On Tuesday January 23rd, the Weber Thompson Landscape Studio attended Out/in/Front : Landscape Leading. Hosted jointly by the University of Washington Department of Landscape Architecture and the UW/LA Professional Advisory Committee, Out/in/Front is a bi-annual event exhibiting the range of work presently underway in the Pacific Northwest. Continue reading “Leading Landscape Designs: The 2018 UW Out/in/Front Exhibit”
The WT Landscape team recently completed a one-of-a-kind project that creates a natural home for some of the world’s most iconic sculptures right here in the Pacific Northwest. The Sculpture Garden includes the first three sculptures that are part of a new installation for the LeMay Collections at Marymount, located on the historic grounds of Marymount in Tacoma, Washington. Continue reading “Designing a home for The Thinker and other Rodin masterpieces”
Weber Thompson was awarded an American Society of Landscape Architects Washington State Chapter (WASLA) Merit Award in the Analysis and Planning category for RainBellows, a conceptual biomimicry project developed by Weber Thompson’s Landscape Studio in collaboration with Alexandra Ramsden of Rushing and Jennifer Barnes of 55-5 Consulting. RainBellows was one of eight projects to be honored for its excellence in landscape design and planning. Continue reading “RainBellows Wins 2017 WASLA Merit Award for Analysis and Planning”
Michele is a member of our Landscape Architecture department and recently became among the first in the nation to receive her SITES AP certification. We learned a little more about Michele by asking her a few questions about her inspirations, workload, and how she started her career in Landscape Architecture. Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Michele Richmond”
On September 29th, Weber Thompson Landscape Architecture Principal Rachael Meyer was featured in the Daily Journal of Commerce Environmental Outlook special section. Her article, titled “Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits,” suggests that green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) could help mitigate the effects of stormwater runoff in the urban environment. GSI works because it mimics natural systems to absorb, delay and clean the water within a natural watershed before it reaches a collecting body of water.
Read the article on the DJC to learn about GSI strategies, or visit our website to learn about the green stormwater strategies that will be used at the Fremont Office Building. Continue reading “Reusing Stormwater Can Release Untapped Benefits”
Rachael Meyer is Weber Thompson’s new Landscape Architecture Principal. She joined the firm with 13 years of experience creating lush landscapes for residential projects, parks, and public open spaces. Get to know more about Rachael in the Q & A below.
What is your Name & Title/Role
Rachael Hope Watland Meyer, Weber Thompson’s new Principal of Landscape Architecture
You just joined Weber Thompson as our new Landscape Architecture Principal. What brought you here?
Weber Thompson is such a great group of collaborative people and awesome projects! As the Landscape Architect on most of the projects in the office I get to work with pretty much everyone and every project. It is such a great opportunity for me!
What about this new role excites you the most?
I’m excited by the office’s focus on sustainability and pushing each project to do more to improve our environment. It needs to be a driver in everything we do, especially with our urban landscapes.
What has been your favorite project?
The Bullitt Center and McGilvra Place Park, the first commercial living building and first living park, respectively, have been most influential on how I approach landscape design and team collaboration. These projects were cutting edge in their ultimate design, but also in the process to get there.
Why Landscape Architecture? Continue reading “Meet the Staff: Rachael Meyer”
Weber Thompson, an award winning architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and community/urban design firm has an opening on our landscape architecture team. Our projects are complex and you will work hard – but you will be alongside a great group of people who prioritize collaboration and humor in their day-to-day work. We work in a light filled, passively cooled office building in the middle of the highly energized South Lake Union neighborhood in Seattle.
Our office is a friendly and low-key, yet deadline-driven, environment with minimal egos, and we’re looking for a new Landscape Architect / Designer to join our team.
If you have a Bachelor or Master degree in Landscape Architecture and 5+ years of experience, preferably in a landscape/architecture office setting working on urban multifamily and commercial development projects, we want to meet you! You must have broad technical knowledge of design development, construction documentation, specifications and field experience as well as a comprehensive understanding of plant materials, horticultural best practices and efficient planting plan production. Excellent computer graphics and rendering skills including SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite, as well as proficiency in AutoCAD are necessary.
If you believe you or someone you know might qualify for this position, head over to our careers page to learn more.
I recently had the pleasure of attending the grand opening for Raven Terrace, which marks the second completed low-income, multifamily building in Seattle’s Yesler Terrace neighborhood. While the completion of great multi-family projects is work as usual here at Weber Thompson, this project has special significance to me personally and also for the city of Seattle.
Three years ago, Weber Thompson hired me as a part of their high rise studio. However, due to shifting project schedules my first role was project designer on Raven Terrace. I was excited to tackle something new and different. While I had volunteered with Habitat for Humanity before, my familiarity with “government housing” was somewhat antiquated. I quickly learned Seattle Housing Authority (SHA) takes the design quality of their projects seriously. To ensure our team’s design could respond to the community the building would serve, SHA shepherded meetings for us with the Yesler Terrace neighborhood and future building tenants. Understanding the backgrounds and stories from the neighborhood enriched the building design and better equipped us to serve the residents. Furthermore, with sweeping views of the city and Mount Rainier, the site held plenty of potential for something exceptional. Most importantly though, SHA’s vision for evolving a healthy, vibrant and accessible community in the heart of Seattle drove the success of Raven Terrace. Continue reading “From paper to reality: Watching Raven Terrace come to life”
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 Greystar – Radius 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.
One week ago, a group of a dozen or so WT employees took time out of their busy schedules to take a “lessons learned” tour of Radius, a nearly-completed mid-rise residential project in the South Lake Union Neighborhood that Weber Thompson designed. (Thank you, Compass, for letting us host this after-construction-hours event!) The goal was to learn from the successes (and challenges) of Radius, through a better understanding of the construction process and the impacts it can produce on design and vice versa. We came away from the tour with four key takeaways:
1. Massing is key; it cannot be changed down the line.
Walking up on the project, you couldn’t help but acknowledge the general massing of a seven story building stepping down the rather steeply sloping site. In addition to the required steps to maintain code-compliant building height, Continue reading “Four design lessons learned during Construction Administration”