While I have proven my passion for designing for those with physical disabilities with the creation of the residential multi-family targeted “Rachael Shower Pan”, I also believe there are strategies to expand accessible design outside the home to the next place we spend most of our time (if not more than our own residence) – the office. Continue reading “Designing for mental health: Six strategies to consider in workplace design”
Tour any of Seattle’s newest residential high rise projects and it becomes crystal clear: they are rapidly rising to meet the level of luxury and service one expects at the finest of hotels. Continue reading “Blurred Lines: how high rise homes are becoming more like hotels”
Numerous vendors have presented their products to my interior design team at Weber Thompson. Every time a bath fixture vendor has promoted a shower pan I’ve eagerly asked if we can customize their pan, and every time I’ve prepared myself for the usual negative answer. However, one lucky day a few years ago I finally heard the response I wanted. With no hesitation, a local representative for MTI Baths took me up on the offer, and the process of customization began. Continue reading ““The Rachael Shower Pan”: A seamless design solution”
Soon one will be able to differentiate the Nexus condominium towers from surrounding high-rise towers due to its unique twisting forms, generating an “X” as the floorplates travel up the building. While the architecture is certainly fascinating, the rotation of floorplates provide unique views and experiences for each condo owner. These grand views are only one of the many features driving buyers to rush to reserve their condo unit. Equally important are the one-of-a-kind interiors which reflect the building’s design language. Let me share a few secrets Weber Thompson incorporated into these floorplans to better utilize space and ultimately reinforce these breathtaking views. Continue reading “Big City Living where X marks the spot”
It’s not every day that you see Blaine Weber digging in the dirt in downtown Seattle. But on March 14th he grabbed a shovel and joined the Nexus team at a ceremonial groundbreaking to kick off the start of construction of the iconic tower. Continue reading “Nexus breaks ground in Seattle’s East Village”
The AIA Seattle, Materials Matter educational series recently came to an end after 5 sessions on building materials and their environmental impact. The deep dive into material health was co-presented by the Puget Sound chapter of the CSI and took place at Seattle City Hall. Each session focused on an individual sub topic of materials and encouraged the use of interactive tools that can be used to implement the ideas discussed. Continue reading “Materials Matter Session 2 Recap by Mindi Caulley”
As one of seven employees to recently be promoted, we asked Rachael about what the new promotion to Senior Associate means to her, where she finds inspiration for her award winning interior design projects and more. Learn more about Rachael in this Q & A, on our website or by reading her Q & A from 2014. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Rachael Bauer”
Weber Thompson is an award winning architectural, interior design, landscape architectural and community design firm. Our projects are complex and challenging – but we are a great group of talented design professionals who value collaboration and humor in our day-to-day dedication to create success via design and technical excellence. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. Continue reading “WT Seeking Three New Team Members”
Work hard, play hard, that’s our motto. But when the work outweighs the play, we know we need to grow our team, which is why we’re seeking two talented, hard-working interior designers with a great sense of humor. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle. If you or someone you know meets the criteria below, please head to our careers page to learn more and apply.
We are looking for someone to bring their excellent design eye, stellar rendering skills and technical knowledge and experience to support our interior designs. You are a self-starter with at least 4 years of experience in residential multi-family projects – either high-rise or mid-rise – and commercial office projects who can work well in a highly collaborative environment.
What we’re looking for:
- Experience and expertise in AutoCAD 2009, Revit, Sketchup and Adobe Creative Cloud.
- Excellent team and interdisciplinary communication, both written and verbal.
- Strong organizational skills.
- The ability to manage both schedules and budgets.
- Resilience, drive, and a sense of humor.
A degree in Interior Design or Architecture from an accredited program is required; LEED AP Accreditation is preferred. Continue reading “Seeking two interior designers”
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 “Healthy Materials for a Better World”