Weber Thompson Announces Eight Promotions

We are excited to announce the promotion of eight staff members to new leadership positions in the firm. Nicole Winn and Cody Lodi have been promoted to Principal. Emily Doe and Skye Bredberg have been promoted to Senior Associate. Lissa Goetz, David Burpee and Neha Goel have been promoted to Associate. Leslie Riibe has been promoted to Senior Graphic Designer.

Meet the newly promoted team members:

Nicole Winn

Nicole Winn  AIA, LEED AP, FitWel Ambassador

Principal Nicole Winn joined Weber Thompson in 1997 and quickly established herself as a valued member of the firm’s High Rise Design Studio. She has worked on many notable projects including Cristalla, Viktoria, and Nexus.

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Nicole is a passionate advocate for equity, sustainability and integration of the arts in architecture. As a member of the firm’s human resources team, she is a dedicated mentor to many in the firm. In addition to her demanding workload at Weber Thompson, she regularly collaborates on extracurricular design and marketing efforts. In 2018, she created the winning entry for the firm’s Terry Thomas Transcended competition effort and oversaw the development of the final concept. She has been active in Weber Thompson’s internal Culture Club since its inception in 2017 and is a reliable participant in the firm’s multiple charitable efforts each year.

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

I’ve worked here for 20 years.  What I love most about the firm is the sense of community and the encouragement to dig into new ideas whether they are project related or professionally related. There are also ample opportunities to share that information with the firm.

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on The Waverly, a 280-foot high rise apartment building, while I also keep my eye on the construction progress of Nexus, a 400-foot high rise condominium tower that broke ground in 2017.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?   

Perhaps obviously, it means a lot. Being promoted is a recognition of commitment and hard work, certainly, but it’s also an opportunity to participate in the decisions that define the ethos of WT.  I’m excited to see, and have a hand in, where we go next.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

I guess not everyone knows that I have been to Burning Man nine times.  Most years we’ve set up a taco stand and served 10+ gallons of homemade salsa and chips over the course of a week.  I’ve also designed or worked on some large-scale art projects including an art bus that was covered with thousands of silk butterflies salvaged from the Bellagio Hotel in Las Vegas, and a 24’x8′ wood canopy with intersecting sine waves strung from a mile of hand-dyed cotton rope.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

I always look forward to the different phases of projects because it keeps the day-to-day so interesting.  I’ve also got a fun research project in the works with the University of Washington that focuses on communication styles and how we work together.  On a personal front, I’m looking forward to soaking up some Italian sunshine on the Amalfi coast this Fall.


Cody Lodi

Cody Lodi  AIA, LEED AP

Principal Cody Lodi, has been with the firm since 2012. During his time at the firm, he has worked on a wide range of projects in various sectors including high rise, mid-rise and mixed-use. Currently, Cody is a core member of the firm’s Commercial Office Design Studio.

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Cody recently designed several projects in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood including the Watershed Building and Living Stone, both Living Building Pilot Program (LBPP) projects, and Cedar Speedster, for which he is also the project manager. Cody is an advocate for thoughtful, place-based design and actively encourages discourse among his colleagues. He is a founding member of the firm’s design Pin-Up committee, leads the firm’s virtual reality initiatives, and oversees the firm’s summer internship program. Cody has led several design competition efforts within the firm including the Terry Thomas Transcended, 2018 Design Festival entry Artifact, and the award winning Net Zero Competition entry, Conspicuous Consumption. Cody is a former Chair of the UW Department of Architecture Professionals Advisory Committee.

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

I have been with Weber Thompson for seven years. You won’t find a better group of people who care about what we do as design professionals who actively support the communities in which our projects grow. It’s a special place to work!

What projects are you currently working on?

I am currently working on several commercial office buildings in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. Two of them are participating in the Living Building Pilot Program (Living Stone and Watershed) and one will serve as a new headquarters for lifestyle brand and retailer, evo (Cedar Speedster). I’ve also had the privilege to work with local chefs, Rachel Yang and Seif Chirchi, who will reopen their acclaimed restaurant, Revel, as the anchor retail space in Cedar Speedster. I have been collaborating with our fabulous interior design studio to bring that to life. Great projects on the horizon!

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

Design is as much a culture as it is a profession, so becoming a principal of a design firm validates the rigor and effort I pour into my craft and the relationships that I’ve built along the way. Design is a team effort and I’ve had many peers and mentors that have added to my success as an architect.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

My one true happy place is in the mountains on a fresh powder day. I grew up in northern Idaho in a resort town and have been skiing since the age of nine. I have yet to find another experience that is both as grounding and as freeing as big mountain skiing. You have to be both focused and creative at the same time, while being present in the moment. There are no distractions, just you the mountain and gravity.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

I am looking forward to seeing the great projects in our office that are under construction come to life. Our projects take years to realize and it is so rewarding to be able to experience them when they become places, rather than just drawings. Personally, I’m looking forward to traveling to Scandinavia this year. I spent some time in New Zealand last year and fell in love with the fjords on the south island. I’d really like to experience their northern counterparts in Norway. I’m always humbled by the power and beauty of nature, and how traveling puts your professional and personal life in perspective. Like Ferris Bueller once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”


Emily Doe

Emily Doe  AIA, CPHC, LEED AP BD+C

Emily Doe has been promoted to Senior Associate at Weber Thompson for her strong project management and construction administration skills, her enthusiasm for quality control, and her work advocating for equity in architecture both inside and outside the office.

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Since joining the firm in 2012, Emily’s projects have included, Radius SLU, Pike Motorworks, and Marlowe. Emily is a Certified Passive House Consultant and is currently the project manager of Solis, a multi-family Passive House condominium project in Seattle’s Capitol Hill neighborhood. As a member of the firm’s internal sustainability task force, Emily regularly shares project lessons and best practices with her team, and speaks externally on a regular basis about the nuances of applying Passive House to multifamily projects. She is also a core member of the firm’s Quality Management group. Outside the office Emily is co-chair of the AIA Women in Design committee, as well as part of the firm’s internal equity initiatives, both of which allow her to advocate for gender parity and diverse, equitable workplaces in the architectural industry.

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

I joined WT in 2012. It’s a great place to work. My favorite thing about working here is the people; both the internal WT team and leadership but also the client and consultant teams.  We’ve built a wonderfully capable, inspiring and personable community here.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m working on two projects right now: Greystar Arista and Solis Condominiums. The Greystar Arista project is a luxury mixed-use apartment building located across the street from U-Village.  We are just starting CDs with this project.  I am also doing CA on the Solis Condominiums, an ultra-energy efficient mixed-use boutique project in Capitol Hill.  This is a very exciting project for me, both personally and professionally, since it will use 70% less energy than a typical multifamily building and is pursuing a rigorous Passive House certification.  Once certified, it will be the largest Passive House certified condominium in the US.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

It is validating to feel that one’s values align with that of the firm’s leadership, and to see other talented colleagues recognized for their efforts.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

I’ve recently taken up cross country skate skiing as a way to get some quality time outside in the winter.  Sometimes we make it a family adventure and I tow my 2-year old in his “chariot” behind me.  Makes for a great workout!

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

Professionally, I’m looking forward to testing our design assumptions on Solis. We are going to learn so much about best practices for super high-performing buildings through the construction process.  I’m also really looking forward to an upcoming event-series called Conversations Towards an Equitable Practice that I’m planning with AIA Seattle, AIA Women in Design, and AIA Diversity Roundtable. Our profession, the AEC industry, and the work that we put into the world would all greatly benefit from being more inclusive.  Personally, my husband and I are busy savoring our growing toddler’s daily antics while working very hard to keep up with him.


Skye Bredberg  AIA, LEED AP

Senior Associate Skye Bredberg joined the firm in 2014 and has worked on projects including high-rise residential tower Ascent and Trailside, a student-targeted residential community near University Village for which she is the project manager and project architect.

Learn More about Skye

Skye is known throughout the office as a patient, calm leader and collaborator. She is a member of CREW Seattle, volunteering her time on the education and membership committees. Inside the office she contributes to the firm’s commercial office marketing efforts and is a core member of the Quality Management group. Skye is also a member of the AIA Seattle Code Committee, and she regularly shares newly acquired code knowledge with the office in order to keep projects on track for success.

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

I have worked at Weber Thompson since 2014. My favorite thing about working here is the culture and collaborative environment. The team here is constantly striving for design innovation while also pushing the boundaries with sustainability and education across market sectors. I’m thrilled to be a part of this talented group.

What projects are you currently working on?

I’m currently working on two student-targeted mixed-use developments, Trailside Phase 1 and Trailside Phase 2. Both projects are located adjacent to the UW campus and U-Village, along the Burke-Gilman Trail. Student housing is becoming a strong passion of mine and it’s fulfilling to work on such fun and challenging projects!

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

Excited, re-invigorated and honored! I’m looking forward to taking on a larger leadership role within the firm and contributing to the firm’s collective efforts.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

My hobbies are pretty basic, but I love cooking and hosting friends/family for big dinners. All the sports! Well, mostly football and soccer but if I can catch a tennis match, good luck having a conversation with me. I have also recently discovered a passion for yard work and landscaping, which can be very therapeutic after a long week. And of course, long walks with Senior Pepper, my shepherd/lab/who-knows 80 lb mutt mix.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

I am looking forward to taking on new challenges, an expanded Project Management role, and learning from the many mentors within the firm. I am also excited to continue my involvement with organizations outside of the office, including CREW and the AIA. Hopefully 2019 will also bring some travel and outdoor adventures!


Lissa Goetz

Lissa Goetz  AIA, LEED Green Assoc.

Lissa Goetz is one of the firm’s newest Associates. She is a member of the firm’s Interior Design Studio but her background in architecture allows her to bring an additional layer of knowledge and expertise to her projects. Her understated leadership style and unrelenting positive attitude make her a magnetic force.

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Lissa is revered for her REVIT knowledge, which she happily imparts to her team. She is an active advocate for affordable housing; in 2018 she helped Bellwether procure reduced price or donated furniture for their newly completed Arbora Court affordable housing project, to ensure a more inviting atmosphere for residents. Additionally, Lissa is a member of the firm’s design Pin-Up committee, which provides opportunities for internal design discussions of all types.

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

I have been at WT for 2.5 years.  My favorite thing about working here is the amazingly positive work culture.  The firm is very supportive of personal and professional growth and encourages getting out of the office.  We also have flex schedules so can tailor our work time to mesh with our non-work schedules.

What projects are you currently working on?
1001 John high rise residential, Trailside student housing and Centurylink Stadium tenant improvements.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?
It’s awesome!  It feels great to have a leadership role with such a progressive, fun and supportive company.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?
I am learning how to play squash!  I am not actually good enough to call it a legitimate hobby yet, but I am trying to get to that point.  The game is fast paced and exhausting – I really enjoy it.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

Professionally I am looking forward to becoming more involved in our office design pin-up committee, working through my interior design license exams, and improving my public speaking skills.  I am also very excited to see the Trailside project break ground and see the interiors develop through construction.

In my personal life, I am looking forward to getting married this year!  We’re planning a two week wedding-cation at a big, old Italian farmhouse this summer with our close friends and family.  I can’t wait.


David Burpee

David Burpee  LEED Green Assoc.

David Burpee has been promoted to Associate for his service-oriented attitude and thoughtful approach to design. With passions for technology, design and theory, David has become a strong force in the firm’s High Rise Design Studio since joining the firm in 2017.

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Most recently, David has lent his design eye to The Waverly, a high-rise residential community in South Lake Union. He was also a core member of the Terry Thomas Transcended design team in 2018; his parametric building skin designs adding a strong biophilic element to the team’s concept. A big picture thinker who isn’t afraid to challenge the status quo, David’s participation in efforts inside and outside the office elevate the conversation and everyone involved. He is a kind, unassuming leader who’s quickly made his mark on the firm.

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

I’ve worked here for a year and a half. It is cliché, but my favorite thing about working here is the people. I am constantly impressed by the level of knowledge and passion possessed by my coworkers, and I am grateful to be able to learn from them every day.

What projects are you currently working on?

The Waverly and 802 Pine

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

Getting promoted is a great way to show off to your LinkedIn connections. But more seriously, a promotion is an acknowledgement of past work as well as a projection towards future goals and responsibilities. I see promotions as being forward-looking, they are a way to establish new endeavors and challenges in my career.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

I am a serial hobbyist but one that few know about is my love for kettlebells.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

New projects, integrating advanced tech into the design process, designing a space habitat, and being a part of Weber Thompson’s ever-evolving design culture.


Neha Goel

Neha Goel LEED AP BD+C Int’l Assoc. AIA

Neha Goel has been promoted to Associate for her involvement in a variety of the firm’s initiatives, most notably for her work with post occupancy evaluation at The Terry Thomas. She is a thorough, precise team member and works diligently to ensure her team’s success, whatever the project may be.

Learn More about Neha

Neha has worked on a wide range of projects at WT but currently she is a member of the firm’s Commercial Office Design Studio. She is also a core member of the WT internal sustainability task force and devotes her attention to calculating and offsetting the firm’s carbon footprint and advocating for greener office operations. She has shared lessons learned from a 2015 study of The Terry Thomas’s performance with audiences at AIA Seattle and the International Facility Managers Association. In 2019 Neha will represent WT in the ‘Rosetta Stone’ initiative of the Integrated Design Lab, which will merge human health with sustainability in the built environment.

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

I have been here for about 3 and a half years. I highly value the firm culture of mentorship and the leadership focus on finding ways to actively support professional development goals of the employees. And the fact that I can walk or bike to work while soaking the sights, sounds and vibrancy of South Lake Union neighborhood!

What projects are you currently working on?

Living Stone, a mid-rise mixed use commercial office project coming up in the Fremont neighborhood of Seattle. It is an urban redevelopment project and I’m quite excited about project’s living building petal certification goal including reduced energy and water footprint with a focus on healthy materials.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

I find the recognition encouraging and supportive to my pursuits within the firm. I highly value the people I work with currently and have collaborated with in the past, who share their expertise and experiences in abundance without holding back; playing a key role in my professional growth.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

Letting loose dogs that are parked outside grocery stores – just kidding!

Of late I have been busy volunteering with Catholic Community Services, an organization that supports low income elderly or disabled adults. This activity combines my love for chatting with seniors and building social connections. I find myself happier and enriched with each experience.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

I’m looking forward to taking up challenges in my new research oriented role as a core team member of WTST, especially the UW CID’s Rosetta Stone initiative.

And probably, plan another epic hiking adventure with my husband!


Leslie Riibe

Leslie Riibe

Leslie Riibe has been promoted to Senior Graphic Designer. Leslie joined the firm in 2014 with a background in graphic design and hospitality. She quickly established herself not only as a valuable member of the marketing team, but also as an asset to project teams.

Learn More about Leslie

During her time at Weber Thompson, Leslie has contributed to environmental graphics for a number of projects including Ascent, Marlowe, Watershed, Luna and The Terry Thomas. She frequently contributes her design talents to non-profits, a few of which include the Seattle Architecture Foundation, Passive House Northwest, AIA Seattle’s Diversity Roundtable, and most recently, WASafe. Leslie is a member of both AIGA and SEGD. In 2017, Leslie added a certificate in User-Centered Design from the University of Washington to her educational experience, which she utilizes to better understand the interaction between human experience and the built environment.

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

It will be five years this May. I appreciate the firm’s culture and the many talented, kind, and hard-working people I collaborate with daily. I also adore my team!

What projects are you currently working on?

My time is split between marketing endeavors – brochures, photography, events – and project work, such as interpretive signage for bioswales on the Watershed site.

You were recently promoted! What does this mean to you?

It’s an honor to be recognized for my contribution to the firm, and I appreciate that Weber Thompson values graphic design! I’m excited to continue working hard in this new role.

What is one of your hobbies that not many people know about?

I collect security envelopes and use the printed patterns on the inside to create abstract collages and paper sculptures. It’s meditative and a rare moment I’m able to turn off my inner critic.

What are you looking forward to both personally and professionally in the coming year?

I’m looking forward to broadening my professional knowledge through an upcoming design conference, and an exciting internal project. My sister and I are planning a trip abroad this year, once we choose a destination!

 

 

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