AIA Convention Highlights

Weber Thompson’s Director of Sustainability, Myer Harrell, recently attended the AIA National Conference, where he presented as part of the panel “Living From Seattle’s Living Building Pilot Program.” The conference was filled with inspirational speakers and educational programs. Below, he captures some of the highlights.

At the first keynote of A’17 (the 2017 AIA Conference on Architecture), titled Anticipating the Need: Design that Cares, Pritzker Prize-winner Alejandro Aravena engaged the architect-filled audience by drawing diagrams on a white board to reinforce ideas as he spoke. Continue reading “AIA Convention Highlights”



Breaking Ground at Arbora Court

Breaking Ground at Arbora Court

On September 20th, Weber Thompson joined Bellwether Housing, members of the University Christian Church congregation, public officials, and community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of Arbora Court.

Years in the making, this new affordable family housing project will be home to individuals and families living in 133 units. The location is ideal – close to transit stops, grocery stores, a farmers market, medical facilities and other community amenities in the University District of Seattle. The site was formerly a parking lot owned by the University Christian Church, but was sold to Bellwether Housing so it could eventually be transformed into affordable housing. Continue reading “Breaking Ground at Arbora Court”



WT Food Frenzy: A Fantastic Finale

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Weber Thompson’s participation in the 2016 Food Frenzy competition came to end last Friday in a sweet and delectable fashion. On Monday, July 18th, the office held a bake sale in the lobby and last Friday, July 22nd, the fun concluded with an ice cream social in the office. The Weber Thompson team participated by bringing in homemade baked goods, desserts from local businesses and by purchasing “build your own” ice cream sundaes with unlimited toppings. Continue reading “WT Food Frenzy: A Fantastic Finale”



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 “WT Wheelies Raise $900 for Bikeworks”



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 “Arcade Issue 34.1 Launch Party: Reflections on Influence”



Chowing down at the annual Weber Thompson Chili Cook-Off

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When spring rolls around, WT staff literally begin lining up to jot their names on the sign up sheet for the annual Weber Thompson Chili Cook-Off. At the end of every February our architects, interior designers & landscape architects set aside their pencils and scales and throw on their aprons. Armed with crockpots and a unique chili recipe, they take over the office in hopes of concocting THE BEST CHILI EVER!  Continue reading “Chowing down at the annual Weber Thompson Chili Cook-Off”



The Center for Architecture and Design Celebrates Its Grand Opening

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After much hard work and community support, the Center for Architecture and Design opens its doors for a Grand Opening celebration on Saturday, March 5th. Weber Thompson is proud to be a donor for this remarkable project, standing alongside 150+ other companies and individuals who have contributed to making the Center a possibility. Created through a unique partnership between AIA Seattle, Seattle Architecture Foundation, Design in Public, and AIA Washington Council, the Center aims to serve as Seattle’s design hub. The space will be thriving with hundreds of programs, exhibitions, and conversations across all design disciplines throughout the year. Continue reading “The Center for Architecture and Design Celebrates Its Grand Opening”



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 “Battling the drizzle and competing for glory”



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 “Lessons from Greenbuild”