Meet the Staff: Aaron Swain

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Aaron Swain was recently promoted to Associate at Weber Thompson. He is a Project Architect and frequently pens posts for the WT blog. In addition to the interview below, you can learn more about him by perusing some of the articles written by or about him here

 

 

Aaron Swain, RA, Leed Green Associate, Associate, Project Architect

Did we mention he’s our resident Brewmaster?

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

Three and a half years.  I’ve held many different jobs in my life and my credo has always been “you can do anything, as long as you enjoy the people you do it with.”  The people at WT are the best.

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

I’m currently finishing out the construction phase of Pike Motorworks—the Certificate of Occupancy is imminent! I’m also assisting with detailing for the mid-rise portion of the 425 Fairview project for Greystar. Additionally, I’m helping kick off a deep green boutique apartment project in the heart of Capitol Hill.

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Meet the Staff: Brian Steinburg

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Last week, Weber Thompson announced the promotion of two new Principals and five new Associates. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll be introducing you to all of these outstanding individuals.This week, meet Brian Steinburg, a Senior Project Manager in Weber Thompson’s High-Rise Design Studio. 

 

 

Brian Steinburg, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal
Sr. Project Manager

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

I was hired in 2000, so 15 years. The best thing about working at Weber Thompson is the people. I work with some of the most talented, hard working people in Seattle. It truly has a family feel within the office. This is no mistake, because the firm leadership has crafted this culture from the start.

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

970 Denny, a 400’ residential tower in South Lake Union. Aside from being the Sr. Project Manager for the project, I’m doing a lot of the detailing, which I haven’t done for a while. It’s a refreshing change to be working at that scale again.

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Project Update: Radius SLU

At SLU’s newest residential building, workers are installing the last few finishing touches. The project officially receives it’s certificate of occupancy this week.

Congratulations to the project owner GreystarRadius SLU boasts some of the best lake views to be found, great units with lots of natural light, and some pretty stellar amenity spaces. Weber Thompson’s mid-rise, landscape architecture, and interior design studios enjoyed collaborating with one another on this project. Because of this cohesion – the theme ‘Radius’ can be spotted throughout.

Take a quick peek around, but also stay tuned for final photography in the coming weeks. You can also learn a little more on the Radius website. Continue reading



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WT promotes two new Principals and five New Associates

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It is our honor to announce the promotion of two new Principals and five new Associates. These individuals, from a wide variety of areas of our office, have contributed their skills to Weber Thompson through stellar work on projects, our greater firm and the community. Please join us in congratulating them!

Myer Harrell AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Homes
Principal, Director of Sustainability

It is hard to exist in Seattle’s architecture and sustainability community and not know Myer. As WT’s Director of Sustainability, Myer is a passionate advocate for green buildings and design at Weber Thompson and throughout the community. Named the 2011 AIA Seattle Young Architect, he currently serves on the Greenbuild Program Working Group and has co-instructed architecture studios at the UW’s College of Built Environments. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Cascadia Green Building council. At WT, Myer leads the firm’s internal sustainability team and is currently managing a deep green commercial office building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood that will be the future home of Tableau software.

Brian Steinburg AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Principal

If you have been in, on or around one of our high rises, most likely you are seeing Brian’s superior management skills at work. Brian started at Weber Thompson in 2000 diligently working on Cristalla, WT’s first Seattle high rise. Since then he has managed some of Seattle’s most recognizable residential towers – Fifteen Twenty-One Second Avenue, Premiere on Pine, Cirrus and most recently, the soon to rise 970 Denny. In the community Brian’s attention has focused on the waterfront through his work with Action: Better City, and his tenure serving as the Waterfront Chair representing Allied Arts as a member of the Central Waterfront Committee.

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Weber Thompson Interior Design named one of top 100 residential design firms

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Each year, Interior Design magazine, one of the most respected periodicals in the industry, collects and curates data to form clear pictures of business trends in interior design across multiple sectors.

Last summer, Weber Thompson’s Interior Design studio was invited to respond to a first-ever survey of single- and multi-family residential interior designers. The invitation in and of itself was good news: multi-family residential design is finally getting the attention – and respect – that it deserves. 

When the fall special issue print edition of “Homes” arrived with the results of the survey, we were delighted to find our firm included among the list of the top 100 residential interior design leaders in the U.S.

We had a big year in 2015: our team of 12 interior designers completed or began designing over 3,500 residential units in Washington, Colorado and Nevada, totaling more than 1.5 million square feet. 

A few project highlights include: IIDA INawards People’s Choice winner LUMA Condominiums; Sunset Electric, the 2014 NAIOP Night of the Stars Mid-Rise Multi-family Development of the Year; and Pike Motorworks – which began welcoming new residents at the end of 2015. 

To be included in Interior Design’s list was certainly a great honor. Even more importantly however, our inclusion on this list is an indication that multi-family interior design is a significant and well-respected segment of the industry. 



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Celebrating form with Seattle Architecture Foundation

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‘Form’ is a powerful word. We form ideas, opinions, relationships, nations. We bring form to structures, cities, and countries, our world and possibly other worlds in the future. Form takes up space, matters to us, and engages us in our community. It is a noun and a verb, occupying the past, present, and future.

Seattle Architecture Foundation wants us to further this conversation about form for their 18th Annual Architectural Model Exhibit, held in their soon to be opened Center for Architecture and Design. FORM is the theme for the Center’s first exhibit, an invitation for us to look at what is taking shape in the Northwest. Weber Thompson had the honor of being a donor in the fundraising campaign to open the Center, and our staff member Kirsten Clemens sits on the board of directors for SAF. We will have our Fremont Office Building and U-District Family Housing project on display during the exhibit. These projects utilize form in two unique and important ways; form as a platform for social change, and form as a driver of neighborhood connectivity. Continue reading



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Heartfelt Thanks from Weber Thompson



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Battling the drizzle and competing for glory

Photo courtesy of Flickr user J.G Wang

Photo by Flickr user J.G Wang

November tends to signal a time for peppermint mochas, couch locked Netflix binges, and a general air of hibernation in the Pacific Northwest. It can feel like all guts and glory when some of us sprint the ten seconds to our cars or spend five minutes huddled at our bus stops, but a group of Weber Thompson bicyclists decided to challenge the winter slowdown.

It’s December 3rd now and we’ve made it through November, the statistically wettest month of the year in the life of a Seattlelite. For the team of ten WT employees that made up the “WT Mossbacks” team, December 3rd also means the end of Cascade Bicycle Club’s “Ride in the Rain” challenge – another successful team building event designed to encourage bicycle commuting, even in the dreary and drizzly conditions that Seattle’s winters can often provide. Continue reading



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Lessons from Greenbuild

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Weber Thompson designer John Stout visited Greenbuild in November and returned with a report on the conference.

“Monumental Green” the slogan of the 2015 Greenbuild conference in DC, played both off the location of the conference and the underlying theme present in many of the speakers’ messages. The upcoming UN climate change conference in Paris, and their new dedication of an entire day to the building industry, marks a shift in worldwide culture and a realization that the built environment plays a pivotal role in the future of our economy and climate. But there is still much work to do – a theme apparent in sessions that predicted what is to come in the next 100 years.

In one presentation in particular, titled “Buildings of the Future: Visions to Guide Decision Making” a panel of speakers representing green research, consulting, and green technology presented a vision of what the next 100 years might bring. Our industry must combat climate change head on, while also adapting to rising temperatures and ever growing extremes in weather and sea level. Our resolution must shift from reactive to proactive, strides must be made not only in energy efficiency, but in human comfort, water efficiency, and resiliency. Our buildings must become adaptive to human comfort, responding to our preferences, utilizing wearable tech and micro sensors to map and adjust comfort levels only where needed. Retrofits and the concept of plug and play must permeate our building industry so buildings can evolve and update as quickly as software. Continue reading



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The art of glass

A few weeks ago, Corban, Heidi and Chad with Emser Tile took our interior design studio out to Seattle Glassblowing Studio in Belltown. We had a ton of fun learning about glassblowing techniques – and that it’s pretty difficult! Thankfully the crew at the studio was eager to help us learn and in the end, we all came out with glass creations that are proudly displayed on our desks.

Thank you, Emser Tile, for the wonderful experience!

Here are a few of our favorite photos from the evening:

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