The Felt Hat
Randy Higgins was born on the Mississippi River and raised on the Oregon Coast, in Iowa cornfields and north Texas scrublands. His adult life has been divided equally between Seattle and Portland. In 1987 he began a design mentorship with Larry Rouch in Seattle while simultaneously working his way through his architectural education at the University of Washington. In 1995 he joined Holst Architecture and in 1997 was made partner. He was responsible for a broad range of projects including new facilities for PNCA, OBT and Townhall in Seattle.
In 2001 he left Holst to create edo, an experimental design office whose purpose was to discover practical ways cross-disciplinary criteria could inform architectural design. Projects such as the PNCA exterior, Elizabeth Leach Gallery and the Lumber Room exist as case studies of his efforts.
In 2007 he joined Vizwerks as Creative Director of 3D Design. His cross-disciplinary approach is keenly matched by Vizwerk's brand centric and strategic design. As Creative Director he has been responsible for projects with Mario's, Relish and Game Crazy as well as other national and international retailers.
In addition to practice, he has been a design instructor, lecturer and critic. His built work and critical writings have been published locally and nationally. His work has been critically assessed as the "perfect marriage between blue-sky thinking and mud level constructability."