Christopher Rost, AIA, B. Arch.



With over 30 years in the building industry, Chris has been involved in a wide variety of building types including hotels, multi-family, mixed-use, libraries, banks, office buildings and custom homes.

In 2001, after 6 months in the South Pacific working as volunteers, Chris and his family moved to Southern California where he worked as a senior design associate with a firm in Newport Beach, CA.  In 2006, they relocated to beautiful Orcas Island and founded Studio 29.

His work has been featured in local and national publications as well as the Home and Garden Television Network.  His work has also garnered recognition from building industry organizations including “Best Home of the Year” from the Major Achievement in Marketing Excellence (MAME) group.


Bachelor or Architecture (five year accredited degree).  University of Idaho, 1989

 Professional Affiliations

1993-Current     Licensed Architect – Washington State

1993-Current     American Institute of Architects

2006-Current    Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce

2006                 Orcas Center, board of directors


Carol J. Rost, M. Ed.

Principal/Project Manager

After teaching for ten years in a variety of elementary and middle school science positions, Carol founded Studio 29 with her husband in 2006.  Prior to moving to Orcas Island, Carol worked as the science coordinator for the Irvine California School District.  Carol’s classroom, parent and staff management skills are an invaluable asset to Studio 29’s daily operations.

Her responsibilities include office and project management, zoning and building code research and consultant and permit coordination.


Masters of Education (emphasis on primary and special education).  University of Washington, 1996

Bachelors of Science, Forestry (emphasis in outdoor education).  University of Washington, 1990

University of Washington women’s Pac 10 champion basketball team (full scholarship).  1986-90

Professional Associations

1995-Current     Teacher’s Certificate

2006-Current    Orcas Island Chamber of Commerce