WT in search of talented Landscape Architect

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Weber Thompson, an award winning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and community/urban design firm has an opening on our landscape architecture team. Our projects are complex and you will work hard – but you will be alongside a great group of people who prioritize collaboration and humor in their day-to-day work. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle.

Our office is a friendly and low-key, yet deadline-driven, environment with minimal egos, and we’re looking for a new Landscape Architect / Designer to join our team.

If you have a Bachelor or Master degree in Landscape Architecture and 5+ years of experience, preferably in a landscape/architecture office setting working on urban multifamily and commercial development projects, we want to meet you! You must have broad technical knowledge of design development, construction documentation, specifications and field experience as well as a comprehensive understanding of plant materials, horticultural best practices and efficient planting plan production. Excellent computer graphics and rendering skills including SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as proficiency in AutoCAD are necessary.

If you believe you or someone you know might qualify for this position, head over to our careers page to learn more.

 



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Healthy Materials for a Better World

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It’s amazing what humans can achieve when we are faced with a dilemma. Our current environmental predicament has sparked a surge of creativity from designers leading the way to a brighter, more sustainable tomorrow. I’ve been tremendously inspired by the groundbreaking standards put forth by the Living Future Institute, and was excited to attend the Living Product Healthy Materials Summit at the 2016 ILFI unConference.

When I attended the Living Future Conference a few years back, there was a lot of discussion about how difficult it would be to actually meet the Living Building Challenge (LBC). Some felt that it was something they may never be able to achieve. Incredibly, what seemed so difficult to achieve a few years ago has become a new standard in sustainability.

A wide variety of industry professionals presented on how they are implementing the LBC, and using the Declare label to show transparency. With manufacturers and specifiers working together, real change is happening. A presentation on the Healthy Materials Collaborative shed light on the local group of architects and designers working to advocate for healthy building products.

Weber Thompson has been part of the Healthy Materials Collaborative (HMC) since its recent founding. Through the HMC, Weber Thompson has been able to further our sustainability goals and break down barriers to healthy, sustainable buildings. Our tremendous experience with LEED, Built Green, as well as current LBC and Passive House projects is helpful to other HMC members trying to achieve these rigorous building standards.

This year, we are combing through our entire materials library, to make it easier for our designers and architects to specify healthy materials. We are asking manufacturers to show transparency with their products so that we can make informed design decisions. We are also asking manufacturers to label their products with sustainability information so we can easily see which products meet green building standards. Continue reading



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WT Food Frenzy: Office Happy Hour

On July 8th, Weber Thompson began participating in Food Frenzy, a friendly competition to raise money for Food Lifeline. The competition engages employees of local businesses to volunteer, raise funds or collect food to do their part in helping to end hunger. Food Frenzy runs through next Friday, July 22nd, and Weber Thompson has committed to raising at least $1,000 in support of the effort.

On Thursday, July 14th, Weber Thompson turned the outdoor courtyard into a carnival-themed happy hour. Employees were encouraged to help raise money by buying raffle tickets, cocktails, snacks and by playing carnival-themed games.

The office annex was host to the happy hour bar and raffle ticket table. The bar featured a selection of snacks, delicious cocktails and boozy SnoCups that brightened everyone’s Thursday afternoon. The mango-coconut rum SnoCup was an overwhelming crowd favorite. There was also a wide variety of raffle prizes to choose from, including gift cards donated by local businesses, bottles of wine, employee parking spots and a one-hour personal photo session, to name a few. Continue reading



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WT Wheelies Raise $900 for Bikeworks

Weber Thompson has always been interested in helping the environment. For the 4th year in a row, we have taken on the bike month challenge in an effort to reduce the use of cars and encourage healthy living. In previous years we’ve competed against each other in teams. The competitive nature drove us to team costumes and dance exhibitions so we could taunt our co-workers and spur ourselves on to ride more miles than the others.

This year we pulled together as a firm and formed a single team: The WT Wheelies. Our team consisted of 25 participants who rode from as close as 1 mile away to as far as 8 miles away with our farthest teammate riding 378 miles in the month. The team rode over 2600 miles, avoided 2350 pounds of CO2 and burned 131,000 calories! Along the way, we had team outings for happy hours and lunch tours, in which we toured various WT projects, both finished and under construction.

Why, if not to compete with each other, would we work so hard? For the KIDS! Continue reading



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Meet the Staff: Bernadette Rubio

Bernadette Rubio photoBernadette Rubio, NCIDQ, LEED AP recently took the helm as Weber Thompson’s Interior Design Principal. Learn more about her background and inspirations in this Q & A.

 

 

 

 

What is your Name & Title/Role? Bernadette Rubio, Interior Design Principal

You were just promoted! What about this new role excites you the most?

I’ve been with WT for almost four years and have been part of an incredible group of designers. Carrie Smith has been instrumental in making that happen and I learned a lot from working alongside her. What I’m really excited about is building upon that success, taking the WTid team to the next level and helping each of our team members flourish as designers.

What has been your favorite project?

My favorite project is a tossup between 4730 California Apartments in West Seattle and Pike Motorworks in the Capitol Hill neighborhood. Both projects were urban infill projects developed by The Wolff Company. Each project design was inspired by the uniqueness of their respective neighborhoods.

These projects were successful because the entire design team, especially the client, stayed true to the concept and were committed to executing the design throughout the process. It’s a testament to a great client/designer/contractor team relationship. Continue reading



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Industrial Design student show a huge hit

Last week, several dozen third-year industrial design students from the University of Washington, Western Washington University, and the Art Institute of Seattle descended on our office space to transform our office lobby, conference rooms and common areas into a pop-up gallery. The occasion was the end-of-year showcase of Junior Students’ industrial designs, and the second year in a row they used our office for this purpose.

As a firm offering integrated services – that is, landscape, interior design and architecture – we believe that spending time with other designers and artists is a form of creative cross-pollination. It pushes the boundaries of design and keeps our wheels turning. This event offered us the opportunity to observe young minds at work. We hope the students gained something by showing their work in the office of a firm offering creative services.

Student work ran the gamut – from doormats made from cut-up garden hoses to drones designed to deliver first aid supplies to remote villages in need of humanitarian aid. The exhibit was hosted by the Northwest Chapter of IDSA – the Industrial Design Society of America – but was coordinated almost entirely by the students themselves. The show was held at our offices because it provided a neutral location where students from all schools could display their work and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family. It also offered them a chance to think creatively about space planning and exhibit design, and the challenges of setting up a gallery in a working office space. Continue reading



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Arcade Issue 34.1 Launch Party: Reflections on Influence

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Arcade Magazine is one of our region’s finest publications about architecture, design and culture. Each issue is filled with inspiring stories and essays, and it’s always a delight to leaf through the uncoated pages.

On May 26th, the magazine will release their newest issue, Reflections on Influence. We are pleased to be an event sponsor of this community gathering, which will take place at Pike Motorworks, in the future home of Redhook Brewery’s first Capitol Hill location.

We hope you will join us as we make a toast to independent journalism, design, influence and community. Continue reading



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WT Wheelies Bike Everywhere in May

It’s May! The April showers are gone, it’s starting to feel like summer, and that means … Bike Everywhere month!

2016_Bike_Everywhere_logoThis year WT has assembled a team of 22 riders to participate in the Cascade Bicycle Club’s Bike Everywhere Challenge.  Our goal: raise money for Bike Works, a local non-profit whose mission is to build sustainable communities by educating youth and promoting bicycling. Through their repair and re-cycle shop in
Columbia City, they teach kids (and adults) about bicycle assembly, maintenance, and safety. In addition to the health benefits, their programs establish a community centered around the freedom and sustainability of bicycling. Weber Thompson is hoping to raise $1,000 in donations, so even that 1¢ per mile pledge can add up fast! Although commuting is a large percentage of this mileage, we believe fun rides and trips to the supermarket are equally important to reduce our carbon footprint, so we are counting every mile toward this goal.

In addition to this charitable goal, we always try to address another goal: having fun! We are planning a number of office rides, for lunch, happy hour, and even a tour to check out some of our WT projects (they are popping up everywhere, from LUMA on First Hill, to the Fremont Office Building in … wait for it … Fremont, to Evergreen Park, out in Bellevue!). Add in the other great events associated with Bike Everywhere Month and it’s going to be a fun month of May!

So if you have your own team and want to compete with the “Weber Thompson Wheelies,” or if you like Bike Works and want to participate in our fund raising challenge, join us—get out and ride!

 



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Meet the Staff: Jeanna Stone

Jeanna Stone Marketing InternFor the last few months, the Weber Thompson marketing department has benefitted from the assistance of Marketing Intern Jeanna Stone. Jeanna has penned articles for the blog, submitted award entries, posted to social media (check out our Instagram account if you haven’t seen it lately) and most excitingly, has infused the WT Intranet redesign effort with a fresh burst of energy. Next week, Jeanna will begin a new chapter as a full-time A/E/C marketer at Callison. We will miss her greatly but wish her the best of luck in her next adventure.

Jeanna Stone, Marketing Intern

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson and what is your favorite thing about working here?

I’ve been at WT for almost five months, and by far my favorite thing has been the people. The environment is quirky and relaxed, the people are hilarious and hardworking, and we know how to throw an excellent party.

What project(s) are you working on at the moment?

The biggest project I’m working on now is setting up WT with an intranet that is user friendly, readily accessible, and provides employees with all the information that they need on and off site. Continue reading



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HEADLINES and the Value of Design Dialogue

I’ve been a member of the Architecture Professionals Advisory Council (UW Arch PAC) at the University of Washington since 2008 and am the current chair of the committee that organizes and supports the annual spring exhibit HEADLINES: Architecture Looking Ahead. This exhibit highlights emerging architectural projects from Washington practitioners and is a preview of the ideas, process and evolution of the upcoming work that will shape our future built environment. An overview of the design innovation and influence of local practitioners both large and small, HEADLINES offers an exciting preview of projects to be built regionally, nationally and globally. The exhibit will travel to Pacific Northwest schools and institutions throughout the year. Continue reading



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