Weber Thompson Announces Six Promotions

 

We are excited to announce the promotion of six women in the firm including one new Senior Associate, three Associates, and two marketing team members.

Kirsten Clemens AIA, LEED AP BD+C has been promoted to Senior Associate. New Associates include: Noelle Galicia LEED AP BD+C; Susan Frieson AIA, LEED AP; and Landscape Architect Michele Richmond PLA, ASLA, SITES AP, LEED Green Assoc. On the marketing team, Erin Hatch has been promoted to Marketing Director, and Allison Rose AMA, PCM has been promoted to Digital Marketing Specialist.

Learn more about each promoted team member below:

Kirsten Clemens, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Senior Associate

Learn More about Kirsten

Weber Thompson’s newest Senior Associate, Kirsten Clemens, joined Weber Thompson in 2012 with an impressive portfolio and a deep commitment to sustainable design. During her tenure, she has proven to be a leader in all aspects of her work, cultivating strong relationships with clients, teams and the communities for which she designs. She has worked on a wide variety of projects for the firm including Helios, a downtown Seattle high rise; Pike Passive, a Passive House mixed-use project; the mixed-use development Ballard Blocks II; and Arbora Court, a family-oriented affordable housing project in Seattle’s University District. She is a board member for the Seattle Architecture Foundation (SAF), a member of WT’s internal Sustainabiliteam, and an integral participant in the firm’s marketing and public-oriented initiatives such as the Seattle Design Festival.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
5-1/2 years

What projects are you currently working on?
Really excited to be working on a multifamily mixed use site in the heart of Capitol Hill, commonly known as the Bonney Watson site.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
Having recently come back full time from maternity leave, I am really excited to step into this new role, contributing to the positive influence and strong guidance of Weber Thompson’s leadership in a more substantial way.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
It’s few and far between, but scuba diving. The last time I was underwater was on a pretty epic adventure to the Galapagos with my husband before we set off to become parents. In my younger years marine biology was in my sights and I started diving at 12 years old. My passion shifted but held on to the diving bug.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
Really looking forward to taking part in creating great projects with our clients after having time away from the office and to taking my baby boy to see his mom’s first WT Seattle design completed in the U-district, Arbora Court! Also really looking forward to some exciting family celebrations to come including one of my sisters getting married and my husband’s first children’s book being published!


Noelle Galicia, Assoc. AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Associate

Learn More about Noelle

New Associate Noelle Galicia has been with the firm since 2013 and is an integral member of the firm’s Mid-Rise Studio. She is currently overseeing construction administration for Marlowe, the mid-rise component of a complex, half-block project located at 425 Fairview. Previously she worked on Westlake Steps and ONE Lakefront. Noelle is active in the firm’s Culture Club, helping plan events such as the firm’s annual holiday party. Outside the office, Noelle is an associate member of the AIA, and is an active volunteer with the Seattle Architecture Foundation, serving on the Model Exhibit Planning Committee. Earlier this year she was awarded the SAF Bill Strong Award for Volunteer Excellence.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
I joined the Weber Thompson team in the fall of 2013.

What projects are you currently working on?
Currently working on the Midrise portion of 425 Fairview (Marlowe).

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
This means I get to collaborate and work alongside some of the most inspiring people I know! I am thankful and honored.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
Not many people know that I love ballroom dancing (Eep! It’s out there now). I completed Salsa 1, 2, and Salsa Freestyle at the UW Experimental College in my late twenties, and also took beginner Swing lessons with a group of friends.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
I look forward to collaborating again with the Seattle Architecture Foundation, connecting with professionals in the architecture community, and peppering the year with travels to new places near and far.


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Susan Frieson, AIA, LEED AP
Associate

Learn More about Susan

Susan Frieson has also been promoted to Associate. Susan joined the firm in 2013 and is a member of the firm’s High Rise and Hospitality Design studios and is currently working on the multi-building, mixed-use project Elan in Bellevue. Previously she worked on Nexus, a high-rise condominium that’s under construction in Seattle’s Denny Triangle neighborhood and Ascent, the high-rise component of 425 Fairview. She has been an active volunteer with AIA Seattle, is currently serving as the Diversity Roundtable Co-Chair, which received AIA Seattle’s 2017 Committee of the Year award. Additionally, she participates in marketing the firm’s Affordable Housing Design Studio, working to increase dialogue about the necessity of diverse, equitable communities.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
I started at Weber Thompson on the high rise team in November of 2013 so almost 5 years.

What projects are you currently working on?
Currently I’m Project Architect on the Elan – World Market project. This is a mixed use twin tower project in the heart of downtown Bellevue. Each tower contains a hotel, residences & retail space and I’m responsible mainly for architectural coordination of the west tower.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
It’s an honor to be recognized by your peers and especially within such a great organization. It makes me proud & humble at the same time.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
I’m looking for a new hobby actually. I’ve knitted enough scarves to circle the earth so I can take a break from that.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
I’m looking forward to both broadening my professional knowledge and making more of an impact within the design community.


Michele Richmond, PLA, ASLA, SITES® AP, LEED Green® Assoc.
Associate

Learn More about Michele

Landscape Architect Michele Richmond has been promoted to Associate. Michele is a Project Manager and licensed Landscape Architect, contributing to the firm’s many landscape projects ranging from the LeMay Rodin Sculpture Garden to the Othello Square master plan. She’s a member of WT’s SustainabiliTeam and helps plan the firm’s Pin-Up Studio charrettes, where she’s a regular advocate for the virtues of well-designed urban landscapes. Externally, she is chair of the WASLA Student & Emerging Professionals Committee, leading the study groups for the LARE exam, and is a Tree Ambassador for the City of Seattle. She is involved with her local alumni associations for Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and Barnard College.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
I’ve worked in the landscape studio at Weber Thompson for 16 months.

What projects are you currently working on?
I’m currently working on the landscape for three of the four buildings at Othello Square – a high school, a low-income housing co-op, and a mixed-use building that includes a health clinic, early learning, and work-force housing.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
I am honored to be promoted and that my work at the firm and in the field of landscape architecture is valued by Weber Thompson.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
I love hockey! I’m a huge Boston Bruins fan despite being from Philly. I’m a regular at the Pac Inn to cheer for the Bruins.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
I am really looking forward to working on the design of each of the landscapes for the buildings at Othello Square. After working on the Master Plan for the last 6 months, it’ll be great to work through the design and form for each landscape.


Erin Hatch
Senior Associate, Marketing Director

Learn More about Erin

Erin Hatch has been promoted to Marketing Director. Erin has been with the firm since 2012, and was promoted to Senior Associate in 2017. Erin directs the firm’s overall marketing efforts and leads strategic marketing planning for the firm’s multiple design studios including Commercial Office, Affordable Housing, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture. Additionally, she leads the firm’s internal Culture Club, directs WT’s involvement in external efforts such as the Seattle Design Festival and SAF Model Exhibit, and trains and engages a wide range of staff in marketing and business development activities. She is active in the Seattle chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, and is currently serving as President-Elect.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
I joined Weber Thompson at the very end of 2012, so I’ve been with the firm for about five and half years.

What projects are you currently working on?
While I don’t work directly on projects, I get to be involved in the marketing aspect for nearly all of them! Right now we’re planning some creative ways to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Terry Thomas (our highly-sustainable office building), and the 30th anniversary of the firm. Beyond that, we’re documenting our most recently completed high rise, Stratus, and preparing to announce the start of construction on several exciting sustainable commercial office buildings.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
When I joined the firm five years ago I had no idea where it would lead. I just knew I was ready to make the leap from the non-profit world back into my original field of study, architecture and design. Weber Thompson has supported my career development since day one, and I am so grateful I found a firm that was willing to invest in me and help me grow. It’s a huge honor to lead our incredibly talented marketing team, and I can’t wait to see what we accomplish together in the coming years!

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
Hobbies, what are those? No just kidding, but I feel like I rarely have time for hobbies these days! I’m a new homeowner and my commute involves a ferry so when I’m at home and not sleeping or eating I’m usually doing house projects. That being said, I’ve gotten pretty into gardening now that I have a backyard! I’m looking forward to more daylight hours so that I can spend time digging in the dirt, adding some raised beds to my backyard, doing some light terracing, and putting in an irrigation system so that I can enjoy a bountiful veggie harvest this summer and fall. I also love entertaining so I’m hoping to convert our backyard into an outdoor oasis that we can share with friends and family this summer.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
Professionally I am looking forward to working with my team to execute the marketing plans we have for the coming year. Additionally, I am currently the President-Elect for the Seattle chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services, so this September I’ll be officially taking the reins. I’ll be responsible for leading the board and overseeing the development of compelling educational programing and fruitful networking events for our nearly 300 Seattle members, which is exciting and also slightly terrifying!

Personally, I’m looking forward to spending time with my husband, family and friends…hopefully in our lush backyard garden oasis.


Allison Rose, AMA PCM
Digital Marketing Specialist

Learn More about Allison

Allison Rose has worked at Weber Thompson since 2016 and has been promoted from Marketing Coordinator to Digital Marketing Specialist. Allison is responsible for the firm’s digital presence including the website, blog and social media channels. She works with a wide range of staff throughout the firm to generate creative content for award submittals and the firm’s digital channels, in addition to supporting the firm’s overall marketing and outreach efforts. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from Fairleigh Dickinson University and recently became a Professional Certified Marketer specializing in Digital Marketing through the American Marketing Association.

How long have you worked at Weber Thompson?
Coming up on two years here at WT.

What projects are you currently working on?
At this very moment I am working on getting this blog post ready to go live and putting our monthly newsletter together.  But after that, I will go back to helping develop our digital and content marketing strategies, and dive back into our upcoming award submissions.

This reminds me, did you know that you can follow WT on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn? We’re a fun bunch to follow, I promise.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
It means a lot to me. I feel extremely lucky to work with such a supportive team & company that has encouraged me to work hard towards my professional goals.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
Music and candles. I grew up playing the drums in my friend’s basement band back in Jersey. I know what you’re thinking, and no, we didn’t play any Springsteen or Bon Jovi. More recently I’ve picked up learning the guitar and ukulele.

When I have time, I also make soy candles and sell them at local craft shows.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?
Professionally I am looking forward to growing in my role and working with my team to take our marketing efforts to the next level.

Personally, I am looking forward to getting outside more and challenging myself with some new hikes…have any recommendations?


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