Aaron Heckman has been designing and remodeling houses for the beautiful Pacific Northwest since 2000. His work is shaped by both personal and professional experiences and he takes great pride in being able to listen to, understand, and empathize with his clients. The design and completion of his own kitchen remodel imprinted in him a profound appreciation of the clients’ perspective.
Aaron’s roots in architecture were established in the south earning his degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville in 1993. During this time he was selected among a group to enhance his knowledge in a program to study abroad in Rome, Italy.
His professional career began with work on Arkansas’ first IMAX Theater as part of the $10 million Aerospace Education Center at Adams Field in Little Rock; continued in Philadelphia working on historical preservation in a city-wide townhouse rehabilitation program; and finally brought him to Seattle where he designed the first residential airplane hangar on Mercer Island among other accomplishments. Aaron’s early work history exposed him to a variety of projects, including commercial, industrial, education and government, but for the past 15 years, he has concentrated his talents on mostly single-family residential.
As Senior Designer at Sturman Architects in Bellevue for over 12 years, he would typically juggle a dozen or so projects in varying stages at a time. In February of 2016 he created HECKMAN Architects. A founding ideal was to keep the practice small with the goal of keeping his hand intimately engaged in the detail and nuance of all of the firm’s projects. He is gifted in planning and coordinating all phases of architectural projects, from conceptualization through final construction. He has also nurtured an ongoing fascination and affection for drawing and painting and often impresses clients in meetings with a quick sketch illustrating concisely their brainstorming of ideas.
Aaron’s background and skills, together with his efficiency and drive to complete projects in a professional and timely manner, have played a major role in his success as an architect.