Michael Eliason is the design czar and blogmaster general for bfc. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech in 2005. Prior to graduating, he worked on several projects and competitions utilizing low tech strategies to passively heat and cool buildings with Pfeifer_Roser_Kuhn Architekten in Freiburg, Germany. He has lived in Seattle since 2005, working on a variety of institutional projects and modern residences with Tyler Engle Architects, Miller Hayashi Architects and Mahlum. Michael has served as the Events co-Chair for Passive House Northwest, and is a volunteer Project Manager with Architects Without Borders, where he co-designed a school in Guatemala and is a Project Manager for a biogas digester at Mount Everest Base Camp. He is a LEED Accredited Professional and Certified Passivhaus Consultant [through both PHIUS and the PHI]. Michael lives in the Center of the Universe [Fremont] with his wife, daughter and betsy, our office mascot.
Aaron Yankauskas is the high chancellor of building practices and THERMinator for bfc. While at Virginia Tech, he worked for Chestnutt_Niess Architekten in Berlin, collaborating on several competitions and a library in Wildau. Afterwards, he worked for Techler Design Group in Boston for three and a half years on a number of modern residential remodels, renovations and ground-up projects including a renovation and restoration of The Architects’ Collaborative’s Norman Fletcher House at Six Moon Hill. After designing a brownstone renovation in Boston’s historic South End, he was invited by the general contractor to work on the construction side of the job. Having spent a fair amount of time building cabinetry, working on small projects, as well as a rammed earth house in school, Aaron gladly accepted. Upon completion of the renovation, Aaron moved to Seattle to initiate brute force collaborative with Michael as a Passivhaus design and consultancy.