4D Architects

Awards & Community Service


Peoples' Choice Best Architect in 425 Magazine 2009, 2010
In both 2009 and 2010, 4D Architects was voted the People's Choice for Best Architect by the readers of 425 Magazine in their annual feature "The Best of 425".

Seattle Street of Dreams 4D Architects has participated in the Seattle Street of Dreams since 1985, over the years designing more than 25 of the show homes.  Several of the homes have won multiple awards, including Best in Show, Best Architectural Design, and four regional MAME Gold awards.

Northwest Flower and Garden Show For the 2008 show, Ben Mulder, Principal of 4D Architects, designed and helped construct the ‘Sommarstuga’ (Summer Cottage) structure that was an integral part of the display.  The design team, including many volunteers from 4D Architects, took home Best in Show, the Founder's Cup, Sunset Magazine's Western Living® Award, and a Gold Medal.

John L Scott Quality Street Showcase of Exceptional Homes 2004 "The Master’s Classic” was awarded Best Architectural Design and was published in Custom Builder magazine, January 2007.  "The St. Andrews” was also designed for this showcase.

Best in American Living Award (co-sponsored by Professional Builder magazine and the National Association of Homebuilders) In 2001, “The EastHaven,” designed for the Street of Dreams, received the Platinum award for Best One-of-a-Kind Spec Home – 6,501 Square Feet and Over. In 1989, the Street of Dreams home, "The Paloma," received a Grand Award.

The EastHaven 2001

The Paloma 1989

Community Service

The Gingerbread Village at the Sheraton Seattle - Annual JDRF Fundraiser For decades, the JDRF has been raising money to research cures and improve the lives of those affected by Type 1 Diabetes. Since 1993, the JDRF Northwest Chapter and the Sheraton Seattle Hotel have partnered on a beloved Seattle Holiday tradition, The Gingerbread Village, bringing together local architecture firms with the Sheraton Seattle's amazing culinary team to custom design, bake, and build awe-inspiring gingerbread displays.

4D Architects has had the privilege of participating in this event since 1999. Each year our principals, staff members and their families and friends, volunteer hundreds of hours to design and construct these elaborate gingerbread structures, while having lots of fun and making a contribution to this very worthwhile cause. We are proud to have been honored 4 times with the coveted People's Choice Award for our "Everyone is a Super Hero" city (2008), for our "Flinder Street Station" (2011), for our "Christmas in the Northwest" city (2014), and for our "Episode IV: A New Hope" (2015).

Click image for a full-size gallery of Gingerbread Creations

Click image for a full-size gallery of Gingerbread Creations

Expanding Your Horizons – Career Guidance Workshops for Girls Expanding Your Horizons in Science and Mathematics™ conferences nurture girls' interest in science and math courses to encourage them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering, and math.  As volunteers, Barbara and other staff members have led these one-day workshops for more than 15 years.