Webster Wilson was born and raised in West Cornwall, Connecticut. While at the University of Vermont (B.A. 1994), Wilson was active in the arts and pursued various media and exhibited in several shows. Wilson moved west in 1995 to pursue a career in architecture in the Northwest. At the University of Washington (Master of Architecture, 1999) he was active as a graduate student assistant in the woodshop and developed an interest in materials, assemblies and an attention to detail. After studying wood construction in Finland as a Valle Scholar, Wilson returned to actualize his first building: a Finnish sauna, that he both designed and built as his master's thesis.

Wilson has worked at award-winning architecture firms in Connecticut, Paris, France, Seattle, and New York. His sauna received a Wood Design Award in 2004 and has been published in the Wood Design & Building 2004 Awards Book, Dwell Magazine, Sunset Magazine and Fine Homebuilding. He founded his own practice in 2007 with the completion of residences in Portland, OR, Kona, Hawaii, and in Vermont.

Wilson's design philosophy is rooted in a regionalist approach, where vernacular traditions and materials are fused with a modernist sensibility of space and light. He endeavors to create well-crafted buildings that live in their site and region, celebrate the materials from which they are made, but are not parochial in vision. It is at the confluence of low-tech and high-tech, that he attempts to forge a path toward a timeless and authentic architecture.

Webster Wilson is a member of the American Institute of Architects, is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, is currently licensed in Oregon and Washington State.


Principal Architect
Webster Wilson Architect
1001 SE Water Avenue, Suite 230
Portland, OR 97214


University of Washington
Seattle, Washington
Master of Architecture

Aalto University
Helsinki, Finland
Visiting Valle Scholar

University of Washington Rome Center
Palazzo Pio, Rome, Italy
Architecture in Rome Program

University of Vermont
Burlington, Vermont
Bachelor of Arts


Webster Wilson Architect
Portland, Oregon
Principal Architect
2007 - Present

Webster Wilson Design
New York, New York
Freelance Designer
2005 - 2007

Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership
New York, New York
Project Manager

Cutler Anderson Architects
Bainbridge Island, Washington
Project Manager
2002 - 2004

Prentiss Architects
Seattle, Washington
Project Manager
1999 - 2001

Gordon Walker Architecture
Seattle, Washington
Architectural Intern

Cabinet Grandval
Paris, France
Architectural Intern

Jackson / Page Architects
Guilford, Connecticut
Architectural Intern


Atomic Ranch Magazine
Missoula Remodel published in Spring 2012 issue

Wood Design & Building
Mt. Tabor Residence published in Spring 2009 issue

The Cedar Book
Finnish Sauna published in 2007 book

Wood Design Award 2004
Finnish Sauna received Citation and published in 2004 book

Fine Homebuilding
Finnish Sauna published in January 2003 issue

Dwell Magazine
Finnish Sauna published in August 2002 issue

Sunset Magazine
Mt. Tabor Residence published in August 2011 issue
Finnish Sauna published in July 2002 issue
Finnish Sauna published in Best of Sunset 2003 issue

Valle Scholarship 1998
Helsinki, Finland
Advisors: Phil Jacobson / Tuomo Siitonen