The Big Small House

Class Description

The increasing cost of housing and the need for dwellings in the low or mid-income population is a major concern in Seattle’s metropolitan area. Whether it is a backyard second space or you are interested in building a separate rental, the need for small housing has been propelled by new designs, growing interest, and new city ordinances. 

In recent years, the City of Seattle has developed and approved codes and regulations for facilitating the construction of attached dwelling units (ADU), and detached dwelling units (DADU). In contrast to other workshops and lectures offered in Seattle and Portland, this course will be focused on how to design an ADU-DADU; the understanding of codes, regulations and the construction process. Classes will include: lectures, slide presentations, a workshop and guest lecturers. 

Whether this course is satisfying continuing education credits for your architectural license, or you are simply ready to take the next step in building an addition or second living space, this course will prepare you for the new changes to build your structure. 

Back to class safely – While we do hope to continue our in-person learning, please note that this learning experience may need to evolve to an online or hybrid learning platform based on the safety regulations and recommendations by the city and state.

Program Continuing Education

Instructor Javier Gómez Alvarez-Tostado


Registration opens on October 15th.

  • Spring: March 25th to May 13th
    • Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Ages 18+

Discipline Interior Architecture

Price $720 for 8 sessions

Dress Requirements

There are no dress requirements for this course.

Location: Main Cornish Campus, 1000 Lenora St, Seattle, WA, 98121

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