build our relationships with great thought, care, respect and a sense of fun. And while every design is unique, they share the same qualities: elegant yet approachable, lovely yet livable, innovative yet timeless.

Meet the Team

Jim Dearth

Jim Dearth AIA


A Pacific Northwest native, Jim has lived and worked in London, Paris and beyond, bringing a European sensibility to his designs. He’s known for his friendly, down-to-earth personality as much as his problem-solving skills. Jim loves a good challenge, believing the most complex sites often lead to the richest solutions. As a LEED Accredited Professional who earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Colorado, he strives for design that lives in harmony with the environment. Jim founded Ripple Design Studio in 2005.

Jeffrey Almeter

Jeffrey Almeter AIA


Jeff enjoys all phases of the design and construction process (he did framing, drywall and painting back in the day). As our go-to technical expert, he directs the firm’s virtual reality experiences for clients. Jeff earned his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Syracuse University before making his way to Seattle and Ripple Design Studio in 2014.



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