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Profile of the American architecture firm PIQUE, led by Peter Jahnke, Eric Meglasson and Keith Ballantyne.

Profile of PIQUE

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[L-R] Peter Jahnke, Eric Meglasson and Keith Ballantyne


Peter Jahnke (1978), Eric Meglasson (1971) and Keith Ballantyne (1965)


PIQUE is a collaborative design studio dedicated to delivering inventive and meaningful art and architectural projects steeped in the specificity of the program, site and ambitions of the client. Just as the word pique means to stimulate or capture one's attention, our carefully considered designs excite awareness in the observer of the object and environment they are engaging in. Fundamental to our approach to design is a process that is built on thorough analysis of site, systems, actions and intent, which involves rigorous data gathering and mapping of findings to clearly illustrate our understanding of the task at hand and provide a substantive foundation to build on. Working within project parameters, we design systems that highlight and enunciate phenomena that exist in the place.


  • Founded: 2005
  • Offices: 3
  • Design team: 3

Key projects

  • High Desert Pavilion, Single family house, Bend, OR, USA, 2008
  • Vertical Patio, Back yard renovation, Seattle, WA, USA, 2007
  • Kenneally House, Single family house, Bend, OR, USA, 2009
  • Whitten Residence, Single family house, Tumalo, OR, USA, 2009
  • Riedel Research Office and Guest house, Greenbrae, CA, USA, 2008
  • Columbarium - Flesh to Spirit, Columbarium proposal, USA, 2005
  • Under the Bridge, Interpretive learning structure/park, Seattle, WA, USA, 2007
  • STRAUCHAUS, Single family residence, Bend, OR, USA, 2008
  • Fragranza Perfume Shop, Commercial interior, Portland, OR, USA, 2006
  • 1345 Lexington Ave, Single family residence, Bend, OR, USA, 2005

Key publications

  • Seattle Magazine, Top 50 Architects in the Northwest, January, 2009
  • Pacific Northwest Magazine, Pivotal Functions, May, 2008
  • Chalets & Maisons Bois (France), Patio Vertical, August, 2008
  • Wood Design Awards 2007, Vertical Patio, January, 2008
  •, High Desert Pavilion, February, 2008
  • Attitude Magazine (Portugal), Tumalo House, July, 2007
  • Architectural Record - Arch2 feature, April, 2007
  • Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, Flip Side, May, 2007
  • Bend Living Magazine, High Desert Pavilion, June, 2007
  • Metropolis Magazine, Acts of Remembrance, September, 2005

Key awards

  • New Edge/New Blood Exhibit - 12 Firms Changing the Future of Seattle Architecture, AIA Seattle, 2008
  • Top 50 Architects of the Northwest, Seattle Magazine, 2009
  • Wood Design Award, Canadian Wood Council, 2007
  • Northwest Design Award, Seattle Design Center, 2007
  • Boston Society of Architects, Unbuilt Architecture Award, 2005
  • Next Generation Finalist, Metropolis Magazine, 2005
  • Boston Society of Architects, Design Citation, Boston Society of Architects, 2004
  • Jury Selection, Groen Hoek Boathouse Design Competition, AIA NY Emerging Architects, 2004
  • Second Place, Subversive Insertions Design Competition, USA Institute International, 2000

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